The LG G6 has just launched and with it comes a new aspect ratio, premium build, and interesting two camera setup. If you picked up one of these guys, though, there’s definitely some hidden features that I think will help you get more out of the phone. From customization, to camera tricks, here’s some features that might not have been apparent (see: hidden) that I think you should know about.
Here’s my video on the top 6 hidden features, check out the full 10 below.
So in an odd choice in my opinion, LG went a bit of an iPhone route and laid out all the apps installed on the phone on the home screen and hid the app drawer that we’re used to. And if that’s cool with you, then cool, but if you miss the app drawer (like I do) you can easily get it back.
Then you’ll have your good ol’ app drawer back like you’re used to.
So one of the most unique factors about the G6 is the 18:9 (2 to 1?) screen that allows for larger screen real estate with a slimmer phone profile. Unfortunately, the apps you use on Android don’t really know how to use this new aspect ratio automatically, but can take advantage of it if you tell them to.
I’ve said it a million times: get rid of the physical buttons on Android phones. For a while now, Android has had software buttons that can change dynamically depending on the screen your on and make the use of physical buttons pretty obsolete. Finally some manufacturers are getting on board and LG, with the new G6, did just that.
In addition to finally removing them, LG even added a neat feature to add a couple more buttons for added functionality.
Tip: Because of the extra tall screen it might not be a bad idea to add the Notification pull down button to make it easier to view notifications with one hand.
So technically LG calls it “Comfort View” but it’s the same concept. You can reduce the blue light coming from the device to help with eye strain. Unfortunately you can’t schedule it (copyright somewhere?) but it’s still nice to turn manually later in the day.
You might have seen the ability to double-tap on your phone’s screen to wake it before, but never is it more handy than when the front of your phone doesn’t have any buttons. Here’s how to enable what LG calls KnockOn to be able to do just that.
Now, double tapping on the screen will turn it on.
Screensavers have been around for a long time. They were a way to stop the screen from getting burnt out from being stuck on the same image for too long (which is no longer an issue with modern screens) they are now just fun to have. LG added screen savers to the G6 and they can either display a clock or grab photos from your Google Photos account.
Now, while not as nice as on an AMOLED display thanks to those not powering black pixels (they’re actually turned off) and saving power, it could be handy to have your IPS display on you G6 show an always on display and still not use up too much power. Here’s how to turn on the AOD on the G6.
Another cool hidden feature on the G6 is the ability to have the phone automatically perform specific actions based on the location of the phone as well as things like if you plugged in the headphone jack. (I, personally, use the headphone jack one to launch Spotify.)
I need quick acccess to my phone’s camera. Sometimes the moment to take a photo can pass you by while unlocking the phone and trying to find the darn camera app so I love when manufacturer’s either have a dedicated camera button or at least a shortcut via hardware to get to it. LG has thankfully done the latter.
Lastly, I found this feature entirely on accident but thought it was a neat thing to have for anyone who likes posting to social media. The gallery app on the G6 has a super easy way to make Gifs from the photos you have on your device.
And there you go! 10 hidden features on the new LG G6 that I thought you might find useful. Let me know if you knew about them or if they helped you in the comments below or reach out to me on social and chat with me there, always a pleasure to hear from you guys.
Thanks for reading!