Basic requirements

  1. Make sure your computer has working adb. Setup instructions can be found here.
  2. Enable USB debugging on your device.

Unlocking the bootloader

  1. Visit LG’s official unlocking website, where you’ll be asked to login.
  2. Follow the instructions and get your unlock file.
  3. Connect your device to your PC via USB.
  4. On the computer, open a command prompt (on Windows) or terminal (on Linux or macOS) window, and type:

     adb reboot bootloader
    

    You can also boot into fastboot mode via a key combination:

    • Volume Up & Power
  5. Once the device is in fastboot mode, verify your PC finds it by typing:

     fastboot devices
    
  6. Now type the following command to unlock the bootloader:

     fastboot flash unlock unlock.bin
    

    Where unlock.bin is the bootloader unlock file you received in the email.

  7. Wait for the bootloader unlocking process to complete. Once finished, you can check if bootloader is successfully unlocked by typing:

     fastboot getvar unlocked
    

    Verify that the response is unlocked: yes. In that case, you can now install third-party firmware.

  8. Since the device resets completely, you will need to re-enable USB debugging to continue.

Installing a custom recovery using fastboot

  1. Download a custom recovery - you can download TWRP. Simply download the latest recovery file, named something like twrp-x.x.x-x-h870.img.

  2. Connect your device to your PC via USB.
  3. On the computer, open a command prompt (on Windows) or terminal (on Linux or macOS) window, and type:

     adb reboot bootloader
    

    You can also boot into fastboot mode via a key combination:

    • Volume Up & Power
  4. Once the device is in fastboot mode, verify your PC finds it by typing:

     fastboot devices
    
  5. Flash recovery onto your device:

     fastboot flash recovery twrp-x.x.x-x-h870.img
    
  6. Now reboot into recovery to verify the installation:
    • Hold Volume Down & Power till LG logo appears, then release Power for 1 sec and hold it again till recovery comes up

Installing LineageOS from recovery

  1. Download the LineageOS install package that you’d like to install or build the package yourself.

    • Optionally, download 3rd party application packages such as Google Apps
  2. Place the LineageOS .zip package, as well as any other .zip packages on the root of /sdcard:
    • Using adb: adb push filename.zip /sdcard/
    • You can use any method you are comfortable with. adb is universal across all devices, and works both in Android and recovery mode, providing USB debugging is enabled.
  3. If you aren’t already in recovery, reboot into recovery:
    • Hold Volume Down & Power till LG logo appears, then release Power for 1 sec and hold it again till recovery comes up
  4. (Optional, but recommended): Select the Backup button to create a backup.
  5. Select Wipe and then Advanced Wipe.
  6. Select Cache, System and Data partitions to be wiped and then Swipe to Wipe.
  7. Go back to return to main menu, then select Install.
  8. Navigate to /sdcard, and select the LineageOS .zip package.
  9. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the package.
  10. (Optional): Install any additional packages using the same method.
  11. (Optional): Root the device by installing the LineageOS su add-on (use the arm64 package) or using any other method you prefer.
  12. Once installation has finished, return to the main menu, select Reboot, and then System.

Get assistance

If you have any questions or get stuck on any of the steps, feel free to ask on our subreddit or in #LineageOS on freenode.