Like last year’s LG G2 and several other phones from LG, the brand new LG G3 is highly customizable right out of the box. Users have a number of options to choose from to change the overall look and feel of the device. The best example is being able to completely replace the buttons on the screen as you see fit.
The new LG G3 has tons of extremely impressive specs and features like the 13-megapixel laser autofocus camera, but if you recently got the new phone and want to change the on-screen button layout to match a previous device or just to add a little customization, below we’ll explain exactly how to do it. .
Most smartphones have either dedicated capacitive touch buttons like the Galaxy S5 or non-replaceable softkeys like the Nexus 5 or Moto X. But LG wants to let users tweak things as they see fit, and fortunately, the softkeys are fully customizable. Tune in for more details and a quick how-to video.
The LG G3 comes with three standard buttons at the bottom of the screen right out of the box. These are the back, home and multitasking menu button from left to right. However, if you’re coming from a Samsung device, many have a back button on the right side, which requires users to change where they tap, which often causes problems for the first few weeks after owning a device.
Unfortunately, there is no standard for buttons in Android, because Google allows manufacturers to change them however they want, which is one of Android’s strengths. However, this often leaves users confused or disappointed when they get a new device. Luckily LG has fixed this issue by letting you rearrange the buttons however you want. How to do it is explained below.
Instead of hack and installing 3rd party software to personalize your device, LG has all these options and advanced customization controls right in the settings menu.
Go to settings by tapping the gear-shaped menu button at the top of the notification bar or in the app tray. From here you will navigate to the third column titled “Display” and the third option below is “Main touch buttons”.
Tap here and you will be able to quickly change the button combination, layout and add up to five buttons. Then you can choose white or black background options and even add tint.
Check out our quick how-to video below for more details on this simple mod.
While not as many options in the Android hacking community as some third-party ROMs, LG has a good deal. Users can rearrange all icons, change the color, or add a button to pull down the notification bar (which is handy so you don’t have to reach for the top of the 5.5-inch screen), as well as the ability to take screenshots instantly with QuickMemo+, QSlide, multitask, and even have two screens on the screen at the same time. If you want to multitask the application for dual window mode.
Finally, there is the option to completely hide the home buttons when using certain apps. Android does this by default in some cases, but LG gives full control to the user. This means you can make certain apps full screen if you want, which is a nice touch.
Rearrange the buttons or color as you see fit and you’ll see the changes instantly. Just go home from here and you’re done. You have successfully changed the look, feel and operation of the LG G3 in a matter of seconds. Enjoy!