How to easily fix the LG G3 QHD screen's annoying oversharpening issue

It's not easy to be a pioneer in the mobile industry, and LG, the brand name that announced the first dual-core, dual-camera or Quad HD display phones, knows that all too well. Its 2014 flagship, the G3, was the first among the big boys to feature a display with 1440x2560 pixels of resolution, breaking the 500ppi screen density barrier. Not only that, but it also features screaming specs like a Snapdragon 801 chipset, optically-stabilised camera, and an exceptional screen-to-body-size ratio.

With great technology advancements come some not so great tradeoffs, though, and chief among those for the G3 is its battery life, which is inferior to most other 2014 flagships on account of the big, ultra high-res display. The other issue is screen oversharpening - edges of text or icons in LG or some 3rd party apps often look like you've moved the sharpening slider in Photoshop to the max, resulting in ugly etched rims surrounding text and other elements on the screen. Fret not, however, as there is now an extremely easy way to fix that, and still enjoy the G3's breathtaking pixel density. Needless to say, you have to have root on your G3, and here's what you need to do afterwards:

1. Download the latest sharpening mod 3.0 for the LG G3 directly on your device, or transfer it to the phone afterwards;
2. Reboot LG's finest in the custom recovery tool of your choice you have installed (here's what you need to do to install one, if you don't know what that is), and archive your boot partition just in case;
3. Pick the .zip file with the sharpening mod on your phone from there, and install it, choosing a sharpening value from 0-40, in 5 step increments;
4. Reboot the phone, and turn off the screen at least one time to make the fix operational.

source: Skin1980 (XDA-Devs)

Related phones

  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. G3ro-

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

One must root their phone, right?

2. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Most likely since stock recoveries don't let you flash third party stuff

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

So for average users, you are screwed... haha. Don't get a LG G3 would be the solution. :P QHD is still not useful at this point in time.

3. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Here is an easier solution : throw it in trash and buy the amazing premium iPhone 6+ Problem solved

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

sure, that's easier if you have $800-$900 to blow and you even want a 6+ which has it's own set of problems some of which are more problematic than a fixable screen setting...

5. blingblingthing

Posts: 943; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Sure, just as soon as you post a link to the quad HD app on the app store.

20. Ycantisee

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

still looks good regardless no?

6. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The word "Premium" doesn't get along that much with the word bendable ;) Not to mention the scratch prone body, the easily to scratch glass, and the rebooting issues with the top of their line 128GB version.

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Somewhere along the line, there was a typo. And "Reamium" became "Premium". It doesn't get any more "Reamium" than an Apple device.

13. srgonu

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I think we are talking here about quad HD displays. IPhone is not part of the list.

19. Ycantisee

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

isnt that a subjective point of view?

25. Tru3AVALON

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

We have an iphone in the house and the g3 is better in everything name me just one thing that the iphone is better then the lg and i could tell you a hundred reasons because its not

8. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

apple cant be android ever

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

LG really dropped the ball with this phone.

10. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Simply just don't buy it

12. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

You are an lg hater and samsung fan

24. Tru3AVALON

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Jelous people like are really getting on my nervs lately. I think you are on the wrong articcle here if you want to talk smack about the g3 vo somwhere else this is useful article for the owners of the phone and not for the haters who deel inside them would give everything to have it. Or you the type i dont want it but i cant stop teading articles about it :) do i make myself clear ha b..... Do I?!

11. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

ITT: Complains about high PPI.


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I don't have a problem with the sharpening, infact I haven't noticed it since I've had the G3.

15. ezfidel

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

My G3 doesn't have this problem I didn't even know it existed.

17. ace2690

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Man its some retarded ass people in the world who the hell complain about sharping, y'all people will find anything jus to say a phone is bad. Its ridiculous. Its nothing wrong with the phone.

18. fo0ling

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 07, 2013

I only see this whenver i see a popup message, and then i see on the backgorund the sharpened text. Well, i really dont mind it with my g3. Still love the beast!

21. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

And some people think you don't need root, that locked up phones are just fine. The reality is that a lot of phones are just f**ked up without root.

22. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

I may excuse lg for this for one simple reason If the different between the fhd and QHd is not noticeable then they must do something about to make standout for the average user I used the oppo find 7 and lg g3 and lg g3 screen looks sharper due to this oversharpening

23. jwalker55

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

It "looks" sharper, meaning you perceive the display being sharper, but in reality it is not. In reality, it degrades the quality of the image to anyone not blind as F.

26. Tru3AVALON

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I think that there is no more oversharpening when 6.0 marshmallow is installed. Can someone please share his observations after the 6.0 update is it or is it not still present. Please answer

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