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5 Tips and Tricks for Your LG G2 Smartphone

Aeryn Lynne

Have you heard of the LG G2 smartphone?  I’ll admit, I didn’t expect much when I had agreed to review it.  I hadn’t heard much about its features, and honestly, how different can smartphones be these days?  I’ve quickly come to the conclusion that I was wrong to dismiss it so easily, and am now entirely smitten with this sweet little phone!

LG G2 Smartphone - Front of phone.

LG G2 Smartphone

I surprised both TheHubs and myself when I made the decision to make this android Jelly Bean (4.2.2) smartphone my main go-to tech for my communication needs, especially since I had bought my then-current phone just over a year ago.  The LG G2 simply outshines it.  That’s not to say its not without any quirks, but for the moment, this is the phone you’ll see me with.

Just to give you an idea of how powerful it is, this baby has:

  • 2.26GHz Quad core CPU – For instance, it doesn’t take very much to turn on/off or restart this phone.  Have you ever had to stand there, holding your phone’s power button for like… ten seconds, before it realises you want it to wake up? That doesn’t happen with the LG G2.  I’m actually still not used to the phone turning on immediately, which may sound weird, but I’ve had it for a few weeks now and the speed still surprises me.
  • 1920×1080 Full HD IPS Display, 5.2″
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB hard drive
  • up to an LTE network
  • amazing battery life, as I can go 24 hours without charging, and charge quickly when I need to (I’d guess it takes only an hour to recharge to a full battery)
  • 13MP OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) Camera, which makes beautiful pictures
  • 8x Digital zoom
  • Full HD 60fps Recording/Playback

As fabulous as this phone is, it’s not without a learning curve.

Here Are 5 Tips & Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your G2

  1. Above all things, you need to purchase a screen protector the same day you purchase your phone.  Do not wait and grab one later, because the screen is extremely sensitive and will scratch easily. All of my previous cell phones (and there have been many) have only had an odd scratch here or there, and that really didn’t come from diligent protection.  I think the last time I purchased a screen cover was when I was carrying a Samsung Galaxy S, which was quite a few years ago.  Since then, I haven’t been necessarily careful (in fact I’m known for dropping my phones multiples times in some circles,) but I’ve gotten away from not having to spend an extra $20 to protect the screen ’cause phones with screens that are able to withstand my daily use without issue was a selling point for me.  Not so much unfortunately for the LG G2.  It needs a protective cover or you will scratch it up, even if you are particularly careful as to how you handle your phone.  I’m sad to say that I’ve got at least three major scratches after only a few weeks of usage, that I hope will not affect the usability too much (and I don’t have a protector on yet. #MyBad)
  2. The one thing that took me a while to get used to, but now expect from every phone I touch is the double-tap “wake-up” for the smartphone screen.  Instead of pressing the power button (which is oddly at the back of the phone,) you just have to quickly tap the touch screen twice for the phone to light up and be ready for use.  Occasionally I would hold onto the phone while walking from point A to B and find the screen open at some point, because I’m really used to keeping my phone gripped in hand. Otherwise, this quick tapping feature is really cool and has helped me when I need to access my phone one-handed, such as when using my phone to read a recipe online while elbow deep in flour or you know, when my nails are drying. 😉
  3. I love to organize android apps with folders, and its done a little differently on this Jelly Bean OS.  I was used to finding the “Add folder” in the edit settings, but to create an organization folder on this phone, I simply have to pick up and move one app icon over another, and a folder will magically appear all on it’s own to group the two together (as sort of shown in the image below.) LG G2 Organize Android Apps With Folders

    LG G2 Organize Android Apps With Folders on Home Screen

  4. Screen capturing is done by holding both the power button and the down volume button at the same time. It’s not the easiest task as the buttons are essentially connected, and not readily accessible by trying to push both buttons at once with two fingers. However, once you figure out that sweet spot and have committed it to muscle memory, it becomes easier to handle.
    Tips and Tricks for Your LG G2 Smartphone: Screen Capturing

    How to create a screen capture.

  5. Guest Mode – THIS is quite possibly the best invention ever.  Give your kids their own unlock key and they will have their own screen that has extremely limited access to your phone’s capabilities.  Don’t want them messing with your email? Simply, don’t let them have access to it! How about ensuring they can’t get into the play store directly? Again, just don’t let them have access to it!  If you give them access to a game that can purchase upgrades in the play store, they will still potentially be able to purchase through the app, but only if you’ve given your kids your Google Play password (or if you told Google Play to stop asking for your password at checkout time, which honestly, don’t DO that!)  This is what Guest Mode looks like on my phone right now.  These are the only five apps I’m willing to let my nephew play with, with limited supervision. He can’t move away from this page, there is literally nothing he can touch to access the rest of the phone and the important apps that I don’t need him playing with. While its refreshingly restrictive, its also quite easy to add and removes apps as you wish (like that moment, where you have to ground them for a week?  You can switch out the apps to all things educational until their grounding is done.)
    Tips and Tricks for Your LG G2 Smartphone: Guest Mode

    Guest Mode

Okay, here’s a BONUS tip… get yourself a stylus pen. The LG G2’s Quick Memo function is so easy to access from the pull down menu and is fabulous when you need to jot that super important info down (like when someone offhandedly mentions a Twitter party, with date/time and hashtag during a quick convo at your latest social function. You need to write those deets down somewhere ASAP!)

Tips and Tricks for Your LG G2 Smartphone: Quick Memo

Quick Memo is all kinds of *AWESOME* 🙂

Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you master your LG G2! If you have any questions about the phone, or have your own tips to share, I would love to hear them in the comments below!

Also? If you’re a TELUS customer, why not take advantage of their free one-on-one TELUS Learning Centre sessions to personally see everything the LG G2 can do, and how to use it easily.

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Aeryn Lynne

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Living in Superman's Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, fights for fashion-equality, squees over comic art, and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction.
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40 Comments on “5 Tips and Tricks for Your LG G2 Smartphone

Craig Silva
November 22, 2013 at 11:35 am

Some great tips here. SmartPhones have come a long way since they were first introduced.

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Shannon
November 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I second the buying of the protective cover for the screen for ANY phone!!

Loving the sound of that guest feature.

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Aeryn Lynne
November 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Oh that guest feature is *awesome*, lol. Its a bit scary how much my nephew loves to play games on my phone, but he also loves running around the house, taking pics as well. This way, I can let him have his fun without worrying about him ruining mine with accidental charges or deleting of messages, etc. 😉

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Stephanie @ Spaceships and Laser Beams
November 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm

You know, I have never even really thought of LG as an option but I am completely intrigued.

P.S. That stylus pen app is COOL.

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Aeryn Lynne
November 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm

That Quick Memo app is like having access to an unlimited supply of sticky notes, lol. Love it! 🙂 And yeah, I’m entirely impressed and truly surprised with how effective the G2 is. Its definitely now one that I’m highly recommending to test out when shopping for a new phone.

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Ninja Mommers
November 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

Oh My Gosh! I am LOVING the Avengers background! That is super cool! What a great post! Phones are so cool these days!

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Chantale
November 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm

First off I want to say I love that Avengers background. Where did you get it?

I will soon be in the market for a new smartphone and from what I have been reading I think the LG 2G will be on my list of phones to check out.

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Aeryn Lynne
November 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm

YAY for Avengers! 😀 I got this one in the Google Play store. If I’m remembering correctly, the wallpaper was free, but there are some extras that you can pay for. I had some change in my play account, so I spent it on getting the fully pack for $2 or $2.50… 🙂

Yes, if you can get your hands on a working LG G2 while researching your next phone check it out (I never could understand why in-store demo models would always be shut off, so you’d have to guess if you like its features – I think Rogers stores do let you play with powered on models though.) The LG G2 is truly handy, and quick.

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jodi shaw
November 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I love Android, so much you can do. Never heard about this phone until this post, will definitely check it out. My Note came with a pen which I loved for the reasons you listed, but this phone is smaller and way nicer to handle.

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Rachee
November 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I’m an Apple chick but love that this phone has all of these features. When I need to upgrade I think this will be the phone to get.

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Tara
November 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Nice review! It looks like a really great product! I have tried others but always go back to my iPhone.

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Jennifer
November 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm

The resolution of that screen is out of this world. Definitely an awesome new gadget!!

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Pam
November 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Let me tell you, I would love that guest feature to keep the kids out of my stuff!

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Janel
November 27, 2013 at 12:08 am

The stylus pen would be awesome!

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Beeb
November 27, 2013 at 2:29 am

Guest mode – now that is GENIUS! Why can’t all phones have that? Thanks for this thorough tutorial!

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Narendra Kumar @Windows 8 apps
November 27, 2013 at 2:06 am

I have read LG G2 Smartphone detailed review on reputed tech blogs but didn’t find tricks like folder organizing, it have sensitive screen, Stylish pen etc. Really awesome tips for LG G2 users to have more exposure on how smartly they can use this newest Smartphone in market.

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Aeryn Lynne
February 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

Awh, thank you Narendra! I try to share those little tidbits that aren’t readily found on similar blogs. Am glad I found a few different tips to share with you! 🙂

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Shell Feis
November 27, 2013 at 4:03 am

Thank you for this post! I just received the same phone to review today & haven’t found my way around it quite yet. Love the guest mode- I’m looking forward to putting that to work with my 4 year old!

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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
November 27, 2013 at 11:35 am

I like that double tap feature but it would just be nice to have the option to turn it on/off in settings or something so that it doesn’t turn on in a purse or something.

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Aeryn Lynne
November 28, 2013 at 2:21 am

Hey Liz! While I haven’t found (yet) a way to turn off the double-tap, its become a feature I can’t live without, lol! That said, though I haven’t seen any sign of it randomly turning itself on while in my purse, if you also have the lock screen on – your phone can’t be accessed until you put in the unlock password. So if it accidentally double-taps open, it will still only wind up on the lock screen.

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Ashley - Embracing Beauty
November 28, 2013 at 12:32 am

Wow, that looks like a great phone! I love the customized background (I miss that on my phone) and the guest mode would be awesome for kids to play with.

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Stefani
November 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I love the guest mode! I also like that it has a long battery life. My cell phone battery seems to go so fast.

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Debbie Bashford
December 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

digging the wallpaper!

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maya fitz
December 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Love the guest feature. Pure genious 😉 The quick memo w stylos pen is also neat.Thanks for the tips

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Brian Manuela
February 23, 2014 at 9:19 am

Really great tips for the LG gs smartphone. I have the phone and it’s very helpful tips for me. Will come again to read more new. Thanks.

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Danielle
February 26, 2014 at 2:18 am

I’ve recently switched from an iPhone to the lgg2. So far i like it but one of the things ive noticed is you cant post a pic in the comments section on facebook. I was able to do it on my iphone.

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Aeryn Lynne
February 26, 2014 at 8:30 am

Facebook has a ton of variations of their website depending on what app, OS or even browser window you happen to be using. There are cool things for comments that my FB friends have (like direct replies to commenters) that I don’t have and am not sure when that feature will finally be available for my account. (FB has this way of making me want to pull my hair out, LOL!) That all said, you’re right, there currently isn’t a way to post pictures in comments at least in the LG G2 Android phone, though that might be the case for all Android phones; not sure. Hopefully FB is working on fixing that though! :/ My smartphone app for FB keeps changing all the time, so it might just be a matter of when that option will roll out.

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Danna
March 7, 2014 at 3:45 am

I don’t know about the battery life though. Mine drains in just a matter of hours. I have to constantly charge it every 6 hours or so. Any tips on how to prolong the battery life?

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Aeryn Lynne
March 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

Hi Danna,
Since I haven’t had that issue myself, I can only guess, but here are a couple things to look for to prolong battery life on any smartphone.
#1 – has this issue happened always, since out of box? If so, there might be a manufacturing issue with your battery, and could need a replacement. Talk to your service provider about warranty/replacement, etc.
#2 – if its a more recent issue: There are some apps that simply run hot and drain a battery quickly, so look into what you’ve just recently downloaded to find what might be the culprit. If your camera is virtually on all day long, or if Netflix/Hulu/YouTube or any other audio/video app is running constantly, these can drain your battery quicker. Likewise, if the screen brightness is always kept to 100%, that would increase rapid consumption.

There are few things you can do to improve the battery life, and hopefully figure out what is draining the battery so quickly… Again, I haven’t personally tried any of these with the LG G2 phone, but I have used similar programs on older phones when I was finding myself continually recharging…
The LG G2 has a battery saver option in the drop down settings file as shown in the image below. I’ve just pressed the button to see what it would give me, and if I hit the okay button to agree to its suggestions, it’ll turn off “Wifi, Bluetooth, Vibrate on Touch, Brightness, and Screen timeout.” So perhaps see if it has any suggestions to help your phone at all.
LG G2 Battery Saver button

There are also numerous battery related apps in Google Play, so check to see if any of these apps will help you find whats causing the drain. Just from a very quick check, the DU Batter Saver & Widgets looks like a strong app that comes with saving suggestions… in fact, I’m thinking I’m gonna go download it myself in a minute, lol. Am curious if there are ways that I can improve the lifespan of mine (I’m lazy at charging, heh.)

Hopefully that helps… 🙂

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Manuel G. Quiambao, M.D.
March 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm

How did you change the guest mode wallpaper?

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Aeryn Lynne
March 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Hi Manuel,

I’m shocked to say that there isn’t yet a way to change the guest mode wallpaper “out of box.” I did find an apk developed to create the ability to change the guest mode background, but if you’re not familiar with 3rd party android installations, I really wouldn’t suggest trying this alternative out. I haven’t tried it myself, so I can’t comment on how well this apk works.

I’m going to keep an eye on this topic though and see if there are any changes with future updates by LG or possible Android apps. Its really weird that this type of ability isn’t available yet!

HTHs…

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Trent Newton
March 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Aeryn,

Have you heard or found out anything about the screen sensitivity issues?

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shelby
April 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

Hey! Cool tips definately usijg them! Just picked up the fone today…having trouble with the camera, alot of blurring and hard to take inside lowlight pictures of people & dogs…especially when moving but also when theyre just sleeping

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wawan
April 8, 2014 at 12:34 am

I have the LG G2 (D802) .. but i have a problem in the glass on the camera lens ..
they say, “This camera has been protected by Sapphire Crystal Glass” but my camera has not been one week already suffered scratches .. did you ever experience ?

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rowena
May 3, 2014 at 9:32 am

I have this phone and using it almost a month. I have not experience a problem so far. The battery is amazing that can long last in a day even my wifi is turned on.

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rowena
May 3, 2014 at 9:35 am

Thanks for the tips about quick memo. Btw where did you get ur stylus pen?

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Ashley
May 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

I just got this phone today, I absolutely love it so far!! I do have one question I’ve been searching for an answer to, I will try to describe as best I can. When ever you’re moving apps around or adding shortcuts of apps, there’s a feature where you can tilt your phone to one side or the other and it rotates between screens and you can place an app. Do you (or anyone else reading) know how to turn this feature off?? I have looked all up and down the settings and cannot find it for the life of me. I know it can be turned off because I remember turning it on! I’m sure it’s right in front of me, but I’m at a loss.
Thanks!

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Forester Lincoln
May 5, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Have an Iphone. But I’m always curious to see what technologies are on others. Thank you!

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LG G2
June 21, 2015 at 10:28 am

Some excellent info here, thank you very much! 🙂 I’ve had my G2 for a while now and it never let me down. The sheer performance power makes this the quickest and most responsive phone I have ever had, and also the battery life is phenomenal for such a high powered device.

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Sam
September 25, 2016 at 2:59 am

Great review.
Could you please suggest some stylus for this phone.
Thanks

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