How to hide on-screen buttons on the LG G3

How to hide on-screen buttons on the LG G3
The LG G3 is a device with an amazing compactness given that it has a very large, 5.5” display. LG achieved this by stripping the phone off all keys on the front and relying on virtual on-screen navigation keys instead.

The downside to all this, though, is that apps and games that do not support the immersive mode that Google introduced with Android 4.4 KitKat, contrast with the often out-of-place looking on-screen keys. It all results in a flawed experience, especially for more immersive games where you could accidentally hit the home key, and quit the game.

Is there a fix? Luckily, the answer is yes. LG has built in a neat feature in the menus where you can select any app you want and force it to hide the on-screen Android navigation keys. How do you do it? Just follow our tutorial below to find out.

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G3
  • 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)

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23 Comments

1. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Does one suggest buying the G3 or waiting for Note 4 to come out?

3. maxkobi

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

honestly I've loved my N3, but the locked down boot loader on VZW has KILLED me. I am very tempted to sell and get a N3 but i think I'm gonna force myself to wait for the N4. As little as i use the stylus i love it still. i think it will come down to 2 things. If the N4 has a thinner bezel I'm halfway sold, if it finally drops the button for onscreen I'm getting a N4 without thinking about it. By waiting for the N4 I can see what the devs do with the G3 and how it will be on VZW, because i can guarantee the N4 will be super locked down regardless

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

My choice would be N4... But buy what you like...don't depend on others opinion.... But N4 will be worth the wait...

8. adecvat

Posts: 647; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Galaxy S5 LTE-A all the way!

18. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I wanted to upgrade to an S5 from an SIII but phones are coming out faster than you can blink =( The G3 is very nice but tempted on getting two phablets when they both launch (Note 4 and iPhone 6 - 5.5)

20. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

And yet they were moaning about the onscreen keys yesterday.

2. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I think it's more of a problem using on-screen buttons instead of physical.

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yeah!!! I'm better off with physical buttons... On screen button are cool...but not so practical....

9. joe23521

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

I, too, prefer physical buttons. They are always there, yet never in the way.

11. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

You can hide on-screen buttons, but physical buttons are always there...

17. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Why should I hide physical buttons??? Does it take any precious space in my screen??? No...then why should I??? And in samsung phones menu(now app switcher) and back buttons hides it self when not in use....

19. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

"Does it take any precious space in my screen???" No, but it does make your device larger than it has too be. "And in samsung phones menu(now app switcher) and back buttons hides it self when not in use...." That's not useful at all... The buttons are still there, just not backlit, but it's still taking up precious space. Physical buttons aren't the answer. Navigation bar also isn't the answer. However Cyanogenmod's PIE is perfect since it's software based AND it only activates by gesture. It's the best of both worlds.

4. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Wait for Note 4 then compare and decide for yourself. In my opinion, there is no comparison. Note series is the king of mobile technology. But just compare them yourself

7. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

note all rounder device

13. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Sometimes, less is more.

15. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

But note so with NOTE...

10. 8800-Arte

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

They should have done this 2.5 years ago. But better late than never.

12. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Welcome back Arte, welcome back to troll. :D

14. 8800-Arte

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

Thank you. BTW, I thought that the word troll was either used as a verb or an adjective. Kindly enlighten me on your usage of the word Troll.

16. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Will you be enlighted with this? TROLL©®

21. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Neat feature i like that.

22. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

So how to bring the buttons back after they hide??

23. MedooKn

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

swipe, from the bottom in portrait, but in landscape, swipe from the right... lol

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