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Grand Theft Auto V: 30 tips every criminal should know

Tips, tricks, tweaks and secrets to make Los Santos life easier [No Spoilers]

San Andreas is silly big, and there's a lot of tiny details you might have overlooked. Here are 30 bite-size tips to help you as you play, from taking an oh-so-modern selfie, to joining the cult-like Epsilon Program. Don't worry; no spoilers.

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Missing a mission?
Some strangers and freaks side missions will only unlock once you've bought certain properties/businesses.

Adjust the camera
You can adjust how high or low the camera hovers behind your vehicle while driving in the display options.


Take a selfie
Click the right stick while using the Snapmatic app to take a selfie. You can view your photos on the Rockstar Social Club.

Watch out for The Lost
Members of biker gang The Lost will attack Trevor if they see him.

Interact with pedestrians
Press right on the D-pad near pedestrians to interact with them, and they'll respond. The first couple of times your character will say something positive, but then they'll insult them. If you insult the wrong person, they'll start a fight with you.


Country cops
Police response time is longer in the countryside.

Adjust your headlights
Press right on the D-pad to cycle your headlights between off, main beam, and full beam.

Fill your ammo in one click
You can fill a gun's ammo capacity completely while shopping in Ammunation. Select the ammo type for the weapon in question, then press X on Xbox, or circle on PS3 to switch to 'full ammo'.

Reply to emails
When you receive an email on your phone from another character, you can reply by pressing A on Xbox or X on PS3.


Increase Michael's special ability
Complete the mission 'Did Somebody Say Yoga?' to unlock Michael's yoga mini-game, which increases his special ability skill.

Losing money
In the Paleto Bay heist, taking damage reduces your overall take.

Armoured mercs
Merryweather mercenaries wear thick body armour and can soak up a lot of bullets. Just because they've fallen doesn't mean they're dead.


Toughen your getaway car up
In heists that require a getaway vehicle, always take your chosen car to Los Santos Customs first and fit it with armour, bulletproof tires, and anything else that might be useful.

Clean hunting kills
While hunting, shoot your targets through the heart. This is the cleanest kill, and will earn you the most points from Cletus.

Pick your favourite song
While in a vehicle, hold left on the D-pad to slow down time and bring up the radio station radial menu. This gives you time to flick through stations to find a song you like without worrying about crashing.


Beat the best
In street races, press down on the D-pad to see the world record time for that particular race.

Bunny hop on a bike
Hold the right bumper on Xbox or R1 on PS3 to do a bunny hop on a bicycle. This only works with certain types of bike, though.

Use Chop to find collectibles
If you have the iFruit app (only available on iOs as we write this, but coming to Vita, Windows Phone, and Android soon) you can send Chop to look for collectibles. Select 'make Chop hunt for pick-ups' and he'll run towards any in the vicinity, barking more as he gets closer.


Adjust your car in mid-air
Use the left stick to adjust the orientation of your car while in mid-air. This makes landing stunt jumps much easier. Completing stunt jumps increases a character's driving skill.

Fire truck fun
While driving a fire truck, press the right bumper on Xbox or R1 on PS3 to activate the water hose. Try spraying some pedestrians.

Watch your depth
If you dive deeper than 486 metres in a submarine, the controller will vibrate as a warning. Ignore it and you'll be crushed.


Drop top
In a convertible, hold right on the D-pad while stationary to open or put away the roof.

To join the Epsilon Program cult/religion, complete the missions 'Father/Son' and 'Pulling Favors', then take part in the Epsilon Program Identity Evaluation on their website.

Fly a jumbo jet
You can fly some of the big passenger jets at the airport. Press Y on Xbox or triangle on PS3 anywhere near it to get in. Your character will suddenly appear in the cockpit. To explore the airport freely without getting any wanted stars, buy a hangar there.


Kill your friends
If you run into one of the three characters on the street, you'll sometimes get the option to hang out. If you kill them, you'll get an angry text from them later and have to pay their medical bills.

Wealthy cyclist
If you encounter a random encounter with a bike thief, make sure you return it to the owner. One is a wealthy CEO, and will reward you with $100,000 of stock in his company later in the game.

Detach a trailer
If you're driving a vehicle with a detachable trailer, press right on the D-pad to attach/detach it.


Flip the bird
Drive a car without a weapon equipped and press the fire button. Your character will flip people off instead.

Security trucksPassing security vans will be marked blue on your radar. If you have sticky bombs, attach one to the back doors and blow them off to get the money inside. This will, naturally, alert the cops.

Fancy parachutes
You can customise your parachute's colour and pattern in Ammunation.