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LG G2 Top 30 Tips and Tricks to Fully Use Hidden Features, Maximise Performance and Extend Battery Life

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By Ryan Inoyori | October 22, 2013 5:21 PM EST

LG G2 is an innovative smartphone which understand gestures rather than reliance over hard buttons. It is packed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM and 3,000 mAh battery pack to suit your needs. If you want to make it more powerful and get the hidden secrets, know the top 20 tips and tricks for performance optimisation and extended battery life.

Features and System Hidden Tricks

1.      Smart Screen
It is quite similar to the Smart Stay feature of Samsung Galaxy S4 which detects your eyes if you're looking at the screen and dims or lights up accordingly.

2.      KnockOn
KnockOn allows you to wake up the display without pushing the power key. Simply knock twice to light up the screen. Use the same gesture to turn off the screen display.

3.      Instant Desktop
Pinch out to hide all applications and reveal the home screen instantly. This feature will not let alternative launchers to access unless otherwise said.

4.      Quick Camera
For three seconds, hold the volume down when the screen is off, to quickly access the camera app and snap a picture. This acts as a camera button whenever you are facing the rear-camera.

5.      Quick Note
For a quick launch of Note app, hold the volume up for three seconds when the screen off to quickly make notes.

6.      SMS Themes
Messaging app on G2 feature themes and changing is as easy as going to Menu > Settings > Conversation theme. You can customise the theme yourself and set different wallpapers per contact.

7.      Screenshots
Normally, you need to use the volume and power keys to get a screenshot but in G2, you can swipe the button of the screen then slide right to access quick memo. Use it to take a screenshot and share it if you want.

8.      Wireless Storage System
Transfer files wirelessly through wireless network connection using IP and password. Once connected to a wireless network, enable it using the notification drop down and follow the instructions provided to you. Using the optional static IP address is also possible.

9.      Images with Full Frame
Use the W10M option or wide 10-megapixel for viewing images on your G2. Using the 13MP has an aspect of 4:3 ratio which creates black bars on images.

10.  Clipboard Manager
All copied images or texts are stored in a built-in clipboard and you can access it by press and holding on an empty text box. A clip tray will take directly to the clipboard.

11.  Gallery Functions
Inside the gallery app, pinch the image to show the option mode where you delete the file by sliding up or share it by sliding down.

12.  Guest Mode
You can now personalise a guest mode on LG G2 and it can control apps and capabilities available depending on which mode is enabled. Go to Settings > Lock Screen settings > Set a separate pattern for Guest Mode > Set apps accessible in Guest Mode.

13.  Plug and Pop
Set the animation appearing on the home screen whenever you plug in an ear jack or OTG cable. Go Settings > General > Accessory > USB Storage or Earphone > Edit app panel > Set preferred apps.

14.  Audio Zoom
Zoom in on a specific audio source during video recording by zooming on your subject. Audio Zoom uses three stereo microphones to amplify the sound from that specified source.

15.  Text Link Transfer
You can transfer information from a text into another application. Simply press and hold on the text and a pop-up menu will prompt to which app you want to be transferred such as map, browser and calendar.

16.  Dual Camera Functionality
Like the Galaxy S4, LG G2 can use both of its camera at the same time to capture images and even record videos. In addition, the feature uses picture-inpicture technology to put your face in any photo or video you are recording.

17.  Tracking Zoom
Use this feature to zoom in on moving subject you select and track actions in a separate pane overlapping the background video.

18.  Zoom to Track
If you want to view the subject on a closer range within a video, select the moving object on the playback and choose Zoom to Track to zoom in to track the subject throughout the clip.

19.  Capture Plus
Use the Capture Plus to get a screenshot of the entire Web page with precise border controls.

20.  Clip Tray
The Clip Tray or commonly known as Clipboard in PC which stores memory of pictures, text and links for future reference use. In addition of sharing it to other apps, it also allows you to store multiple items, create visual collection of information and add items selectively.

Battery and Memory Optimisation

1.      Home Screen Panels
Use as many as needed home screen to avoid slowing down the LG G2. It is recommended to utilise the default home launcher for best performance.

2.      Widgets
All widgets in the home screen and lock screen consume battery and memory which you should monitor regularly. Use widgets which you truly need and enable auto-syncing if necessary.

3.      Live Wallpaper
No matter how fast and fluid the G2, make sure to use Live Wallpaper which are stable and eats less power. Live Wallpapers combined with several widgets can slow down the device eventually.

4.      Brightness Level
Manage the brightness level to juice more out of the battery and minimise it before you go to bed for battery saving purposes.

5.      Screen Time-Out
If you prefer the device to turn off its screen automatically, set the screen time-out to a minimum such as 30 seconds or 1 minute max to save power.

6.      Removing Applications
Uninstall apps which you do not use anymore to clean the clutter to the RAM and battery. Some apps may contradict functions to one another, so be careful on downloading from the Play Store or any other sources.

7.      Wireless Connection
Disable wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and mobile data when not in use to prevent them from draining power.

8.      Software Updates
Don't forget to check in regularly to the LG G2 Web site, on your software updates found in the settings and the default PC suite of the device for new firmware releases. New updates include stability improvements and battery enhancements.

9.      Regular Reboot
Reboot your smartphone regularly after every full charge so that the memory and apps will get refreshed after an entire day of usage.

10.  Backup and Factory Reset
Always create a backup of all personal files and information stored on your device to ensure protection if something happens. Performing factory reset may be needed if an error or technical issue occurs. Backup first before performing any reset.

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