LG G3 - 40 Tips & Tricks for LG's most powerful smartphone ever
The LG G3 is a smartphone of many abilities. Under the guise of its simple, approachable interface lie many customization options and functionalities that can make it possible for many of you to enjoy LG's flagship the way it comes out of the box – no rooting and custom roms necessary!
Here, we've rounded up 40 tips & tricks to help you get to know LG's most powerful smartphone ever like the back of your hand.
To make the buzzer more gentle or intensive during incoming calls, notifications, or button taps, head to Settings, Sound and tap 'Vibrate strength'. And to change the vibration type, tap 'Vibration Type' and select one of the five available patterns. You can go from really short pulses to a long-lasting vibration that makes the ground tremble!
Don't fancy the LG Smart Bulletin occupying a full home-screen with its health and tips? Head to Settings-> Display -> Home screen, and tap the 'Smart Bulletin' switch On or Off. Simple, just like LG wanted it.
The eponymous Android navigation bar can be re-arranged and customized with two additional shortcuts and color schemes. Go to Settings, Display, Home Touch Buttons. Tap 'Button combination' and simply drag the buttons to positions that you like. Add additional shortcuts like Multi-Window, notifications, Qmemo+ and Qslide to make the best use of the LG G3's humongous display. When you're done, go back to the previous menu, and tap 'Color' to choose between different shades of white and black.
This trick lets you zoom into every part of the LG G3's screen by making a quick triple-tap in it. You can activate it by going into Settings, General, Accessibility and turning on 'Touch Zoom'. In certain cases, the triple-tap gesture might overlap with regular usage if you start tapping too quickly in a single area. So don't go crazy like you're playing Tap Tap: Revenge!
Found in the Settings, General, Accessibility menu is the option to have the G3's camera flash blink on incoming calls and notifications. Simply activate 'Flash alerts' and your phone will light up like a strobe light when someone calls you or you receive a notification. Don't worry, though, the blinks aren't that extreme.
The “universal touch” gesture control places a floating button on your screen. Press it and it provides a black 'bubble' full of large-sized shortcuts, which can be accessed from anywhere. Even cooler is the ability to actually DRAW inside the bubble and call up phone functions! Draw a C for Calls, M for Message, W for Web, S for Settings, and L for the lock-screen.
If you prefer to end your calls by pressing the power-button instead of the hang-up icon, go to Settings, General, Accessibility and tap 'Power key ends call'. Given the G3's power key resides on its back, it's safe to say your fingers will be in a good position to do so.
Knowing the G3 is a big boy phone, LG brainstormed some clever tricks to make it easier for one-handed use. Visit Settings, General, One-handed operation and take a look at the available features. Activate 'Dial keypad' and you'll get the ability to shift the dial-pad to the display's left or right, making it easier to dial numbers with your thumb. Activate 'LG keyboard' and you'll get to do the same with the built-in keyboard. You should also try opening the keyboard in landscape mode, and splitting it in two via a pinch gesture with your thumbs. Finally, tap 'Lock screen' to get left-right adjustment for the PIN-code keypad.
The G3 lets you quickly activate the Qnote and Camera apps while the smartphone is turned off, using the volume keys on its back. Go to Settings, General, Shortcut key, and tap the On/Off switch. Next time you want to capture a beautiful moment forever, just reach for the phone and hold the volume down button.
Want to hide your private data from prying eyes? The LG G3 has an in-built lock mechanism for the multimedia content inside the Gallery app. To activate it, go to Settings, General, Security, and tap 'Content lock'. You'll get the option to lock the gallery with a password or by drawing a pattern. Once your lock is set, you can lock individual files with it by going to the Gallery and tapping 'Lock' from the menu in the three-square key.
LG dedicated an entire mode to those occasions when you lend your G3 to someone else for a while - your children, for example. Found in the Settings, General menu, 'Guest mode' lets you specify up to 5 apps your guest is allowed to use, change the wallpaper for the Home screen, and switch to a different screen-lock. Convenient!
The LG G3 has limited, but well thought out gesture controls built-in. They are found in the Settings, General, Gestures menu. Activate 'Answer an incoming call' to answer incoming calls by just bringing the phone to your ear – even when wearing a headset! You'll get a slight vibration to confirm the call has been accepted. Activate “Fade out ringtone” to get the G3 to automatically reduce the ringtone volume while you're picking it up to answer a call. An if you want to silence incoming calls by simply flipping the phone over, activate “Silence incoming calls”. By flipping the phone, you can also snooze and stop the alarm, or pause a video.
If you got a Quick Circle case, you may (or may not) have ended up surprised to see only three apps appear in the circular window at first. LG's ads used to show six apps, so what gives? Don't worry, it's just a matter of tuning some options. Go to Settings, General, and activate the 'QuickCircle case' option. Tap again on the option, then tap 'Select apps'. That's where you can choose up to six apps to show up inside the circle window.
Staying true to its phablet colors, the LG G3 lets you use two apps in the same time with its Dual-Window functionality. Harness it by tapping and holding the 'Back' on-screen navigation key, or through the button in the task switching menu. Tap on the upper or lower side of the screen to choose which side the window goes to, then tap the app icons, or drag them up or down.
The LG G3 can automatically activate the Dual-Window view when you tap a link in full screen or tap an e-mail attachment. To toggle this option, go to Settings, General, tap 'Dual window' and check 'Split view'.
Another way to multitask on the LG G3 is with Qslide apps. They show up on your screen as small windows that can be resized, moved, and made transparent. The experience is very close to your desktop PC, although you can have only two windows open together on all your home-screens. Access Qslide apps by pulling the notification drawer (swipe down from the status bar) and tapping the Qslide icon. A selection of Qslide apps shows up underneath the row of buttons. Tap your desired app and it goes on the screen. Happy multitasking!
To help you keep the free storage space of your device in check, LG added a simple cleanup agent called Smart cleaning. You can find it in the Settings, General menu. The service monitors how much space is occupied by temporary files, files in the download folder, and idle apps. It lets you easily get rid of the piled-up data by just tapping on the icons below. Smart cleaning can also give you notifications in regular intervals, and is connected to the LG Smart Notice service as well.
Here's a tip that won't make the LG G3 literally 'faster', but it will make it considerably zippier. Go to Settings, General, About phone and tap 'Software information'. Then, start tapping on 'Build number' until you unlock the Developer options menu in Settings, General. Enter the Developer options menu and set the 'Window animation scale', 'Transition animation scale', and 'Animator duration scale' all to 1x. It works!
You don't have to tape the loudspeaker and notification LED if you would like the G3 to stop bothering you for a moment. Simply go to Settings, Sound, and turn on 'Quiet mode'. For additional options, tap 'Quiet mode', and you'll get the opportunity to block the notification LED, alarms, and incoming calls. Furthermore, by tapping Incoming call settings, you can specify an auto-reply message to be sent to blocked contacts and un-block specific contacts that can call you in quiet mode.
If you have a trusty data connection, you can easily turn the LG G3 into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, or set-up USB-tethering for your computer. Both options are found in the Settings, Networks menu, where you'll tap 'Tethering & networks' to access them. Up to 8 devices can connect to your Wi-Fi hotspot.
The many ways in which you can customize the LG G3's lock-screen include the option to define your own shortcuts that let you launch specific apps without unlocking the phone. All the lock-screen options are found in the Settings, Display, Lock screen menu. Once you're there, tap 'Shortcuts' and you'll be greeted with give short-cut 'slots' to customize. Simply tap the small gears next to each short-cut to change it, and when you're done with the arrangement, tap 'Save'.
The LG G3 lets you change both the name and color of every folder on your screen. Simply open the folder and tap the bar that contains its name. You can now give it a new name and assign one of 12 available colors!
Who said you can only have one wallpaper? In the LG G3, you can have a different one for each home-screen! Tap and hold on any empty space of your home-screen, tap 'Wallpapers', and tap 'Multi-photo'. Select the photos you want off the Gallery, and hit 'Apply'. Simple, but so cool!
You can easily hide specific apps and widgets from inside the app drawer. Open it up, tap the three-square button on the right, and hit 'Hide/Show apps'. Select those apps you want to hide, tap the check-mark, and you're done!
The LG G3 has the Smart screen feature which uses the front camera to check whether your eyes are looking at its screen and doesn't let it dim or turn off. To enable or disable it, go to Settings, Display, and tap 'Smart screen'. Now the screen should stay on when the phone detects your face.
One of the LG G3's most welcome functions is the Battery saver. When it detects your battery charge has fallen below a certain threshold, it applies a set of optimizations and restrictions to keep your phone trucking for longer. To configure it, go to Settings, General, Battery, and tap 'Battery saver'. Here, you can configure the battery threshold and activate specific options. When the battery charge falls below the specified threshold, battery saver can turn off auto-sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LED notifications, Vibrate on tap; it can also dim the display and set the timeout period at 15 seconds. This “spartan” mode will definitely help your G3 last longer in dire circumstances.
LG devised a way to take selfies without reaching for the shutter button and possibly shaking the phone. Turn on the front cam and hold your palm against the lens. You will see a blue rectangle appear around it, which means the phone is detecting your gesture. Now, clench your palm into a fist. The G3 will initiate a three-second count-down before taking your selfie. It is said South Korean girls loved this feature upon the LG G3's launch! Alas, the gesture is a bit unreliable and slow, but it makes for a cool trick anyway.
If you happen to be color-blind, or just want to have some fun messing with the LG G3's display colors, go to Settings, General, Accessibility and tap Colour adjustments. Turn on the function and drag your finger to adjust the contrast and hue. To bring things back in order, use the three-squared menu to reset the screen to default, or simply turn the function off again.
LG Qmemo+ is a simple, yet powerful annotation tool that lets you take a snapshot of your on-screen content, draw and write on it, and share it over e-mail, social media, and the cloud. You can access it from the pull-down notification drawer, or by swiping from bottom up and selecting Qmemo from the circle. Use Qmemo+'s built-in text, brush, and eraser to draw over the screenshot if you wish. When you're done, hit the Save button, or use the three-squared button menu to share your creation.
LG Qmemo+ is not only an annotation tool, but it's also a great note-keeping app out of the box. Launch it from the app drawer and create neatly presented notes with the built-in formatting tools. Save the notes for later, share them, or set up automatic syncing with your Google Drive account. To do this, go back to LG Qmemo+'s main screen, hit the three-squared button menu and choose Settings. Then, simply add your Google account. Additionally, you can customize your notes by adding weather and location data, and timed or location reminders. Really good stuff!
One of the LG G3's best customizations also happens to be a well-hidden one! The app switching menu, that you access with the navigation button which looks like two rectangles, has three zoom levels. Try pinch-zooming out to get more apps available in the menu, or pinch-zooming in to return to the regular Android app switching layout. You can change the look anytime.
The LG G3 can automatically reject calls from private and specific numbers, and decline said calls with a text message. To set up you blacklist, open the G3's dialer app, tap the three-squared button, tap 'Call settings', then hit 'Call reject'. To specify a message, go back to the previous menu, and tap 'Decline with message'. You can choose a readily available message in English, or type your own by pressing the '+' button.-
The dialer app lets you change the order in which its tabs are presented, and how the contacts are ordered by name. Open the dialer app, go to the Contacts tab, and tap the three-squared button. Tap 'Edit tabs' and arrange them to your liking. Then, tap the three-squared button, and hit Settings. Use the “Sort list by” and “View contact names as” to switch the display name order to Family name first, or Given name first.
The LG G3's camera app lets you re-focus a photograph after you've taken it. Open the camera app and tap Mode, then tap 'Magic focus'. Take your photo as usual, then simply tap the area you want to re-focus on.
The LG G3's peculiar back button layout makes taking a screenshot by holding the power and volume down buttons a bit of a skill that needs to be mastered on its own. Thankfully, it's really simple, and the more practice you get, the more natural it will feel. The easiest way is to grab ahold of your LG G3 and press and hold your middle finger between the power button and volume down key. You will know you're in the right position when you feel that the tip of your finger is touching both buttons at the same time.
LG's new user interface lets you specify how the text messages you send and receive are presented in the Messages app. Open it up, tap the three-squares button, and hit Settings. Tap 'Conversation theme' and choose a Wallpaper image and message Bubble style and color.
The text messaging app has an in-built spam filter that checks the messages for spam content. This filter can be set to block messages containing specific words defined by you as well! Open the Messaging app, tap the three-squared button, and hit 'Spam manager'. Tap 'Spam Settings', then 'Spam words', and add the words you don't want to see. The spam filter can also prevent messages off of unknown, or specific numbers from reaching your phone. These options are in the same Spam settings menu.
If you want to give the LG G3's alarm a better chance at waking you up on time, go to the Clock app, tap the three-square button, and hit Settings. Then, tap 'Puzzle lock'. Choose one of the three available puzzles, then go back to the app's main screen. Add an alarm, and in its settings, enable 'Puzzle lock'. You can also add an app that will automatically launch upon stopping the alarm.
If you want to enjoy your wallpaper for a moment without having app icons all over it, simply pinch-zoom into it. All icons and widgets on all home-screens will disappear. To get them back, pinch-zoom out.
The LG G3's Gallery app is able to generate beautiful collages from your photos! Simply open an album, tap the three-squared button and hit 'Make collage'. Check the photos you want, select the type of collage you want, and the phone will save it into the 'Collage' album as a regular photo.