International LG G7 can now be bootloader unlocked
Unlocking a bootloader, rooting a device, and flashing custom ROMs are popular hobbies here on XDA. Unfortunately, some manufacturers don’t allow those procedures for “security concerns.” Traditionally, if unlocking the bootloader is allowed, you can do so on the manufacturer’s website. Just now, LG’s developer website got updated and added the international version of the LG G7 ThinQ. This is model number LMG710EM for the European market.
The LG G7 ThinQ was released in May. It’s already taken more than a month for LG to support bootloader unlocking for the device, but this is still better than not providing unlocking at all. We even mentioned in our mini review of the LG G7 ThinQ that LG is not one of the best OEMs when it comes to software. They can be slow to update devices when newer Android versions are released. That’s why we believe unlocking the bootloader is still relevant and important. Android enthusiasts who don’t want to wait for major OS updates can flash a custom AOSP-based ROM such as LineageOS if it’s available. An unlockable bootloader opens up a plethora of new capabilities like flashing TWRP, rooting your phone, flashing a custom ROM, flashing custom kernels, and more.
LG has never been super developer-friendly when it comes to unlocking the bootloader, but they haven’t been strict either. You can say that they’ve been inconsistent, usually due to the requirements from carriers. Regardless, it’s always good to see a new addition to the list of bootloader unlockable devices.
If your device qualifies, you can find instructions for getting the unlock code and unlocking the bootloader on the page linked below. Again, this is the LG G7 ThinQ model LMG710EM for the European market.