The Complete LG Optimus 2X Guide


Got a LG Optimus 2X but not sure how to do use all the functions on it? Not a problem as we’ve come up with a comprehensive guide to all the basic stuff you can do on your handset.

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Is there a software update available for my LG Optimus 2X?

While the LG Optimus 2X comes with Android 2.2, LG will be releasing a software update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread in the coming months.

How will I know if a software update has been released?

The quickest way to check if an update has been released for your Optimus 2X is to go to Settings from the main menu, select About Phone then Software Update. You can also keep an eye on the P4u News and Community for any word on this front.

Where can I get more help?

If you have any more questions about your LG Optimus 2X’s software, head over to the P4u Forum and get in touch with the team, who will be more than happy to help you out.

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How do I change my phone’s Bluetooth name?

  • Go to Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Choose Wireless and Networks.
  • Press Bluetooth Settings.
  • Tap Device Name.
  • A pop-up box will now appear. Just type in the new name and press OK when you’re done.

How do I pair my LG Optimus 2X with another Bluetooth phone/device?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Wireless and Networks.
  • Make sure your Bluetooth receiver is turned on by ticking the box next to the word Bluetooth.
  • Press Bluetooth Settings.
  • Tick the Discoverable box so your phone can be picked up by other Bluetooth devices.
  • Tap Scan for Devices.
  • Press the name of the device you want to pair with.
  • You will now get a Bluetooth Pairing Request. Check that the passkey is the same one being display on the other device and press Pair.

How do I turn off Bluetooth?

  • From the homescreen, pull down the Notifications bar.
  • Tap on the Bluetooth icon, which will turn grey once the receiver is turned off.

How do I remove a device from my Bluetooth pairing list?

  • Go to Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Click Wireless and Networks.
  • Select Bluetooth Settings.
  • Press and hold on the name of the device you want to remove.
  • Tap Unpair.

How do I stop people sending me stuff over Bluetooth that I don’t want?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Press Wireless and Networks.
  • Select Bluetooth Settings.
  • If the Discoverable box is ticked in your Bluetooth menu, un-tick it.

How do I use my LG Optimus 2X as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Press Wireless and Networks.
  • Click Tethering and Portable Hotspot.
  • Tick the Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot box. You will be warned that any extra devices connected to your Wi-Fi hotspot will use up your data allowance. If you’re happy to proceed, click OK.
  • To turn off the portable Wi-Fi hotspot, un-tick the same box.

How do I connect my LG Optimus 2X to my computer?

  • Go to Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Click SD Card and Phone Storage.
  • Connect the USB cable to your phone and computer.
  • Tick the Mass Storage Only box.
  • Tap the USB logo in the top corner of your screen.
  • Press the USB Connected tab.
  • Select Tap on USB Storage.

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How do I take a picture on my phone?

  • Go to Camera from the Applications menu.
  • You will now be able to see through the camera lens. Press the middle silver camera icon to take a picture.

How do I capture a video on my phone?

  • Open up the Camera from the Applications menu.
  • In the bottom toolbar, slide the Mode icon to the left to activate the video camera.
  • To start recording, press the middle silver icon with a red dot in it.
  • To stop recording, press Stop (silver icon with a blue box in it).

How do I record a video in 1080p HD?

  • Follow the above instructions to activate video camera mode
  • Tap on the screen to open up the Camera Settings menu
  • Select the bottom icon that looks like a cog. This will bring up your shoot mode options.
  • Choose Video Size and select Full HD (1920 x 1088)
  • Press the Back key to return to the main camera screen.

Where can I view the pictures and videos I’ve taken?

If you’re in Camera mode:

  • In the main toolbar, tap the small icon which shows the last picture/video you took. This will take you straight to the gallery.

From the Applications menu:

  • Go to Gallery.
  • Press Camera_Internal.

How do I delete a picture or video?

  • Go to Gallery from the main Applications menu.
  • Choose Camera_Internal to delete a picture or video you took.
  • Open up the file you want to delete and press Menu.
  • Tap Delete.
  • Select Confirm Delete.

How do I view my photos and videos on my TV?

  • Get your phone’s HDMI cable which should come in the box.
  • Stick the HDMI cable in the HDMI port at the top of your handset
  • Put the other end of the cable in your TV. Your Optimus 2X will automatically go into HDMI mode and you’ll now be able to flick through your pictures and stuff on the big screen.

How do I take a screenshot on my LG Optimus 2X?

Just press the Power/Sleep button and Home key at the same time.

How many pictures can I take on my LG Optimus 2X?

Your LG Optimus 2X comes with 8GB of internal memory that can hold over 3,000 snaps. If that isn’t enough space for you, get yourself a microSD card as your phone can hold cards up to 32GB which you can use to store even more pictures. The amount of pictures you can take on your Optimus 2X also depends on how much memory is being taken up by other stuff like your music and videos.

What’s the longest video clip I can take on my LG Optimus 2X?

Unlimited. It all depends on how much memory space you have left.

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How do I set up my email account on the LG Optimus 2X?

  • Select Email from the Applications menu.
  • Press OK to set-up your email account.
  • If you want to set-up your work email account on your phone, choose MS Exchange. You may need to get in touch with the IT guy at work to help configure your account. If you’re setting up a personal account, choose Other.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to set-up your account.

How do I send an email?

  • Open up your email inbox and tap the Menu key.
  • Press Compose.
  • Type in the recipients email address, subject and your message.
  • Tap Send.

How do I send an attachment in an email?

  • From your email inbox, press the Menu key.
  • Press Compose.
  • Enter the recipients email address, subject and a message.
  • Tap Attach and use the category options to find the file you want to send.
  • Select the file to put it into your email.
  • Press Send.
  • To remove an attachment, press the X icon next to the file name.

How do I send a picture or video message?

  • Go to Messaging.
  • Tap New Message.
  • Enter the name or number of the person you’re sending an attachment to
  • Press the Paperclip icon.
  • Choose which type of file you want to attach from the pop-up menu. For example, if you want to send a picture, choose Pictures to go to your photo gallery. Just tap the photo you want to send to add it to the message.
  • If you want to remove the attachment, just press the red X icon in the corner of the picture.
  • Hit Send.

How do I delete a text message?

  • Go to Messaging to open up your message inbox.
  • Tap the Menu key and press Delete.
  • Select the texts you want to delete by ticking the box.
  • Press Delete then Delete again.

How do I delete part of a text message?

  • Open up the text message you want to delete from your Messaging inbox.
  • Press the Menu key and pick More.
  • Tap Multiselect.
  • Tick the parts of the text conversation you want to delete.
  • Press Delete then Delete again.

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How do I put music onto my LG Optimus 2X?

  • Connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable.
  • Pull down the Notifications bar on the homescreen and select USB Connected.
  • Click Turn on USB Storage.
  • Your phone will now appear as an external hard drive in My Computer.
  • Drag your music files from your computer into this folder.
  • When you’re finished, press Turn off USB Storage on your handset.
  • Safely remove your phone from your computer when you’re finished.

How do I make a music playlist?

  • Go to Music from the Application menu.
  • Click the Playlists tab.
  • Tap Add New Playlist.
  • Enter a name for your playlist and press Save.
  • Tick the names of the songs that you want to add to your playlist.
  • Press Add.

How do I use the radio on my LG Optimus 2X?

  • Stick your headphones in your phone’s headphone jack.
  • Select FM Radio from the Applications menu.
  • Tap Scan FM Radio Stations to find a station.
  • You can also tune the radio yourself by scrolling across the tuner.

What type of media files does my LG Optimus 2X support?

The LG Optimus 2X supports MP3, WMA, WAV and eAAC+ music files and DivX, XviD, MP4, H.264, H.263 and WMV video files.

How many songs can my LG Optimus 2X hold?

Seeing as the LG Optimus 2X has 8GB of internal memory, we’d say you could hold around 2,000 songs. However, that all depends on how many pictures and videos you have on your phone as well as these take up memory space too. You can always invest in a microSD card to stick in your phone. The Optimus 2X supports cards up to 32GB which can hold tonnes of tunes!

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Does my LG Optimus 2X have an app store?

Yes. It comes with access to the Android Market.

How do I download an app?

  • Open up the Android Market by selecting the Market icon in the Applications menu
  • Sign-in to your Google account (or follow the steps to create one if you’re new to this). Once you’ve done this, you’ll then be able to browse through all of the available apps.
  • When you’ve found one that tickles your fancy, click on the name of the app to find out more details (such as how much it costs and what it does).
  • If an app is free, just press the Free button, then hit OK to start the download.
  • If you have to pay for an app, press on the Price icon and follow the on-screen instructions to make a payment.
  • Once downloaded, the app will appear in your Applications menu.

How do I delete an app?

  • Find the app you want to delete in the Applications menu.
  • Press the Menu key.
  • Click Edit.
  • Tap on the app that you want to delete.
  • Press OK to delete the app.
  • Press the Menu key and click Done when you’re finished.

How do I close an app?

  • Go to Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Press Applications.
  • Choose Manage Applications.
  • Tap Force Stop to close an app.

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How do I connect to a Wi-Fi network on my LG Optimus 2X?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Click Wireless and Networks.
  • Turn on your Wi-Fi receiver by ticking the Wi-Fi box.
  • Press Wi-Fi Settings.
  • Your phone will list any Wi-Fi networks it has found.
  • Tap on the name of the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.
  • Enter the password for the network if asked and click Connect.

How do I sign into my social networks?

The LG Optimus 2X comes with Facebook, Twitter and MySpace apps already on board. Just simply tap on the social network you want to sign into and you’ll be set up in no time.

How do I remove a social networking account from my LG Optimus 2X?

  • Go to Settings from the Applications menu.
  • Click Accounts and Sync.
  • Choose the account you want to delete and tap Remove Account.

How do I open multiple windows in the web browser?

  • Go to Browser from the Applications menu.
  • Tap the Menu key.
  • Press Windows.
  • Select New Windows.
  • You can have up to 8 of these open in total.

How do I switch between web pages in the web browser?

  • Tap the Menu key.
  • Press Windows.
  • Choose the web page you want to go to.

How do I close a web page?

  • Click the Menu key.
  • Tap Windows.
  • Press the X icon next to the web page you want to close.

How do I bookmark a web page?

  • Once in the Browser, press the Menu key.
  • Tap More.
  • Hit Add Bookmark.
  • Check the details are correct for your bookmark and press OK.
  • You can view your bookmarks by pressing the Menu key and tapping Bookmarks.

How do I clear the cache of stored information on my browser?

  • Open up the Browser and press the Menu key.
  • Select More.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Press Clear Cache and confirm by choosing Yes.

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