Feature: VX8300 Accessory Guide

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Set Shortcuts to Music, Pictures, Videos on VX8300

It's a great thing that the LG VX-8300 is loaded with features. If you're looking at this site, that's probably the reason you bought the phone. But having all these features comes at a price: you many of them can only be accessed after wading through numerous lengthy menus. The calculator alone can take 11 keystrokes to open! But that can be changed. Your phone has four shortcut keys that can each be assigned to instantly access one of a lengthy list of features and menus.

Where are these keys, you ask? Well, they also serve as the directional keys, the four-way button pad enclosing the OK button. They are programmed to access certain shortcuts by default, but you'll probably want to customize them to access the features you use most. For instance, I don't need my Right shortcut button to take me to Get It Now, so I changed it to directly open up my Tunes and Tones menu. Now I can access my music collection by pressing only two keystrokes. (It used to take five.) Here's how to change your shortcut keys...
  1. Press OK to open the main menu.

  2. From the Settings & Tools menu, choose (5)Phone Settings.

  3. Choose (2)Shortcut Key.

  4. Choose the key that you wish to customize.

  5. Select the shortcut of your liking from a list of options.

For another timesaving shortcut, see my tutorial on one-touch, no password voicemail.


Blogger Richard said...

Is it possible to create a one key fast dial contact to my voice mail ... include my password ... so I wouldn't have to enter it fresh each time I access my voice mail .. ?

4:49 PM  
Blogger Andy M. said...

You're in luck, I figured it out, and I'm writing my next post on it.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Just wanted to see if you knew how to change the play button on the front cover to play random wma's rather then in alphabetical order. I see you show how to change the 4 shortcut keys, but can you change the front keys?

Thanks in advance!

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Capolan said...

First: Your site is great! howardforums and you were the big deciders on my choice of phones. Thank you!

Shortcut issue - maybe you have a fix?
I cannot shortcut the front play button to play MP3s. I've set it properly, I have the MP3s in the right format, and in the right folder, but when I press the button - the OLED screen lights up. Thats it. how is this external play button intended to work -- perhaps mine is busted or sometin'.
it plays mp3s fine so long as I go into "tunes and tones" and press #8 to get to the MP3 screen.. and when I close the phone the eq. is working on the OLED screen...but I can't get that play button to!

8:05 PM  
Blogger Andy M. said...

You have to hold the button for a couple seconds for the music player to start. This is so that the phone doesn't start playing music when the button accidentally gets pressed in your pocket or purse. Unfortunately, I've found that even this delay isn't long enough, and the music starts up fairly frequently in my pocket.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Capolan said...

LOL. I figured that out last night accidentally, and Underworld started playing "randomly" -- I was just pleased it worked! Thanks for the quick response though!!

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, is there a way to enable "manner mode" by pressing the lower volume key on the side as you could do on the lg vx4500?

1:03 PM  
Blogger Andy M. said...

If manner mode is a way to silence the phone, then yes, pressing volume down for a couple seconds will turn of all sounds and vibrations. If you want sounds off but vibration on, press and hold the * key.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know about the * key while the phone is open and the volume down works to silence the phone while the phone is open also. However I was wondering if the vibrate mode could be programmed to be activated while pressing the volume down key while thephone is closed as is the case of the vx4500. I thought that feature was a great idea and they should have kept that one.

5:54 AM  
Blogger Andy M. said...

I don't believe so, sorry.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Runningbean said...

I am leaving this comment in this thread as it seems the most appropriate. First off, thanks a ton for such a great blog. I have used many tips already and they work great. I have one question, how does one go about changing the EQ settings on the MP3 playback? I use the phone through my car sterio and it sounds a bit flat.

Any tips would be great, thanks in advance.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a way to be able to read text messages on the front screen, like the older model?

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant get my phone to play any music. I have done every thing this forum has said to do and I keep getting "PLAYER ERROR" Music is not available. Or if I try the front buttons I get "No songs found in memory". I have a 1 gid micro SD card with adapter. I have formated it. Changed the the MP3 file on the phone and did the MP3 enable thing. What am I missing?

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would really like to know how to read text messages on the front screen.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible to disable the front play button from playing mp3s when held down? It keeps playing music "randomly" from my pocket even when the phone is in silent mode.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous WolfNRose said...

In response to Andy M. complaining about the front play button delay being too short, and "anonymous" asking if you can disable the front play button completely:

1) enable MP3 playback, as described elsewhere (do this even if you're using WMA)
2) step added several new menu items, one of which is a 5th "shortcut" option corresponding to that pesky play key. The choices available now are for VCast (WMA) or "My MP3"
3) Pick ONE format to use, and set this shortcut to the OTHER one (ie, "wrong")
4) Now, when that button gets pressed by accident, it hits the "media not available" error, and the player/phone shuts down again.

8:18 PM  

I've enjoyed responding to your hundreds of comments, but I've finally decided to disable comment posting now that I've created a better alternative. Please use the VX8300 forums for any further questions, where they'll me answered by me, or any number of other helpful VX8300 users.

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