Last Updated: Apr 24,2015
It doesn't look like anyone's started a Tips & Tricks thread yet, so I thought I'd kick one off!
In addition to using a knock code to unlock the screen, a double-tap on the notification area will lock the screen (it works on any unoccupied screen area, but this isn't easy if you're on a home screen full of apps, or have an app open). This means you can unlock and re-lock the phone without even picking it up.
My phone came with McAfee Mobile Security pre-installed. I was going to ditch this for Avast until I discovered that McAfee has a "Lock Down Device" option. This claims to "Block Factory Reset, Rooting and USB port." This is in addition to the usual Security Scan, Backup and Find Device functions.
On my previous phone I used Avast to achieve the equivalent of the Lock Down Device function, but the phone had to be rooted to use this. With McAfee and the G3, rooting is not necessary.
p.s. Interestingly, the website for remote phone tracking and control is a specific LG/McAfee one.
T-Mobile has been using Lookout Security for their phones (in conjunction with the Jump service) since I've been with them. It'll be interesting to see if they keep Lookout or go with McAffee.
Still has LOOKOUT on-board.
I had tried several different security apps.
Then upon buying my Note 3 at T-Mobile, I found Outlook to be my favorite. Reinforced by a few good articles in the blogosphere I decided to use it on all my Androids, it's been great.
How to disable Lookout:
/Settings/Security/Phone administrators, Disable.
Take a screenshot by pressing the power button and the volume down button on the back at the same time.
It took me a week or so to get used to the keys being on the rear of the phone, but now I like them. I've tried taking screenshots in the way you suggest but find that quite awkward. I prefer using Quick Memo+ to do it... just pull down the toggles from the notification area and press the Quick Memo+ button. Then press the key on the right-hand side, one in from the QM+ settings. This'll grab a screenshot. It's a bit more long-winded but at least I don't get the volume slider showing up in the screenshots!
G3 recognizes a flash drive without needing add-on software. You just need a standard USB OTG cable
I don't have my phone yet, but just read a review that stated if you long press the down volume, it will activate the camera.
You can take a screen shot by dragging the home button to the right and stopping on the quick memo icon.
Is there any way, without loading a 3rd party app like Lightflow, to change the color of the LED for various processes like calls, SMS, etc?
I like LG's Clip Tray, but it's too easy to cut and paste sensitive information, such as passwords, and then forget it's visible to anyone who gets their hands on your phone.
I suggest doing a follow-up long-press after pasting, so you can select "Clip Tray" and then delete all contents.
What's really needed, of course, is a utility that allows users to set a latency so all Clip Tray contents are automatically wiped after, say, ten minutes.
Good idea. Find someone to write an xposed app for that.
Must have done that in my pocket yesterday and all of a sudden I felt a bad burning on my leg and the phone was blistering hot and the LED flash was stuck on I guess and . . . ouch :nurse:.. seriously hot. Gotta be more careful or wear looser pants or something...
A really informative series of tips and tricks, many of which I'd not come across before.
LG G3 - 40 Tips & Tricks for LG's most powerful smartphone ever
I was disappointed to find that knocking to turn off the screen didn't work with Nova (except in the notification bar), but I found out you can download an app called "Screen Off" (there are several, I'm using the one by icillin) and then set a double tap action in Nova (Prime only) to activate that app. Works like a charm!
You can spread the keyboard apart when in landscape mode.
There are 3 display options for the recent apps screen. One for Android purists that displays recent apps in a single column:
One that doubles if to 2 columns:
And finally, one that displays 3 columns of recent apps:
The display type can be changed by pinching/expanding the screen with 2 fingers.
Thanks for this tip, it's very handy.
I've enjoyed Nova Prime (I always buy pay Apps if offered because I believe in paying developers) on my last few Androids and really like it.
Just a side note though... Nova does it right. Totally functional app for free... Many great extras in the paid version. Just saying... That is how it should always work IMO
I use Apex launcher and I like it.
Try to convince me that Nova is better.
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