LG Tribute Empire Firmware Download & Software Update – lmx220pm

There are 2 ways to update the android firmware on LG Tribute Empire. In the first method, you can download the OTA (over the air) System update via Settings and install it.

The other way is to grab an LG Tribute Empire stock firmware (ROM) file in kdz or tot format and flash it in Download Mode via LGUP Flash Tool.

In this post, we are going to check out both the methods of updating LG Tribute Empire Android Firmware. So, Let’s start the tutorial –

LG Tribute Empire Firmware Download & Software Update – Boost Mobile, Sprint & Virgin Mobile – lmx220pm


1. LG Tribute Empire OTA Software Update via Settings

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Open “Settings” on your Tribute Empire

Click on the “General” tab and select “System Updates”.


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On the System updates page, click “Update LG Software”.

Now hit “Check now for update” as shown above.

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It’s checking if a Software update is available or not. Make sure you are connected to the internet via Mobile Data or Wifi.

In my case, it says “There is a software update available”.

If you wish to download the software update via Wifi then select “Wi-Fi only” and tap “DOWNLOAD”.

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The new software is being downloaded. As its a large file we need to wait for a while.

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If you wish you can also Pause the download and resume it later.

Now the software update is ready to install.

Click “Install Now” to update the LG Tribute Empire Firmware.

The phone will reboot during the update. Don’t interrupt the software update process.

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The software has been successfully updated on LG Tribute Empire.


2. LG Tribute Empire Firmware Update via Download Mode

To flash a stock firmware via LGUP we need to boot our Tribute Empire into Download Mode.

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To put your Tribute Empire into Download Mode –

  • Power off the phone.
  • Turn on your computer and get a Micro USB Cable.
  • Hold the Volume UP button on your Tribute Empire & connect one end of the cable to the phone.
  • Keep holding the Volume UP key and insert the other end of the USB cable to the PC.


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  • Your phone must be now in the Download Mode. The above pictures belong to the Tribute Empire Download Mode.

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Wait for the LG AndroidNet USB Serial Port & LG AndroidNet USB Modem Driver to install. The driver installation status can be checked via Device Manager.

If you’ve not installed the Tribute Empire Driver yet, check out the below post –

LG Tribute Empire USB Driver

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We are going to use the LGUP tool to flash the stock firmware on the Tribute Empire

You can download LGUP Dual Mode from the below link –


Download the LGUP_DualMode.zip file and extract it.

Open the extracted LGUP_DualMode folder as shown above.


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Install the LGUP_Store_Frame_Ver_1_14_3 setup file.

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Finish the installation but don’t run LGUP yet.

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Right-Click the SetUser file and select “Run as administrator”.

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Now tap “LGUPU” to load the LGUP flash tool.

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LGUP is loaded. The connected phone is visible as LM-X220PM which is the model number of LG Tribute Empire.

The current LG Firmware version is X220PM11g.

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To load a firmware file we have to tap below “File Path” and hit the “3 dots” icon.


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Browse for the Stock LG Tribute Firmware file in .kdz or .tot format.

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After loading the Firmware file, hit “Start” to initiate the flashing process.

The firmware files are not made available by LG for Boost Mobile / Sprint / Virgin Mobile phones. In the case of MetroPCS / T-Mobile phones, every new Android firmware is made available at the official LG server in kdz file format.

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LG Tribute Empire Drivers – lmx220pm, USB, ADB, Windows 10, Mac

We need to establish different modes of USB Connection between the LG Tribute Empire and the computer. For every mode, a different driver needs to be installed.

The most useful modes of USB connection are ADB Mode, Download Mode & File Transfer or MTP mode. To establish a successful ADB connection, ADB Interface Driver should be installed first.

In a similar manner, LG AndroidNet USB Modem & LG AndroidNet USB Serial Port Driver should be installed if you wish to flash stock firmware on your Tribute Empire via Download Mode.

In this post, we are going to Download and Install the latest LG Mobile Drivers for Tribute Empire. So, Let’s Get Going –


LG Tribute Empire Drivers – Windows & Mac – lmx220pm

Windows 7 & 10 – LG Mobile Driver_WHQL_Ver_4.4.2


Mac – LG Mobile Mac Driver_v5.4


1. Installing the LG Mobile Driver Setup File on Computer

LG Tribute Empire Drivers

Download and Save the LG Mobile Driver Setup File on your computer as shown above.

Double-click the setup file to start the installation.

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Choose language and tap “NEXT”.

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Again hit “NEXT” to proceed further.

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Wait for the Driver Installation to complete.

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The LG Mobile Driver is now installed successfully on our PC.

We are now ready to connect our phone to PC via USB Data Cable.

2. LG Tribute Empire MTP / File Transfer Mode Driver

The file transfer mode is quite useful for sharing files between the phone and the computer.

lg tribute empire file transfer

Connect your Tribute Empire to PC via a Micro USB Cable as shown above.


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Choose the USB Connection mode as “File Transfer”.

Now, wait for the Drivers to install.


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A pop-up appears on the screen asking what to do with this device.

Let’s select “Open device to view files”.

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The “Internal Storage” and “SD Card” is available for file transfer.

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The device manager shows “LG Tribute Empire” under “Portable Devices”.

3. LG Tribute Empire ADB Interface Driver

The ADB Mode is used for various reasons. It aids in booting the phone into fastboot mode for bootloader unlocking.

We can also use it to move apps to the SD card by turning on Adoptable Storage.

You can also write ADB commands to disable the bloatware apps on your Tribute Empire.

lg tribute empire adb driver

For ADB Mode, we need to enable USB Debugging.

Pull down the notification bar and click on the “Settings icon” a shown above.


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We are now in “Settings”

Select the “General” tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Select the 2nd last option i.e. “Developer Options”.

If you’ve not yet enabled developer options on your Tribute Empire, check the below post –

LG Tribute Empire Developer Options

In “Developer Options”, look for “USB Debugging” and tap it.

lg empire usb debugging

Accept the request to “Allow USB Debugging” by hitting “OK”.

Now that we have enabled the USB Debugging, we can connect our phone to PC.

lg tribute empire connect to computer

Use a Micro USB Cable to connect your Tribute Empire to the computer.

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Wait for the ADB Interface Driver to install.

You can check the Installation status in the device manager as shown above.

After the successful installation of ADB Driver, let’s try to unlock the LG Tribute Empire Bootloader.

4. LG Tribute Empire Download Mode USB Modem & Serial Port Driver

The Download Mode is used for Flashing a Stock Firmware. If your System Update was stuck or your device is bricked for some other reason, you can restore it by flashing a stock ROM via Download Mode.

To boot your LG Tribute Empire into Download Mode –

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  • Long- press the Power Button located at the back of your phone.
  • Among the listed options, select “Power off’ to turn off your phone.



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  • Now that your phone is off, Grab a Micro USB Cable.
  • Press the Volume UP key on your Phone, and connect one end of the USB cable to the Phone

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  • Keep the Volume key pressed, and insert the other end of the cable to the computer (The computer must be on)

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  • Your Tribute Empire should be now in the Download Mode as shown in the above screenshot.

lg tribute empire lge androidnet serial port driver

Wait for the LG AndroidNet USB Modem & LG AndroidNet Serial Port Drivers to install.

We are now ready to flash stock firmware on LG Tribute Empire using the LGUP flash tool.

For any query related to an LG Tribute Device, feel free to leave a comment below.