LG Bridge – New PC Suite software for LG Android phones
Along with LG G4, LG also released a new PC Sync software, LG Bridge for it back in May 2015. According to LG, LG Bridge is especially developed for G4 and newer LG Android phones – like LG G6, G5, V20, V10 and all X Series, K series, Stylus series devices launched after LG G4. LG Bridge supports all LG phones launched from 2015 onwards (some phones launched in 2015 does not support it). Thus older LG PC Suite will be discontinued in the future – it will be available for a while for the sake of old LG phones
LG claims that LG Bridge is more user friendly and lighter avatar of the old LG PC Suite. Unfortunately older LG PC Suite does not support LG G4 and the same applies for LG Bridge which does not support older phones including LG G3. It recognizes the older devices but asks the user to install and use LG PC Suite instead, similarly LG PC Suite recognizes LG G4 but prompts the user to install and use LG Bridge instead. This is ridiculous as I do not see any rationale of forcing users to use two different softwares in a single PC if they own two or more LG phones (and if one of them happens to be G4).
Why LG Bridge?
LG PC Suite (also called PC Sync) is a big software (over 220MB) requiring a good config PC; on the contrary, LG Bridge is a lightweight application (about 70 MB) not as resource hungry as its older sibling. Still it is capable of doing everything, the older PC Suite can do. So you can backup and restore phone data, sync data, update software and other related tasks using LG Bridge. However data backups done using LG Bridge are not backward compatible (LG PC Suite does not recognize them) and vice-versa.
You can download LG Bridge free from here (direct download link for Windows). It is compatible with Windows and Mac both (different installers are available according to the OS) – download from LG Support site.
LG Bridge features
With LG Bridge you can
- Update your compatible LG phone to the latest available software version
- Backup your phone data to Windows PC/Mac
- Restore data from PC/Mac to your phone (supports data backups previously done via LG Bridge only)
- Manage/transfer data wirelessly between Computer and a compatible LG phone using LG AirDrive function
In our experience, LG Bridge still performs like a crappy, under-development software. It takes ages to launch and to perform other functions even on a high-end PC. So LG Bridge still requires a lot of polishing to be a useful software.
Update – LG Bridge does not support some LG phones launched in 2015 (and earlier) – for such phones you can still use older LG PC Suite (download from here).