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Make the most of the excellent LG G4 with these 10 tips

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We love the LG G4, thanks to its stunning Quad HD, IPS Quantum display, fast Snapdragon 808 processor, and astonishingly capable camera. If you own one, or are picking one up soon, you’ll want to get to grips with all the secret features that sometimes get hidden deep in the menus. We’re here to help, so delve into our range of cool LG G4 tips for owners below, and get the most from the leather-covered beauty.

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How to use Glance View

A feature first seen on the LG G Flex 2, Glance View is a quick way to see the time, date, and any alerts that hide in the notification bar, without waking up the phone. It’s easy to use: just swipe down from the very top of the lock screen until the clock and task bar come into view. Not only is it convenient, but it’s a great way to not reveal any notifications on the screen if you only want to check the time.

How to disable Smart Bulletin

Not everyone will like LG’s informational side panel that works like an extension to the G4’s home screen, and contains various shortcuts and quick access tools; so here’s how to disable it.

Swipe across to Smart Bulletin, then go to Settings, and look for the on/off toggle in the top right.

How to customize the notifications panel

This is one of the more controversial parts of LG’s Android UI, as it’s completely different from the stock Android version. If you’d like to simplify it, or just re-order the buttons, follow these instructions:

Bring down the notification panel, then scroll to the end of the shortcut list, where you’ll find an Edit button. Tap this, and select which apps you’d like a shortcut to, and where they should come in the list. You can also remove the volume and brightness slider if you prefer. Tap Save, and you’re done.

How to change the theme

LG provides a selection of custom themes you can apply to the G4, if the standard theme gets a little stale. Here’s how to find new ones and apply them.

First, go to Settings > Display > Home Screen > Theme. From here you can select any already downloaded theme, but to find new ones, swipe to the left and tap the blank window with the plus sign in it.

When you’ve chosen your new theme, tap the preview and then tap Apply.

How to use Gesture Shot and Gesture View for selfies

The LG G4 has a wide-angle selfie camera lens above the screen, plus an effective beauty mode, and these two cool features help you make the most of it. Gesture Shot eliminates camera shake that often results from having to press a shutter release button, or from holding the phone awkwardly for those group selfies.

Raise an open palm hand, so the front camera detects it, then slowly clench it into a fist. If you get it right, a three-second countdown will begin, and a picture will be taken when it reaches zero. Alternatively, do the gesture the other way around for the same effect. Here’s a bonus tip: it works best when your hand is in plain view of the camera, without faces behind it.

Gesture View works in tandem with Gesture Shot. Just bring the phone towards you after taking the selfie, and a preview will appear on the screen, without the need to leave the app and check the gallery.

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