Notification tray space is at a premium, reclaim some of it by getting rid of those control sliders for volume and screen brightness

Notification tray space is at a premium on the LG G3, especially when – on some models, at least – there are slider controls for brightness and volume pre-activated in there. With these on, even that giant 5.5-inch QHD display has only about half the total space left available for, well, notifications.

Fortunately, if you don't want them, you can make them go away. Unfortunately on some of the U.S. carrier variants things are a little different to the unlocked, international model. Let's take a look at what's what.

Enabling or disabling volume and brightness controls - International, Verizon and T-Mobile models

If you're rocking one of the LG fresh, unlocked G3 models – either the 32GB/3GB or 16GB/2GB combination – or the U.S. centric Verizon G3 then this is what you need to do to show or hide as necessary:

  • Pull down the notification tray
  • Scroll all the way to the right through the quick settings toggles
  • Hit "Edit"
  • At the top of the menu displayed you'll see options for "Brightness" and "Volumes"
  • Uncheck the box of whichever you don't want to see in your notification tray
  • Success!

Other U.S. carrier variations

Sadly, some of the U.S. carriers have been fiddling around with things and the above doesn't apply. Here's how it breaks down for Sprint and AT&T users:

  • Sprint - The volume controls are turned on by default with no way to turn it off or to add a brightness control
  • AT&T - Neither volume nor brightness are enabled by default. A brightness control can be added that goes through 4 stages by tapping but doesn't resemble the slider controls seen on the unlocked models.

So, while it's sadly not the same for all people, in all of the places, that's how you can reclaim some of your notification tray space on the LG G3. Or not, as the case may be.

For more, see our LG G3 help page, and swing by our G3 forums!


Reader comments

How to remove notification tray brightness and volume controls on the LG G3


I kept the brightness slider, but got rid of the volume; that one seems rather redundant.

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Considering AT&T went out of their way to make their version dumber, i don't see them getting any smarter in the future.

I rather have the brightness slider instead of volume slider for my Sprint G3. Better yet, I rather have both gone from the drop menu, but either way. I still love this phone!

Not without root that I ever found. G2 exposed or G2 tweaksbox will allow you to remove them easily.

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Idiotic carriers messing with stuff like this. Just leave how it was and just load up your crap bloat. Why mess with device.

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I think that's why the. AT&T version lagged. I think I'm done messing around with Branded phones.

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One thing I like about the notification was the quick remote you could have activated when on home WiFi. That was a great feature

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can someone tell me why the notifications are automatically expanded? i can't find a way to change it and it drives me crazy.

I just discovered this the other night on my Sprint G3. Needless to say a bit disappointed I can't eliminate that slider.

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Gosh do folks really need all that "real estate" in the notification window? I like set up out of the box myself as far as the brightness/ volume pull down.

It's good that they added the volume slider in the Verizon model. I had the Verizon LG G2 before and it didn't have the volume slider. One of my complaints was being unable to change the volume when it was docked in my car since the buttons were at the back. I thought, it would have been nice if there was a slider on the notification tray.

I have the AT&T G3 and I really don't mind the volume and brightness slider menu missing. I would have disabled both anyway.