LG G4: How to Boot into Download Mode

LG G4 Download Mode

If you’re looking to revert back to stock or flash a firmware image then you can boot into the LG G4 Download Mode and here is how you can do that.

 

Some Android devices have a download mode that gives you access to a lower level of the hardware itself. This mode is generally used by technicians but with software like the LG Flash Tool, you and I can use this mode to do things like revert back to stock, manually flash a firmware for things like downgrading, etcetera. Messing something up in Download Mode is very dangerous so please be aware that you are in a mode that has this lower level access to the software and hardware of the LG G4.

 

Requirements

To utilize Download Mode, you’re going to need a computer with software like LG Flash Tool installed. Unless this program has been ported to Mac or Linux as well, you’re going to need a Windows PC as well. If there are ports of this software then please let me know about them in the comments section below. It is also advised that you use the USB cable that comes with your LG G4. Some users report that other USB cables do work but this is not guaranteed. If you have issues with getting into Download Mode then it might be the USB cable that you are using.

 

LG G4 Download Mode

  1. Download and Install LG’s USB Drivers
  2. Plug the USB Cable into the PC(not connected to the LG G4)
  3. Have you PC Powered On and Logged in
  4. Power Down the LG G4
  5. Press and Hold the Volume Up Button on the LG G4
  6. While Holding Volume Up, Plug the USB Cable into the LG G4
  7. Continue Holding the Volume Up Button After You See ‘Download Mode’
  8. Let Go of the Volume Up Button When You See the ‘Firmware Update’ Screen on the LG G4

 

Explanation

So again, you’re going to need a PC that is on and with the original(or new) USB cable that came with your LG G4 plugged into it. At this time you shouldn’t have this USB cable plugged into the LG G4 but it should be plugged into the PC. You will most likely need LG’s USB drivers installed. You can follow the link above to download them and if they aren’t listed yet, simply download and install the USB drivers for any LG G3 model. Once that is all set up, power down the LG G4 and make sure it is completely off.

 


LG G4 Download Mode Firmware Update

 

 

Once the LG G4 is off, press and hold the Volume Up button and while that button is held down, plug the USB cable into the bottom of the phone. This doesn’t have to be done in any amount of time. Plugging in the USB cable basically signals the LG G4 to turn on and while that is happening, if the cable is plugged in while the Volume Up button is pressed then it should boot you into the LG G4 Download Mode. If you’re watching the screen, you should see a Download Mode screen appear and if you do, continue holding the Volume Up button. After you hold this for a few more seconds then you should see it boot up into a ‘Firmware Update’ page.

 

LG G4 Download Mode USB Unplug

 

 

This is the LG G4 Download Mode that you are looking for and it is here that you will be able to do things like manually flash a firmware image, downgrade, revert to stock, etcetera. As a word of warning, do not unplug the USB cable while anything is being flashed/installed onto your device. The same goes for pulling the battery. Now, you will need to pull the battery if you want to reboot without installing anything. However, if you unplug the USB cable or pull the battery while the PC is interacting with it(with a program like LG Flash Tool) then you could brick your device.

 

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About the author

Doug

I'm working to create an organized and easy to follow central repository of Android tips, tutorials, guides and everything you need to know. With a focus on device specific tutorials now, my goal is to branch out and do more universal tips and tricks that will work on all Android devices.

  • Abi Lash

    when i press vol up and connect usb cable it is actually going to bootloader menu. why?

  • Sara Rodgers

    after it goes to firmware update nothing happens

    • Greg Tomko

      Yes the very same thing happen with my phone.
      Doug could you please address this?
      Thank you.

      • I’m not sure what you’re expecting to happen when you get to Download Mode. It’s not supposed to do anything here until you initiate something from the PC.

        It going to the firmware update screen is what getting to Download Mode is supposed to do. Nothing is supposed to happen, on screen, after you get to the firmware update part.

        That firmware update screen is the part where your PC has low level access to the LG G4 and can then manually flash a firmware (which is initiated from a program on the PC)

  • Sebastian Ruiz

    everytime i hold the volume up with the power button it asks if i want to reset my phone

  • Kuba Ripley

    what if i havent god orginad usb from lg?

    • Then it’s possible that this method will not work. There have been reports that some non-LG USB cables will work. The main reason I mentioned it was because I saw a lot of people saying they couldn’t get it to work until they tried the USB cable from LG

  • Rajesh kumar

    hello, i started ad you said, holding up the volume up key and i have connected to usb with my pc on and i could see the dowloade mode also,, but i waited for more than ten min to see the notification of firmware update still holding the volume up key, i dint see any notification about firmware update. all i could see is download mode only still on. kindly suggest me

  • Steven Adams

    I have installed all of the USB drivers but when I enter download mode and hook up to my computer my computer stops recognizing the device. It recognizes it any other time until I go to flash a rom. Please help!!

  • Simon Pierre

    hello my lg g4 is stock at the download mode level and doesn’t get into firmware update step..whats wrong please.?