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How to Enable Fullscreen Apps on the LG V30



This guide explains how to enable fullscreen apps on the LG V30. Similar to the Galaxy S8, LG is using a new 6-inch edge-to-edge display. It’s taller and skinnier than most phones. As a result, some apps don’t fill up the entire screen. Here’s how to fix it and enjoy apps on the full screen you paid for.

After opening certain apps and games you might see black bars on the top and bottom of the LG V30. Or, apps might get cut-off in the corners, hiding important buttons or content. This is due to the new 18:9 aspect ratio that’s different from most phones. Thankfully, this is easy to fix.

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This problem is similar to the black bars on Widescreen movies and TV a few years ago. Until more app developers adopt this new standard, you’ll need to enable “App Scaling” in the settings menu on the LG V30. We’re seeing a similar situation on the LG G6 and Galaxy Note 8.

Android apps run on watches, smartphones, tablets, TVs, Chromebook laptops and more. As a result, they typically scale to any size screen just fine. It’s the new long and skinny aspect ratio of recent phones that are causing problems.

So far, most apps work fine with the LG V30. However, if you’re experiencing problems we’re here to help.

How to Enable Full Screen Apps on the LG V30 (App Scaling)

The only problem I’ve seen is certain games zoom in to fill the entire 6-inch screen, and some of the content gets cut off in the corners. These will get updates soon enough, so it’s nothing to worry about. For every other app or game just force fullscreen mode by using App Scaling.

  • Pull down the notification bar and head into Settings (gear-shaped icon near the top right)
  • Find and select the Display column
  • Scroll down and select App Scaling
  • Flip through the list and select the app you want to change
  • Change apps to 18:9 full-screen mode, or standard for apps that don’t look right

As you can see, most apps work in 18:9 right away. LG and developers made sure apps would work with this new phone. Once you select an app you have three choices: Compatibility, Standard, or Full Screen. Most already use fullscreen. Find the one you want to change and tap Full Screen. Then hit done and you’re all set.

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Now you’ve successfully turned on App Scaling for any apps that didn’t work with the new screen size, ratio, and resolution. Keep in mind that some apps might not support this yet. In that case, look out for an update on the Google Play Store soon to fix the problem.

Should You Do This?

All this does is deliver a full screen experience with the entire 6-inch screen you paid for.  And while you may have a problem here and there with some apps, most work perfectly. I only had one game that didn’t look right, but within a few days, they issued an update that fixed it.

Thankfully LG has three different options to choose from. Either way, one of the three will ensure all apps and games look great on the LG V30.

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