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Where to buy LG G5 modules

The LG G5 has been designed so you can swap in and out component modules to add extra function or utility to your phone. This is a cool option for people who hope to customize their phones for enhanced photo-taking abilities, improved audio playback, or functions yet to be imagined. But when talking about the G5, what exactly is a module?

What are modules?

Modules are attachments which add new or expanded capabilities to your LG G5. LG has created an accessories category for the G5 called "Friends." This means every module is a Friend; however, not every Friend is a module. Make sense? Sorry.

The generic term LG is using to classify its tech accessories for the LG G5 is "friends." These Friends include modular devices that can be swapped on and off of the phone, but among the Friends there are non-modular accessories like the LG Rolling Bot, LG 360 Cam and LG 360 VR headset.

If you're looking for current, first-party modules available for your LG G5, your options are limited at this point.

What modules are available?

At this point there are only a few available modules, but LG and third party manufacturers will presumably be creating new ones to add to your phone in the future:

  • LG Cam Plus — Makes your LG G5 feel and function like a professional camera. It includes physical buttons for shooting and focusing, as well as a zoom wheel, for added convenience when taking photos or video.
  • LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play — Designed in collaboration with Bang and Olufsen (B&O), this module is for true audiophiles who want the best audio quality from their smartphone. Currently unavailable in North America. Learn more about the LG Hi-Fi Plus here..
  • LG Tone Platinum Wireless Stereo Headset — These futuristic, wireless headphones feature a stylish design with retractable earbuds, and provide you with quick access to all sorts of features and controls via Bluetooth.
  • LG 360 VR — Experience the world in glorious 360 VR with these visor goggles build specifically for the LG G5. Learn more about how the VR headset and the 360 cam work together.
  • LG 360 Cam — The perfect pair for your 360 VR headset, this LG Friend lets you take epic 360 degree pictures and video — including directional sound — so you can share exactly what you're seeing and hearing are with friends, family and the rest of the world.

Right now you can purchase the LG Cam Plus which is a camera grip accessory for your phone to make it feel and function more like a traditional digital camera.

Where do you buy modules for the LG G5?

The LG Cam Plus is the only module that is available right now in the U.S. for the LG G5. It's available through certain carriers and online retailers. LG allows you to search for a retailer (opens in new tab) near you on their website.

If you don't want to go that route, you can also put in an order through Amazon for this handy camera accessory.

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The Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play module is only available in Europe for the time being, and until the U.S. models of the phones receive software updates the module won't work with devices stateside anyway. So unless you have a European LG G5, you're going to have to wait for the B&O Play module.

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LG is also selling the LG 360 Cam, LG 360 VR, LG Cam Plus and the LG TONE Platinum directly from the company website.

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Folks in the U.S. can also buy the LG 360 Cam, LG 360 VR and LG Cam Plus directly from ShopAndroid.

Should you buy a module?

The LG G5 (opens in new tab) is already an excellent phone right out of the box with its 5.3 inch Quad HD display, lightweight body, and versatile camera. If you have specific areas you want to improve your G5 in, then adding a module might be advantageous. Overall, modules for the G5 are a nice-to-have but not a need-to-have.

  • Did anyone buy this phone, and how are you liking it Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got mine 3 days ago, coming from an S7. I absolutely love the G5. It is very underrated and it is a shame that it has gotten negative press. From performance to battery life to great camera and swappable battery....this thing is one heck of a phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree it has been very underrated. It's very fast and smooth and the camera is sensational. I really like the size and it it very comfortable to hold.
  • I love is amazing..happy wit the extra battery..comes in handy Posted via LG G5 T-MOBILE
  • +1, on all accounts. Posted via my LG G5
  • Yeah I agree that it's definitely underrated. people pay way to much attention to the modules. It's personally not my taste, only cause of the software and smaller battery (despite being removable), but it's still a great phone. I'd get it over the S7, but I still like the 6p and 10 better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wanna know where to buy rolling bot Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have one....I like it allot... Tammy nice phone Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just one module in the US? Posted via the Android Central App
  • What's the point of having this phone if only one module is available?
  • removable battery and camera ... personally not my cup of tea, but the modules don't have anything to do with it. IMO, similar to the S7, they should've improved on the G4 instead of creating a completely different phone. A different model all together would've been fine, but such a drastic change was a risky decision that backfired big time. I'd like the V10, but I just can't get past LG's skin. I keep my phones (personal/business) for 2 years minimum so I'd never sign up for LG pretty much just cause of that. The camera is amazing. And the headphone audio on the V10 is up there with HTC 10. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Battery Kit is cool reminds me of my old battery kit for my BlackBerry Z10 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Rolling robot, yeah where? Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Rolling Bot is only going to be sold in Asia markets for now.
  • T-Mobile: Most stores have Cam Plus module. Top volume stores have 360 Cam and VR. Only company that offers 24 month installment billing on their accessories if you have a store in your city that carries these LG accessories. Cannot do the Equipment Installment Payments/Plan if you order from their site.
    Sprint: high volume stores carry 360 CAM. Most stores carry cam plus module. Available via website, Telesales, and stores can order the 360 cam for you and ship it to you. No installment billing. You can bill to your account if you have that option available. Verizon: 360 cam and Cam Plus for sale on their site. Limited in store availability. ATT: dunno Tone Platinums: everyone carrying them. Colors vary by carrier.
  • Had mine since launch, I like the camera a lot - we're cycle touring and the wide angle lens is excellent for landscapes. The battery life is ok, but it's our only Internet connection so gets hammered. Fast and responsive, good screen which is ok in bright sunshine but a very poor GPS. It so often loses the GPS, even in Holland (how much clearer sky does it need?) we may have to change it as it is our navigator too. A real shame as otherwise we think it's very good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why the f*ck does the greatest nation in the world always get screwed by these companies? Why even release the G5 here if you're not going to bring moatbof the "friends" here? Posted via the Android Central App
  • The G5 is a solid phone, but I still think it would've been better if they basically took the build and design of the V10, added dual-cameras and the 820. That would have been sweet to me, especially since the whole modular thing isn't really implemented well, which is probably why even G5 owners don't care about it.
  • V11 where r u? Posted via Android Central App
  • Between V10 and V12 I presume.
  • Just waiting for that B&O DAC Posted via the Android Central App
  • Saw it on amazon. But was like 179€ if i remember correctly Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't buy it unless you have a global version. It won't work in any of the US carrier versions.
  • Can't believe the GPS is so bad on the G5. Was reading this in a review about my Flex 2 , too. Was driving 5000km with motorbike across thailand in March without any GPS problems at all. I think the G5 is same good regarding GPS, if not better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Your article misses a huge fact about the CamPlus Modules. They're not cross carrier compatible. It might be that they house an antenna inside and they're carrier specific. So if you have a T-Mobile variant don't buy a Verizon or Sprint. Buy the version that your phone works with. If you have the global variant then you would get the T-Mobile. The AT&T won't work for the global version from my experience.
  • HiFi Plus, "True" audiophiles are not listening to the over compressed crap you get from a cell phone, so don't worry about us Posted via my LGG4 using the Android Central App
  • I am here in Canada. Its been nearly a year since the release of the G5. The only module I am able to get is the camera module and that is only because it was being bundled with it. Over all the module idea is a flop. Mainly because they are not available and software updates are non-existent and region specific. Software updates are not available for he B&O speakers here in Canada and the other modules are not available. I am now looking at the G6 since my G5 got knocked out of my hand by a homeless guy and stepped on because he thought I was using it to read his mind for the CIA and putting it on the internet. Totally destroyed 650 down the drain. Next phone!