As any self-respecting Android user would do, I immediately set out to make the phone better. Or rather, better for me anyway. Which – again – I would say is the best part of Android: the ability to tweak it as much or little as you want.
So, here’s the best tweaks for your LG G2 running stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Just keep in mind that these all require root access. Which fortunately is not difficult to achieve thanks to the excellent IORoot25 tool and guide.
Just a side note here: I’ve tested all of these tweaks on a Canadian LG G2, model number D803. In theory they should work with any variant.
G2 Xposed (Xposed module)
This module for the Xposed framework gives you a ton of options for customizing your phone. Almost anything you dislike about the stock UI you can change. Want to get rid of the animation when you plug in a headset or the USB cable? Done. Want to hide buttons or icons in the notification drawer? Done.
But my favorite feature of G2 Xposed is the ability to completely customize the navigation bar. I prefer setting up my soft keys to match the stock Android layout: Back – Home – Multitasking. With G2 Xposed you can also set the long-press action on the buttons. This is extremely helpful on the G2 which by default has a menu button and a lot of stock apps that rely on accessing the menu with said button. So I map long-press back to menu, and long press recents to switch to the last used app.
Another nice feature is the ability to remove both the volume and brightness sliders from the notification area and free up some precious real estate for your notifications.
G2 TweaksBox (Xposed module)
Yet another Xposed module designed specifically for the G2. It actually provides quite a few more options than G2 Xposed, the UI is just a little more confusing…
Probably my favorite tweak is to use the camera flash as a flashlight. When the screen is off, just hold down the volume-up button to turn it on. Do the same to turn it off. So simple, yet so helpful.
You can also disable all the camera sounds and allow using the camera when the battery gets below 5%. Why exactly LG (and Samsung, maybe others) have this limitation by default is beyond me!
Install Xdabbeb’s camera mod
Alright, this one is not for the faint of heart because it requires either a custom recovery or else a sketchy APK install process, but the payoff could be huge depending on how much the camera matters to you.
One common complaint about the G2 camera is that it’s a bit slow to focus. XDA forum user Xdabbeb has managed to fix that and improve the overall camera quality with this mod that completely replaces the stock camera and related libraries. As long as you can get past the tricky install (ok, it’s actually not that difficult – just make sure you read the first post in the thread carefully), then you’ll enjoy better pictures and faster shots especially in Intelligent Auto mode.
Oh, and as an added benefit you’ll also get 120fps (slow motion) video recording in 720p and the ability to shoot 4k video. Although unlike the image quality improvements on the still camera, the bitrate of the 4k video is a little impractical because it leads to some pretty huge video files (as you might expect).
I personally have used the APK install method which works perfectly fine with the stock 4.4.2 firmware and recovery. The only thing you can’t do without a custom recovery is take a good backup – so if you do install the mod using the APK, just don’t expect to revert to the stock camera very easily.
Source: XDA developers forum thread