That model has a known GPS problem. As far as I have read it's a compatibility issue and it's seen only in some parts of the world, Europe for instance. So it's not exactly a hardware fault. What I experienced was that the GPS was connecting to the satelites quite slow, taking about 5 minutes or sometimes more and even when connected it had very poor and buggy signal.
There are various fixes in internet and some of them helped me. Now my phone connects to the satelites in 5-10 seconds and it's more accurate and in general it's usable. I'll share it with you what I have done to "heal" the GPS Location capabilities.
1: Enable the GPS and the Mobile Internet and download the application "GPS Fix" . Open it and click on the "Fix GPS" button, then wait a bit. It'll silently download a file with the latest locations of the satelites. This will help the phone to locate the satelites easier. This you will have to do only once, or at least once in a while, a month or so.
2: Download another application. It's called MTK Engineering Mode.
Once you open it go to MTK Settings. Slide right until you see the "Location" tab. Go to "YGPS". Then go to "Information" tab, select the following options in that pattern : HOT-FULL-AGPS RESTART. Then go to the first tab "SATELITES" and you'll see the Satelites popping up one by one, meaning that it was connecting to them. Once it finds 4-5 satelites the GPS is good to go. Do not close this app. Just minimize it and open the Navigate app that you're using.
For me this helped a lot. I was testing it for a few days. The first day it wasn't that quick, but the next days it started to connect quite fast, as I said within 5-10 seconds and it was more accurate, enough to bring you to the destination.
The first step you'll have to do only once, or once per some period of time, a month or few months, just to download the file with the latest satelities location.
As for the second step now, a week after I applied this fix I have to only start MTK Engineering moded application, to go to Location-YGPS and just wait for the satelites to pop up and appear. Once you see 4-5 connected just minimize the app and open the navigation app.
Something else that I did was tightening up a few bolts on the bottom of the phone (on its back) . Just read that somewhere. Don't know if that helped.
Overall LG H420 is okay for its price. It has a good design, if you tweak it up a bit it'll be fast enough, the camera is ok during the day, the call quality and sound are good, the storage space is not a lot but if you manage it well you'll be fine.
eeee, 12 Oct 2016@Snail - are you sure it is not you who doesn't know how to tweak the phone and thus unleash i... morePlease tell me how to address the GPS problem. I tried to raise some contacts as explained in many videos but no satellites at all. Sometimes it catches one satellite, that's all. Thanks!
AnonD-675391, 07 Jun 2017I don't know what people are crying about here. This phone is over 2 years old and it was pret... moreGPS not working at all. I mean, localization by "only GPS" mode. It's a defect come from factory. Thousands of online videos explain how to fix it by raising some contacts in the circuitry for a better contact with the antenna metal strips, doesn't work in most cases. I still use my old little Samsung Pocket Neo successfully as a GPS in my car; I stopped using it as a cell phone because it's display is way too small for my old eyesight, thus I bought this LG but wish to set it on fire.
I don't know what people are crying about here. This phone is over 2 years old and it was pretty good and very competitive in 2015 when it comes to the same price segment, and it still can be good if you get kernel adiutor, root your phone and tweak it a little bit. The default configuration (afair it was ondemand scheduler) is quite bad.
Switch the scheduler to "interactive", tweak it and you will be fine, even in 2017.
Full of bugs, hangs, all time main screen lags. Memory leak. Compass not working always. And list go on and on. Looks like my mobile operator gave me refurbished LG spirit or this phone is crap. Had moto g, same budget price, but difference is noticeable.
Well the cam is complete shit with 1 mp for secondary and you get crappier storage I have 32 GB on my LG. 4.0 Stars
LG Spirit is my worst android device so far. It's super slow, internal storage is too small, gps not working... I would never buy again LG phone.
Martin, 30 Dec 2016Well, help me!!! I had to do Factory reset thinking its something wrong why i cant upgrade to... moreMarshmallow update won't be available if on device not too much space for new software, I'm h440 user and software size has been ~1.2 GB.
LG Spirit 4g H440N - tl;dr/ratings at bottom
Background, I had this phone for 6-12 months, quite enjoyed it at a price of $150 AUD. Really good battery life, charge it the night before and it lasts the whole working day and still has 40% c. by the time I plug it in at night. Adaptive brightness due to phone temp is a little bit annoying, but only in direct sunlight. Not great for outside use, screen is hardly bright enough at 100% - difficult to see. Indoors, no issues. Looks clean, good quality screen and decent damage/drop resistance. Doesn't seem to scratch (I haven't managed to) but I had never found a case for it and it is vulnerable to smashing from the corner. Had very good reception, good data speeds (4g network, 40down, ~6 up) and call quality is good but not perfect. Speaker is loud but as with most small speakers, gets crackly at higher volume. No equalizer settings or useful software tools, stock standard apps are somewhat intrusive, had problems disabling notifications, if your phone has an issue and wants to update, no way to ignore that. As with recent LG's, knock code is very useful. Doesn't work if you cover the front facing camera or at a perfectly level angle to the ground. Has to be tilted with light on the camera. Rear button is laggy and slow to respond. Like a lot of phones, sucks with auto rotation, nothing special, slow to change.
Inside case Micro SD, Micro Sim, Phone storage onboard is not great. Not good for very many user installed apps as a large chunk goes to factory installed applications.
All in all, decent phone but lacking in power. Camera could be better but is still decent for a snap. Front facing camera sucks, phone lags and heats up (doesnt overheat just limits brightness - no fix) when playing 720p video of any codec.
Reason for upgrade: Limit repairability, access to spare parts in Australia and not able to find somebody to repair the screen after Cat dropped the base (corner smash, chips fall out). No problems with screen after crack, 3 months later, screen assembly (meaning got no clue what part, neither does LG) has decided to stop accepting touch alltogether on lock-screen, unlocked, factory reset etc. But (here's the catch) responds flawlessly to knock code to unlock (but not relock) screen. Basically, screwed if the screen is turned on.
Planning to get: Sony Xperia XA 4G
Would I recommend this phone: Yes to an extent. If it's < $150AUD and if you can find a case. NO, if there are more suitable options.
Construction: 8/10. Solid but weak to corner cracks, glass does not stay in place well when smashed.
Software: 5/10. Comes with MS Office equivalent for free, others are useless and take a decent hike of space up.
Hardware: 6/10. Decent screen, underpowered processor, GPU esp. but still good battery life. No bragging rights there.
Connectivity: 8/10. No problems here, actually one of the better phones (had a long list of Samsung, Oppo, MI-, Sony and other LG's).
Spare parts/To fix: $40 for screen, LG has one source company for replacement screen. Screwed if you need the whole screen assembly. If it's broke - BUY a new phone.
All up: 6/10. Decent; works. No bragging rights.
akshay, 23 Dec 2016can it support jio sim?Good phone I had used it so awesome
Please veiwers don't believe others comments a good phone with a good price very good condition phone.no other phone with 4g comes under 10000.so my option is you can buy lg spirit h442 which supports 4g please don't believe others comments they are 3g phones comments so believe my comments I was searching a better phone for me but all certified buyers told that you can buy redmi.but it isn't avaliable in any. Online shops under 10000 so I asked how about lg they told compared to lg magna,lg bellow,leon etc.the 4g phone with best features is lg phone I love lg so good cute brand with cute features and 4g please vote or comment
Terrible phone ! Probs switchin it on have to take battery out all the time . when you have it in your pocket the settings reset ie ring volume off etc and when on any apps if u need to look at your phone book takes about 30secs to work this simple procedure out ! Krap!
sander, 07 Jun 2016Dnt believe fake comments .lg spirit never get marshmellow update .Why are you talking like that you full of shit.you are talkin about nokia 5210 and lg spirit hello lg spirit lte has update to 6.0 marshmalov and you are talking about nokia before 10 Years
Martin, 30 Dec 2016Well, help me!!! I had to do Factory reset thinking its something wrong why i cant upgrade to... moreWell, I'm not sure if Marshmallow was ever released for variant that runs on Mediatek chipset. I own this phone with Snapdragon processor and I received it long time ago. Only thing you can try is connecting your phone with PC and try to search for an software update over LG tool.
Well, help me!!!
I had to do Factory reset thinking its something wrong why i cant upgrade to Marshmallow 6.0. Still no results after 5-6 months. So does it matter why it still not showing? Because of factory reset?
Well, I used this phone for like year and a half, till today when I got Galaxy J7 2016. Spirit was a decent phone, but I needed something with bigger internal memory, screen and a bit of more RAM. And in the last time, it started overheating like crazy, after watching like two or three youtube videos, CPU temperature used to go up, and accoring to Clean Master it was around 50-60. But if you are on a budget and just need few light apps, I can still recommend this phone, because nice thing about it is that it still gets updates (I got some update, which was around 300mb last week), and if you like compact phones I guess it's one of the better available right now.
You get pretty big pack of features with this phone at this pricepoint. I really recommend this one, when you don't wanna spend thousands.