12 LG G Flex 2 Cool Tips and Tricks

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Wanna flex the LG G Flex 2’s muscle? Here’s a quick tutorial detailing some of the neat features of the LG G Flex 2. LG

For most, the LG G Flex 2’s curved screen is what makes the device cool. Take the smartphone for a spin, however, and you’ll quickly realize that the G Flex 2’s got some cool stuff going on on the inside, too. If you’re a G Flex 2 owner or looking into potentially owning one, here’s a quick sampling of some of the neat things you can do to really flex the phone’s muscle.

Knock, Knock

Who’s there? The Flex 2 actually has a feature you can knock on in a good way.

 First is the “Knock Code” feature, which lets you open and unlocks your phone straight from sleep mode — and I’ve learned is a great party trick to impress coworkers and family members. To set it up, just go to Settings (it’s the app denoted by a gear symbol), pick Display, Lock Screen, then Knock Code and pick the tap pattern you prefer. On another note (no, not that Note), you can also turn off your phone via KnockON by double-tapping on the home screen.

Who’s there? The Flex 2 actually has a feature you can knock on in a good way.  First is the “Knock Code” feature, which lets you open and unlocks your phone straight from sleep mode — and I’ve learned is a great party trick to impress coworkers and family members. To set it up, just go to Settings (it’s the app denoted by a gear symbol), pick Display, Lock Screen, then Knock Code and pick the tap pattern you prefer. On another note (no, not that Note), you can also turn off your phone via KnockON by double-tapping on the home screen.

Quick Menu

Speaking of Settings, here’s a quick way to access them without having to move the app to your home screen. From the top of the screen, just swipe downward — that’s right, the same method to access notifications. This will bring up the quick menu, which lets you access Settings (on the top right corner), as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sound and vibration preferences, display settings, primary apps and the memo tool.

Swipe Effects

Dora the Explorer ain’t the only thing with a swiper. Want to add a cool onscreen trail while swiping to unlock your display? Like other Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S, the G Flex 2 lets you add swiping effects, too. Go to the Lock Screen menu again and pick “Screen swipe effect.” Default choices are water ripple, a light particle, mosaic and the super bubbly soda. Ooh, pretty effects...

Gesture Selfie

Say what you will about the necessity or lack thereof of selfies, but the darned things are here to stay. If you want to give yourself time to compose that perfect shot of your pretty mug, open your palm in front of the camera while it’s almost at arm’s length distance until a box appears then close it into a fist. That will activate the timer so you can strike the perfect pose before your shot.

Customizable Keyboard

In addition to a  built-in Swype-style keyboard, the G Flex 2 also let you split the keyboard in half for easier two-thumbed typing. Just touch the keyboard with both thumbs at the same time then swipe outward to split it. You can also change the height of your keyboard by tapping the settings key (shaped like a gear again) on the keyboard, go to “Keyboard height and layout” then “Keyboard height.”

Seeing Double

To use the split-screen Dual Window feature for launching two apps at the same time, hold the back button, which is the leftward-facing arrow on the touchscreen menu at the bottom of the phone (near the circular home icon). Hold it long enough and the Dual Window menu will appear.

Clean Up, Mister

Wanna erase unnecessary files? Go to Settings and in the General menu under Phone Management, click Smart cleaning. This will allow you to free up memory by erasing temporary files, download folder or idle apps.

Remote Control

Yes, you can use the G Flex 2 as a remote for your TV, cable box, audio device, and even a compatible air conditioner.

Just go to your apps and look for QuickRemote then launch it and follow the setup instructions for your device.

Home Screen Hijinks

To quickly access one of your many home screens without having to swipe several times, do a pinching gesture to bring up all your home screens. From here, you can also add a new screen by tapping the box with the plus sign. To remove a home screen, tap and hold the screen you want to remove until the trash box icon comes out, then drag it there.

Wonder Wall

Wondering how to change the wallpaper on the LG G Flex? Tap and hold the home screen and you’ll bring up the wallpaper menu. You can pick live wallpapers, a photo from your gallery or even combine multiple photos.

Taking a Screenshot

This is a regular feature for today’s smartphones but like the original LG G Flex, the weird placement of the power button and lack of a physical home button can confuse people. Like its predecessor, how to take a screenshot with G Flex 2 remains the same: just press and hold the power and volume down buttons at the same time till you hear an audible click.

Baby Got Back

Unlike the other Android phones such as the HTC One line and the new Galaxy S6, you can still remove the G Flex 2 back cover to access the SIM and microSD cards. There’s no replaceable battery, though.

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