LG Tribute HD App Drawer Menu Button /All Apps Icon -How to get it back

There were 2 home screen launchers in LG Tribute 5 (predecessor), both came with an app drawer. In Tribute HD one more launcher is added, it is without the app drawer, and is made the default home screen launcher.

So, as soon as you boot into LG Tribute HD, you realize the app menu button is missing. As we’re used to it since the early days of Android, it feels awkward without it. However, there is no need to worry as we can get it back in few simple steps.

The only thing that we’ve to do is, go to Home Screen Settings and choose the appropriate launcher. Follow the screenshots below to get back the app drawer –

How to get back the LG Tribute HD App Drawer / All Apps Icon –

 

LG Tribute HD Home Screen No App Drawer

The default Home Screen Launcher on LG Tribute HD is without an App Drawer.

All the apps are present on the home screen itself and we can add as many home screens as we like.

LG Tribute HD Get Back App Drawer

To change the Launcher, Long Press on an empty area on the home screen.

Select the middle option, i.e “Home Screen Settings” as shown above.

Tap on “Select Home”

 

LG Tribute HD Home & App Drawer

From the list, Select “Home & app drawer”. This will directly take us the Home screen with App Drawer

Click on the App Drawer Icon to view the apps.

LG Tribute HD Home Screen Settings

You can also “Long Press” the Recent Apps Key to Access the Home Screen Settings as shown above.

This will again take use to Home Screen page.

 

LG Tribute HD Easy Home

This time let’s select “EasyHome” after all this one also includes the app drawer.

You can see I’ve clicked on the “all apps icon” and it takes us to the app menu.

 

LG Tribute HD Remove Delete Easy Home

To exit easy home click on the “Settings” icon on the home screen as shown above.

Scroll down and look for “Home Screen” and click on it to Open.

LG tribute HD get out of easy home

Now that we have wandered through all the home screen launchers, finally, pick your favorite among the three.

For any query feel free to contact via the comment section below.

 

 

LG Tribute HD Adoptable External Storage – Move Apps to SD Card

LG Tribute HD has 16GB internal memory out of which around 9.8 GB is available for storage. It can be boosted with the help of an external sd card but the app data, game data, downloads, screenshots etc are stored into internal storage by default.
You can free up the internal storage up to an extent by moving the data to sd card but eventually, it gets filled up and a stage comes when you’ve to uninstalled old apps to install new ones. This is quite frustrating and here comes the adoptable storage to our rescue.

This feature was introduced in Marshmallow. By doing this we can adopt a part of the external sd card as internal storage, thus boosting the Device storage space for app installation.
It’s very useful feature for the budget phones (including Tribute HD) running on Android 6.0 with expandable memory. However, in most of the phones, it is disabled by the manufacturer and needs to be enabled via ADB. We’ve to do the same for Tribute HD. Thanks to the one-click tool by  Octanium91@xdaforums for making this process easier.

Before proceeding towards the tutorial, keep few things in mind regarding adoptable storage –

  • Pick the highest speed sd card. At least a Class 10 micro sd card should be used.
  • Don’t remove the sd card once it’s adopted. You may face force close errors.
  • Do it only if you need space for apps & games. Media files can be easily stored in sd card/cloud.
  • Things may slow down a little, as the sd card won’t have a better read/write speed that the phone’s native internal storage.
  • The life of sd card may reduce with frequent read/write operations.

Keeping the above things in mind, Let’s proceed towards the tutorial –

How to Enable Adoptable Storage on LG Tribute HD –

lg tribute hd usb debugging

As we’ve to connect the phone in ADB mode, we need to turn on USB Debugging.

Open phone settings by pulling down the notification bar and tap on settings icon at top right corner.

Go to “Developer Options” and click on “USB Debugging” to turn it on.

Now, Connect the phone to PC via USB Data Cable.

If you’ve not yet enabled Developer Options on your Tribute HD, learn how to do it.

You should also have the LG Tribute HD ADB Drivers installed on your computer before proceeding to next step.

Now, download the files needed for creating adoptable storage. Download the zip file from below link and extract it on your computer.

DOWNLOAD 

 

lg tribute hd adoptable storage tool

In the extracted files folder, look for a file named, aftiss.cmd and double-click to run it.

 

lg tribute hd adoptable storage one click tool

You can see the 4 options above.

By selecting 1 it’ll create a partition in the ratio of 25:75 i.e 25% will be reserved for adoptable storage and rest 75% will be available for normal usage.

The 2nd option splits the partition into 50-50, 3rd one to 75-25 and the last one i.e Custom allows to choose your own ratio.

lg tribute hd auto formatting sd card adoptable storage

I’ve selected 1 as shown above. As I hit Enter, It splits my 16GB SD Card (available 14.8GB) to 3.7GB as internal storage and 11.1 GB as external storage.

 

lgls676 adoptable storage

Wait for the formatting to complete.

lg tribute hd ls676 move apps to sd

Press any key on the keyboard to exit this window.

 

LG Tribute HD move apps to sd

Now, remove the USB cable from phone and Go to Settings < Storage & USB

Move on to Page 2 –

LG Tribute HD LS676 USB & ADB Drivers Download & Install – Tutorial

LG Tribute HD USB drivers are necessary for ADB mode, Diag Mode, and Download mode.

The most common use of ADB mode is unlocking the bootloader and download mode is used for flashing a stock ROM. The Diag Mode is used for CDMA programming.

Even though the bootloader of Tribute HD can’t be unlocked, at least we can use the ADB mode to enable adoptable storage. This feature was added in android marshmallow and addresses the low internal storage problem to a big extent. This way we can adopt a part of sd card as internal storage which can be used for storing apps and game data.

So, Let’s proceed with the USB Driver Installation –

 

 

LG Tribute HD LS676 USB & ADB Driver –

Below is the download link of the zip file containing the latest LG USB drivers (v4.2) for Tribute HD.

DOWNLOAD 

Extract the zip file and install the LG USB Driver setup file. To learn How to successfully install the driver, follow the below tutorial –

 

lg tribute hd driver

As soon as I connected my LG Tribute HD to PC, driver software installation started.

I’ve not yet installed any LG USB Driver on the computer.

lg tribute hd usb drivers

You can see the driver installation is complete and TributeHD is showing up in the driver installation window.

 

lg ls676 usb driver install

Now I’ll open device manager to keep track of the driver installation.

Click on Windows Start Menu and type dev in the search bar. Tap on “Device Manager” under “Control Panel”

lg ls676 usb driver

“TributeHD” is visible under “Portable Devices”

Now we’ve to install the ADB drivers.

lg tribute hd usb debugging

For ADB driver installation, Turn on USB Debugging by going to Settings < Developer Options < USB Debugging

If you’ve not enabled Developer Options yet, learn how to do it.

lg tribute hd usb debugging drivers

Now, when you’ll connect your phone to PC, make sure USB debugging is ON and USB connection is set to “Charging Only” as shown above.

lg tribute hd adb driver

As soon as I connected the phone to PC, driver installation window popped up.

It is trying to install the ADB Interface Driver.

 

lg ls676 adb driver installation

As we’ve not installed the LG USB drivers, the ADB driver installation failed.

lg tribute hd latest 4.2 drivers download

Now, I’m going to install the latest version of LG USB Driver (4.2). Extract the previously downloaded zip file and click on LGMobileDriver setup file as shown above. You can also download the zip file from below link –

DOWNLOAD

ls676 driver install

Start the driver installation process by clicking on “Next” and proceed until successful completion.

installing adb & usb driver tribute hd

As soon as the driver setup was finished, the ADB Interface driver started installing.

tribute hd adb & usb driver installed

You can see the Tribute HD ADB driver has installed successfully and showing up as “Android Sooner Single ADB interface” in device manager.

Now Let’s connect Tribute HD to the computer in ADB mode.

How to Connect LG Tribute HD to PC in ADB Mode –