All those LG G3 owners who heard about the LG G5 receiving Android 7 Nougat update last week and felt left out, there’s a way around to get pass that restriction on your device. Even though LG officially doesn’t list LG G3 among the devices eligible for the Android N update, the good folks at CyanogenMod has made an effort to fix that for you.
The leading custom ROM developer community in the world has announced the release of the Android Nougat-based CyanogenMod 14.1 that brings all the goodies from the latest Android version, as well as CyanogenMod exclusive themes, apps, performance tweaks and much more.
But, before you proceed any further with the installation, here’s a list of must-dos so your handset doesn’t end up bricking:
1. If you are not well versed with rooting or installing custom ROMs, it would be a good idea to seek help from someone who is.
2. Understand the risks associated with the installation process. If something goes wrong, or the procedures are not properly followed, your handset may be irreparably damaged.
3. Make sure that you have at least 80% charge left so your handset doesn’t run out of juice before the installation is over.
4. During the installation, you will require wiping out your entire phone memory. So, backup all important data before proceeding any further.
5. Install USB drivers on your computer so it can detect and access your handset.
How to install Android N via CyanogenMod 14.1 on your LG G3
1. Download the official CyanogenMod 14.1 Android 7.1 Nougat custom ROM and Google Apps onto your computer. The links are listed right there at the end of this tutorial.
2. Connect LG G3 to the computer. Copy the CyanogenMod Android 7.1 into the phone’s storage memory. Make sure that you copy the file to the storage’s root directory and not in any folder/sub-folder.
3. Switch off the handset and then disconnect if from the computer. Start the handset in the recovery mode. Just hold press the Volume (down) and Power buttons to start the phone in the recovery mode.
4. If everything is how it should be, you will see the TWRP settings menu. Tap on the Wipe option on the menu to clear the phone memory. Once done, select ‘Swipe to Factory Reset’ to perform a factory reset.
5. Now come back to TWRP settings and tap on Install by selecting the .zip file downloaded from your computer.
6. Return to the TWRP menu again to approve the installation.
7. Wait while the flashing of the custom ROM begins. It may take several minutes before a message “Successful” appears on the screen.
8. Just in case you have to deal with a boot loop problem, navigate your way back to the TWRP settings and select Wipe cache/dalvik.
Download Links [Update]
As of July 2017, download links are not working, hence, we have removed them.