Kit Guide: Setting up an LG G3


To get a new phone ready to use, you'll need to set it up. There's quite a few steps, but don't worry, we talk you through everything in this super-helpful guide.


Box contents


You'll find these things in the box:

  • LG G3
  • Mains adapter
  • USB media cable
  • Wired headset
  • Internal battery
  • Screen protector


Inserting your SIM & memory cards


Putting a SIM card in is one of the first jobs you need to do. On the lower-right corner of the phone, you'll see a notch in the plastic. Put your fingernail in it and ease the back cover off. Take the battery out if it's in there too.

The slot for the SIM card is in the top-right of the battery compartment. There are two slots on top of each other and the SIM goes in the bottom one. Slide it in with the cut-off corner first, and the gold contacts pointing down.

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If you've got a memory card to put in as well, it slides in above the SIM card. Only one end of it will fit in the slot, but make sure the gold contacts are facing down.


Completing the G3 Setup Wizard


These are the steps you'll need to complete to get the phone up and running. They're known as the 'Setup Wizard', and we'll go through each one.

Turn the phone on by pressing and holding the power button on the back. You can let it go when the phone vibrates.

Setting it up

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Choose a language. 'English (United Kingdom)' should be there already, but you can change it by pressing the arrow. When you've chosen, press Next.


We recommend you connect to Wi-Fi at this point, so make sure there's a tick in the box, and then tap your network in the list.


Type in the wireless password. If you're not sure what it is, it'll be on a sticker on your router.


When it's connected, your network name will be in blue and it'll say 'Connected' under it.

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You can sign into Google here. If you've got an account already, press Yes. If not, press No and you can set one up (you'll need it to download things).


Sign in with your Google email address and password, and then press the right-arrow.


You'll see some 'Terms and Conditions' from Google. Tap the links to read more about them, and then press OK to agree.


'Google+' is Google's own social network. If you want to use it, press Get started, or press Not now if you want to skip.

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A 'Knock Code' will let you unlock your screen without turning it on. Press Set Knock Code to create one, or just press Skip if you don't want one.


If you're setting one, tap the boxes in the order you want, and then press Continue.


Read the information about the Knock Code and then press Next.


Type in a PIN to use in case you forget your Knock Code, and then press Continue.

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Choose the layout you want the touchscreen buttons to be in, and then press Next.


Give your phone a Name, that will be used for Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. You can then add a contact number in case you lose the phone. Press Done when you're finished.


If you've uninstalled apps, you get the chance to install them again. Press See uninstalled apps, or press Skip.


You're finished with the Setup Wizard now, and this is your Home screen.

Touchscreen buttons

There's some touch buttons under the main screen that will help you get around your phone. Here's what they do.

'Home' (house): get back to the Home screen by pressing this.

'Back' (arrow): tap it to go back one screen.

'Recent apps' (rectangle): shows all the apps that have been opened recently.


Connecting to the Internet


We use the internet a lot these days, especially with our social media apps. Learn how to stay connected with the steps below.

Connecting the G3 to a Wi-Fi network

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On the Home screen, press Settings and then press Wi-Fi.


Make sure the switch is 'On' at the top, and then tap the name of your network.


Type in your wireless password. It's on a sticker on your router if you're not sure of it. Tap Connect.


When it's done, your network name will be in blue, and it'll say 'Connected' under it.

Turning mobile data on or off

mobile data

Press Settings > Tethering & networks.


Scroll down and then tap Mobile networks.


A tick in the box next to 'Data enabled' means it's on, an empty box means it's off.

If you're having any trouble getting your mobile data to connect, we've got a guide to help you connect manually here.


Setting up new email accounts


Your LG G3 can manage all your different email accounts. Learn how to set up a new one below.

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Open the Settings and make sure the 'General' tab is chosen at the top. Press Accounts & sync.


At the bottom, press Add account.


Choose the type of account. Most of the time you'll choose Email, but work and education accounts will be 'Exchange' accounts.


Tap Other as the email provider.

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Type in the email address and password of the account you're adding, and then press Next.


The server settings should fill in automatically. Press Next.


You can give the account a name that will show on emails you send. Press Done when you're finished.


The new account will now be showing in the list.

If you're having any problems with the account not setting up properly, you might need to put some manual settings in. Have a look at our guide to email server settings for help with it.


Setting up a lock screen


Having a lock screen stops anyone from being able to get into your phone, without your permission. We'd always recommend setting one up, so we've written some steps to help you with it.

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Press the Settings icon on your Home screen.


At the top, press the Display tab.


Tap Lock screen.


Set a new one by pressing Select screen lock.


Choose the type of lock you want to set. We think the most secure are PIN or Password.


Type in the PIN or Password you're setting and then press Next.


Type it in again to confirm it, and then press OK.


The screen lock will be set and you'll go back to the settings.

That's it, the LG G3 is set up and ready to use. If you want some more help with the basics, we've written an LG G3 User Guide as well.


If you'd prefer to have a chat with one of our Team Knowhow Experts, contact us here.

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