Unlock LG G5 H850 Bootloader
Unlock LG G5 H850 Bootloader

The G5 was LG’s moonshot. It’s when a company tries to create the next big thing, instead of turning out sure-fire products. G5 doesn’t seem to work as good as the Samsung Galaxy S7 but it will surely be much faster than this flagships after unlocking this device. As we all know, LG G5 comes with a locked bootloader & most of the companies don’t want their users to unlock their device. Although LG has only released official bootloader unlocking for H850 (Europian model) but as T-mobile phones are generally bootloader unlock friendly, the T-mobile model (H830) was much easy to unlock as compared to H850 which requires official device specific files from LG itself. By Unlocking LG G5 you will open your device to tons of new possibilities, such as rooting its firmware and installing new custom Recoveries, custom ROMs, kernels and other customization files.

Before starting the ‘LG G5 Bootloader unlock’ process, read the guidelines below:
  • Use this post only for the LG G5 (H850 & H830) device. We’ll update the guide as soon unlocking methods for other models are released.
  • After you unlock the bootloader, your device will be completely wiped.
  • Backup all your important files before you get to the next part of this post.
  • Your device’s warranty may be revoked after completing the tutorial.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu:
    1. Go to Settings, open About Phone section and then tap 7 times on ‘Build Number’ to unlock Developer Options.
    2. Now go back to Settings > Developer options & enable USB Debugging mode.
  • Install LG G5’s ADB USB Drivers on your computer – this will help the PC recognize your Nexus 5 phone.
  • Disable any antivirus apps that are running on your pc.
  • Check the phone’s battery power and make sure that it is over 50%.
  • If you cannot complete the tutorial, then you should ask for more help in comments.

Downloads:

  1. Minimal ADB & Fastboot Tool (Follow Installation procedure as given in post)
  2. ADB USB Drivers (Follow Installation procedure as given in post)

How to unlock LG G5 (H850 Europe) Bootloader:

Step 1. Create a LG developer Account here (It’s free). Enable USB-Debugging on your phone. USB-Debugging is required for the commands “adb” and “fastboot” to work. To enable USB-Debugging, go to Settings >> About phone >> Software info and tap Build number 7 times. Return to the previous screen, select Developer options and enable USB-Debugging.

Enable USB Debugging in LG G5
Enable USB Debugging in LG G5

Step 2. Enable OEM unlock on your phone. Activating the “Enable OEM unlock” is necessary for the bootloader unlock. To enable OEM unlock, go to “Settings >> Developer options” and check Enable OEM unlock.

Step 3. Store your device’s IMEI code in Notepad. You can view the IMEI number by entering *#06# on your phone or selecting the Settings >> About phone >> Status >> IMEI menu.

Step 3. Install Minimal ADB & Fastboot Tools. Now launch MAF32.exe file from the Minimal ADB Fastboot folder or Minimal ADB and Fastboot from the desktop icon.

Minimal ADB & Fastboot Tool
Minimal ADB & Fastboot Tool

Step 4. Connect your device to your PC. To reboot your LG G5 in bootloader mode, type the below command in the black window:

adb reboot bootloader

Step 5. Once in the bootloader, use the following fastboot command to obtain Device ID:

fastboot oem device-id

This fastboot command will return a character string. This is the Device ID which is needed to generate your unique unlock key.

Example device code:

$ fastboot oem device-id
(bootloader)-----------------------------------------------------------------
(bootloader) Device-ID
(bootloader) CD58B679A38D6B613ED518F37A05E013
(bootloader) F93190BD558261DBBC5584E8EF8789B1
(bootloader)-----------------------------------------------------------------

Step 6. To generate your unlock key, you will need to paste together the 2 lines of output into one continuous string without “(bootloader)” or white spaces. In the example above, the Device ID would be:

CD58B679A38D6B613ED518F37A05E013F93190BD558261DBBC5584E8EF8789B1

Step 7. Copy Device ID and IMEI into the LG developers unlock site and hit the confirm button. In a few moments the unlock.bin will be emailed to you. Download unlock.bin to computer.

Step 8. While the phone is still in fastboot enter the following command to unlock the bootloader: This will unlock your phone AND factory reset your device wiping all data!

fastboot flash unlock unlock.bin

Step 9. Once done, confirm the bootloader’s lock status by using the command below. As usual, copy paste it, or type manually if you have become fond of fastboot by now.

fastboot getvar unlocked

If you get ‘unlocked: yes’ as response, it means your LG G5’s bootloader is now unlocked.

Step 10. Type “fastboot reboot” to reboot your device.

That’s it, these were all the steps you had to take in order to unlock the LG G5 (H850) bootloader. If you cannot complete the tutorials above, then you can ask for more help in comments. Remember that we cannot be blamed in case you lock / brick your device temporarily during the process. Also, we cannot be held responsible in case you lose any data files in the process.

Last updated on: May 4, 2016 @ 1:35 pm