Does LG Tribute Empire have IR Blaster, NFC, MHL, Mirroring?

LG Tribute is an entry-level series in Sprint’s Prepaid lineup. Tribute Phones offer the bare basic features at a throwaway price. Tribute Empire is no exception. It just gets the job done. You cannot expect bells and whistles of a high-end smartphone at a budget price.

In this post, we are going to find out the features present in the LG Tribute empire. So, Let’s get going –

Does LG Tribute Empire have IR Blaster?

I’ve noticed that IR Blaster is usually not found in LG Budget Android smartphones. It’s missing from Tribute Empire as well.

An IR Blaster / Infrared can replace remote control of your Home Appliance such as TV, AC, Fan, etc.

Does LG Tribute Empire have NFC?

NFC is getting more and more popular nowadays. It’s due to the flexibility of contactless and hassle-free payment via Android Pay.

Unfortunately, NFC is missing from the LG Tribute Empire.


I even tested with a 3rd party app and it says NFC is unsupported.

Does LG Tribute Empire have Screen Mirroring?

You can mirror an Android device to the TV via MHL or Miracast. MHL establishes a wired connection while Miracast is a wireless screen mirroring.

LG Tribute Empire lacks MHL as well as Miracast.  So what are our options?

We are left with 2 options in case of Tribute Empire for Screen Mirroring –

  • With Chromecast, it’s possible to mirror the Tribute Empire screen to a TV. As Chromecast uses its native Google Home App for screen mirroring it doesn’t matter if the Cast option is missing from the Phone.
  • If you’ve some other mirroring device such as Roku, Fire TV Stick, or an Android Smart TV you can download “Cast to TV”, screencasting app from the Play Store.


Does the LG Tribute Empire have a Fingerprint Scanner?

On many LG Android Smartphones, Power Button on the back doubles as a Fingerprint Sensor. Tribute Empire also comes with a Power Button on the back, but it lacks a Fingerprint Scanner.

I searched for “Fingerprint” in Settings without any success.

Does the LG Tribute Empire have Wireless Charging?

LG Tribute Empire lacks Qi or Wireless Charging. Being a budget phone it’s not that surprising.

The good news is that wireless charging can be turned on quite easily on a Tribute Empire. Check out the below post to enable wireless charging on the Tribute Empire –

LG Tribute Empire Wireless Charging

Does the LG Tribute Empire have Hotspot?

Tethering or Wifi Hotspot is present in LG Tribute Empire. You can share your Mobile Data with others via Hotspot.

Open Settings and select the “Network Tab”.

Look for “Tethering” and open it.


There are 3 options in Tethering.  USB Tethering, Wi-Fi hotspot & Bluetooth Tethering.

Tap “Wi-Fi Hotspot” as shown above.

Now hit “Set up Wi-Fi hotspot”.



Add your Hotspot password and click “SAVE”.

Now toggle on the Wi-Fi hotspot switch.

Wi-Fi hotspot is now active on the Tribute Empire.

Does the LG Tribute Empire have Expandable Memory?

The internal storage space on Tribute Empire is quite limited. Out of 16GB, hardly 8GB is left as the usable space.

The good news is that we can expand the storage space with a Micro SD Card.

Follow the above pictures to install a Memory Card on your Tribute Empire.


The SD Card can be accessed via Settings < General < SD Card as shown above.

Does the LG Tribute Empire have Face Recognition?

Tribute Empire comes with Face Recognition in the form of Smart Lock. The Trusted Face feature in the Smart Lock does the same job.

Go to Settings < General < Lock screen & security on your Tribute Empire.


Make sure you’ve already set a Primary Screen lock such as PIN or Pattern.

Now hit “Secure lock settings”

Open “Smart Lock” which is the last option on this page.

Hit the last option on the “Smart Lock” page, i.e. “Trusted face”.


Hit “SETUP” & “NEXT” as shown above.


Give access to requested app permissions and again hit “SETUP”.

Hit “NEXT” to add your face and tap “DONE” once your face is added for screen unlocking.

I’ve unlocked my Tribute Empire screen with Face Unlock.

Does LG Tribute Empire have Wifi Calling?

Tribute Empire does have Wi-Fi calling. With Wi-FI calling dropped calls can be reduced to a great extent.

There is a Wi-Fi calling shortcut in the navigation panel. Pull the navigation bar and tap “Wi-Fi Calling” to enable it.

Alternatively, you can enable it via Settings.


Go to Settings < Network Tab < Voice networks < Wifi Calling.

Slide the toggle to the on position.

Does LG Tribute Empire have Notification Light?

Notification LED is usually omitted from LG Budget smartphones. Tribute Empire is no exception.

I search for “LED” in settings but no results we found. On LG Stylo 4 the notification light is present by the name of Blink LED.

Does LG Tribute Empire have Video Calling?

The phone dialer on Tribute Empire doesn’t have a Video Calling option. For Video Calling there is a pre-installed Google Duo App on LG Empire.

The Google Duo app is located on the Home Screen as shown above.

Does LG Tribute have Flashlight?

The Main Camera on the Tribute Empire uses a Single-LED flash. This flash can be used as a Flashlight as well.

Pull down the notification bar and hit the “Flashlight” shortcut to turn it on.

A “Flashlight is on” notification appears on the screen. Tap on it to turn off the Flashlight.


Do you have any more questions about Tribute Empire? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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