02 March 2017
If you are one of the people who love tweaking their smartphone, you probably already know about bootloader. Also, if you know about it, you definitely know how only few of the Android smartphone manufacturers provide an easy, official way to unlock the bootloader, especially in the USA. Just recently, LG made a surprising move by adding the LG V20 smartphone to their official bootloader unlock tool.
The version mentioned in the listing has a model number US996, which means it is apparently only meant “for the US open market.” This build number probably belongs to the V20s that are sold in the US in “unlocked” form, and not through any carrier.
The process of unlocking the LG V20 through the unlocking tool is easy. However, do keep in mind that by doing so, it’ll void the warranty of your device. Also, the bootloader once unlocked, cannot be re-locked again, and stays open forever. If you are planning to do so, do remember to backup your data first. You can then install a custom recovery and a ROM with the suitable GApps.