LG V30 Floating Bar overview: what it does and how it works


One of the many features that made the LG V10 and V20 stand out was the secondary display situated above their main screen. It hosted shortcuts to apps and contacts, it gave you quick control over your music from any screen, and it displayed notifications even when the phone was in stand-by. But it also occupied some space – space that LG needed in the V30 to produce a more beautiful phone and to achieve a remarkable screen-to-body ratio.

Yup, whether you're happy about it or not, the LG V30 doesn't have a secondary screen. However, a part of the functionality that those on the V10 and V20 offered remains. It only comes in a different form – the so-called Floating Bar. Think of it as a customizable toolbar. It is accessed with the tap of a tab on the side, be it while on the home screen or while using an app. It can be on the left or right side, you can move it up or down, and you may disable it if you want to.

What does the Floating Bar do? A bunch of things, actually. There's a total of four "screens" that you switch between by swiping left or right. One is dedicated to shortcuts to various features or frequently used apps, up to 5 of them. For instance, you can place a shortcut there to launch the front camera in selfie mode or to launch your favorite game. Of course, this screen is customizable and you can pick both stock and third-party apps.


Another screen hosts up to 5 of your contacts – you tap on their picture to make a call or send a message. And a screen I've been using often is for controlling music playback – you can pause or skip a track or go back to the previous song. The cool thing is that this works not only with the built-in music player, but also with popular music apps like Spotify or Google Play Music. 


And the last set of tools you're given are for taking and editing screenshots. You can take one and crop it or highlight parts of it. You can take a screenshot of an entire webpage or even create an animated gif (or gif) of whatever is happening on the screen.


On the V10 and V20, the secondary screens remained active even when the phones were in stand by. On the V30, notifications, playback controls, and various toggles are still accessible, but are now part of the always-on display interface. You swipe left and right to access your music player or the quick settings menu. And now that we've mentioned it, the always-on display has been improved significantly: there are many watch designs to pick from and, more importantly, it is all much easier to see.

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V30
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)

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18 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Hopefully they drop it or disable it by default in the future. It seems so out of place.

2. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So essentially Samsung's Edge Screen with a horizontal layout

5. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Of course anti samsung people will like it not realizing it's the same thing just more basic and horizontal

16. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

which is almost 90% of us

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Will text messages show on there as well?

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

This feels like a cross between Samsung's edge panels, the floating toolbox they had for the S5, and some added twists by LG.

6. TechSingularity

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I like how they consolidated the ticker screen into this floating bar software feature. And how the things it doesn't do like before [the tools] are now on the always on display. May not work for others but it works for me. I like LG. While not always hitting one out of the park with each new design they try new things and are different than other OEMs. This is what sets them apart. Look how many other OEMs have taken features they have made so popular. Just my opinion. No bashing on other brands.

7. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The problem with "not always hitting one out of the park" is that you have to wait years for LG to see a really good phone. I waited years since my G2 to upgrade to another great LG phone that never came (until now - the V30 really has me interested).

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Edge panel inspired. Samsung is making everyone step their game up. Note 8 in 2 weeks, mine ships on the fif lol.

10. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Dude it's just a phone.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude, you're just a troll.

12. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Aren't you a phone reviewer too? You should be a little more neutral.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I should be what the hell I am...brutally honest.

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Those Samsung haters won't see LG copying Samsung here. LG has done more copying from Samsung than any manufacturer has done to another in the smartphone industry. At a time, even their skins looked eerily alike. Hey, I'm neither saying nor implying that Samsung doesn't copy—they all do—before some deranged maniacs attack!

11. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Samsung Edge..

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

https://youtu.be/y8M-cJYszKE This is plain sick. Check it out.

17. SharkCanyon

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 24, 2017

Wow, that seems really ugly and stupid.

18. apphunter

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 23, 2017

I'm using the app "Floating bar LG V30" for a floating bar, it works pretty like LG V30 :)

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