1. How to enable the LG G6 always-on display
Just like the G5, the LG G6 has an always-on display option, but that does not become obvious right away. The feature is turned off by default, so you need to go to Settings>Display>Always-on Display and enable it if you want to use it. Enabling the option keeps a portion of the screen lit during stand-by, displaying the time, date, and battery status, along with a list of pending notifications. One disadvantage: you'll notice an impact on battery life, as is the case with pretty much every Always-on Display implementation on a phone.
2. Quickly and easily pull down the notifications panel
One of the best things about the LG G6 is that it fits in the hand much better than any other 5.7-inch handset. But still, reaching all the way up to pull down the notifications panel using one hand only is a challenge. The solution – edit your on-screen buttons! Go to Settings>Display>Home touch buttons>Button combination, then drag and drop the buttons around and arrange them to your liking. Place the Notification button on the side you prefer.
3. Changing the size of the on-screen keyboard
Most people should be content with the default size of LG's on-screen keyboard, but for those who aren't, there's the option to make it larger or smaller. Go to Settings>General>Language & Keyboard>LG Keyboard>Keyboard height and layout>Keyboard height to make adjustments to the keyboard's size. Personally, I made it a bit smaller so that there's more room for my conversation thread to be displayed. Bonus tip: you can enable the "Vibrate on keypress" option to get tactile feedback when operating the keyboard.
4. Camera settings
LG's camera app is rich in features and options, but some of the ones I find useful aren't enabled by default. For instance, there's the Tracking Focus option, which locks the focus on an object even if you or the object move. I also enabled the new Camera roll feature, which shows thumbnails for the five recently taken photos. I find it neat. And I also use the Grid option to help me better compose photos while shooting, with straight horizons and all.
5. Tweaking the Battery Saver
It seems that every new phone now has a battery saving feature of some kind. By default, the battery saver on the LG G6 is activated manually via the quick toggle button in the pull-down menu. But you can set it to activate automatically once the charge level drops to a critical point, such as 15%. That is done by going to Settings>General>Battery and Power Saving.
6. Editing the toggles panel
As every other Android phone, the LG G6 notifications panel includes a handy list of toggle buttons, letting you quickly switch a common setting on or off. You can also edit the list to your preferences by pressing the Edit button – I, for instance, brought the Flashlight and Comfort View buttons (more on the latter in a bit) to the top of the list. The NFC toggle was moved to the very last spot, and the obscure Color Inversion option was completely hidden. Pressing the three dots in the upper right corner also lets you hide the Screen Sharing and File Sharing buttons if you don't use them.
7. Enabling LG Health
The LG Health app is found in a folder on the home screen called Essentials. One of its uses is to give you advice as to how much you should exercise to stay fit or reach a certain weight goal. The other is to keep track of your daily activity. Of course, a smartwatch would be more accurate in its data collection, but for those who don't have one, the LG Health app might suffice. I included it on my list of tips because the app does not log any data until you open and configure it.
8. Replacing the home screen weather widget
The default weather-and-clock widget pre-applied on the LG G6 gets the job done, but if you go to the widget selection screen (hold down a finger on an empty space of your home screen and choose "Widgets"), you'll find a bigger, more informative weather widget at the very end of the list. It displays a 3-day forecast at the bottom in addition to the current time and weather conditions. Looking for an alternative third-party weather app is not a bad idea either. LG's own has prettier animation, but does not include hourly forecast anymore. Here's a list of 5 cool weather apps
9. Volume buttons act as shortcuts
No smartphone is complete without a camera shortcut of some kind. On the LG G6, that function is assigned to the volume down button – pressing it twice during stand-by takes you to the camera app instantly. And if you double-press the volume up button, that launches QuickMemo+ – LG's own note-taking application. But as handy as they are, these shortcuts might interfere with other functions, which is why I often trigger them by accident when I simply want to adjust the volume of my music playing. If you want to, you may disable them from Settings>General>Shortcut Keys.
10. Changing shape and backdrop of app icons
LG's latest UI is configured to add a backdrop to some app icons, thus creating a more uniform homescreen look. But if you're too used to the old-fashioned look of your app icons, you may revert the icon modification by going to Settings>Display>Home Screen>Icon shape and changing the setting to the original state.
11. Download new themes
Speaking of UI modifications, LG has a selection of themes available for download. To access them, hold a finger down on your home screen and choose Themes from the menu that appears. You will see the bunch of themes that come pre-loaded, and to download new ones, scroll down to the "Recommended" section or tap the arrow in the upper right corner. You may need to create a new account to download UI themes.
12. Bring back the app drawer
LG's user interface does not include an app drawer. Instead, all apps are placed on the home screen, which is an approach that I'm perfectly fine with. Still, I'm sure some long-time Android users might want their app drawer back, and if you're one of them, go to Settings>Display>Home Screen>Select Home and choose "Home & App Drawer".
13. Restrict access to photos and videos
We all have stuff on our phones that we'd rather keep to ourselves. If that stuff happens to come in the form of photos or video, you may lock it using LG's Gallery app. Just open the folder containing the content you want to lock, press the three dots in the upper right corner, and choose "Lock" from the menu that appears. Now you will be asked to set a password to protect the files with. Once the password has been entered, the files will disappear from the gallery. You can access them by choosing "Show Locked Files" from the same three-dot menu. Note that the files will show up if you explore their folder with the file management app, but they will remain inaccessible until you unlock them.
14. New pull-down gesture lets you search in apps
If you pull down on any of your home screens, a search bar will appear. This lets you perform deep searches within the software you have installed, including third-party apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can use this feature to dig out things like Chrome bookmarks, artists on Spotify, Pinterest boards, Twitter hashtags, popular instagrammers, and more. One downside: the feature is kind of laggy and does not display a full list of results right away.
15. Enable Comfort View at night
This is a topic we've discussed many times in the past. Long story short, the blueish light emitted by our phones can potentially mess up our sleep, which is why most new phones comes with a blue light filter feature. To give it a try, press the Comfort View toggle button in the pull-down menu – your screen will get yellowish, which is normal. The feature is intended to be active during the night, especially in the hours before going to bed.