There are times you need quick access to some of your device settings. In those instances, you simply don't want to have to go through the usual route of locating Settings and then scrolling through to locate what you want to configure (or turn off). Lucky, the LG G3 has what they call Quick Settings that enable you to gain instant access to turning on and off various services — or even opening up certain apps (such as the LG Voice Mate). The best thing is that you can configure exactly what you want quick access to. Here are some of the selections you can choose from:
- Auto-rotate screen
- Mobile Hotspot
- Voice Mate
You can also reorder the Quick Settings buttons so that they're listed exactly how you want them. This type of feature is often overlooked, but once you start making use of it, you realize just how handy it can be.
With that said, let's get to know Quick Settings and how to make it perfectly suit your needs.
There's nothing to install with Quick Settings. One caveat to that is you're not able to add new features or apps to the list of available options — what you see is what you get.
Gaining access to Quick Settings
All you have to do to interact with the Quick Settings buttons is drag your notification bar down. You should see a row of round buttons near the top (Figure A).
The Quick Settings buttons on a Verizon-branded LG G3.
You can swipe to the right or left to view all of the Quick Settings buttons that you've enabled. Tap whatever button you want to enable/disable or launch an app. Certain Quick Settings buttons will open a secondary Quick Settings bar. One such button is QSlide. When you tap the QSlide button, a bar will appear that gives you access to a number of apps that open in the QSlide feature as small pop-up windows (Figure B).
The Calendar QSlide application.
For both Quick Settings and QSlide, the available apps can be enabled/disabled. Both are handled in the Edit screen. Let's demonstrate how to configure the Quick Settings buttons. Here's how:
- Drag down the notification bar
- Left swipe the Quick Settings bar until you see the Edit button
- Tap Edit
- Tap to enable the apps/services you want available to Quick Settings (Figure C)
- Tap and drag the handle (three horizontal lines on the right side) to reposition the app/service in the order you need
Configuring the Quick Settings buttons.
Make sure to go through the list carefully and enable/disable the apps and services you know would make your mobile life more efficient.
Once opened, the QSlide bar will remain visible until closed. These apps are all very handy to use. Some, however, require certain services to be configured (such as email — QSlide Email does not work with GMail).
Once a QSlide app is open, you can move the pop-up by tapping and dragging the titlebar — and you can even make it more or less transparent by dragging the slider to the left or right (Figure D).
Making a QSlide app transparent.
The LG G3 has a number of ways to help make your mobile life a lot easier. If you want quick access to settings, services, and even pop-up apps, both Quick Settings and QSlide are there to serve.
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