The on screen navigation bar shown up in Android Ice Cream Sandwich which was initially applied in the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, after that also applied to other smartphones including the new LG G2. The virtual navigation bar was created to replace the hardware navigation buttons, this makes more room available for the display screen, and also reduces the size of the devices itself. The LG G2 navigation bar has three main virtual buttons: back, home and menu. Remarkably, we can customize by adding a more button or rearrange the navigation bar on LG G2 by looking to Systems Settings -> Display -> Front touch buttons.
Although it customizable, but we still can not resize it, the disappearance of the navigation bar sizing setting on the LG G2 is regrettable since there are some users who feel the size of the navigation bar is too big and want to turn it smaller so you can get more viewable screen. Luckily for us, thanks to the developers from xda whose build a mods to resize the LG G2 navigation bar by modifying the framework files.
To be able to change the size of the navigation bar, we need root access and a custom recovery (optional) because we will replace the framework files, which is a system file. We can resize the navigation bar on almost all LG G2 US variants ( AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile), the mod are different for each variant. Here are the step by step how to get it done:
- Achieved root by using ioroot exploit which has been explained previously.
- Install a custom recovery (TWRP), it’s optional but highly recommended since flash through recovery proved to be faster and hassle – free.
- Download the modified framework files from dev ‘s thread VZW, ATT and TMo (flashable zip is preferred), and there’s a medium and half sized navigation bar to choose from.
- Boot into recovery then flash the zip, or overwrite the framework-res.apk by using adb command.
You should have a smaller navigation bar on LG G2 now, in case the size of the modified navigation bar you have installed does not match with what you’re looking for, you can return it to stock framework.