Logitech is one of the most renowned peripherals’ company in the world of computers. It makes computer peripherals for almost every category imaginable. Logitech also has a line of gaming accessories, ranging from the lower-middle end, to the higher end of the gaming market. To be honest, Logitech devices work really well, and most gaming peripherals from Logitech come with additional capabilities that definitely help while gaming. These could be macro keys on a keyboard, or multiple buttons on a mouse. However, if you want to configure these settings for your Logitech accessories, you will have to use the Logitech Gaming Software (LGS). The app is easy enough to use once you get the hang of it. So, if you just bought a brand new Logitech gaming keyboard, or mouse, here is how to use the Logitech Gaming Software to configure your gaming peripherals:
Note: I’m using the Logitech Gaming Software to configure a Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse, and a Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard with RGB zone-backlighting. The process will be the same for every Logitech gaming peripheral, although the number of options may vary from model to model, depending on the features available.
Downloading Logitech Gaming Software
Before you get started with customising your new gaming peripherals, you will need to download the Logitech Gaming Software from the official website. Just visit the Logitech Support Website, and download the app from there. The app is available on Windows and macOS.
Note: You might have to choose your operating system from the drop-down menus on the left, in case the website isn’t able to figure it out on its own.
Configuring a Logitech Gaming Mouse with Logitech Gaming Software
If you’re a person who enjoys playing FPS games, you obviously know the importance of a good mouse, tuned to your personal preferences. The Logitech G402, for example, has 5 levels of DPI (adjustable from 240 DPI to 4000 DPI), 8 programmable buttons, and a polling rate of up to 1000. It also comes with a fixed-colour blue lighting which supports quite a number of effects.
Note: I have configured my mouse for my personal preferences in CS:GO. However, you can choose any action you want for each button on your mouse.
1. Customizing The Logitech G402’s On-board Memory Profile
The Logitech G402 comes with on-board memory as well. This means that you can simply configure your mouse, and it’ll remember the configuration even when Logitech Gaming Software is not running. This comes in handy if you use the same mouse on multiple devices, and don’t want to have to install LGS on each and every device you own.
- Connect your mouse to the computer, and launch the Logitech Gaming Software. You’ll be shown an image of your mouse, with the configurable buttons glowing blue.
- Click on any button on the mouse image, or just click on the “Customize on-board Profiles” button. This will take you to the next screen, where all the assigned functions on your mouse will be visible.
- Here, you can configure almost everything on your gaming mouse. Just click on the little arrow on the button you want to configure, and then click on “Edit”.
- You’ll now be shown a drop down menu where you can choose the action performed by the button. If the action is not present, you can assign a hotkey to the button instead.
You can also adjust the DPI levels for the mouse in this screen. Out of the box, the mouse comes with 4 DPI levels, but you can increase them to 5, to get even more fine grained control over your mouse.
- Connect your mouse to your computer, and launch the Logitech Gaming Software. Here, click on the “Lighting Settings” button.
- Setting up the lighting on the mouse wouldn’t take too long as there are only a couple of options to choose from. You can adjust things like the brightness of the light, whether or not you want “Breathing Effect” to be turned on for your mouse, as well as the DPI lighting settings in this screen.
Personally, I keep the brightness to a little more than 50%, breathing effect “Off”, and DPI Lighting “Always On”. This suits me best, as I can easily check the DPI of my mouse, and adjust it on the fly. I find the breathing effect to be a lot less cool-looking on a fixed, blue light.
2. Customizing The Logitech G402’s Automatic Game Detection Profiles
If you play a variety of games, and want different configurations for each of these games, you’ll be glad to know that you can easily create multiple profiles that automatically switch depending on the game you’re running. So, I can have a separate profile for CS:GO, another one for LoL, and a separate profile for Google Chrome, and LGS will automatically switch between them, depending on which app is running.
Creating Profiles and Customizing Buttons
- Connect your mouse to your computer, and launch LGS. In the main screen, click on the toggle to switch it to “Automatic Game Detection”.
- Click on the “Customize Buttons” icon on the bottom of the screen. Here, you can edit the default profile, or create new profiles for specific apps. To create a new profile, just click on a blank profile square.
- Give your Profile a name, and a description (optional). You should also add the apps you want the Profile to be active for. Once done, click “Ok”.
- Proceed to configuring the buttons the way you want them to behave while the profile is active.
The process for customizing lights is the same in “Automatic Game Detection” and “On-board Memory” modes. You can’t have multiple lighting set-ups for different profiles.
Configuring a Logitech Gaming Keyboard with Logitech Gaming Software
A good gaming experience is a cumulative effort of a set-up that works great together. Even if you’re not looking for a mechanical gaming keyboard for your gaming set-up, having a dedicated gaming keyboard is helpful. The Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard is my keyboard of choice for a entry level (non-mechanical) gaming keyboard. The keyboard is built well, weighs quite a bit, and has great keys with an amazing travel. Plus, the membrane keyboard is designed to be “mechanical-like”, which means that you can feel the key actuation better than in most other keyboards. The keyboard has configurable function keys, and customizable RGB backlighting. To configure any of these, you’ll need to use the Logitech Gaming Software.
1. Customizing Logitech G213’s Automatic Profiles
The Logitech G213, while an amazing keyboard, sadly doesn’t come with any on-board memory for storing configurations. This means that you’ll have to have LGS running on your computer, if you want the keyboard to behave the way you configured it to.
Customizing the Function Keys
- Connect the keyboard to your computer, and launch LGS. Go to “Customise Function Keys“.
- Click on a blank square to create a new profile, or just edit the default profile for the keyboard.
- Here, you can hover your mouse over the function key you want to configure, and then click on the little arrow that’s displayed on the key. Then, you can assign the custom command you want the key to carry out.
- As an example, I’ve assigned the F1 key to perform the “ctrl + shift + R” keystroke, which I’ve set to an Alfred workflow for saving URLs as reminders.
Customizing the Game Mode Keys
Game Mode is a mode built into the G213 meant to disable certain keys that might accidentally get pressed, triggering unwanted responses. For example the Windows key is infamous for getting pressed way too often and bringing the game to a halt, or minimizing it. Game mode can let you disable keys that you don’t need in games. You can disable keys by profile, so you can have multiple game modes depending on the game you’re playing.
- Connect the G213 to your computer, and launch LGS. Here, click on the “Game Mode Settings” icon on the bottom of the window.
- You can select the profile you want to edit. Then, just click on the keys you want to disable in Game Mode. Disabled keys turn grey, while enabled keys are shown in blue.
2. Customizing the Logitech G213’s Lights
- Connect the Logitech G213 to your computer and launch LGS. Here, click on the “Lighting Settings” icon on the bottom of the screen.
- There are two lighting modes you can use: Freestyle, and Effects. In the Freestyle mode, your keyboard is divided into 5 colour zones, and you can assign colours to each of the five zones. Whereas, in Effects, you can choose from a plethora of effects that apply to your entire keyboard, including effects like “Colour Cycle”, “Colour Wave”, and more.
- Once you’ve selected the mode you want, you can adjust the colours of the keyboard to your liking. For showcasing the keyboard, I’d recommend using the “Colour Wave” effect, as it just looks really cool.
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Use Logitech Gaming Software to Easily Configure Your Logitech Gaming Accessories
Logitech Gaming Software might look a little daunting the first time you launch it, but it’s actually very simple to use. While gaming peripherals with on-board memory, like the G402 Gaming Mouse can be configured once, never to see LGS again, other peripherals like the G213 Gaming Keyboard depend on the Logitech Gaming Software to be running, in order to behave properly depending on the profile you’ve selected. Either way, configuring your gaming peripherals to your personal preference is very important for a great gaming experience, and the Logitech Gaming Software is a very easy to use tool for doing this on Logitech’s line of gaming accessories.
As always, I’d like to know your thoughts on the Logitech G402 Gaming Mouse, the Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard, and Logitech’s line of gaming peripherals in general. Also, if you think I missed out on something while explaining LGS, feel free to ask in the comments section below.