Whew! LG G5 on T-Mobile comes with unlockable bootloader

The Snapdragon 820 versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge ship with locked bootloaders, which makes rooting and modding near-impossible, while the Exynos variation already got root and recovery installed. Given that the LG G5 ships with the same processor in the US, it was largely expected that its locked bootloader will conform to the same strict tinker-prevention measures.

Well, maybe not. T-Mobile is renowned for trying to make their phones as user-friendly as possible, and has promised to work with Samsung on the bootloader issue, but it doesn't need to do so with the G5. 

Enterprising developers are reporting that the T-Mobile version of LG's newest puppy is pretty unlockable, and the procedure is no more complicated than the one on a Nexus phone. There are still issues beyond the bootloader unlock, though, so don't get your hopes too high just yet, but the start is promising.

source: XDA-Devs

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  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
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  • Battery 2800 mAh(25h talk time)



1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Good luck with getting this on a Verizon phone. In fact, I am not surprised they haven't finagled Apple by now to get some of that new stupid 'check' logo either branded on the phone (hardware and / or software).

2. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

It may be unlockable. But you still cannot obtain root or anything at all for that matter... Well yet. This is a moot point. You still need everything signed.

3. kabel

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

PhoneArena, you are writing nonsense again. Straight from TWRP thread: is not unlockabe because recovery partition cannot be flashed

4. kabel

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

5. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Wrong! Go back and check XDA, LG G5 Bootloader is locked tight as well. It won't allow custom recoveries to be flashed as dm-verity prevents any system changes.

6. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1284; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

First the triple coat paint on metal and now this irritating FAKE BL Unlock.. It is worse than real Locked BL.. Now LG can go and duck (????) themselves..

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