Any way to update LG G6?

T-Moble has not pushed out any of the LG updates since January of 2019. Is there any other way to get an update from LG installed on the phone? Being GSM I could move the phone to another carrier to get the updates, but that is a bit severe.

https://lgsecurity.lge.com/security_updates_mobile.html

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  • Hey William,

     The updates are pushed out from the carrier network so there is no workaround from our end. You can try the SIM from another carrier to get the update to your phone but that's only if you have another SIM available to try. Otherwise, we would just have to wait until the update is pushed out. 

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  • https://www.lg.com/us/support/help-library/lg-bridge-download-how-to-use-CT10000025-1438110404543
    could try lg bridge. dont understand why they cant post updates as apks on site.

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  • Looks like the LG bridge software just runs the system update command. It said no updates found, despite being on the October 2018 patch.

    Looks like T-Mo sucks for supplying updates, guess that is because they are an un-carrier. A real carrier would supply them.

    Their updates are as spotty as their coverage.

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  • that would be like blaming comcast bc microsoft didnt update my windows installation though. OSs require repository distribution or a least a download location on the web. smartphone manufacturers want to hide their hardware addresses as if someones going to reverse engineer and reproduce their stuff at a profit.

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  • That analogy only works if you bought your computer from Comcast and they insisted on controlling the updates and blocked updates from MS that they did nto approve.

    It would be nice if LG controlled the updating of the phone like Apple and Google do, but clearly that is not the case. Not sure who is to blame, but right now LG is providing updates and T-Mo is not passing them on, so the blame is falls on T-Mo for not passign them on, and LG for not making way to install them by the owners of the phone. But LG may have a contract that bars them, so they may have legal excuses.

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  • im in the same boat as u. have an unlocked carrier lg phone which wont update. until i compile the "secure" version of lgs malware ive just disabled it all through adb. i worry about basic security problems still like backdoors into vid and aud but its the best i can do. think everything to do with mobile is a mess bc theyre a major asset of intel agencies that want minimal private security and an open botnet.

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  • Updated:
    Got a Tracphone sim for AT&T and tried that, and big surprise....did not work.
    Doing more digging, seems the unlocked G6 is a different model then the versions AT&T and T-Mobil use, and they do not push out the separate firmware for them. Will allow them on the network, but not allow security patches. Seems to be a way using ADB and manually flashing if you can find all the files needed.

    This model should work on Verizon, but did not want to spend more money on Tracphone for another plan, since you cannot have multiple phones on the same plan like Ting.
    If we can get a new SIM for Verizon, once that goes active on Ting, will it get software updates?

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  • Hi William,

    With our network not yet launched its hard to say exactly how that will work but in all likelihood it will be the same as far as the manufacturer passing the update to the MNO who then send it to devices on their network so you may need to look at downloading the updates on your own if the update does not prompt automatically.

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  • I wish there was a way to download the updates from LG, but I have not found a way. So far using an unlocked LG phone on a MVNO is not supported by carriers for pushing out updates. And LG does not support installing by customers.

    Hopefully Verizon will pass on updates to unlocked phones, but will have to wait for that to go live to find out, unless I can test that for you. ;-)

    Verizon page does not list model numbers, so maybe unlocked will get it?

    https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/lg-g6-update/

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  • Got the new SIM for the new Ting 'red' network, and still no love. Phone is working on the new network, but still says no update available.

    LG really screwed this up, what is the point of an unlocked phone if it can't get updates. Everything I have found about the Android 9 updated and security updates seems to rely on the carries and they only push firmware for their branded models.

    With the recent bluetooth flaw, we can't have an easy to hack phone so will have to get a new one. Moto seems to push updates directly and don't cost a pay check.

    https://duo.com/decipher/serious-bluetooth-flaw-fixed-in-android-update

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  • This is going to sound absolutely crazy, but William, you have a unique enough name where I'm pretty sure I know you in real life. We used to play Ingress together! Small world. I've moved almost all my play time to PoGo, but I'm still keeping that Sojourner badge going from almost 1600 days ago.

    The update from the unlocked G6 will mirror the SIM card installed if it started its life as an unlocked model, or will follow the release schedule of the parent carrier if it started its life as a carrier model. That is, an unlocked AT&T G6 will only get an update with an AT&T SIM (even inactive) installed and continue to follow the update schedule of the AT&T G6. The Factory Unlocked G6 will follow the factory update schedule, but carriers can and still do restrict based on the installed SIM.

    Do you know if yours is an unlocked AT&T model or a Factory Unlocked model?

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  • I thought your name looked familiar also!

    Ingress died for most of us since they forced the new update which is slow and eats battery and data like its a $2 prime rib buffet. Resources is a fun game without the drama of Ingress or PoGo, with a commodities trading aspect added, which has kept some of us busy for a few years now.

    This phone started as an unlocked model and went straight to Ting. So this is just the carriers not allowing updates to phones on the MVNO networks it looks like, and LG only pushes updates via carriers. That is what frustrates me so much, I can see that LG has updates, but can't get them. They even upgraded the phone from 8 to 9, but that upgrade is also blocked along with the recent fix for the bluetooth bug.

    The high price of Apple is looking better, but as long as Moto is pushing updates directly I have an affordable option.

    I will have to try the carrier SIM trick you linked to. I will have to ask around for an old carrier SIM and give it try.

    Thanks for the help, and good to talk to yo again!

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  • I despise being forced into the Prime update, so I really just open it to get my daily hack in and close it in favor of any other game. It's sad, because we were SO into it! I'll look at Resources as an alternative, but PoGo has the community that has been good to me so far, and has given me a few new friendships, which isn't easy the older we get! I tried Orna, but my area is dominated by a few players who have the first-mover advantage.

    In terms of how the phone gets seen by the update servers, it's rare that we're specifically excluded, but it's not unheard of. On Sprint it would be nearly impossible because the SIMs we use *are* Sprint SIM cards, even if they have our logo on them. I don't have a G6 to test in my device lab, but I do have several old carrier SIMs, if you can't find any: Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and about a dozen Sprint SIM cards. I even have a handful of foreign SIMs.

    I went Apple and Pixel a few years ago, and I won't look back. There are too many intricacies like these in terms of update restrictions on just about any other OEM, including a fun new one we're tracking where U1 Samsung models are just broken completely on our V1 SIM. We have issues with Apple and Pixel devices, but almost nothing like this.

    Moto tracks well on the update front, but with so many SKUs it's a little hard to keep track of what's compatible where.

    If you're in my neighborhood ever, just drop me a line and I'll come meet you with the carrier SIM of your choice. I'm still using Hangouts!

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  • In my case I have an unlocked "Amazon Prime exclusive" LG G6+, There were a couple of updates after I got it but nothing since October 2018. LG is totally unhelpful. They must assume security is not a concern for people. I like the phone but won't get another one from LG.

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  • Only option I've found is some super secretive LG ftp server where they maintain their firmware additions to android stock rom source. You'd need to compile it which takes about 40GB of downloads and about 6 hours on a modern quad core processor. I could search for it again (took me hours last time) if you're interested and can't find it yourself. It's a shame because LG hardware is top of the line but, it's wasted on our slave market economy.

    Ah, not so secretive anymore. They've uploaded to a webpage now:

    http://opensource.lge.com/osList/list?m=Mc001&s=Sc002

    https://source.android.com being the next stop where you have to use git and repo to transfer the extreme bloatware that is Google's android.

    Oh god they've released an Andorid 10 for my phone too. Now I'll have to download another 30-40GB of crap...

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