Update LG G2 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat without Losing Root (D800, D801 and D802)

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Android is the greatest ecosystem for mobile devices but among things of “WOW” there is a great disparity of distribution that is certainly not a good thing. Android is the only OS with multiple OEMs who theme and customize it with their own flavor. This variety is probably the greatest reason behind the time-gap between the pure AOSP updates released by Google in Nexus devices and the customized updates for device from other brands.

It has been more than four months since the time Android 4.4 KitKat was released but the new flavor of Android made its way to device from OEMs like HTC, Samsung, Sony and LG after months. As a flagship phone, the KitKat update turned its face to the LG G2 rather late. Anyway, the Android 4.4.2 update is finally out for the device. Following the Open LG G2 and AT&T G2, the T-Mobile variant started receiving the official KitKat.

If you own the awesome G2 and have rooted and install TWRP/CWM recovery on it, you’ll not be able to receive and install the OTA. For users with a custom recovery, downloading the KitKat firmware using LG Mobile Support Tool and installing it manually might be the only way to get the new update working on their device. However, flashing the official firmware with .kdz or .tot extension will remove the root and custom recovery both.

The bad news is that there is no working method to root the LG G2 on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. And, the good news is that, if you own any of the following models of LG G2 with root and TWRP/CWM recovery, there is still a way to preserve root on the device.

  • AT&T G2 D800
  • T-Mobile G2 D801
  • Open LG G2 D802

Today, we have come up with a way to update LG G2 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat without loosing root privileges. Please note that having installed the stock firmware, the TWRP recovery will be replaced with stock recovery.

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Requirements

  • LG G2 D800/D801/D802
  • Root access and TWRP Recovery version 2.6.3.3 or higher.

Note:

If your LG G2 does not have root access and a custom recovery, you can install the Android 4.2.2 KitKat firmware manually by following this tutorial.

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Well-versed in English literature and active in politics, Rakesh is a teacher by profession and geek by heart with ardent passion for all-things-tech. He has been a theme-maker, modder, and has contributed to some custom ROMs. He enjoys learning, discovering, growing and sharing the newest and latest trends in the world of Android. Current Devices: LG G3, Nexus 5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 & Galaxy Note 10.1.
  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    It has been tested only on stock firmware.

  • Jesus Rios

    Hi will this work if i have cloudy g3 romo n my LG G2?

  • Ivo Ribeiro

    Don´t solve but i have a solution. I update for 4.4 kitkat and install 8sms program. Now, when i send a sms txt with more off 160 characters, sms transform to mms. Thank you

  • pprav05

    For the fragmented SMS issue, just open Messaging > Settings > Text Message. Then you just deselect the Message Reassembly option.. and your problem is solved. Messages will be sent as whole..

  • pprav05

    Anyway, I got it fixed.. I just flash my phone with ZV8 firmware. Now I am able to unlock the phone and use my sim cards.

    Well..many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many thanks Mr Rekesh for..

  • pprav05

    Hi Mr Rakesh.. I have followed all the steps metioned here..but my phone is still not accepting sim card and is saying no sim card.

    I am running Android kitkat 4.4.2 on LG G2 LS980 Sprint 32GB-stock rom. My Software version is LS980ZVC. Busy box doesn’t seem to work.

    The contents of the the ‘property folder’ are getting erased everytime I reboot the phone. Also telephony.db is reappearing after reboot even though I deleted it.

    Should I flash my phone with another software version like ZVA, ZV8?

    Any help is much appreciated.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Install RootBrowser and Busy Box. You’ll then be able to copy/replace system files.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Our tutorial is based on the XDA thread. We would update the guide and make required changes to work on the US models ASAP. Thanks!

  • Lumpy Space Princess

    I don’t understand how to copy the “property” folder into /carrier/ without the use of commander. I’m running kitkat, so it isn’t compatible, but I’ve downloaded root browser already. What am I suppose to do?

  • Ivo Ribeiro

    See other comments

  • Ivo Ribeiro

    5. To use with GSM US sims…..you must also do a build.prop edit
    AFTER the INTERNATIONAL method (with an build prop editor like Rom
    Toolbox Lite):

    ro.carrier=spr
    ro.build.target_operator=spr
    persist.service.crash.enable=1

    ^^Change these settings one at a time, rebooting inbetween^^

  • Ivo Ribeiro

    Hello. I think is the international unlock. To use US carrier you need other steps.

  • Bryan

    Hi I’m trying to unlock LS980 on 4.2.2 ZV8 to use on US Carriers like ATT, T-Mobile etc please help i have boxes and other things, i use to unlock this phone by flashing custom ROM but i dont want to do that i want to stick to Stock ROM

  • Ivo Ribeiro

    First of all, i want to say thank you for all Rakesh, was hard but i finish :)
    I have 4 questions/problems, if you can help me, i appreciate.
    I buy a LG G2 LS980 with the 4.4.2 and ZVD software for use in Portugal with a portuguese SIM card. I can´t unlock with ZVD sotck ROM so i downgraded to ZVC but is the same. Could only unlock with ZV8 sotck ROM and after the phone update automatically to ZVA by wireless.

    Question 1:
    If I want update to kitkat 4.4 (ZVC or ZVD), is possible? After I can´t unlock again.

    Question 2:
    Data connection don´t activate automatically when I send an MMS. I need to turn ON data connection. It happens the same to receive MMS.

    Question 3:
    When I send an long SMS (more of 160 characters), the message is divided into several messages (1/1, 2/1, 3/1…) and the message receiver receives multiple messages, not just one.

    Question 4:
    I can’t connect the Phone to PC with PC Suite, but I can connect with normal USB storage mode.

  • Gil

    Had to restore my backup in order to have everything fixed, but still can’t get the new rom

  • Gil

    After step 3, I tried to install the ROM (step 4) but received the following error “format() expects 5 args got 4″. Having restarted the phone I only get the LG logo.

    What can I do now??

  • Alex

    I did something wrong when doing that lol. It was stuck in a reboot loop. I wiped it so now i will start over hope it all goes well wish me luck. I havent even slept haha. I hate not knowing about this stuff. I was mainly an iphone user. Thanks I’ll let you know how it goes this time!

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Also try this:

    1. You cannot use Total Commander with Kit Kat 4.4.2 (ZVC rom), it will not copy correctly due to not having the right permissions protocol.

    2. You must delete then copy the files to their respective space.

    2a. You must use Root Explorer (or any root file manager, but Root Explorer I know for sure works

    2b. Using Root Explorer: (Delete carrier folder on root, then select Mount R/W, now copy the entire carrier folder to root……Delete apn-config file…and copy……Delete telephony.db, then copy)

    5. To use with GSM US sims…..you must also do a build.prop edit AFTER the INTERNATIONAL method (with an build prop editor like Rom Toolbox Lite):

    ro.carrier=spr
    ro.build.target_operator=spr
    persist.service.crash.enable=1

    ^^Change these settings one at a time, rebooting inbetween^^

    5. After you edit the build prop, you can now restart with the GSM sim…it should be working

    6. If working, there are some caveats!
    6a. You must use a radio switcher to change from cdma/wcdma/gsm etc. and you want to set it as GSM/UMTS
    6b. There is an issue if your contacts do not have the country code in front of the number…either a 1 or a 0
    Tip: download a number fixer from the app market
    6c. Use Tweakker MMS APN app to set you APN settings (For Data to work)

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Reboot the device after installing busybox script. Then open root browser and try changing the file permissions for telephony.db file to r–r–r– and reboot your device. Then try deleting it.

  • Alex

    I had installed busybox but had not completed the install and run the script. Did that just now and went to delete telephony.db file and same thing happens keeps popping up again after reboot. I am not too tech savvy by the way. Thank you for replying. I hope i can get this sorted out dont know what else to do. I also tried other root manager apps and also no luck on deleting.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Have you installed, BusyBox and run the busybox script after installing it on the phone?

  • Alex

    Please help! I did all the steps and i got the sim to work. I can make calls and texts but no 3g. Every time i try to delete telephony.db file it always re-appears after reboot. I read all the comments and i did see other ppl had this issue but i saw no solution. I tried renaming the file too. Lg g flex ls995 on kk4.4.2 any help or someone that did fix this? The 3g not working is due to this db file not deleting?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    I mean what build version?

  • adam s

    KITKAT 4.4.2

  • adam s

    and do you think this can work again on cdma service again ???

  • adam s

    After this steps i loss all my data from cdma (metropcs) no roaming and data signal just 1x but can you tell me any way to fix this ?? and how i edit this typing ro.build.target_operator=spr in the same box or in value because i put this on the fist box and after reboot is look like this spr= is correct or not???

    5. To use with GSM US sims…..you must also do a build.prop edit AFTER the INTERNATIONAL method (with an build prop editor like Rom Toolbox Lite):

    ro.carrier=spr
    ro.build.target_operator=spr
    persist.service.crash.enable=1

  • adam s

    but there is only zv8 ,zva,zvc any of this work better with my model i don’t wan to get brick and can you tell me how i do this to the right way thanks for you help

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • adam s

    im looking for lg g2 ls980zvd stock any help???

  • adam s

    hi Rakesh,
    i followed all steps and tried different SIM cards but nothing worked. i wiped my phone but im still missing one file and it showed me the error i previously mentioned to you. i have a sprint phone thats already flashed to metro PCS. My phones model is LS980 LG G2. at this point i already restored my phone to factory mode but i think i deleted something because in settings i don’t see the roaming option and inside network options i can’t open the mobile network option. i don’t know what is the best option i have, i want my phone like it originally was, do you thing if i install a new ROM i will be able to fix it? and which ROM do you think is the best one. But another option is to re-install the software to the phone, do you think you have the LS980 ZVD. im currently using the KITKAT 4.4.2. I can provide you my email address and my Skype hoping you can help me. My email is: soberanis14@yahoo.com and my Skype ID is: adam.soberanis. Thank you for your help, I will wait for your reply.
    sincerely, Adam

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • Awaaz

    where to get Sprint LG G2 LS980 firmware?

  • adam s

    HI i have my lg g2 i do all but when im try to call and text setting don’t show roaming option and start pop up “unfortunately ,the process com.android.phone has stopped ” my cell is sprint and i used with cdma with metropcs !! and my sim is sprint but is lock now any help?or idea??

  • Albert Padilla

    Ok thanks.

    One last thing. When using data/ internet it shows gsm with circle around when loading pages. How do I get it to use 4g lte? Im running on cricket network with 4g lte .

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Glad to know, Albert! No, it’s only for the LG G2.

  • Albert Padilla

    Rakesh,
    I just wanted to take the time to thank you for all of your help!
    I was able to unlock by following your steps, It is much appreciated.
    Quick question, Do these steps work for sprint galaxy s4 as well?
    Thank You

  • Albert Padilla

    ok so I copied carrier into root and fixed the permission. could you walk me through what to do now.

    Thanks again

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    After 2b.

  • Albert Padilla

    dont have to delete telephony?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Reboot device!

  • Albert Padilla

    ok done. Now what?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    The modified carrier folder that you copied to root directory of your device using root browser.

  • Albert Padilla

    the main carrier folder or the one in root menu?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    No tap and hold the “carrier” folder, choose Permissions option and fix the permission to rw-r–r– (0644).

    See this: http://www.droidviews.com/how-to-setfix-file-permissions-on-android-devices-a-beginners-guide/

    P.S.- Having made the changes, reboot your device.

  • Albert Padilla

    ok I believe I did what you said. now what?

    Youve been alot of help

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Extract ls980SIMunlockFinal.rar file on desktop, copy the “carrier” directory from extracted folder to your device. Then open Root Browser, navigate to “carrier” and copy the entire folder to root directory.

  • Albert Padilla

    what needs to be done on root broswer. I apologize but I am not familiar with it so not sure on what to do next . I dont understand the steps on 2b

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes. You can disconnect from the computer.

  • Albert Padilla

    ok so can I disconnect phone from computer? and can you please walk me through root browser? I really appreciate the help

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Do not use TC. You can delete replace files with Root Browser too!

  • Albert Padilla

    What other files need to be deleted? So I did ok deleting the carrier folder in root browser? and how do I copy them to the same path? when trying to copy in total commender they dont show up after finished. aslo apn gives me an error message. Sorry for all the questions. I just been stuck for hours and came so far I really want to finish

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    After deleting the original files, copy the modded files to the same path on your phone. Also, do not forget to change file permissions.

    BusyBox makes root access more effective and is needed for modifying system files which else would not be so effective.

  • Albert Padilla

    I already went to root browser and the folder that said carrier I deleted. Did I mess something up? I thought thats what it said to do.

    If so what should I do?

    is all of 2b in root browser as one step?

    and what is busy box for? I will download it now.

    I appreciate your help, and fast response.

    Thank you

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Actually, that option is found in Root Explorer app. You need not do that in Root Browser. However, before making any modification, also install BusyBox on your device.

  • Albert Padilla

    Can someone please help!! I do not understand what is being said on step 2b below. It is very vague . I went to root app deleted carrier folder , Then what? I do not see anything on the app saying mount r/w??? and also are you guys saying if I have kit kat I cant unlock??

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try this:

    1. You cannot use Total Commander with Kit Kat 4.4.2 (ZVC rom), it will not copy correctly due to not having the right permissions protocol.

    2. You must delete then copy the files to their respective space.

    2a. You must use Root Explorer (or any root file manager, but Root Explorer I know for sure works

    2b. Using Root Explorer: (Delete carrier folder on root, then select Mount R/W, now copy the entire carrier folder to root……Delete apn-config file…and copy……Delete telephony.db, then copy)

    5. To use with GSM US sims…..you must also do a build.prop edit AFTER the INTERNATIONAL method (with an build prop editor like Rom Toolbox Lite):

    ro.carrier=spr
    ro.build.target_operator=spr
    persist.service.crash.enable=1

    ^^Change these settings one at a time, rebooting inbetween^^

    5. After you edit the build prop, you can now restart with the GSM sim…it should be working

    6. If working, there are some caveats!
    6a. You must use a radio switcher to change from cdma/wcdma/gsm etc. and you want to set it as GSM/UMTS
    6b. There is an issue if your contacts do not have the country code in front of the number…either a 1 or a 0
    Tip: download a number fixer from the app market
    6c. Use Tweakker MMS APN app to set you APN settings (For Data to work)

  • hk

    after unlocking, a message “Unfortunately, the process com.android.phone has stopped” keeps showing up. I’ve tried factory reset and also flashing it, rooting it, and then unlocking it all over again. What are my options?

  • hk

    I am on step four, trying to drag the folder (property) to carrier but it doesn’t seem to move it when i reboot the phone and look through the app..

  • hk

    Hey Rakesh!
    I’m on step 4 and there is nothing under my device when opened from total commander. I tried dragging the files to the device anyways and it won’t shop up on Root Browser app

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try the links now.

  • Juan Garcia

    Im having a hard time downloading the files needed

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Yaroslav!

  • Yaroslav Funt

    I don’t know how I did it, but I somehow unlocked my phone after many tries.
    I have Kit Kat ROM so I many times tried to copy property or carriers folders but nothing worked – each time after a reboot the folder would be empty and I would get looping errors (that the phone app crashed), making the phone borderline unusable. (The phone did read the SIM though).
    Out of rage I tried completely deleting the Carrier folder, and after a reboot – IT WORKED!
    It was unlocked, I was able to use my phone without any errors. Also the boot animation turned into LG and all the Sprint bloat was gone!
    Try this, it might work (don’t forget to delete the telephony file and replace apns file).

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Thanks for your time and concern! I would edit the tutorial.

    Regards!

  • JtG101

    Hello Rakesh, This is Leonard (matrx10503) from XDA… I will try to write up an amendment for this tutorial.

    For now though here is an overview

    1. You cannot use Total Commander with Kit Kat 4.4.2 (ZVC rom), it will not copy correctly due to not having the right permissions protocol.

    2. This method of sim unlock is the INTERNATIONAL method

    3. You must delete then copy the files to their respective space.

    3a. You must use Root Explorer (or any root file manager, but Root Explorer I know for sure works

    3b. Using Root Explorer: (Delete carrier folder on root, then select Mount R/W, now copy the entire carrier folder to root……Delete apn-config file…and copy……Delete telephony.db, then copy)

    4. To use with GSM US sims…..you must also do a build.prop edit AFTER the INTERNATIONAL method (with an build prop editor like Rom Toolbox Lite):

    ro.carrier=spr
    ro.build.target_operator=spr
    persist.service.crash.enable=1

    ^^Change these settings one at a time, rebooting inbetween^^

    5. After you edit the build prop, you can now restart with the GSM sim…it should be working

    6. If working, there are some caveats!
    6a. You must use a radio switcher to change from cdma/wcdma/gsm etc. and you want to set it as GSM/UMTS
    6b. There is an issue if your contacts do not have the country code in front of the number…either a 1 or a 0
    Tip: download a number fixer from the app market
    6c. Use Tweakker MMS APN app to set you APN settings (For Data to work)

  • Colonel Nicky

    The files disappear once I try to copy them over, even after the progress window shows it being finished.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    What problem are you having?

  • Abeliever

    I’m so close. Please turn me onto any material or tutorials to get me through these last steps.

  • Abeliever

    In total commander I dragged and dropped “Properties” into the “carrier” folder on my phone. The progress bars showed that the task was completed but even after many tries. I do not see the files when I open the folder in root browser in my LG G2

  • Anthony Mallette

    I just did all this and I too am having problems with deleting the telephony.db file. I’ve renamed it as well and I’m not sure if I have the ZV7 or 8. Also he is correct with the the property folder not copying anything. Please help

  • Nick Keslar

    Thank you sir! I tried and still it did not work. Also, I am wondering if I have a corrupt download of TC or something. I got it from the link but it seems like everytime I run the program, it does something different. First few times copying properties to carrier, it did nothing, but after several attmpts, it flashed a whole bunch of script that looked like a mini command window across my phone screen. So after that I tried to change pernissions and delete the telephony.db, but the deleted file was still there upon restating. So I restored, and tried again several times, and now it does the same thing again where it looks like the property folder is copying to the carrier folder, but it really is not. Im stumped!

  • Nick Keslar

    I was reading elsewhere that this only works on the ZV7 software. I was on ZV8 while doing it. But also, the thread I was reading had nothing about changing the permissions in the app folder or deleting telephony.db…. Anyhow, so I searched for a ZV7 download and can not find it anywhere. Well this is my go-to site for tutorials anyway so I suppose that I should wait on your reply and hope I can figure it out. I tried everything, was not able to delete telephony.db, it shows up again on every reboot, and my device also says no sim card. But when I switch over to the cm11 rom I have installed, I am getting perfect reception. So hopefully it just is not picking up my sim because it is not unlocked. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  • Nick Keslar

    Any ideas about the guy underneath me? Everytime I delete the telephony.db file from my device, it reappears on reboot. I have busybox and tried several root browser apps. I am using an ls980 on 4.2.2

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • dustin

    Still nothing. Is there a way to revert to 4.2

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    WIt has been tested an Android 4.2.2 but should work on KitKat too. Install Busybox app from the market and then try deleting again.

  • dustin

    Sorry forgot. Sprint ls980 running stock 4.4 and its 32gb

  • dustin

    I cant get the telephony.db to delete i erase it and reboot and its still there. Any advice?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    What’s the OS version of your device?

  • Oscar Estrada

    plz i need help I do all of the guide, and didnt work, my phone is the model ls980, can anyone help me?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    What do you mean?

  • Saher Khateeb

    then I will lose my root and I will stuck with 4.4.2 Kit Kat without root access.
    is this right?
    thanks for your support

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • Saher Khateeb

    plz i need some help…!!
    when i try to boot the device (LG D802) in to recovery this is all what i get: black screen withe the android robot “no comman”.
    i tried to wipe the phone by holding the power +volume down.
    i tried downloading rom manager.
    nothing is working.
    i am trying to download 4.4.2 kitkat.
    the phone is rooted.
    regards

  • jorge

    same problem, but with a Telcel sim (Mexico)

  • Bret

    sorry, this was done on the sprint ls980.

  • Bret

    The apns-conf.xml will not copy over. The unlock still worked for basic cellular usage (call and messaging) but no data. What could my problem be?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • ssssss

    fuck!!! i got the problem with this!!!!!! and i cant fix it, i lost my recovery!!!!

  • Zain Irfan

    So has anyone had success with their Sprint LG G Flex working fine on GSM network?

  • chad

    help. I have my phone rooted and it shows up in total commander and everything but when I try to copy the property folder over to the phone it looks like everything is working ok but when I check the folder on the phone, none of the files copied. what can I do to fix this?

  • ray

    I did that and press the power button 3 times. i saw the little droid with the blue thing spinning, then It brought me to the configuration menu for setting up the phone to language. when I try to touch the screen it is always selecting the item below the area that i touch

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Turn your phone off.
    Press volume down and power button until the LG logo comes on screen
    Let go of both buttons
    Hold the volume down and power buttons again until you see the “hard reset screen”
    Press power once and then power again to confirm.

  • ray

    Thanks, I tried that, but even in the setting up I was not able to select the options as the touch screen was not syncing and was all over the place

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Do a hard reset, it’ll be fixed!

  • ray

    HELP Please, I downloaded and ran the following, TWRP and custom recovery. Kitkat 4.4.2 is now installed on my phone.

    I am having the following issues. Can not turn off the phone unless i hold down the power button for several seconds. The touch screen is not responding as it should. I would touch one part of the screen and something else is selected. The touch seems to be off by one row. If I touch anywhere on the screen it would select whatever is below it. It is almost impossible to select the Apps menu as it is non responsive.

  • canerr

    Hello Rakesh. I have been waiting for the twrp for kit kat 4.4.2 to come out since i have installed the d802 rom to my d800 so i could go back to at&t version rom but new twrp is still not available. I see you mentioned that i have to go back to JB. Can you tell me which d802 rom is the right firmware to go back to JB. I think im gonna have to use kdz files to flash the stock jb rom but im not sure which version to use. I am familiar with flashing tot and dll files but not kdz files. Do you think there is a big risk if i try to flash a kdz firmware. Thanks in advance.

  • Kareem

    man please help me out , i can’t even touch anything on the screen :S its really frustrating . i connected the phone to the laptop and i couldn’t find any data everything was wiped .

    any chance i can flash another rom or i can get my data back ?????????
    i beg to have some help over here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kareem

    i connected my phone to my pc and i can;t see any data :O :O ???????????????////
    please help

  • Kareem

    i flashed it and everything went ok , but when the phone booted the touch screen is not working and i can barley use the phone , how can i restore back to my twrp backup ?????
    please help

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes

  • Kareem

    is it compatible with 32gb ?

  • Jairo Santiana

    my model phone is a lg g2 ls980 sprint 32gb, the phone is compatible with the networks of my country. my phone had t mobile software, and restore it to the original Sprint, but now does not recognize the sim card, the on-screen message, missing sim card

  • Jairo Santiana

    other sim . I live in Ecuador, buy the phone working in my country but update it, and stopped working

  • Christos Kyriakou

    I manage to downgrade to stock 4.2.2 by following this guide: http://www.droidviews.com/how-to-restore-lg-g2-to-stock-firmware/
    The hardest is to set debugging mode on.. took me like 2 hours!!
    From stock 4.2.2 you can easily root tour device and install a custom recovery
    When following the above guide avoid downloading files with chrome.. and make sure you disable your antivirus when executing apps.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Sprint SIM or other SIM?

  • Jairo Santiana

    please help me no read sim card

  • Nick Keslar

    Rakesh, Thanks for all the help thus far and pointing me in the right direction! I do have another question, and hopefully it is my last until I finish this process, but I am finally able to get into total commander, and once clicked into my device, I am not able to find a folder labeled property????

  • Christos Kyriakou

    I also lost my custom recovery… :(

  • Christos Kyriakou

    I am having a problem with touch.. makes the phone unusable. Is there any way to calibrate touch or fix this issue??

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Download this file: ls980SIMunlockFinal.rar. I have updated the link in the post too.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2654111&d=1395953433

  • Nick Keslar

    ok thank you. should I only download the new link you posted in the comments here? or both that and the original one from the original post?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Delete the old files, redownload the file and try again. I have also added an alternate method.

  • Nick Keslar

    windows could not complete the extraction. destination file could not be created

  • Nick Keslar

    it said some files could not be extracted because there was no access to the directory output

  • Nick Keslar

    yes. but what do I open after I download it?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    You are doing it wrong. I just tried it again. Did you download this file?

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2654111&d=1395953433

  • Nick Keslar

    when I get in to click compatability, it doesn’t let me. it again says that the file doesn’t exist :/

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Wait, right click the Totalcmd.exe file, click Properties> Compatibility and select Windows XP Service Pack 2 under compatibility mode. Then launch the program as administrator and if it asks, select Run without getting help.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Download the latest version and try on the lower version of Windows: http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2654111&d=1395953433

  • Nick Keslar

    yes

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Are you using Windows 8?

  • Nick Keslar

    I posted above, but I am having the same problem. I installed the drivers but it says file doesn’t exist when I try to launch total commander

  • Nick Keslar

    I am having the same problem as gary. I have installed the drivers but it tells me the file doesn’t exist when Attempting to launch Total Commander

  • Phil Joyce

    Thank you!

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Glad to hear that!

  • EJames Cruzat

    I was able to boot again and reflash KIKAT again this time after flashing Kitkat I downloaded a app called Build Prop on playstore this help me modify the value of ro.telephony and it works! for those guys that doesn’t have any LTE try my solution it works for me! try your luck :D

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • EJames Cruzat

    After restoring I discovered that I still don’t have the LTE Selection on my settings :/

  • EJames Cruzat

    I am now restoring my last backup do you have any other rom that can be installed with LTE feature enabled?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try a factory reset.

  • EJames Cruzat

    I’m now restoring my JB Backup lol and redo this upgrade without losing my root

  • EJames Cruzat

    I didn’t get any error. I think the problem is I need to delete atleast 1character to be able to input two digits on the telephony

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    What error do you get?

  • EJames Cruzat

    I deleted a space line on build.prop and was able to add 2digit number after reboot now im stuck with a black screen lol

  • EJames Cruzat

    I tried that method but I can’t add a two digit to replace the number 9 D:

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Have you installed the USB drivers?

  • gary

    Same here did u figure out?

  • gary

    I can’t launch tc says doesn’t exist? Alternative way to launch?

  • Phil Joyce

    Hi there, I have a d802 that’s currently downloading a new software version, though I am rooted and have TWRP recovery. If I continue downloading, do you know whether the installation will remove my root? Unfortunately, the software download in my notification drawer doesn’t even tell me what software I’m downloading!

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • EJames Cruzat

    Hi, I followed all the steps and able to retain my root with this method. one little problem after flashing the rom upon checking my data connection lte connection in the selection disappeared and now I can’t use my phone’s LTE feature do you know how to permanently fix this problem? TIA LG G2 D802

  • MMita

    Hi,

    do you mean there is a difference between the version installed by FreeGee and the version you suggest in the first part of the link? Well, the install TWRP with FreeGee was not smooth: first the install was hanged on as it was reported before. Terminated and started Freegee again, launching the TWRP install came back immediately with message: TWRP installed. After that TWRP worked well.

  • Uan

    Ok. thank you. :(

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • MMita

    Hi Rakesh,

    I have tried to install the open ROM and the step 5 was not successful with the following messages:

    “Update system
    Checking if loki-flying is needed
    /dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc. 1/by-name/boot nee
    (-) Unsupported about image.
    Error loli-iflying the boot image.
    Error flashing zip ‘/sdcard/download/D802_Stock
    Updating partition details….

    Failed (with Red colour)

    Do you have suggestion how to proceed forward with the upgrade? I was able to restore the previous version, installed the stock rom sucessfully. I have tried again the procedure with the same result.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Uan

    Can I install it into a D805 version(Brazil)? Thanks

  • http://cellphonez4u.com Nicholas Cook

    Hey guys, I followed this guide to get the apns-conf.xml file over to my Sprint LG G2 stock 4.2.2 rom with Root. When i restart phone with H2O (att sim) it doesnt pick up any signal. Are there specific settings in need to change in mobile settings to get this to work? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    OK.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    what’s this?

  • Eric Sheill

    Unsubcribe

  • Didi Thu

    unable to launch total commander:
    c/user/ destop/ls980SImunlock/totalcommander/totalcmd.exe the specified path does not exist.

    How to remedy this issue?

  • Eric Sheill

    supersu .zip bad file from xda. downloaded from this site and install successful!!
    still bummed about not being able to restore old backup, will try again.

  • Eric Sheill

    also unable to restore to backup stock 4.2.2 rom, twrp doesnt recognize backups in folder, only 4.4.2 backup.

  • Eric Sheill

    E:unable to open zip file

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try to read the error log on the screen.

  • Eric Sheill

    in twrp flash says “failed” wiped and reinstalled the zip and again tried to flash SuperSU zip and again failed.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    What error do you get while installing SuperSU?

  • Eric Sheill

    installed but failed to install SuperSU. have twrp as recovery, how to root?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Not now. When an exploit is available, we’ll post it here ate DroidViews.

  • Khalil Jaber

    is it possible to root LG G2 D80220b-EUR-XX?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Can you access download mode?

  • will

    figured it myself. thanks anyway

  • will

    i cannot access twrp. my phone wont power off. when i hold the power button it just restarts like it on a loop.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes, you can install a custom recovery but you will have to go back to JB, root the device, install recovery and flash this ROM instead: http://d-h.st/yHf

    Do not forget to flash SuperSU after flashing the ROM.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • will

    Do need your help here. im kinda noob. i messed my g2 prettey bad. i dont know what to do. HELP guys. thanks

  • Canerr

    Sorry one more question is there an available cwm recovery for g2 kit kat can i do same thing with cwm recovery?

  • Canerr

    Ok thank you for help Rakesh!

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Actually, the conversion file is meant for converting thee ROM for D802 to D800. Use the device for some time and when TWRP installation is available, flash the ROM for AT&T version. Just wait for some time, I’ll tell you a workaround.

  • will

    after i booted it to system, touch calibration is all messed up! guys need help. i cant power off my lg g2 as well. and i cant boot into recovery

  • Canerr

    yes i did

  • will

    hi im using a d802 international model. i followed the steps in flashing the ROM thru TWRP. but when i get to the part where i am installing the ROM, Im stuck with this message: no MD5 file found. HELP!

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Did you flash the conversion file after flashing the ROM?

  • Canerr

    Hello i have followed all of the steps and succesfully installed the rom everything works perfectly except for one thing. When i try to go back to stock jellybean by using lg flash tool i get an error which says wrong model number. After checking my software status on my phone it says its says d80220a under software information. I have a d800 i assume this is the problem makes flashing fail. Is there anyway to fix this? Thank you so much!

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Okay, open TWRP Manager, go to Advanced> Install Recovery and install TWRP from there.

  • Khalil Jaber

    I installed FreeGee as you suggested and inside FreeGee I clicked on TWRP-2.6.3.3 and a window appeared saying ” Performing action TWRP-2.6.3.3″ and it seems to take long time.. cause it is there for about 25 minutes now

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    TWRP is just app to manage TWRP recovery and using its functions without going to recovery mode.

    You can install TWRP using TWRP manager too but use this instead: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.shell.freegee_free

    Open this app and choose TWRP to install it. After that you can install the KitKat ROM.

  • Khalil Jaber

    how to do that exactly when I already have TWRP manager installed on my device? I download FreeGee from Play Store and Install it? Is TWRP Manager (Root) different than TWRP Recovery? excuse me..

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Hmm, it means that your phone does not have TWRP recovery installed on it. Install TWRP using FreeGee app and then try again.

  • Khalil Jaber

    I was at the step right after I copied the room and the supersu to my phone to upgrade it from 4.2.2 (rooted D80210a-EUR-XX) to 4.4.2, I installed TWRP Manager as you suggested and I had to boot the deviceinto TWRP recovery mod to wipe data and cash before I get back to TWRP to install the rom exactly like you explained in the tutorial above.. but whe the device tried to boot the android logo appears with a red triagle on..

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Can you tell me at which step or why did you need to reboot into recovery mode?

  • Khalil Jaber

    Hello

    I tried to update my LG G2 to 4.4.2 without losing rot and I guess that I did everything as you suggest till I came to the point where I have to boot my device into TWRP recovery mod to wipe cash and data, but when the device tries to boot the green android logo with a red triangle appears and the device didn’t come any farther, so I had to reboot the device manually.. I tried that many times and had always the same problem. Would you please inform me if anyone else had the same problem? and how to solve it?

    In advance thanks a lot

    Regards

    KJ

  • sarah

    That would be the esn.. right sry im still in the process of learning.. i changed. It multiple times still haven’t found the right one.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    If it’s not an FC error, try to reset messaging setting.

  • sarah

    When sending a mms it says…
    Service not activated on network

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    What error do you see while using the app?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes, you can install TWRP but not on Android 4.4.2 at the moment.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    If you have flashed a carrier branded firmware, you’ll not be able to the brand splash screen unless you install an unbranded firmware.

  • Oj Marcelo

    how can I change the splash screen? I have the SEA LG G2, so the Vodafone thing is kinda weird for me :/

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • Matan Banin

    I have rooted 802 I did everything ad mentioned I rebooted and I still in 4.2.2

    Wh to do???

  • Matan Banin

    I have rooted 802 I did everything ad mentioned I rebooted and I still in 4.2.2

    Wh to do??

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
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  • Sup

    Wish I read this before upgrading..

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh
  • AjayJ

    I tried factory reset so many times this did not work please help the touchscreen is crazy pretty much unusable

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Perform a data factory reset. It works fine.

  • Frank Mirović

    Doesn’t work. When I install it, my touchscreen goes crazy.

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  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    I have tested it. It is pretty safe. Just do things carefully.

  • Carlos

    Well, I have installed twrp to be more secure. Will this method work for sure? I have the D802. I don’t want to brick my phone. Thanks in advance.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Yes

  • Carlos

    There is also a “format data” option, shall I do that?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Look for format system

  • Carlos

    Can’t find wipe system…

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Boot in CWM, wipe data factory reset, wipe cache partition, go to Advanced, wipe system, go back to main menu and choose install zip from SD card, select ROM, install it. Go back and install Superuser the same way.

    Finally, select reboot system now.

  • Carlos

    Hi, how can I flash this with cwm?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    You need not go back to stock JB. Just flash it via TWRP/CWM.

  • MXB123

    Hi Rakesh,

    Thanks for the tutorial, nice and clear, just one thing to confirm before I will proceed. I am airway rooted and using a custom ROM. Is it possible to move from a jelly bean custom rom to this? Or do I have to be back to stock jelly bean firmware as you appear to be in your screen caps.

  • Kamrul Hasan

    It’s 32GB model.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Which country are you from?

  • Kamrul Hasan

    Hi Rakesh,
    Fist of all that for this tutorial. I want to update my brother’s LG G2 D802 onto 4.4.2. Device is not rooted. Current Android version is 4.2.2. He is eagerly looking forward to have official 4.4.2. Can you please help me to install official firmware for 4.4.2. He want me to update in such a way so that in future he get the OTA. So I need the guideline for flashing official firmware 4.4.2. Here I am sharing current firmware details so that you can advice accordingly.

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    You can create a copy before deleting but the original files must be replaced with the modded ones.

  • carlos

    and am i suppose to delete the original files

  • carlos

    ok i did the hole thing exactly how u explain it but when i put in m tnobile sim it still says no sim

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    I see a yellow triangle on one of the buttons. Have you issues with USB Drivers?

    Press Windows+X, select device manager, right click on LGE AndroidNet USB Serial port COM2, select Properties> Advanced> COM port number and select COM41. Reboot PC and device and try again.

  • sean

    Yes

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    What are you trying to do actually? Unlock the SIM?

  • carlos

    can u pease help me with that

  • carlos

    im not able to open the tc file

  • sean

    I thought that was the one I had, but I downloaded and installed it anyways, as well as rebooted the PC. Still no luck. Hmm.

    When I try to copy the property folder it goes for about 15% and then the window transfer status thing window just disappears. With the xml file it goes all the way to 100% but I still get an error. Is there another program besides Total Commander that might work?

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    I would suggest you to install the stock ROM to get data working again. The ROMs given on this page are not meant for Sprint G2. I’ll update it when the Sprint version is available.

    You can restore the firmware using our guide from here: http://www.droidviews.com/tag/lg-g2/

  • http://www.droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try installing latest driver from here: http://www.droidviews.com/android-usb-drivers-samsung-motorola-sony-lg-zte-htc-asus-huawei-acer/

    Reboot phone and PC and try again.

  • sean

    Hi,wonderfully written and easy to read and understand. I’ve [as far as I can tell] had success with everything except the last step. I’m currently unable to actually transfer the files to my G2. It’s an LS980. I’ve definitely rooted it, installed the drivers and all that the files just won’t actually transfer while in TC. Any advice? Are maybe the drivers specialized for a certain carrier and I should try to find different ones tailored better to my phone?

  • sarah

    Hi, i have an sprint supposly unlocked lg g2, i am using att straight talk with it, everything works, just not the 4g or data.. i have no idea what i am talking about in tech terms. So of you have any ideas it would be great for me to get this to work thanks