LG G Pad 8.3 official Android 5.1 update may not come, ever, but thanks to CM12.1 custom ROM, it’s already available unofficially. Announced back in September 2013, the G Pad 8.3 inch version is still a capable tablet and can run the Android 5.1 update without any issues. You cannot argue if the users need more, in fact the latest, and this is something that can only be fulfilled by, a custom ROM.
Couple of days ago, CM12.1 custom ROM for the LG G Pad 8.3 (model no. V500) became available with the amazing set of customization options and features. You can treat yourself with stock Android UI, in its pure form, without the changes by LG. CM12.1 as the name suggests is based on Cyanogen Mod Android 5.1 code, thus similar to the stock Android update, but it does come along with tons of customization options that makes it a good choice of ROM for G Pad 8.3. You can always go back to install official firmware back, which will bring the device back to factory state, and will remove your custom recovery and ROMs along. You’re not likely to get your warranty back.
Note: You know, because this ROM is not an official Google Android 5.1 update for LG G Pad 8.3, there are chances you could find few kinks at some of its corners. Any major bugs will be reported below.
LG G Pad 8.3 Android 5.1 update
NOTE: When downloading a ROM, do check its development page first for newer and more stables builds, if any available, with less bugs. Since the 5.1 ROMs are under heavy development, consider this a must.
More Android 5.1 based ROMs to be added as and when available.
- LG G Pad 8.3 (model no. V500)
- Don’t try on any other device whatsoever
Warning: Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.
Backup important files and data (contacts, messages, etc.) stored on your device before proceeding with the steps below, so that in case something goes wrong you’ll have backup of all your important files.
- Transfer the ROM file and Gapps file to your device’s internal storage and remember the location where you save them.
- You will need either of TWRP recovery, CWM or Philz recovery for this. Get TWRP recovery from here. The guide below is based on TWRP, although procedure in other recovery is nearly same.
- Boot into recovery mode.
- [Optional] Make a backup. Once in TWRP recovery, take a backup of your current ROM. In TWRP, select Backup, then do a “Swipe to Back Up” on the bottom of the screen. Wait for the backup to finish, the process may take some time to complete.
- Once the backup is finished Wipe your device, do this: tap on Wipe, then Advanced wipe, and then select Cache, Dalvik/ART cache and Data. Then do the “Swipe to wipe” at bottom to ready the device for ROM flashing by erasing the cache, dalvik cache and data in one shot.
- Install ROM now. Go back to the main menu of TWRP recovery and select Install. Navigate to the file where you saved your ROM’s zip file, select it and “Swipe to Confirm Flash” on the bottom of the screen. Now wait until the flashing process finishes.
- Also install the Gapps the same way as ROM.
- Go to back to recovery’s Main menu, select Reboot » select System.
Your device will now reboot with Android 5.1 update, via CM12.1 ROM!
In case you need any help over this, let us know. And, you can thank the developer for creating the ROM.