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Just installed the SHENMZ 3200 mAh battery into my phone like 30 minutes ago. So far, so good. The battery does seem to last longer. I only killed 4% and have been using it for 20+ minutes. The OEM batteries would drain 1% every 2 minutes if it was overheating. The most important thing is my phone remains stone cold.

My other issue with my G5 is the Wi-Fi disconnect. But if this battery is the real deal, I have one less problem to worry about. I might throw away the OEM batteries if this one last long enough for me that I will buy some more. The OEM batteries were the definitely the main problems for the overheating. Even playing a video would cause them to get very warm after a few minutes.

As a daily driver smartphone: 7/10
As a jack-of-all-trades multimedia player: 9/10

The LG G5 has unique qualities like removable battery, microSD slot, wide-angle camera, headphone jack, and IR blaster that you won't find on an iPad and iPod touch. My silver G5 also looks pretty nice and the external speaker is excellent.

I just kept looking at it the wrong way. My 3200 mAh battery actually arrives tomorrow. I hope it can eliminate the overheating for good which is my only real gripe with it. As a multimedia player, it really does offer unique features you won't find anymore on other newer devices.

I took some advice from another website and decided to buy this 3200 mAh battery from Amazon...


I have the RS988, so I'm not sure if it will fit. I'll just to wait this Friday to find out. Reading the reviews, the overheating might finally go away. The OEM batteries that were made are a piece of junk. All three of my OEM batteries overheat. This 3200 mAh could be my last hope and give my G5 a new lease in life.

The LG G5 really is a great device outside of it being a phone. Feels good in the hand it it isn't overheating. One of the last flagships to offer removable battery. First to offer wide-angle and it still takes great photos. Very easy to open up and fix as it scored a 8/10 in iFixit. There's alot of versatility with the G5.

I considered buying another Essential Phone after I broke mine 10 days ago. I went nah. A new one for the halo gray I want costs $500+ on eBay! For that much, I'd rather get a Pixel 2. I actually think the Essential is superior to the overrated Pixel 2 but not $250 superior.

I mentioned that because for only $20, I can easily buy another LG G5 battery. Because once that Essential Phone dies, it dies. Hard to replace the battery on it. Repairability is an underrated aspect.

My LG G5 still does "LG things" like overheating or whatever random issues. And when the overheating does happen, it gets slower in UI and faster drain in battery life.

I still have two spare OEM batteries. I came to the conclusion that the overheating will never go away and perhaps the disconnecting to Wi-Fi. It sometimes won't wake up with my fingerprint.

I also came to realize that if viewed as just a multimedia device, the G5 is actually one of the all-time greats. Not as a phone but a multimedia device. Think about it...

IR blaster
Excellent bottom firing speaker
Excellent camera for 2016
MicroSD card slot
Removable battery
FM radio (for different variants)
Easier to browse on this than say a PS Vita

So if you take away the negativity as a phone with GPS issues or whatever, it really does make an excellent device for other things. It is awful with my Bluetooth wireless headset. I think Snapdragon 820 didn't get to the level of the 835 and after.

I just have to see my LG G5 In a different light to appreciate what it is. A crappy LG phone but a fantastic multimedia device for other things. I never cared for tablets and I believe the LG G5 is more useful than any of those thanks to the wide-angle camera and IR blaster.

Bad phone. Practical and a jack-of-all-trades in other areas.

  • moonwhite

Kingslayer, 23 Jun 2019I meant it's NOT the end-all be-all solution but try it out... morewhy do you despise iOS?

The CPU Cooler feature from the All-In-One Toolbox really is working at least for my case. Any time I start to feel it get warmer, I just use that app. It's probably a rogue app that keeps it warm.

I know because when I put it in safe mode, it stopped overheating. There's CPU Cooler features for other Cleaner apps and even from 360 Security. I just use AIO because I got so used to it cleaning my cache. Back to being one of my all-time favorites! I'll put it #2.

My image retention also never returned. Everything else about it is pretty great. I thought 2016 was the turning point for phone cameras. Very little grain and artifacts indoors fron the G5 & V20. Go back using a 2014 smartphone flagship camera and it's like night & day compared to the last three years.

Google, LG (wide-angle), and Huawei took things to another level with phone cameras. Samsung and Apple phone cameras have always been overrated. How Google and LG did it was better by 2016. Any time I see Samsung brag about their wide-angle lens, I scream biter. LG did it first.

BTW, LG G5 > Samsung Galaxy S7 camera

S7/S7 edge cameras were so overrated.

I meant it's NOT the end-all be-all solution but try it out anyway. I have the pro edition of All-In-One Toolbox, btw. I hate seeing ads everywhere.

I sold my iPhone SE recently. I absolutely despise iOS. This was two months after I sold my LG V20. So it's become a smaller lineup of four phones...

Google Pixel 3 (daily driver)
Motorola Moto E4 (GPS)
LG G5 (multimedia)
Xiaomi Mi 3 (light browser)

LG G5 is really my love/hate phone. When it's working perfectly, it's one of my favorites. When it isn't, I can hate it as much as any phone I ever had.

Had All-In-One Toolbox on my phones for years but rarely used their CPU Cooler feature. It actually works! Any time my G5 starts to heat up, I'll use it. It's the end-all be-all fix, but folks should use it.

Back to being one of my favorites. There is still issues using the Dasher, tethering, and Wi-Fi disconnections. I will never buy another LG phone again but I won't hate this phone as much if the CPU Cooler can eliminate one of my main gripes with it.

Kingslayer, 16 Jun 2019My G5 is really weird to me. Some days, it will act like th... moreFactory reset your phone, it should help.
Also turn Google Play Store Auto Update to off after resetting and installing your applications.

  • Bibkenilio

Miki, 17 Jun 2019Still excellent phone in 2019. Great camera, good performan... morepolarcell...take a look

  • Miki

Still excellent phone in 2019. Great camera, good performance. I can't seem to find a good replacement battery, the ebay/ali batteries are all bad.

My G5 is really weird to me. Some days, it will act like the worst phone I ever had. The image retention went away with an sFilter lite app but my biggest problems now is still the overheating which results to very short battery life and laggy UI performance or my Wi-Fi disconnecting.

As of right now, I just deleted my app cache and forgot my network before logging my password again. Turned off the smart switch from data to Wi-Fi or vice-versa. The last couple days since the death of my Essential Phone, the G5 is acting very good again. We'll see how far this goes.

I'm typing on it right now and I'm on one of the better days with it. I have very much a love/hate relationship with this phone. It can be the best or worst phone ever all within a moment.

  • Anonymous

Worst phone I ever owned; had to replace the fingerprint sensor about 3 times.

ackom, 08 Jun 2019my phone does not have radioYou can install the application from LG store or Google Play store. It do have radio hardware, it's just the application is not installed on fresh instalation

Joe, 07 Jun 2019After 1 year of owing the LG G5. The phone is getting overh... moreMy friend, your phone is about to experience the famous bootloop issue.
I would recommend you to save your data ASAP.
Sync your pictures and documents.
These are traits of the bootloop issue. I experienced it on G4 and G5 :)
In G4 it was sudden but in G5 it was like what you wrote and suddenly it died one day.

  • ackom

my phone does not have radio

  • Joe

After 1 year of owing the LG G5. The phone is getting overheat, battery drain so fast if just do youtube, no game at all. Wi-fi sometimes disconnect. The phone will occasionally and restart itself. i guess it happen to all cell phone nowadays.

  • Anonymous

Kingslayer, 02 Apr 2019The only reason why I can never put my Essential Phone over... moreYou are wrong about Lg g5 introducing wide cam first. nokia lumia 930 has wide and it came out before g5.

What was once my all-time favorite smartphone is now one of my most hated. Here are my issues -

Image retention (was corrected). Overheating which results to shorter battery life. Disconnects with my Wi-Fi network. Need to reboot every time I install an app from outside the store. Can't open my Dasher app using mobile data. Can't tether anymore. The skin is laggy after awhile. It no longer fast charges which was a problem in the earlier days already.

I'm not starting to HATE LG. Poor quality. I've owned three different LG phones and sold two of them. This G5 is practically USELESS to me except as a multimedia player. If I can't connect to any Internet, it's useless. And when I actually do, it overheats or doesn't do what I need it to do. It didn't more than hour to switch my SIM back to my Pixel 3.

I will only stick to Pixel phones for now on. My new all-time smartphone is now the Essential Phone. After 9 months, that's still a very, very reliable phone. Worst camera of the trio but definitely the most reliable. And reliability is the most important aspect to me. Not features, SoC, design, or whatever. I need to rely on a phone to help suffice my daily needs.

I basically "unfanned" myself from the LG G5. It used to rank. Now it's Essential Phone at #1 and Google Pixel 3 at #2. I don't care about the rest. I want stock Android for now on. LG is junk.

  • Bcjay777

This is in regards to the LG h831 I factory reset it trying to get my Google account up but it says this device was reset to continue sign in with Google account that was previously synced on this device how do I get around this so what is it