Bypass Google Lock on LG Tribute Empire FRP lm-x220pm 2020

This is the latest FRP Bypass method for LG Tribute Empire. It works even if your LG Empire is running on the latest android Firmware X220PM19a with the Security Patch Level May 1, 2020.

In the earlier method, we used to bypass the Google Verification screen using the Switch Access option in Accessibility Settings.

In the recent Tribute Empire Software Update, the Switch Access option is removed. You can refer to the above screenshot.

This time we are going to use a newer method to get past the Google Lock screen.

As I was stuck on the lock screen on my Tribute Empire, I had to use the Volume UP & Power Button to Hard Reset the phone.

After the reset, I’m on the Welcome Screen as visible in the above screenshot.

I connected to my Wifi network and now I’m on the Copy apps and data page.


In the next step, I was asked to enter the Lock Screen Pattern or Google Account details.

You must be stuck on the above Verification Screen asking for a PIN, Pattern, Password, or the last synced Google Account details.

There is no need to worry. In a few minutes, you’ll be able to use your phone once again. So Let’s get going –

How to Bypass Google Verification on LG Tribute Empire LM-X220PM – 2020

For the ease of understanding, we will divide the process into 4 STEPS –


First of all, power off your Tribute Empire using the power button located at the back of the phone.

Long press the power button, you’ll see the option to Power off the phone as shown above.


In the next step, we need another phone to lock a SIM Card.

I’m using LG K40 to lock a MetroPCS SIM – 

If using an LG Android phone, Go to Settings < General Tab < Lock Screen & Security < Set up SIM Card lock.


Tap on “Lock SIM Card”.

It asks for the current PIN. In the case of MetroPCS, the Default PIN is 1234

Enter the PIN. Now it says SIM card lock enabled.

You can use any phone to add a SIM Lock.

We have to insert this locked SIM in Tribute Empire.

lg tribute empire google account bypass

Get hold of the locked SIM and remove the Tribute Empire battery Door.

Place the SIM Card as per the above screenshot.


We are ready to turn on the Tribute Empire.

Use the power button to boot your phone.

Enter the SIM lock PIN i.e. 1234 and hit the “tick” icon.

Now, you will notice a notification on the screen “Not signed in”.

To unlock the screen, we have to slide the finger starting from this notification towards the bottom of the screen. 

Make sure not to unlock the screen by swiping in the upward direction.  We’ve to swipe from the center to the bottom of the screen as marked in the above screenshot.

If done in the right manner, you’ll see the notification panel on the top.

(If you fail to get this notification panel, restart the phone and try again)

Long-Press the “Bluetooth Icon”.

Now we are on the Bluetooth Page.

Turn on Bluetooth and send and image file from another device to the Tribute Empire.


I’m once again using LG K40 to send a picture via Bluetooth. 

You can refer to the above screenshots.

The file is being sent to the LG Tribute Empire.

We have to accept this File.

When the File Transfer pop-up appears on your Tribute Empire, tap “ACCEPT” to receive this image file.

Hit the “3 dots” icon on the top-right corner and select “Received files”.

The image file in my case is LG Aristo 3 Wallpaper. Tap the file to open it.

We have to open the file using the “Photos” app.

Give the Photos app the desired app permissions by hitting “ALLOW”.

Now tap the “Share Icon” to share this image file.

We’ve to use “Gmail” for file sharing.

On the Welcome to Gmail page, hit “SKIP” to move ahead.

Tap “Add an email address” to proceed further.

On the “Set up email” page, select the last option “Other”.

enter any email id and hit “NEXT”.

Now select the last option i.e Exchange as shown above.

On the next page, tap “SELECT”.

This brings a pop-up on the screen which says we need to change the screen lock to a secure one. Hit “CHANGE” to accept the request.

Now we are on the “Protect your phone” page –

Here we get to add a Pattern, PIN, or Password as the screen lock.

Add any of them as per your liking. Make sure it’s easy to remember.

I’m adding a 4 digit PIN lock as shown above.

It says “Screen lock has been changed”.

Now we are good to go back to the Welcome Screen.

Use the back button and keep moving back until you’re on the first screen of the setup wizard.

Use the forward arrow to move ahead.

Choose “Set up as new” on the “Copy apps & data” page.

Hit the “Skip” option on the bottom-right corner.

On the name, page enter your name or just move ahead.


Accept Google Services Terms and Conditions as per the above screenshots.

Agree to the Legal Documents by ticking the respective checkboxes and hit “DONE” to finish the setup wizard.

We have successfully bypassed the Google Lock on LG Tribute Empire lm-x220pm.


If stuck at any point, feel free to ask a question using the comment section.


LG Tribute Empire Fortnite – LG Tribute Dynasty – Compatibility Test

Both the LG Tribute Empire & Dynasty comes with a Mediatek MT6750 1.5 GHz Octa-Core Processor & Mali T-860 GPU. It’s a mid-range processor and offers decent performance while gaming.

The most sought after games for every android smartphone are PUBG, Pokemon Go & Fortnite. In this post, we are going to download and install Fortnite on LG Tribute Empire / Dynasty.

Let’s check out if these 2 phones are compatible with Fortnite or not –

Fortnite for LG Tribute Empire/Dynasty – Is the LG Tribute Empire Compatible with Fortnite?


To download the Fornite apk we have to use the Mobile Browser.

I’m using the Chrome browser. I searched for the term “Fortnite Download” as shown above.

The first search result takes us to the official Epic Games website.

It says we can get Fornite on the Epic Games App.

Let’s download the Epic Games app.


Chrome asks for permission to download the files.



The EpicGamesApp.apk is downloaded.

Now, I’m installing the apk file.

The Epic Games installer is installed. Let’s open it.

Oh no. It’s bad news. It say’s “DEVICE NOT SUPPORTED”.

It requires Android Oreo and at least 4GB RAM. We’ve fulfilled one criterion but failed in the other.

Let’s try to install the modded Fortnite apk on Tribute Empire. It skips the device check.

LG Tribute Empire Fortnite Modded apk Installation

I’ve downloaded the Modded Fornite apk and I’m going to install it via the File Manager.


The apk file is “Fortnite_Latest-signed.apk”. I got this apk from the xda forums.

We have to enable “allow unknown apps” to proceed with the installation.

Unfortunately, the installer gives this error – “App not installed”.

I even uninstalled the Epic Games Installer, it still throws the same error.

We are out of luck. LG Tribute Empire & Dynasty are not compatible with Fortnite as of now.


Share your valuable thoughts via the comment section below.


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.