The LG G3 boasts a number of innovative software features. With the arrival of Android Lollipop, some of its original features no longer work or have changed, but there's plenty still left to discover, from greater accessibility to the ability to multi-screen apps. Discover how to do these things and more with the help of our LG G3 tips and tricks.
The LG G3 sports some tools that rely on your tapping skills to enable them. You can double tap the screen to turn the display on and off (although it only works if you tap an empty spot on the home screen when the display is active).
You can use a knock code to lock and unlock your device instead of a conventional pattern lock, and you can even wake the display of your device simply by doing a single tap.
2. Restrict third-party access with guest mode
Guest mode allows you to LG G3 can specify a limited number of apps that are available to third-party users. This is convenient because you can now lend your phone to a friend or family member without having to worry that they’ll snoop through your own personal stuff.
The App Drawer and Notification bar are also disabled when in guest mode. You can also set up a knock code that allows you to disable guest mode on the fly. Go into Settings > Personal > Guest mode tosee the options available for allowed apps.
NOTE: Guest mode was removed by LG in the update to Android Lollipop.
As we revealed in the Optimus UI comparison, you can move the navigation buttons to whatever you see fit. Do you want the home button on the left? How about the back button on the right? No problem, you can personalize this and change the arrangement of these capacitive buttons. In addition, these can be hidden when not in use.
Just go to Settings > Display > Home touch buttons > Button combination. From here, you can drag and drop at your leisure.
4. Quick access the camera and notes applications
Through a long-press on the volume buttons, you can start two apps directly from standby: if you long-press the volume-down button, you’ll fire up the camera app. If you long press the volume up button, the note app will fire up.
Unfortunately, these assignments cannot be modified. The features are also constrained by whether or not you’ve got your G3 protected by a knock code, pin code or pattern code. If so, you’ll have to unlock the device prior to either the camera or notes firing up.
5. Use two apps simultaneously
A long-press on the back button will open the dual-window function: a variety of system apps can be displayed at the same time on the screen (browser, maps, news, email, etc).
Just drag and drop the two apps that you want to use to either the upper and lower half of the screen. The size ratio between the two displayed apps can also be adjusted by dragging the middle bar.
6. Take screenshots and annotate them with QuickMemo+
While you can take screenshots with just about every Android device out there, LG’s QuickMemo+ function (or QMemo+) allows the user to directly add handwritten notes to the screenshot afterward.
There are a bunch of ways to get QuickMemo+ fired up: you can either access it from the icon in the Quick Settings, add in its own navigation button (as per your ability to customize this bar that we mentioned above) or by swiping to the top and then to the right on your home screen.
NOTE: the ability to open QMemo+ using the swipe-up-and-right gesture was removed in the update to Android Lollipop. The swipe up gesture is now only used to open Google Now.
7. Customize the keyboard size
If the keyboard is taking up too much space or you need it just a teeny bit bigger due, you can customize the size of the keyboard on the LG G3 as long as it’s being held in portrait mode.
Go to Settings > Language and Input > LG Keyboard. From there, you can make the desired changes to the keyboard height and layout. You can also choose to have the keyboard split apart when you hold the phone in landscape mode as well as enabling a one-handed operation mode.
8. Use Smart screen
LG has taken a page out of the Samsung playbook with this feature: if enabled, your display will stay lit up as long as you’re looking at your device. Of course, this sucks the battery a little bit more than if it was off, but it is a handy feature if you’re spending a long time looking at something in particular.
To make use of it, go to Settings > Display and make sure Smart screen is checked.
9. Personalize the contrast and appearance with color adjustment
In the Settings > General > Accessibility, you can find the option for Color adjustment. With this, you can change the look and contrast of the entire surface, including app icons.
Once activated, you can simply drag your finger across the screen and depending on whatever color you choose, the entire user interface will be changed to reflect that.
10. Get greater accessibility with Touch Assistant
Key functions such as volume control, on / off, home screen, settings, and back can be reached via an extra button that can be placed anywhere on your screen and accessed across all screens.
In order to enable this, head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Touch assistant. The button will now appear on your screen and by tapping on it, it will bring up a menu with a bunch of the basic functions available.
11. Change the theme of the messaging app
If you’re not a big fan of the default theme of the messaging app, you can change that in the settings on your device. By heading to the Settings of the messaging app, you can choose Conversation theme and change the background and the look of the speech bubbles. An image can even be used as a background if you so choose.
12. Change app icons
If you don’t like a particular app icon, you can long press on it and then let go of it. At the top right, a small paintbrush will appear that, when tapped, brings up an overview of different icons you can pick and choose to replace it.
This is just a glimpse into some of the customization possibilities with your LG G3. While not every feature is exclusive to this device, there are still tons of tips and tricks that make the G3 unique compared to the competition.
Let us know what your favorite feature of the LG G3 is in our comments.