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How to use shortcut keys on the LG G4


Your phone's camera is the one you have with you all the time, and as we discovered when reviewing the LG G4, LG's latest flagship has one of the best cameras on an Android phone. So if you want to quickly launch into the camera app, you'll be pleased to hear there's an easy way to do just that — even if the screen is off. And if for some reason you want to do the same with LG's built-in QMemo+ note-taking app, that's also just a button press away.


The basics

The LG G4's shortcut keys feature lets you launch one of two apps immediately, even if your phone's screen is off, or secured using lock screen security. With the screen switched off, or the lock screen showing:

  • Double-tap the volume down key to launch straight into the camera app. By default, with the "Quick shot" feature enabled, this will also immediately take a photo when the app loads.
  • Double-tap the volume up key to launch the QMemo+ note-taking app, and draw or write a new note.

It's worth noting that if you do have lock screen security enabled, you won't be able to view previously saved photos when launching the camera app through its shortcut key. And for obvious reasons, neither shortcut key combo works once the phone is fully unlocked.

LG G4 shortcut keys

Configuring your shortcut keys

To change or disable your shortcut key options, head to General > Personal > Shortcut key under the tabbed Settings view, or System > Shortcut key under the list view.

From there, you can disable both shortcut key options. Unfortunately you can't re-map either button to an app of your choice, however the G4's lock screen shortcuts can help you launch favorite apps more quickly.

How to disable Quick Shot on the LG G4

The same shortcut provides a checkbox to disable the "Quick shot" feature, so the camera app won't immediately take a photo when you launch it using the shortcut key. We'd recommend disabling this feature, as it's almost impossible to frame photo properly using Quick shot, and you'll end up junking up your photo gallery with blurry or unwanted pics.

MORE: LG G4 help, tips and tricks

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • I think the long press on the volume buttons for shortcuts was better on the G3. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed. It seems someone's job was shortcuts only, so they had to come up with something to justify their job. Making an additional change, just to change something. Doesn't matter if it was right the first time. Change it for change's sake. Right?
  • I like the double tap beget then a long press, but the best part is working with the lock screen. Don't know about the G3 but the long press doesn't work with the lock screen on the G2.
  • "And for obvious reasons, neither shortcut key combo works once the phone is fully unlocked." So...if you're using the phone and want to snap a photo volume down twice won't work?
  • Correct. I'm guessing it just decreases your ringtone volume.
  • I miss the Moto X 2014 twist motion to open the camera(couldn't deal with the battery life). Not the fastest but it worked efficiently
  • You can use my free app called Key Plus to change the Volume up shortcut to toggle flashlight, open a different app, initiate an "Ok Google" voice prompt or open even open launcher shortcuts. Works on LG phones with buttons on back, such as G4, G3, G2, G Flex, G Pro. Does not need root access.
  • "And for obvious reasons, neither shortcut key combo works once the phone is fully unlocked." Ummm, can you fill me in on the "obvious," then, because I've been trying to figure out why the double tap of the volume button does nothing! Does it have to be in lock screen, then? And if so, why?
  • PS: I've figured out that YES, it does have to be in lock screen, but I will still like to know why this is. What is the "obvious" reason why there is no convenient shortcut to the camera when the phone is unlocked?