Anyone that knows a thing or two about computer peripherals knows Logitech makes some of the best available on the market. And if you’re a casual (or pro gamer like some of us), the company produces various lines of peripherals for gaming that cover all budgets. When it comes to gaming mice and keyboards they have one thing in common – the application that can control and program them. For this reason, it’s important to learn how to use Logitech Gaming Software.
The available options differ from one product to another since they have a different range of features but the customization process is similar. If you want to learn how to use Logitech Gaming Software, you can just follow our instructions below.
How to use Logitech Gaming Software
Luckily, the Logitech Gaming app is exceptionally easy to use. What might put off some users is the comprehensive set of features but no need to worry, we’ve got you covered!
I might be stating the obvious here, but if you haven’t installed the app yet, you will need to download the application first and set it up on your computer.
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How to set up a Logitech gaming mouse with Logitech Gaming Software
Like I already said, you might not have some of the options presented below or your settings will have different thresholds depending on the mouse model you’re trying to customize. We’re using a Logitech G402 for the purpose of this guide which also comes with on-board memory – this means it’s possible to store profiles directly on the mouse so they are usable even if you plug it into a different computer.
Also, the options and settings we’re using are strictly to demonstrate how Logitech Gaming works – you will need to find the values that work for you and the type of games you’re playing. It might take a bit of trial and error if you’ve never done it before but in the long run it’s definitely worth the effort.
To begin with, make sure your mouse is plugged into your computer then run the Logitech Gaming app. An image of your mouse will be displayed with the configurable buttons highlighted in blue.
If you want to configure a specific button, simply click on it. Alternatively, you can click the “Customize on-board Profiles” button. On the following screen, you can see all the assigned functions for your mouse buttons.
You just need to click on the small arrow on the button you want to customize and select “Edit”.
A drop down menu will be displayed from where you can select the action assigned to the button. If the action is not available you can manually add one.
On the same screen, you can tweak the DPI for your mouse. This is one of those settings for which some experimenting is in order.
If you want to customize the lighting for your mouse, return to the main screen of the app and click on the “Lighting Settings” button that has a small light bulb icon.
A pop-up menu will be displayed from where you can adjust the brightness and breathing effect for the logo lighting. Regarding DPI lighting you can simply turn it on and off as needed but you can also tweak the lighting sleep timer.
The Logitech Gaming Software has a convenient capability – it can automatically detect the game you’re playing and switch to the related profile. This is basically a gamer’s dream come true so let’s see how we can set up and customize profiles.
On the app’s main screen click on the toggle to enable “Automatic Game Detection” then click on the “Customize Buttons” option.
On the next screen is where you can create separate profiles for the games and apps you’re using. The Logitech Gaming app will automatically detect the game or application that’s currently in use and automatically switch to the assigned profile.
Click on a blank profile square to create a new profile.
The New Profile window will open. There, you can add a name and a description for your profile, as well as the apps and games you want it to be active for. You can even copy the settings from an existing profile – sometimes profiles can be very similar and using this option will allow you to tweak just the few settings that are different. Hit the OK button to save it.
With the new profile active, you can go ahead and configure the buttons as described above.
We’ve already talked about how you can customize lights but it’s worth mentioning you can’t have different lighting settings for each of your profiles. As a result, the current lighting settings remain the same even if you switch between profiles.
How to set up a Logitech gaming keyboard with Logitech Gaming Software
Just like for gaming mice, the settings for Logitech’s gaming keyboards differ, depending on their specific set of features, but the customization process is similar and exceptionally easy thanks to the intuitive LGS app.
We’re using a Logitech G123 which is a great keyboard but lacks on-board memory for storing profiles. If you also happen to own a keyboard without on-board memory, you can only use the profiles you’ve set on your computer and Logitech Gaming Software needs to be running.
To reprogram the function keys, make sure the keyboard is plugged into your computer and open LGS.
At the bottom of the main screen, click on the small icon that looks like a keyboard key.
As you can see, the New Profile window for the keyboard has exactly the same options and layout like the one for your mouse. Once you name it, add a description (optional), and select the assigned apps and games, press the OK button. Alternatively, you can simply edit the default profile.
Here, you just need to position the mouse cursor over the function key you want to customize and click on the small arrow that will be displayed on the key.
Then, you can assign it a custom command.
Now that you know how to reprogram the Function keys, it’s time to take a look at how the Game Mode keys can be customized. The G213 keyboard and other models include the Game Mode. This mode is designed to disable specific keys which are often accidentally pressed while playing games and perform unwanted actions.
Game Mode lets you disable keys you’re not using in games. It’s possible to do this on a per profile basis.
Once you select a profile for editing, you can simply click on the keys you want to be disabled in Game Mode. The keys that are still active are highlighted in blue, while the disabled ones are displayed in gray.
The Effects mode applies to the entire keyboard and you can choose between interesting effects such as Color Wave, Breathing Effect, Color Cycle or use a Fixed Color. Once you select a mode, you’ll be able to customize the colors and related options.
As you can see, Logitech Gaming Software is quite easy to use, although the numerous options it bundles might seem intimidating at first. It’s also an indispensable app if you want to make the most of your Logitech Gaming peripherals regarding both visuals and functionality.
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