How to Check for Firmware Updates or Update your LG SmartPhone [PC ONLY]


  1. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    Ok so people may not know this at all, some people don't even know where to find drivers for their phone. LG made an easy tool to get drivers and check for firmware updates for any LG Smart Phone with a tool called "LG Mobile Support Tool". It can be used to update the phone to the newest firmware that LG has for the phone. This may not work for discontinued phones such as the LG Optimus V and S because those phones have been discontinued by LG, and I have checked their servers, it is not there.

    One important thing before you use this tool, if you have changed the MEID/ESN/IMEI on the phone to another phone that is not the same model number as yours, it will:
    1) Say there are no updates even when there is one.
    2) Download the wrong firmware and possibly give you a soft brick.


    Download the tool here:
    Download LGMobile Support Tool 1.5.8.1 Free - Update the drivers on your LG phone - Softpedia

    Here's how to get drivers:

    Step 1: Open the program

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    Step 2: Click there

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    Step 3: Choose carrier of phone (carrier the phone was made for).

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    Step 4: Double click Model Number

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    Step 5: Drivers will download and you will need to follow directions from the program.

    How to check to see if phone is up to date:

    Step 1: Open the program

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    It will either say

    This (No updates):

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    Or This (Yeah updates!! :D):

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    If you chose to update it will back-up phone info and apps (only if you are running a stock/stockish-like ROM)

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    Then it will download the firmware update:

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    Then your phone will go on a screen similar to this:

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    While your computer does this:

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    Once that is done, phone will reboot normally. And the program will tell you you are up to date:


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    Enjoy!

    WARNING: NEVER UNPLUG PHONE WHILE IT IS IN DOWNLOAD MODE!! NEVER UPDATE PHONE WITH AN UNTRUSTWORTHY USB CABLE! NEVER USE A USB HUB/SPLITTER!

    If your phone starts bootlooping because you were on an operating system different than what you're phone is supposed to run (i.e. stock is froyo, custom ROM is gingerbread), you will have to perform a factory reset using the hardkey combo. Refer to your User Manual which can be downloaded with the LG Mobile Support Tool. You will lose all info if you have to do this, but it only applies to phones that have a custom ROM.

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  2. horsecharles

    horsecharles Well-Known Member

    Thanks.

    btw latest version 1.6 now.
  3. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

  4. DarkHuntress

    DarkHuntress New Member

    I have the LG Esteem and I downloaded the drivers. I did everything exactly how you had it but when I opened to see whether I could update, it didn't see my phone. I tried to redo it a few times and it never worked. Could it be because I plugged it in as a usb and changed the name? Is there anything I can do?

    Quick note: should I even try this? I just got it a few days ago.
  5. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    Did you install the drivers? The MS910 drivers are the drivers YOU were supposed to install...
  6. debkol35

    debkol35 Member

    sir,

    If I update my Lg thrive, will it be locked again? I bought an Unlocked LG Thrive 506 !! My fear is it will be locked if update...is it possible?
  7. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    It will still be unlocked.
    debkol35 likes this.
  8. debkol35

    debkol35 Member

    damn !! LG thrive has no update of 2.3 !! Though they mentioned that it is upgradable to Android 2.3 in their site !! :(
  9. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    LG said that about a ton of phones....
  10. horsecharles

    horsecharles Well-Known Member

    Sorry I missed this..the esteemed esteem
  11. Carol2

    Carol2 Active Member

    I think the poster was referring to LGMobile Support Tool. The latest version is 1.6.0.0. (Beginning of thread refers to version 1.5.8.1.)

    Carol
  12. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    Nah he already relied the esteem.
  13. Carol2

    Carol2 Active Member

    Yeah, but the version number of 1.6 refers to the software, not the phone, right? Or am I missing something?

    Thanks!
    Carol
  14. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    He said it updated his phone to 1.6, so I'm assuming he's talking about his phone.
  15. Carol2

    Carol2 Active Member

    Oh, ok. Well, I downloaded and installed the software yesterday so I can confirm that the current version of LGMobile Support Tool is also 1.6.0.0.

    I guess it is a mighty coincidence that both the phone and the software have the same current version number. :)

    Carol
  16. Carol2

    Carol2 Active Member

    Hi Sammy,

    I'm wondering if the the LGMobile Support Tool is necessary. I received an LG update this morning via Wi-Fi.

    Carol
  17. Carol2

    Carol2 Active Member

    Sammy, I just noticed that in the subject line of your original post, at the end, it says "[PC ONLY]". Was that there all along, or did you just add that, LOL?! Sorry I missed it if it has always been there...

    Carol
  18. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    yes it was....
    when you do OTA updates, you dont follow this guide.
    Carol2 likes this.
  19. Kaoruko

    Kaoruko Member

    I can't seem to update my phone. The Android version is 2.3.4, and the LG updater doesn't work at all. I've installed the LGl54C druver, which is the Model number of my phone, and it always fails saying that it is icorrect or something.
  20. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    Where is it failing at? To read the phone or flashing the firmware???
  21. CleverSleazoid

    CleverSleazoid New Member

    No matter how many times I have installed the drivers "successfully", the LG Mobile Support Tool will not recognize my phone when it's connected. I'm not sure what I may be doing wrong here, if anything. Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
  22. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    Did you try restarting your computer? And what phone do you have??
  23. CleverSleazoid

    CleverSleazoid New Member

    Yes, I have tried it after restarting my computer but still haven't had any luck. It doesn't matter if I choose "Charge Only" or "Mass Storage" after connecting my phone to my computer, either..it doesn't work.

    My phone is an LG Optimus Slider (LGVM701).

    I suppose it could save some trouble of figuring this out by asking if I am even able to update this phone, in any way, through the Support Tool. I have tried updating on the phone itself but, since I've had it, it has apparently been up to date. I don't have actual service on it though, I can only use it when connected to wifi.
  24. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    Ah, it's a virgin mobile phone, yea probably not ever gonna work. Virgin likes to be an OTA update only company....
  25. davie261

    davie261 Member

    I have followed the directions, updated drivers and can see my phone on the computer when plugged in with usb. but the tool never shows it as connected and that is where I am stuck. Rebooted both computer and phone to no avail. I have the LG Motion 4g with Metro PCS.
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