Master the modular LG G5 with these 15 super tips and tricks

If you’ve got a brand new LG G5 in your hand right now, or are expecting one to be nestling in it very soon, then you’ll want to know how to make the most of it. LG’s newest, and certainly most adventurous, smartphone is full of surprises. Some involve hardware, and others have to do with little tricks hidden in the software. If you want to be a G5 master, you’ll need to know the best, so here are some of the coolest G5 tips and tricks.

Customize your LG G5

Activate Smart Bulletin

If you’ve graduated to the G5 from the G4 or G3, you may have gotten used to LG’s Smart Bulletin home screen, which was accessible by swiping to the right from the main page. It shows a variety of content, including LG Health data, a music player short cut, your daily schedule, and more. It’s disabled as standard on the G5, but it’s easy to add back in.

  • Long press on a blank section of Home screen, then tap Home Screen Settings when the helicopter view appears. From here, scroll down and flick the switch on the Smart Bulletin option.

Bring back the App Drawer

LG removed the application drawer from its Android UI on the G5, but the move proved so unpopular that it quickly provided a way to get it back again.

  • Go to Settings > Display > Home screen > Select Home and choose Home & app drawer.

Now you have a separate layout for your home screen and an app drawer for your apps. If you’re not keen on LG’s UI, then try a third-party launcher like Nova Launcher.

Hide the apps you don’t want to see

LG G5 Review
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Jessica Lee Star/Digital Trends

If you’ve decided to make do without the app drawer, but folders are still too messy, then you can hide apps from the G5’s home screens completely.

  • Go to Settings > Home Screen, and find the Hide Apps option. You’re shown a long list of all the installed apps, and simply check which ones you don’t want to see. The G5 isn’t overflowing with bloatware nonsense, but there will be a few apps that deserve to be hidden.

Show your signature on the Always-on lock screen

LG G5 signature
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Simon Hill / Digital Trends

The LG V10’s secondary screen showed your signature, and the G5 can do the same on its always-on lock screen. To activate it, follow these instructions:

  • Go to Settings > Display > Always-on Display, and make sure the switch is on. Then, tap the option and select Set what to show. Tick the Signature option, hit Next, and modify the text to say what you want. Underneath is your choice of font. When you’re happy, tap Save.

Customize your navigation buttons

You’ll notice that the home screen showcases Back, Home, and Recent app buttons by default, but you can actually rearrange the order and add more if you want to.

  • Go to Settings > Display > Home touch buttons > Button combination and tap and drag to change the order. You can also add Notification, Capture+, or QSlide options.
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