Install Lollipop OTA Firmware Update on Verizon LG G3 (VS98523A)

The Verizon variant of the LG G3 with VS985 model number can now be updated to official Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware. The OTA file comes with VS98523A version and the phone needs to be on 12B firmware. If you are on older versions like 10B or 11C, you have to install the 12B firmware and then proceed with the installation of the OTA file.

The original LG G3, international variant and not locked to any carrier has been enjoying official Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware for a few weeks now. Everything is stable and smooth. On top of that, the firmware introduces new features and the brand new Material Design.

Verizon, one of the most popular US carriers decided to release the official OTA file for the LG G3 this week. It is the same update as we have seen on the international variant with new features, enhanced battery life and new user interface. If you have a Verizon LG G3, you can already update by going to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates.

If haven’t received the OTA notification update, there is another way of installing the official Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware on LG G3 Verizon VS985. A user has managed to download the official OTA file from Verizon servers and has made it available for all users to install it.

The OTA package is not modified because it is signed from Verizon. So there are no security risks by installing this package. To install it on your LG G3, you must have root access and the package itself.

How To Install OTA Lollipop Firmware Update on Verizon LG G3 VS985


Flashing the OTA update firmware

Root access is required because you have to activate a process called VerizonHiddenMenu. This is hidden and needs root.

  1. Copy the file and move it to your phone.
  2. The directory needs to be /storage/sdcard0/SoftwareUpdate/.
  3. Make sure that the file is in the right folder and execute this command:
    adb shell su -c "am start -n com.lge.VerizonHiddenMenu/.fota.DmcTestFotaMenu"
  4. The phone will scan for the FOTA menu and Verizon Hidden Menu.
  5. Click on “Select Package” and select the OTA package, in this case 23A.up.

The OTA Lollipop package will be installed. Once it is done, reboot your phone and enjoy.



  1. i’m trying what you guys are teaching us over here but my command
    displays an error “/system/bin/sh: su: not found”. I am rooted and i
    even have the root checker that tells me that i’m properly rooted. Am i
    missing something?

    • you must have adb installed to a folder. hit shift key + right click then a menu option will open. Find open a command window and an adb shell should open. Copy and paste the

      adb shell su -c “am start -n com.lge.VerizonHiddenMenu/.fota.DmcTestFotaMenu” command exactly as posted and it should open the FOTA menu on your LG G3.
      Now follow the rest of the post exactly.

  2. this does not work on the vs985 running 12B. I followed this post verbatim and it would not run the update. I got to the menu and clicked on the 23A.up and when it was done clicked on the install update and it said basically not updated. I rebooted the phone and tried 4x. This does not work!!! I am rooted and have successfully updated many other phones including the G2, 4 droid phones and several other peoples phones as well. I have even unbricked many android phones and still this did NOT work!

    There seems to be a lot of WRONG Information on this thread. Unless you’re a magician, this will NOT work. Wait for the OFFICIAL OTA by VZW. I am and have been a tech for a said such company for 11years, and I reiterate, THIS DOES NOT WORK! But what do I know?

    Flash a rom like illusion or cyanide

    Keep it real people!

    • Are you on stock? It doesn’t work on any other firmwares but stock (12B). You can always head over to the source link and check the original thread.

      • Yes, as I stated earlier I am a senior technical advisor for a major company. I have attempted this process on 4 different Vs985s and none of them has been successful. Now, there is something wrong with your instructions, which I do not believe, however, but since no one so far has reported this process successful, this just does not work. It is a total waste of time. I sincerely hope that in the future you provide accurate information on this topic. My advice to customers of Verizon wireless ® is to wait for the official OTA update.

        • Hi Christopher, our sources are correct. All the instructions are pulled from the source link where the majority of users have successfully applied the update. You can ask there for any problems.

  4. the update dont get applied to the phone. I can open the hidden menu ann select de update… it stay selected(does not show any bar progress or something like that) for a while an then it says: “Download = 12B_TO_23C.up… reboot the phone but still the same VS98512B and KitKat.. what happens? anyone else with this problem?


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