LG G3 one-handed operation

LG makes it easier to use certain parts of the G3 with just one hand

Despite doing an incredible job once again packing a large display into a form factor that wouldn't usually befit it, the LG G3 is a large phone. 5.5-inches isn't small no matter how large your hands are and to help make one-handed use a little easier LG has included a set of options for using the phone in this way. It isn't as extreme as Samsung's efforts on the Galaxy S5 in this area, but LG has covered off three of the main areas.

Here's how you activate them, and how they'll work for you.

Activating one-handed operation

LG G3 one-handed operation

Head into the settings menu and you'll find "One-handed operation" under the Device heading about half way down. Open that up and you'll see three options with check boxes. It's limited, but it covers three of the more likely required features for using your phone with one hand: unlocking with a PIN, typing and dialling a phone number.

Make sure the relevant check boxes are ticked and you're good to go.

What it does

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Essentially one-handed operation left or right aligns the PIN pad, keyboard and dialling pad based on your selections – in other words which hand you're holding it in. You're given arrows to change the location on the screen which when tapped will move whichever of the three to the other side of the display.

Shrinking down the PIN entry pad or the dialling pad doesn't really make much difference to how accurate you'll be with your key presses. The numbers are still plenty large enough, but importantly they are now very much within reach with one hand.

The keyboard is a similar story in terms of reach but it will take a little getting used to typing on. The keys are much smaller and it's actually now like typing on an iPhone keyboard on that giant display. Again, you'll have no issues hitting the keys, but hitting the right keys might take a little more effort.

That's really all there is to it. No shrinking the whole display like Samsung, just three carefully chosen options to help you out in those times you really only have one hand available.

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

 
There are 27 comments

Linebarrel86 says:

Crazy. Why not simply make a decent sized phone without going phablet?

The G3 with a 5inch screen with those bezels would've been great.

jug6ernaut says:

I would up vote you if i could, Alas i will say Agreed!

numetheus says:

No thank you. I love my phablets. If you want a smaller screen, get a different phone. Or they should make a G3 with a smaller screen, of which I think they are. LG G3 Beat I believe? But to stop making phablets because a few people don't like them is cray cray. Lol

I don't think anyone's asking them to stop making phablets. But the problem with the smaller phones is the manufacturers have all decided that smaller = low end so last year's 5" flagship is now this year's 5" mid-range phone.

cordawgfrito says:

All but Sony.

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crxssi says:

I just wish we had decent CHOICES. I wish the manufacturers would make at least a large and small version of their flagship... or even large, medium, and small version ( 4.5, 5.25, 6?) of the SAME HIGH END PHONE and make it available AT THE SAME TIME. It seems they always want to make the extra large or the small version with a slower CPU, or less memory, or lacking storage, or some other strange omission from their "main" version.

I appreciate a larger display, but with the 5" Nexus 5, I really just don't want anything bigger... although I know people who do (and people who think 5" is too large).

Impulses says:

+1 I like my Nexus 5, but I'd actually go smaller if I had a solid choice. The only company that seems even remotely interested in this is Moto...

Amir47 says:

IPhone

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Stephan Hall says:

iPhone is for sheep!
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jd914 says:

Apple makes a one size fits all phone, maybe you should give them a try. Thanks.

tone84 says:

That's funny

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yankeesusa says:

Let me see, because people like their phablets. Don't like it, don't buy it.

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G_The_One says:

What do you mean by " It isn't as extreme as Samsung's efforts on the Galaxy S5 in this area,"? You mean the Note 3?

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Shrinking the display down

LiveFaith says:

Note 3's one handed "effort" is a bit extreme, but I've used it on several occasions. Still a little too flexible IMO.

I like above comments @ smaller screen phones. I love my Note, but if it were available, I would like it in about a 5-5.2" variant. I'm surprised Sammy does not have at least an S Mini with 4.3"ish screen and flagship specs. They throw everything else at the wall. The minis from HTC and Sammy have no media / community buzz b/c they are basically last years / 2 years flagship in a smaller footprint. Apple has sold a phone or 2 in the 4" screen flagship space. I'm sure their market research says otherwise?

LiveFaith says:

Note 3's one handed "effort" is a bit extreme, but I've used it on several occasions. Still a little too flexible IMO.

I like above comments @ smaller screen phones. I love my Note, but if it were available, I would like it in about a 5-5.2" variant. I'm surprised Sammy does not have at least an S Mini with 4.3"ish screen and flagship specs. They throw everything else at the wall. The minis from HTC and Sammy have no media / community buzz b/c they are basically last years / 2 years flagship in a smaller footprint. Apple has sold a phone or 2 in the 4" screen flagship space. I'm sure the market research says otherwise for the Asians?

crxssi says:

+1 !!!!
I didn't see what you wrote until after my comment, above... we wrote almost the same thing.

aitt says:

Almost makes me wish I waited and not get the M8.

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Trade you for an LG G2?

rgao007 says:

Nobody with an M8 would want to initiate that trade lol

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Nathan Bael says:

G2 isn't much different than G3 internally. The screen is a little larger and higher resolution, but I'm betting this negatively impacts battery life.

tone84 says:

You people complain too much

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Amir47 says:

The amount of articles about a phone I can't buy is too damn high.

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oldrtyfrog says:

Exactly.

a) The world doesn't begin and end with America.

b) Americans can very soon have this phone in their hands and we'll have lots of lovely help and how-to content already written for them.

Nobody does it better than the note 3. It's one handed mode is amazing.

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yankeesusa says:

+1

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