LG Tribute Empire Root, TWRP & Bootloader Unlock – lmx220pm

I remember there was a time when I rooted my LG Tribute 2 & 5 in one click with the Kingroot app without using the computer and even without unlocking the Bootloader.

Unfortunately, this root exploit was fixed in the Android 6 Marshmallow Update. Since then, the only way to root an Android smartphone is by unlocking the bootloader, flashing TWRP custom recovery and installing Magisk or SuperSU flashable zip file via TWRP.

Let’s try to follow the same procedure for the LG Tribute Empire and find out if we can root this device –

How to root LG Tribute Empire lmx220pm

STEP 1: Enabling Developer Options

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

How to turn on Developer Options on LG Tribute Empire

STEP 2: Turning on USB Debugging & OEM Unlock

Root LG Tribute Empire Boost Mobile

Once the Developer Options is enabled, we have to open “Settings”.

LG Tribute Empire Root

Select the “General Tab” and click “Developer Options” located at the bottom of the page.

Look for USB Debugging and enable it.


STEP 3: Installing LG Tribute Empire ADB Drivers & Minimal ADB & Fastboot Tool on the computer

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Now we are ready to connect our phone to PC via the Micro USB Data Cable.

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Wait for the ADB Driver to install. You can check the installation status in the Device Manager on your PC.

If you’ve not installed the LG Mobile Driver on your computer download it from here

LG Tribute Empire Drivers

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To write the ADB Commands we are going to use Minimal ADB & Fastboot tool.

Minimal ADB & Fastboot can be downloaded from the below link –


I’ve downloaded and installed this tool on my computer.  After the installation is done, we have to launch this tool.

STEP 4: Booting the phone into Fastboot Mode for Bootloader Unlocking

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Minimal ADB launches the cmd command prompt window as shown above.

Use your computer keyboard to type the command adb devices and hit enter.

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Have a look on your Tribute Empire Screen, when a request appears to Allow USB Debugging, approve it.


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Again type adb devices and hit enter

The connected device is visible under the “List of devices attached” with model number LMX220PM



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The next command to boot our Tribute Empire into Fastboot / Bootloader Mode is adb reboot bootloader 

After writing this command and tapping Enter the Tribute Empire simply reboots to normal mode instead of Fastboot Mode.

On a similar LG Model i.e. LG Aristo 3, I was able to unlock the bootloader using the same procedure. The model number of Aristo 3 is lmx220ma and its the same phone as the Tribute Empire with a different model number.

This shows that the Fastboot Mode on Tribute Empire is made inaccessible by the service provider which is Sprint in my case.

I’ve made a video on this as well –

As of now, there is no way to root an LG Tribute Empire. If we cannot access the Fastboot mode we cannot unlock the bootloader. Without unlocking the bootloader a custom recovery (TWRP) cannot be installed. Without TWRP we cannot flash the Magisk or SuperSu root file.

If someone claims that he can root your Tribute Empire he’s fooling you.


Let’s hope we get to root our Tribute Empire in the near future. At present, we are out of luck.


Please share your valuable thoughts via the comment section below. Feel free to raise any query regarding an LG Tribute Device.

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.

lg tribute empire stock rom

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.

lg lmx220pm stock firmware

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.

To raise any query regarding an LG Tribute device, please use the below comment form



LG Tribute Empire Recovery Mode, Download Mode & Safe Mode

In case your LG Tribute Empire acts abnormally or you are unable to get access to the home screen, there are few ways to encounter this issue.

If some 3rd party downloaded app is causing the trouble then Safe mode can be used to identify that app.

In case you are locked down on your Tribute Empire due to a forgotten screen lock, then recovery mode comes to the rescue.

If the issue is even bigger and your phone is bricked, stuck in a boot loop or firmware update got stuck, then Download Mode can be used to flash the stock firmware.

Let’s check out these modes of troubleshooting one by one, starting with the Recovery Mode –

How to put LG Tribute Empire in Recovery Mode

If you’re locked out on your Tribute Empire due to a forgotten screen lock (PIN, Pattern or Password), then the only option left is to recover the phone using the recovery mode.

LG Tribute Empire Recovery mode

To put your Tribute Empire into the recovery mode

  • Power off your phone.
  • Press the Volume UP + Power button to turn on the phone.
  • When the LG Logo appears on the screen (or when the phone vibrates), release the power button and hold it once again.
  • Keep holding the Power & Volume UP key until your phone boots into recovery mode.

how to put lg tribute empire in recovery mode

  • Recovery Mode is the Factory Data Reset screen with a white background as shown above.
  • Touch doesn’t work in the recovery mode. We have to move UP & Down via Volume rocker and select an option using the power button
  • Move from “N0 (Exit)” to “Yes” with the Volume Down Key and select the “Yes” option with the Power Button.

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Repeat the above steps. Again Move down from No (Exit) to Yes and select with power key.

This step will initiate the hard reset process. The phone will erase and reboot to the Welcome screen of the setup wizard.

To check out how to reset an LG Tribute Empire please check out the below post –

LG Tribute Empire Hard Reset, Soft Reset, Factory Reset & Network Settings Reset.

How to put LG Tribute Empire in Download Mode

If the issue is more severe and cannot be fixed with a Hard Reset then Download Mode comes to the rescue. We can flash a stock Tribute Empire Firmware via Download Mode.

If your phone is bricked, stuck in a boot loop or stuck during a system update, a stock firmware can fix such issues. We can also download mode to upgrade the android firmware on Tribute Empire.

lg tribute empire download mode

To put your Tribute Empire into Download Mode

  • Power off your phone.
  • Grab a Micro USB Cable and turn on your PC.
  • Press the Volume UP key on your phone and connect one end of the USB cable to the phone.
  • Keep the Volume key pressed and connect the other end of the Cable to the computer.
  • The phone must be now in the download mode.


how to put lg tribute empire in download mode

  • Download Mode is the Firmware Update Screen with a Black Background.

Learn how to flash stock firmware on LG Tribute Empire via Download Mode –

LG Tribute Empire Firmware Update

How to put LG Tribute Empire in Safe Mode

Safe mode is quite different from Recovery Mode & Download Mode. It’s not a different partition.

As all the downloaded apps are disabled in Safe Mode, we can use this mode to detect a malicious app causing trouble.

If the issue you were facing is gone when in safe mode, then its definitely due to a downloaded app that should be uninstalled.


lg tribute empire safe mode

To put your Tribute Empire into Safe Mode 

  • Long-Press the Power Button located at the back of the phone
  • Long-Press the “Power off” option and a new option appears on the screen i.e. Safe Mode.
  • Tap “TURN ON” to reboot the phone into Safe Mode.


how to put lg tribute empire in safe mode

We are now in the Safe Mode. Widgets are disabled in the Safe Mode

The Pre-Installed Apps such as Amazon Shopping, Facebook & Prime Video are available in the Safe Mode.

However, none of the downloaded 3rd party apps are visible.

We can use the safe mode to uninstall an app by Going to Settings < General Tab < Apps & Notifications < App Info

Select the app which you wish to uninstall. By trial and error, we can detect the culprit app.

lg lmx220pm safe mode

I can access the pre-installed Amazon & Facebook app in Safe Mode.


lg tribute empire safe mode turn off

To turn off Safe Mode on Tribute Empire 

  • Pull down the notification bar.
  • Tap “Safe Mode is On” as shown above.
  • Now hit “TURN OFF” to reboot the phone into normal mode.


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