LG Tribute Empire Factory Reset, Soft Reset & Hard Reset – lmx220pm

There are different kinds of reset functions on the LG Tribute Empire. Based on the severity of the issue we have to choose between Soft Reset, Factory Reset, Hard Reset & Network Settings Reset.

The Internal storage / SD Card data is not affected while performing a Soft Reset & Network Settings Reset. A Hard Reset / Factory Reset wipes all the apps, games and media from the internal memory. It doesn’t affect the data stored on the SD Card.

In this post, we are going to learn how to make the most of them while troubleshooting. So Let’s start with the Soft Reset –

LG Tribute Empire Soft Reset

A Soft Reset is a normal restart and works most of the time to fix common issues such as overheating, app crash, lagging, freezing, etc.

First Method – Regular Restart


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To restart your Tribute Empire –

  • Long-Press the Power Button.
  • Among the listed options, tap “Power off and restart”.
  • Now hit “RESTART” and wait for the phone to boot again.


Second Method – Force Restart



LG Tribute Empire Force Restart

In case your Tribute Empire is frozen and the power button is not responding then we need to force restart the phone.

As Tribute Empire comes with a removable battery, we have to pull the battery to turn off the phone.

You can refer to the above screenshots to remove the battery.


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Now reinstall the battery, replace the back cover and turn on the phone using Power Button.

LG Tribute Empire Factory Reset via Settings

NOTE: Take a complete backup of your internal storage. It will be wiped completely after the factory data reset.

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First of all, we have to open settings.

Pull down the notification panel and click the “Settings icon”.

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

Hit “Restart & reset” then “Factory data reset” as shown above.

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On the “Factory data reset” page, tap “RESET PHONE” at the bottom-right corner.

Now hit “Delete all”.

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Finally, tap “RESET” to initiate the factory reset process.

After erasing the data the phone reboots and lands to the “Welcome” screen of the setup wizard.

Click “Arrow” to move ahead.

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“SKIP” the Insert SIM Card page.

On the Wifi setup page, either connect to your Wi-Fi network or tap “NEXT” to proceed further.

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Tap “NEXT” on the “Date & Time”. It gets updated automatically when connected to the internet.

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On the next page, Enter your Name or just hit “NEXT”.

Now we are on the Screen lock setup page.

Select “Not Now”. The screen lock can be added later as well.

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Now we are on the Google Services page.

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Tap “More” and then hit “Accept” to agree to the Google Services terms and conditions.

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The final page of the setup wizard is the “Legal documents” page.

Tick the checkbox where it says “I agree to all LG Legal documents” and hit “MORE”.

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Now tick the “I agree” checkbox and tap “DONE” to finish the setup wizard.


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We have completed the Factory Data Reset and landed on the Tribute Empire Home Screen.

LG Tribute Empire Hard reset using Volume UP & Power Button

It’s preferable to perform a Factory Reset via Settings. However, if you have forgotten your Screen lock PIN, Pattern or Password, then Settings won’t be accessible.

In such a case, we need to use the Hardware Buttons to reset the phone.

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First of all, we have to turn off the phone.

  • Long-Press the Power button and select “Power off” to turn off your Tribute Empire.

Hard Reset LG Tribute Empire

  • Press Volume Up + Power Button to turn on the phone.
  • As soon as the LG logo appears on the screen (or when the phone vibrates), release the power button and hold it again.
  • Don’t release the Volume UP key during the whole process.
  • Keep holding the Volume UP & Power Button until you’re on the “Factory data reset” screen. This is also called Recovery Mode.


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In the Recovery Mode, we have to use the Volume rocker to move UP & Down. The Power button is used to select an option.

We have to move down from “No (Exit)” to “Yes” with Volume Down Button.

Now select this option with the Power Button.

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Once again move down from “No (Exit)” to “Yes” and press the Power key to initiate Factory data reset.

After erasing the phone, we will land on the Welcome Screen of the setup wizard.

Repeat the steps as done before during “Factory Reset via Settings”.

The only difference is that you’ll be asked to Sign in to the last Synced Google account on this device.

If you don’t remember your Google Account Credentials, then you can Bypass the Google Verification Screen as per the below tutorial –

LG Tribute Empire FRP Bypass

LG Tribute Empire Reset Network Settings

The last reset option we are going to test is the Network Settings Reset. This can fix most of the network-related issues including Wifi & Bluetooth Problems.

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To Reset Network Settings, open Settings and select the “General” tab.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit “Restart & reset” as shown above.

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Now tap “Network settings reset”

Click “RESET SETTINGS” located at the bottom-right corner.

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Once again tap “Reset Settings” to initiate the process.

When done, a confirmation message flashes at the bottom of the screen.

It says “Network settings have been reset”.


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


LG Tribute HD Screen Overlay Detected – How to Turn OFF / Fix

Android marshmallow has a feature which allows an app to draw (overlay) over another app. For example, i installed a health app called twilight on my LG Tribute HD, which changes the background color to reduce eye strain and to get a good sleep. So, as I allow it to draw over other apps, it works in the background along with any other running app.

While Twilight was running, I tried to install and run another app called “Floating Apps”. Floating apps also need permission to draw over other apps. The overlapping of 2 apps requiring screen overlay access resulted in this error “Screen Overlay Detected”.

However, this a temporary issue and can be fixed by temporarily turning off screen overlay access for “Twilight”(or some other background app in your case). Once the installation & setup of “Floating apps” is complete we can turn on screen overlay access for “Twilight”.

Let’s see how to do this with the help of below screenshots –

 How to Turn OFF Screen Overlay on LG Tribute HD

You can see I’m in the process of completing the setup of a newly installed App (Floating Apps)

Its stuck at a point, where I’ve to grant permission to “Enable drawing over other apps”.

You can see the Error pop-up “Screen Overlay Detected”.

The error is due to the  “Twilight” app running in the background as visible in the notification bar.

So we’ve to temporarily turn off the screen overlay access for Twilight app, by tapping on “OPEN SETTINGS” as shown above.

From the list of apps, I selected “Twilight” and turned off screen overlay i.e “Permit drawing over other apps”.

Now I went back to the “Floating Apps” setup and I was able to complete the setup without any interruption.

“Enable drawing over other apps” permission is granted and I can move ahead.

Now, we can again Turn ON Screen overlay for Twilight. There won’t be any more interference between Twilight & Floating Apps.

To do this go to Settings < Apps.


Open “Apps” and hit the “3 dots” icon on top right corner.

Tap on “Configure Apps” to open it.

Select “Draw over other apps”

Scroll down to “Twilight” and open it.

Tap “Permit Drawing over other apps” to turn on Screen Overlay for Twilight.


In my case, “Screen Overlay Detected” error was due to the Twilight app. You’ve to detect which app is running in the background and do the needful.

If facing any issue, feel free to leave a comment below.

LG Tribute HD User Manual PDF Download-Sprint,Boost & Virgin Mobile

Boost Mobile & Virgin Mobile Prepaid phones work on the same Sprint Network. LG Tribute HD LS676 is available for all 3 of them. Even though its one and the same phone on all 3 networks, there are slight differences and that’s why the need of different user manuals.

As the sales package contains only a getting started booklet, the user guide needs to be downloaded online. Based on your Tribute HD carrier, you can download the respective PDF manual. I’ve got the Boost Mobile Tribute HD, so I’m referring the boost mobile English manual for getting the phone information.

The owners manual for all 3 carriers is available in English and Spanish. I’ve uploaded the PDF files to google drive. You can download the files directly from below download links.

LG Tribute HD Virgin Mobile User Guide

The Virgin Mobile Tribute HD comes in 8GB and 16GB variants. Boost & Sprint Tribute HD is available in 16GB only. Below is the download link for Virgin Mobile PDF user manual in English –


To download the Spanish user guide, click on the following link –



LG Tribute HD LS676 Sprint User Guide

Sprint Tribute HD is the costliest amongst the three. It comes with monthly postpaid plans. You can do an outright purchase or pay in easy installments under Sprint flex lease plan. Only Sprint Tribute HD comes with Wifi calling. Its only comes in 16GB variant.

Download the English Manual for Sprint Tribute HD from below download link –


To get the PDF User Guide in Spanish, click on the following download link –


LG Tribute HD LS676 Boost Mobile User Guide

LG Tribute HD Boost Mobile is the most popular among the 3 carriers. It became popular due to its low price point. At one time,  it was available for as low as $20. It comes only in the 16GB variant.

Download the Boost Mobile User Guide in English from Below Link.


The Spanish Owners Manual can be downloaded with the help of following link –



There are many more LG Tribute HD Tips & Tricks which are out of the scope of a user guide.

For any query leave a comment below.