LG myTouch Q: Full Update Guide

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This guide will walk you through the process of taking the LG myTouch Q from stock to having the ability to flash the latest version of CyanogenMod.


Before you do anything — Make a backup

Don't forget to back up your data. If you have synced the device with a Google account, then the contacts, calendar, Gmail, & select other Google-related data will not be lost and will come back after the next sync. However, you should backup anything you want to keep that is not stored on the SD card:

It would also be a good idea to backup everything stored on the SD card in the rare case the SD card must be formatted to resolve any major problems.

MyBackup Root, SMS Backup & Restore, and Call Backup & Restore are all free applications that can assist with backing up your data.

Installing the ClockworkMod Recovery Image

If the LG myTouch Q already has the ClockworkMod Recovery installed, skip this section.

Warning: Installing a custom recovery image on the LG myTouch Q will void the warranty.
  1. You will need ADB & fastboot on the computer to install ClockworkMod Recovery on the LG myTouch Q. Follow the Android SDK guide, to get the ADB & fastboot shells on the computer.
  2. Download the latest version of the ClockworkMod Recovery:
    • ClockworkMod Recovery Download
      md5: b8d15a0ee9486f0a9662dd5747c50c43
    • Windows Only: LG device drivers: Download
  3. Windows Only:Install the LG device drivers.
  4. Place the ClockworkMod Recovery Image in the same folder as fastboot (the /platform-tools folder with the Android SDK folder).
  5. Connect the LG myTouch Q to the computer via USB.
  6. On the computer, open a terminal and run the following commands:
    adb devices
    NOTE: This should list the LG myTouch Q. If it does not, the devices may not be installed properly or Device Manager did not setup the device to use the LG drivers.
    adb reboot bootloader
  7. Once the LG myTouch Q had booted into fastboot mode, run the following command:
    fastboot flash recovery cwm-
  8. The ClockworkMod Recovery should now be installed on the LG myTouch Q.

Flashing CyanogenMod

NOTE: In order to flash CyanogenMod via ROM Manager, root access is required. Attaining root access is outside the scope of this wiki page.
If the LG myTouch Q has been rooted, unlocked, etc. through steps other than the method described above or running a custom ROM other than CyanogenMod and you are having issues flashing or booting CyanogenMod, it is recommended the LG myTouch Q be returned to stock & start over with the full instructions provided above.

Method via Recovery

  1. Download the latest version of CyanogenMod.
    Optional: Download the Google Apps for the device.
  2. Place the CyanogenMod update.zip file on the root of the SD card.
    Optional: Place the Google Apps .zip on the root of the SD card also.
  3. Boot into the ClockworkMod Recovery.
  4. Once the device boots into the ClockworkMod Recovery, use the side volume buttons to move around, and either the power button or the trackball to select.
    Optional: Select backup and restore to create a backup of current installation on the LG myTouch Q.
  5. Select the option to Wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Then select the option to Wipe cache partition.
  7. Select Install zip from sdcard.
  8. Select Choose zip from sdcard.
  9. Select the CyanogenMod update.zip.
    Optional: Install the Google Apps by performing steps 7 - 9 again and choosing the Google Apps update.zip.
  10. Once the installation has finished, select +++++Go Back+++++ to get back to the main menu, and select the Reboot system now option. The LG myTouch Q should now boot into CyanogenMod.

Method via ROM Manager

  1. Launch RomManager.
    Optional: Choose the first option in the app, Flash ClockworkMod Recovery to update to the latest version.
  2. Select the Download ROM option from the main menu in the ROM Manager.
  3. Select the CyanogenMod option, and then choose the latest version of CyanogenMod from the menu.
    Optional: When you select the latest version of CyanogenMod, check the Google Apps option.
  4. Once the ROM is finished downloading, it asks if you would like to Backup Existing ROM and Wipe Data and Cache.
  5. If Superuser prompts for root permissions check to Remember and then Allow.
  6. The LG myTouch Q will now reboot into the recovery, wipe data and cache, and then install CyanogenMod. When it's finished installing it will reboot into CyanogenMod.
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