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How to change the on-screen buttons on the LG G4

The on-screen buttons on the LG G4 are customizable, and while we wish we could make them a little bit smaller, we're quite grateful that you can at least change the order and add an extra button if you so choose. Whether you want to add a dedicated dual-screen button to take full advantage of the G4's 5.5 inches, or if you just want to switch the back and recent buttons to match what you had on your old phone, here's how to do it.

We with there were more options for your home touch buttons, but we're glad they include this much.

Upon entering the Settings app, head down to the Device section for Display. Under Basic settings, you'll find home touch buttons settings. Here, you can change the order of your buttons, change the color of your nav bar — you can only switch between a black bar with white buttons or a white bar with black buttons for now — and you can choose to hide the home buttons in certain apps. When hiding the home buttons, you'll still be able to access them by swiping up from the homescreen, but they'll hide again a few second later. While this may be useful for certain apps, especially media-based apps, you may want to avoid it for apps with complex UIs, as it's prone to a lot of accidental touches.

When you enter the button combination screen, you'll see there are four button choices you can drag up to the nav bar beyond the traditional home, back and recent, you have. Notifications will give you a button on your nav bar to pull down the notifications shade, which may come in handy for someone with small hands who doesn't like having to reach all the way up. QSlide will allow you to bring up one of eight apps — just a smattering of LG's apps, sadly — that you can resize and move around the screen. QMemo will allow to annotate and capture your screen to save as a note. Dual window allow you to activate dual screen mode, which thankfully does support some Google apps like Hangouts, YouTube, Maps and Chrome.

Drag and drop the icon you want, and don't be alarmed if icons don't automatically shift out of your way. If you want to put something on the edge, you're going to be dragging and dropping it on top of the current edge symbol, which will slide over to make room. You can add two special function buttons to your nav bar, but you cannot remove the Home, back, or recent buttons. The nav bar will reflect your changes immediately, so simply click your home button — wherever you put it — and you can go about your business with your newly customized home touch buttons.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

23 Comments
  • From the title, I thought this was a guide on changing the actual icons to something different
  • I love the notification shade button. Makes the G4 much easier to use with one hand.
  • Yes it does. I'm going with marshmallow via AC app.
  • Or you could use a 3rd party launcher and a swipe down/ whatever gesture you prefer to access notifications...I love android
  • That wouldn't work for me. I like using the Google Now launcher.
  • But its so.....uncustomizable
  • Don't need customizable if you already like something the way it is.
  • I just wish there was a screen off button. Posted via the Android Central App
  • There is, it's called double tap or press the back button.
  • Double-tap the status bar to turn off the screen.
  • That would be Nova. Lg home has double tap to turn screen off and on anywhere there is space on the screen. I'm going with marshmallow via AC app.
  • When you have custom launcher like Google now the only way to tap and shut turn off screen is the top bar. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or if you're using nova, or any custom launcher that allows gestures, you can set the double tap gesture to an app called screen off and lock (from play store) and you get that functionality back to double tap anywhere on the home screen to turn the screen off. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I saw a Dual-Window reference and had to reach back in my mind off which OEM we are talking about. (LG = Dual-Window, Samsung = Multi-Window, and hopefully Google = Android "N-Window" /not M). Rooted LG G2
    Rooted GSIII
    Stock Galaxy Note 4
    (The Sprint Lover)
  • This is a great way to discourage people from using your phone. Muscle memory tells us certain buttons should be in certain places.
  • What?? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think he's saying others won't want to use your phone cause it'll feel funky to them if you swap the buttons.
  • Exactly.
  • That's one thing I loved about my g3. I just can't pay over $500 for a phone anymore, gotta watch my finances. But as soon as prices are good on swappa this will be a great phone to try. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Its a solid phone man Posted via the Android Central App
  • It took me a week to realise the notification bar scrolled sideways and there was an edit button on the end. I ditched the useless ones and made torch etc the only ones I needed.
  • hi everyone!!! this feature have every G series my is G3 ,,,and I want to tell to everybody LG is LG no matter happened ...leader in every aspect and IT technology ....I'm proud to be owner ...peace
  • The m9 has the option to add a hide on screen buttons button