LG Optimus G tips and tricks

How to Clare Hopping 08:00, May 03 2013

We round up the best tips and tricks for your LG Optimus G in one handy place

The LG Optimus G is a 4G LTE device available on AT&T and Sprint and it features a stunning 4.7-inch display with 32GB internal storage. With Android Ice Cream Sandwich and an 8-megapixel camera, it's a top device.

We said in our review of the device on Sprint:

"The LG Optimus G for Sprint is a really nice smartphone which packs a ton of power into a great-looking form factor. It feels great in your hand and it's mostly a pleasure to use. Some issues remain about the size of the 4G LTE network and some of the software but these are relatively minor. 

"LG has done a great job with the Optimus G and as its 4G LTE network grows, the Sprint version is definitely the one to get."

If you've just bought an LG Optimus G and want to know how to use it, here are our top tips and tricks so you can get the most out of one of LG's finest.

How to set up email on your LG Optimus G

One of the things people love most about LG's Optimus G is the fact they can check and send email. Unfortunately, for novice users, getting to that point can be a bit tricky, especially when you're just getting started.

Thankfully, we've broken it all down for you below. We show you how to set up your personal email on your LG Optimus G like a pro. With any luck, you'll be sending and checking emails in no time at all.

  1. Wake your LG Optimus G.
  2. Next tap Settings.
  3. Tap Accounts and select add acount.
  4. Login with the email account you want to sync and tap Next.
  5. Choose your sync preferences.
  6. Tap Done.

How to hard reset your LG Optimus G

Unfortunately, even the best phones with the best software can have problems and the LG Optimus G is no exception. So if your Optimus G is having software issues,the next best thing you can do is a complete hard reset to fix it. A hard reset is a basic software process that completely erases all information on the smartphone, bringing it back to a factory state. It essentially wipes the phone clean.
Here we show you how to hard reset your LG Optimus G with step-by-step instructions. See below:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Backup & reset.
  4. Select Factory data reset.
  5. You will see a warning – read it and tap Reset phone.
  6. Now tap Erase everything.
  7. That's it. Your Optimus G will reboot.

To reset your Optimus G through itshardware, read this additional guide.

  1. Turn off your Optimus G
  2. With the device turned off, press and hold the Volume Down key as well as the Home key at the same time. 
  3. While both the Volume Down key and the Home key are held down, press the Power button.
  4. As soon as the phone boots up, release all buttons.
  5. Scroll and select wipe data/factory reset by pressing the Volume Down key. Then press the Power button.
  6. Next, select Yes – delete all user data by pressing the Volume Down key. Then press the Power button.
  7. As soon as the wipe has been completed, press the Volume Down key to scroll to and select wipe cache.
  8. Next, press the Power button to select reboot system now.
  9. Your device will reboot into factory condition.

How to switch the ringtone on your LG Optimus G

If you're a bit bored with your default ringtone on the Optimus G and just want a change, make sure to follow our guide. With any luck, you'll be able to switch ringtones in no time and customize calls however you please.

To change the tone, follow these simple steps below:

  1. From the home screen, find and select the Settings app.
  2. Once inside the app, scroll down and tap Sound settings. 
  3. Next, tap Phone ringtone.
  4. Finally, scroll to the ringtone you want, select it and then tap Save.

How to connect your LG Optimus G to Wi-Fi

To connect to Wi-Fi on your Optimus G, see our guide below.

  • From the Optimus G home screen, navigate to and tap on the Settings app.
  • Once inside settings, scroll down and tap Wi-Fi. It should be near the top.
  • Next, switch Wi-Fi networking on.
  • After a few moments all of the nearby Wi-Fi hot spots will pop-up for you to see.
  • Select the Wi-Fi network you wish to use and tap Connect.

How to create a portable Wi-Fi hotspot on your LG Optimus G

The LG Optimus G is a great device, giving you all the power of a high-end smartphone with a good sized screen and a number of other features. It’s also useful if you need to connect to the internet using another device that doesn’t have 3G or a wired connection, as it can share its cellular data connection.

So if you want to use your Optimus G as Wi-Fi hotspot but aren’t sure how to proceed, read on.

  • Grab your LG Optimus G
  • From your homescreen, tap ‘Menu’
  • Go to ‘All Settings’
  • Hit the ‘Networks’ tab
  • Tap ‘Connectivity’
  • Choose ‘Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot’
  • Tap ‘Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot’ again to activate the hotspot
  • If you wish to add a password to your hotspot, for instance if you’re in a public place and don’t want your connection open to everyone near you, go to ‘Configure Wi-Fi Hotspot’ and follow the steps to add security. (We recommend WPA 2)

How to create a playlist on your LG Optimus G

One of the great things about the LG Optimus G is that it’s been endowed with a whopping 32GB of internal storage, meaning you’ll be able to carry a whole load of music and videos around with you, wherever you go.

Sometimes, you’ll want to listen to a mix of music from your library including some songs but excluding others. No one wants to find their stride on the treadmill at the gym, only to have your music skip to a slow ambient tune! The best way around this is to create a playlist and we’ve thrown together a brief guide to show you how.

  • Grab your LG Optimus G
  • Go to your Music Library
  • Tap the ‘Playlists’ tab
  • Hit the ‘Menu’ key
  • Choose ‘New Playlist’
  • Enter the name you’ve chosen for your playlist
  • Press ‘OK’
  • Select the songs you want to add and tap ‘Add’
  • This will now add the songs to your list. Repeat the steps above to create as many separate playlists as you wish

How to use social networking widgets on your Optimus G

One of the great things about the LG Optimus G is that it allows you to stay connected to all of your social networks, right from your homescreen which, let’s face it, is why most of us use smartphones in the first place. By adding a Social Network widget to your homescreen, you can get up-to-the-minute updates on statuses, giving you the edge when it comes to what’s going on in your friends and family’s lives.

Here’s how to get the widget set up:

  • Grab your LG Optimus G
  • Start at the home screen
  • Make sure you have enough space for the widget on your chosen screen, or it won’t work
  • Touch and hold an empty spot on the screen
  • Tap the ‘Widgets’ tab
  • Scroll to the right until you see ‘Social+’
  • Tap ‘Social+’ to add it to the home screen
  • Input your details as normal
  • You can now view your social networks right from your home screen

How to share files via Wi-Fi on your LG Optimus G

With its 8-megapixel camera and 1080P video capture, the LG Optimus G is up there amongst the best camera phones on the market and if you happen to own one of these bad boys, the chances are you’ll be using the snapper to its fullest capacity. There’s also 32GB of onboard storage to play with, giving you plenty of space to shoot away to your hearts’ content!

So, once you’ve captured a ton of quality shots, it’s time to work out how to share them. Well, you could mess about with emailing or using cables, but why bother when you can set up your own Network using your connection.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Grab your LG Optimus G
  • From your homescreen, tap the ‘Menu’ key
  • Hit ‘All Setting’
  • Choose the ‘Networks’ tab
  • Tap ‘Connectivity’
  • Select ‘File Networking’
  • Hit ‘Share My Folder’
  • Tap ‘Set Password’ if you wish to add security to your device
  • From your laptop or PC (which must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your device)you can access the folder by going to your browser and typing \\ followed by your device's name into the address bar!

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