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Anyone know how to remove all Korean bloatware from a Korean LG G2?

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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
Hi peeps.
Have a Korean LG G2.
Changed language to English, but phone is still set up for South Korean use ie half the apps, texts etc still in Korean.
Anybody know an easy 'idiots' guide to fully converting the phone for UK use?
Any help appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#1
flash a UK firmware! try XDA developers for a guide.
#2
jamierichardson129
flash a UK firmware! try XDA developers for a guide.
Thanks for replying Jamie; I have been looking in XDA but I look at it and it's really all just 'gobblygook' to me.

Years ago, people on here gave incredibly easy step by step instructions to unlock and upgrade the old San Francisco phone. It was so simple even I could do it. I guess I'm looking for the same with this phone.

To flash something means to clear it and put a new thing on it? Firmware is the new thing?
So it's like taking a dinner plate full of food you don't want, removing the food, cleaning the plate and putting some food that you want onto it?
#3
Phones have gotten a lot more complex since the old SF (I had one too, great little phone).

Add to that, that LG aren't keen on people rooting and mess around with 'their' phones and you have a number of problems.

The firmware is like the op's system on your pc. You delete the Korean version of windows 7 and reload with the UK version.

If you're not sure of anything ask questions on XDA, they always help. And DON'T do anything you're not sure of, a bricked phone is no use to anyone!

Edited By: steve1221 on Jul 26, 2014 14:12: edit
#4
have you tried YouTube for step by step guides
#5
jamierichardson129
have you tried YouTube for step by step guides
Will have another look.
Tried earlier and it kept coming up with all sorts of stuff, but not how to change the firmware.
Will have another go now.
#6
steve1221
Phones have gotten a lot more complex since the old SF (I had one too, great little phone).

Add to that, that LG aren't keen on people rooting and mess around with 'their' phones and you have a number of problems.

The firmware is like the op's system on your pc. You delete the Korean version of windows 7 and reload with the UK version.

If you're not sure of anything ask questions on XDA, they always help. And DON'T do anything you're not sure of, a bricked phone is no use to anyone!
Thanks Steve, appreciate you and Jamie helping out.
Particularly like the way you have phrased it Steve - that's the kind of terminology I'm talking about. X)
Got to remember some of us go back to the days of wooden tellys. oO
#7
Have a look at CyanogenMod, it's very simple to root your phone! download an app to your phone and another to your computer, it tells you exactly what to do and when to do it.
http://www.cyanogenmod.org/
#8
tryn2help
steve1221
Phones have gotten a lot more complex since the old SF (I had one too, great little phone).

Add to that, that LG aren't keen on people rooting and mess around with 'their' phones and you have a number of problems.

The firmware is like the op's system on your pc. You delete the Korean version of windows 7 and reload with the UK version.

If you're not sure of anything ask questions on XDA, they always help. And DON'T do anything you're not sure of, a bricked phone is no use to anyone!

Thanks Steve, appreciate you and Jamie helping out.
Particularly like the way you have phrased it Steve - that's the kind of terminology I'm talking about. X)
Got to remember some of us go back to the days of wooden tellys. oO


I remember those! :)

I'd take a look here; http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2520419

It's the XDA page on vid's for modding the G2.

I was thinking of flashing mine a while back, but (then) you couldn't unflash it as it meant removing something that couldn't be replaced and LG would know you'd flashed and void the guarantee.

That might have changed, I haven't looked for while. Most Android devices are much the same down at the flashing level. You replace the recovery with a custom version like TWRP (like the bois in a pc, I guess!) and then use that to flash the new rom...
#9
I have never rooted a phone in my life I posted on xda and a lovely man posted a step to step idiots guide for me so I suggest you post on there forum x
#10
root and the remove it manually if your not sure about flashing it
#11
There are two things you can do here:
1. Flash a EU firmware (requires root)

2. Just root and remove the unwanted bloat manually.



Rooting the LG G2 is very simple, it can be done just by installing a simple app called towelroot.

Here's a quick tutorial for method 2:
Step 1: follow this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg2VaSmxrPs (this works for all LG G2's)
(Requirements for this: Unknown sources must be checked, also keep Wi-Fi on throughout)

Step 2: Install SuperSU from the Google Play store.

Step 3: Remove the bloat (can be done easily using Titanium Backup)


Feel free to ask me any questions!


Let me know how you get on :)



Edited By: SupremeJaguar on Jul 27, 2014 03:46: Improved
#12
Great info.

Can you tell me, is it now possible to unroot without LG knowing you've rooted ? When I first looked at the end of last year there was some file or other that got changed when you activated root that alerted LG and voided the guarantee?
#13
steve1221
Great info.

Can you tell me, is it now possible to unroot without LG knowing you've rooted ? When I first looked at the end of last year there was some file or other that got changed when you activated root that alerted LG and voided the guarantee?

I'm not too sure about any file getting changes, do you have a source?
But there are a lot of people stating that they have just unrooted and gone back to stock, (i.e. factory reset) and LG have been none the wiser. So i'm guessing that all you'd need to do is go back to stock (unrooted) and LG will not know that you ever rooted your device.
#14
SupremeJaguar
There are two things you can do here:
1. Flash a EU firmware (requires root)

2. Just root and remove the unwanted bloat manually.



Rooting the LG G2 is very simple, it can be done just by installing a simple app called towelroot.

Here's a quick tutorial for method 2:
Step 1: follow this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg2VaSmxrPs (this works for all LG G2's)
(Requirements for this: Unknown sources must be checked, also keep Wi-Fi on throughout)

Step 2: Install SuperSU from the Google Play store.

Step 3: Remove the bloat (can be done easily using Titanium Backup)


Feel free to ask me any questions!


Let me know how you get on :)


Thanks SJ.
This looks really easy.
The only problem I have at the moment is because it's written in Korean I haven't got a clue if it's important or not, so I'm a tad cautious about removing it until I can find out what the heck it is.
I've been using online translators/dictionary's etc and a lot of it seems to be a South Korean mobile company's stuff (SK Telecom).
Haven't got a clue what I'm pressing half the time.

Fantastic phone, probably bit wasted on cavedweller like me. X)
#15
SupremeJaguar
steve1221
Great info.

Can you tell me, is it now possible to unroot without LG knowing you've rooted ? When I first looked at the end of last year there was some file or other that got changed when you activated root that alerted LG and voided the guarantee?


I'm not too sure about any file getting changes, do you have a source?
But there are a lot of people stating that they have just unrooted and gone back to stock, (i.e. factory reset) and LG have been none the wiser. So i'm guessing that all you'd need to do is go back to stock (unrooted) and LG will not know that you ever rooted your device.


I had a source back in Dec last year! It was on XDA, in the LG G2 rooting info. But it's not there now, so I guess that whatever problem they were talking about has been fixed.
I'll just run the file you've given info on and try a few customs, and get the add blockers back on. That's what I've missed most not having root, damn adds in everything :)
#16
steve1221
SupremeJaguar
steve1221
Great info.

Can you tell me, is it now possible to unroot without LG knowing you've rooted ? When I first looked at the end of last year there was some file or other that got changed when you activated root that alerted LG and voided the guarantee?

I'm not too sure about any file getting changes, do you have a source?
But there are a lot of people stating that they have just unrooted and gone back to stock, (i.e. factory reset) and LG have been none the wiser. So i'm guessing that all you'd need to do is go back to stock (unrooted) and LG will not know that you ever rooted your device.

I had a source back in Dec last year! It was on XDA, in the LG G2 rooting info. But it's not there now, so I guess that whatever problem they were talking about has been fixed.
I'll just run the file you've given info on and try a few customs, and get the add blockers back on. That's what I've missed most not having root, damn adds in everything :)


Let us know how you get on! :)
#17
tryn2help
SupremeJaguar
There are two things you can do here:
1. Flash a EU firmware (requires root)

2. Just root and remove the unwanted bloat manually.



Rooting the LG G2 is very simple, it can be done just by installing a simple app called towelroot.

Here's a quick tutorial for method 2:
Step 1: follow this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg2VaSmxrPs (this works for all LG G2's)
(Requirements for this: Unknown sources must be checked, also keep Wi-Fi on throughout)

Step 2: Install SuperSU from the Google Play store.

Step 3: Remove the bloat (can be done easily using Titanium Backup)


Feel free to ask me any questions!


Let me know how you get on :)


Thanks SJ.
This looks really easy.
The only problem I have at the moment is because it's written in Korean I haven't got a clue if it's important or not, so I'm a tad cautious about removing it until I can find out what the heck it is.
I've been using online translators/dictionary's etc and a lot of it seems to be a South Korean mobile company's stuff (SK Telecom).
Haven't got a clue what I'm pressing half the time.

Fantastic phone, probably bit wasted on cavedweller like me. X)

Edit: Ahh, ok. So changing the language doesn't change the language of the apps.

Just so you know, you can "freeze" apps in the Pro version of titanium backup (how you get the pro version, is up to you :P)
Thus you can effectively remove the apps, without actually removing them. This is a great feature as you can check to see if removing a certain app will have a negative impact on the phone. If it does, you can un-freeze it, if it does not have any impact you then know that its safe to remove :)



Edited By: SupremeJaguar on Jul 27, 2014 23:49: .
#18
I would just like to thank everyone who contributed to this thread.
I wasn't really that hopeful when I posted this, but I was surprised to get so much more than I expected, and for that I would like to thank all of you.

I will be meeting with a Korean friend soon and will be showing him this thread so he can use it to help me rid the phone of the stuff I don't need.

I'm thinking to keep the thread open to let you all know how things go with the rooting etc, as I am aware that others in Hukd are in a similar position ie having the Korean version of the G2 ( - and the info is also good for the UK/International version).

For those that are not aware of the difference (besides language differences) the Korean version is different from the UK (international) version in that it comes with a removable battery and a spare battery.
The spare battery is already fully charged and comes in a box which can be plugged into the mains for charging (it's a type of 'charging-box'). There are other things such as two different protective cases; one standard and one heavy duty, earphones, cables and a charging plug (only two prongs on it though).
Oh, and the Korean version is very slightly thicker than the UK version.

Hopefully all this info will be helpful to others as well as myself. Thanks again peeps. :)

P.S. Just discovered charge-box thing is also a 'stand' for the phone.

Edited By: tryn2help on Jul 29, 2014 13:17: i
#19
I just used this method to change to euro firmware.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2432476

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