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Tip: Manually Adjust the Display Color and Contrast on the LG G3

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In our LG G3 review and on the DL Show, I talked a bit about how I thought the QHD display presented colors a bit muted and somewhat washed out, especially when compared to the LCD or AMOLED used in the One (M8) or Galaxy S5. While I wouldn’t call that a deal breaker or even an issue you should worry about, it would be nice if there were some settings to adjust the color to your liking, similarly to how Samsung allows on the GS5. Thankfully, there sort of is.

As reader thedanks pointed out in the comments of our review, under accessibility settings, LG has built-in a color contrast adjustment tool. By enabling the setting and then dragging around the on-screen circle, you can manually tweak the way colors are presented on your device. 

The screenshots do not represent the color changes, but you will quickly notice on your G3 that if you move the circle off to the left or right, you can adjust the colors your display shows dramatically. As also mentioned in the comments, leaving the circle just above the camera icon seems to be a good spot with just the right amount of contrast that adds a little bit of a color pop.

To access this setting, head into Settings>Accessibility>Color adjustment.

Cheers thedanks!
  • Jordan Kent

    I returned the G3 couldn’t stand the sharpness issue. The phone was nice but for how good the screen was advertised it didn’t live up to the hype.

  • whatamidoinghere

    Am I the only one who actually likes the muted/washed out look? When I had a Note 2 and GS4, I actually changed the display mode to the Movie setting (I think that’s what it was called) because I just like the muted look better. I can’t stand the bright color saturation of the GS5 and other new phones. Loving my G3 and all it’s muted/washed out goodness.

  • CaptM

    A little off topic but I’ll ask anyway, I have the Verizon version and when I go into the Application Screen and try to drag an app to the recycle bin to uninstall it, it doesn’t, it pops right back where it was, I have to go into the settings and then App Manager and uninstall from there. Is it just me or has anyone else had this happen?

    • King of Nynex

      What you have there is bloatware. The safest way to get rid of them is to root the phone and install Titanium Backup. You can “freeze” the app without risking anything to your phone.

      • CaptM

        Not the bloatware that comes pre-installed, I’m talking about aps that I downloaded from the Play Store, these are the ones that I have to go through the App Manager to remove. Just wondering if this is happening to anyone else. Thinking of trying a factory reset just in case.

        • Robb Groves

          Drag it into app info and it will give you the option to uninstall it, removing it only takes it off your home screen.

  • Dave

    Well one nice thing is that it’s only $99 on contract at Verizon, if that’s your carrier and you have an upgrade.

  • jgemberton

    I was playing with one of these in the Verizon store the other day. The first thing I had to do was make sure auto-brightness was disabled and turn up the brightness. It was still a bit dim and washed out for my liking (coming from a GNex). Does this tweak help fix that?

    • Charlie

      yeah, it does. that was one of my gripes at first – that the screen seemed a little flat and muted. this tweak does seem to help quite a bit, but still without getting the “candy” looking oversaturation.

  • Masx

    So, I am still on the HTC Rezound and I want to smash this phone but should I get the G3 or wait for this fall? Ive been seeing overheating issues etc with the G3, especially when using maps… any of this wide spread? The video review by Marquee on youtube shows it towards the end and reading from various places people confirm

    • Jeremy Turnley

      The only thing coming with this form factor that we know of at this point is the Note 4, which is supposedly coming in September. Details on it are sparse, other than it having a QHD display of some sort. If you want a smaller device, the S4 is still pretty much top of the heap and nothing this year is likely to topple it, although I am waiting to see what the X+1 actually ends up being like before I take the plunge myself in case it ends up being better than it sounds like on paper. Other than that, there may or may not be a new Nexus phone in October (which matters not at all to you, being on VZW).
      Bottom line, if the G3 or S4 have all the things you want, likely there won’t be anything noticably better this year.

      • Charlie

        i’m assuming you meant the S5??

        • Jeremy Turnley

          Yeah, sorry – too many numbers out there in smartphoneland these days.

  • Manny

    I can’t decide between g3 or waiting for s5 alpha/prime/f or iPhone 6. The iPhone only bc of messaging over wifi which helps in a hospital setting.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      You can always go with one of the numerous messaging over WiFi apps on Android if that’s a bonus to you. Google Voice still works great for SMS, same as always. Given the issues people have had with iChat when you try to get OFF of it, I would avoid it personally.

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      ugh…iChat always reaks havoc with group messages to non iPhone users. I can’t believe Apple has gotten away with breaking a simple standard that works for so many years. I try to convince all of my iPhone using friends to switch to a 3rd party messaging app like What’s App to avoid the cross platform issues iChat (or is it iMessages) causes.

      • Robb Groves

        iMessage doesn’t cause cross platform issues it’s when people switch from iOS TO android and leave iMessages on, this will cause you to not receive any of your messages because it will continue to intercept your messages as if to still had your iPhone. I turned it off and have no problems with my G3.

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  • teebone

    It’s a deal breaker for me!! I went to the store today to look at the LG G3. It was washed out and blah compared to the GS5.

    • PoisonApple31

      Did you even read the article? This makes a huge difference on the G3!

      • teebone

        Yes I read it but LCD screens are always washed out compared to AMOLED displays. No amount of adjustment is going to make the LCD better than an AMOLED screen.

        • PoisonApple31

          Well after having a couple Samsung devices, I don’t miss the AMOLED screen. I think the only way I would potentially be annoyed by the “washed out” look is if I was walking around with two phones.

          • teebone

            Yeah I hear ya. I guess I’d have to get the G3 and play with it for a little while to see how I feel. I can always sell it outright or send it back for my Samsung. I also don’t care for the UI of LG’s. I like the two finger pull down to get all of the shortcuts for bluetooth and wifi and such. On the LG it only shows one row of shortcuts..just a sammy fanboy I guess lol

          • PoisonApple31

            I was used to auto-brightness on my Note 3, and I feel like the G3 often leaves things a bit dim. When playing the QHD demo videos on the device, I have had the brightness just automatically go too dim a couple of times. Other than that, I am loving the G3.

          • ModernMan

            Go into the 3 squares options menu while playing the QHD demo vids and disable auto brightness. Crank it up to 100% and it’s the most gorgeous video you’ll see on a phone.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            I find that the Lux app in the Google Play store usually fixes any issues with Auto brightness. It lets you set a base level of brightness…kind of like a calibration of the brightness level you enjoy, then it will adjust the brightness according to your environment keeping your brightness preference in mind.

            Works great!

    • mike

      I went to VZW today and used the G3 for the first time. I almost walked out with one.
      The brightness/contrast really seems to be a non-issue, and using this setting tweak definitely helped. There is the oversharpening you can see on the icons, and some games are not yet optimized for the screen resolution, like Dots. There is a feature to 1.5x the game so it appears bigger on the screen, but this could be more widespread if and when ever devs update their apps. I also watched a few DroidLife and MKBHD YouTube reviews and had no problem hearing them in a busy store. May go back later and DL Nova launcher on it and see how it feels.

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  • abhele

    i moved the slider down a little from default seems more contract to me. thanks for the tip!

  • T_Droid

    This feature is also on the G2.

  • Charlie

    wow, that makes quite the difference! i wonder what the people who were bagging on the screen in the Review comments will have to say now…

  • danix180

    Thanks!! That made a great difference. I kind of had a yellow tint on my screen. Not it definitely looks better.

    Great tip. Thanks again Kellex!

  • Kelly OBrien

    With all the hype regarding the LG G3 I wonder if this phone will have the following like the Galaxy Nexus did. I know there’s a lots of great phones out there and more in the pipeline but I want this phone but just haven’t decided on it yet. Things are moving so fast in this industry that by the time you get this phone something else comes out but I guess that’s the price you pay for technology. As an avid crack flasher and tinkerer, I just want to be able to try out some different ROMs and kernels to see if we can make this phone much better. I really loved my G nex and it is still to this day running strong I don’t know how many times I bricked it and brought it back to life but that thing is a workhorse. Hopefully within a few more days and a few more post regarding this phone will help me decide at least.

    • mike

      Same boat, love the GNEX but can’t wait to get a phone with great battery life and an awesome camera. The GNEX never had great battery life, and using batteries that are 2.5 years old sure ain’t helping. I was loving Shiny ROM 4.4.4, super smooth and stable, but I missed some of the features offered by other ROMs. Back on CM 10.1.3.
      I really want to pull the trigger on the G3, but holding out a tiny bit longer to see if we get any more info on a new Moto X.

    • Shawn Spring

      The G2 had/has a pretty big dev community, with dozens if not hundreds of ported ROMs. I was excited for my G2 to get a custom recovery thru Loki – but it remains to be seen if the G3 will get anything close to that. The recovery part of the process will determine how much ROM and dev love we get…but with the Tmo version being unlocked, we at least know we have a shot.

      • burkett375

        Yes, came from G2 as well. I don’t think I’ve seen any Verizon Devs post at XDA, so it’s a matter of time before we get someone in there to figure it out.

  • Chris

    Great tip! I moved the circle to north of the camera icon, just barely touching it. I wanted more contrast and color pop, but not to the crazy level of the AMOLED displays from Samsung. It’s the perfect sweetspot for me. Photos and video look great.

  • Justin Duncan

    Any idea on how to get this to work on the att version?

    • objektiv_one

      it works fine on AT&T version. just checked .

      • Justin Duncan

        I can’t find it

        • Collin Chapin

          It’s under accessibility and you just turn on the color adjustment…

          • Justin Duncan

            Not under mine

          • Todd Martineau

            That seems awfully strange since the screenshots in the article show an AT&T device…

          • Collin Chapin

            The only guess I have is you may have to turn on developer options for it to show up. Other than that i’m at a loss.

          • Justin Duncan

            I had it on wonder if I should take my phone back?

          • Collin Chapin

            It would be worth taking back to the store to find out what happened in my opinion… even though I don’t see a major use for the color adjustment you never know what else is missing.

          • Stephen D

            Is it on the most up-to-date software? If so, this might be crazy, but maybe it’s your font?

      • Justin Duncan

        How to I find it I looked under accessibility. Didn’t see it

    • Guest

      You should see this.

    • objektiv_one

      Should look something like this.

  • Tirionfive

    I glanced at this post and thought “What is DL doing posting iOS articles…” ;)

    • Mech_Engr_09

      How I feel about that comment

  • burkett375

    What IS killing me though is the fake “sharpness” crap they have going on even though it’s such a high resolution. It lives a white ghosting around text that bugs the ever-loving-shit out of me. I hear it a kernel thing, and hopefully will be fixed in an update or by a dev.

    • objektiv_one

      omg i thought it was only me. when browsing the web no prob but every once in a some pics look weird as hell.

    • Chris

      Yeah, I hope they address it, but honestly, after a little while, you get used to it. For me personally, it’s a tiny issue compared to everything else that is great about the phone. Best Android phone I’ve owned to date.

      • Brent Cooper

        Cam you explain this please? I have the g3 and hadn’t heard about this

        • Grayson

          LG applies software sharpening to the display in the G3 because they realized that 2K resolution is useless on a phone and without the sharpening, no one could tell a difference between 1080p and 2K. Essentially, they had to create an artificial difference so people will think it looks sharper than 1080p and feel like they are getting something special.

          Can’t believe people are buying that farce of a phone.

          • Ryan Chapman

            blah blah blah…says the thousands of happy G3 owners.

          • KleenDroid

            Wow, very angry. Obviously doesn’t own the phone.

            Who cares if you can’t see the extra pixels? Does it really matter? It’s not why I bought the phone.

            The phone is excellent.

            Just curious why so passionate about putting the phone down if you have no desire to get it.

          • sean

            On a 5.5 inch screen of the g3 you could notice the difference in 1080 and quad though negligible. the sharpening is only done on app logos and us a gorgeous display don’t mislead people please i choose to buy a g3 over the s5 and m8 for these reasons and i regular compare it to the s5 and m8

    • guest

      The S5 is starting to have these burn in issues.

      • burkett375

        It’s not a burn in issue. It’s a software issue.

    • Stephen D

      This takes me way back to the original Galaxy S, I remember the Fascinate had artificial sharpness. It looked just like it does on the G3. It was fixed with kernels. I remember a lot of ROMs used the “stock” kernel that was modified only to remove the sharpness. Other than the sharpness, I love the phone.

  • Ray

    I haven’t been getting the greatest battery life on mine I was expecting better.

    • Collin Chapin

      Give it a day or two at least… when did you get it? I’ve had mine since last Wednesday and it has been better every day.

      • burkett375

        This. The first run through the battery wasn’t very good, but the 2nd is much better. I heard that a factory reset (even right out of the box) can help, but I’m not sure its necessary unless there’s some crazy wakelocks going on.

        • NeilGeorge

          I had mine fully charged. Had the phone on overnight with Mobile data and Wifi off, morning battery status showed from 100% to 79%.. ouch

          • objektiv_one

            did you disable all of the bloatware?

          • NeilGeorge

            Half of it ..

          • BostonB

            My battery life has been great. Out at a music festival yesterday. Took photos, video, waved my camera light around. Got home at midnight with 30% left.

          • Dan Richards

            So far I’ve had to charge it about once every 40 hrs (light to moderate use, no gaming though)

          • Dave

            My GN2 does that and loses 2-3% at two years old. Hope you get it worked out….that stinks.

          • NeilGeorge

            I think I needed to have removed all bloatware..

            I have the VZ version. If I root it, can i remove all the bloatware? I am guessing the bootloader has to be unlocked for that..

          • Dave

            Current android versions should allow you to disable or turn off the majority of those apps. But in all reality, modern high end phones feel virtually no performance/battery effect from carrier installed software. Unless you are somewhere into multi upon multi GB, Android only loads your most used apps into RAM anyway, so they hardly ever see the light of day. Maybe you have a bad cell reception, but even that shouldn’t consume 20% on it’s own. Unless you need cell service, I’d try airplane mode overnight, and go from there to see if the radio is eating up battery.

        • Chris

          Yeah, I noticed that upon subsequent charges, the battery life improves dramatically. It also charges faster than the initial charge, which seemed to take forever.

      • Ray

        Had mine since Thursday. Looking for some spare batteries but can’t find any

        • Collin Chapin

          Yeah, i’m happy with the battery life but part of the reason for getting the G3 was the spare battery and I can’t find any either…

          • PoisonApple31

            It took a while after release for me to get my hands on a Note 3 spare battery as well.

    • Bryan Mills

      Kill the battery, charge all the way, kill it, rinse repeat.

      Then don’t be heavy gaming or setting brightness to 100% and expecting good battery life.

      • Ray

        I don’t game at all and brightness stays below 50% but I’m not even getting 4hrs of on screen time

        • Dave

          Remember that GPU is upconverting everything to QHD and working hard even when you don’t realize it. My brother already wants to return his, can’t get more than 3.5 hours of screen time.

          • Bryan Mills

            The 801 supports resolutions higher than QHD.

          • Dave

            Yes exactly, but what I mean is that 99.99% of mobile content is not qhd, so it has to convert everything to fit a qhd screen.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            I thought 3.5 hours of screen on time is pretty darn good? That’s what I get with my Note 3 pretty much daily and it has excellent battery life. Last all day into late evening.

          • Dave

            My note 2 gets about 4-6 with a 24-36 hour charge.

      • Spiccolli

        never, ever fully discharge li-ion cell – charge to full when it reaches 15-25%

  • Omar Amer

    ordered my G3 last night… wont arrive til tomorrow :(. After 2 long years, my GNex is getting retired.

    • Bryan Mills

      I feel bad for you. That long with a Gnex. I had it for a few months then smashed it.

    • Dan Richards

      Just dropped my GNex after 2 1/2 years for the G3. So far so good.

    • LSH99

      Just dropped mine for a Oneplus One. Unbelievable difference. The G3 was very hard to pass up. Hope I don’t regret it.

      • KleenDroid

        I love my G3 so far.

      • objektiv_one

        Hopefully you don’t get the yellow band at the bottom like i did.

    • James_Kernicky

      You won’t regret it. I do miss some of the vanilla android features but the speed of the G3 makes up for it. That and the screen and small bezels. It feels so strange to pick up a different device now, I have a iphone 4s for work and it is so tiny feeling now.

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    • Dave

      Did you get it for $99 on contract. Just saw that in an ad today, not bad.

      • Omar Amer

        actually, I did. from amazon. Would have went with best buy, but store near me is sold out and would have taken around a week through their website.

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  • burkett375

    picked one up on Saturday and found this on xda. makes a HUGE difference!

  • James_75

    I placed the circle over the camera icon and that seems to be the sweet spot for me.

    • Michael

      I placed mine just slightly above, but looks great!

  • Tyrone Biggums

    Can we get a video comparison please? This might just make me cop a G3 now! Good work LG.