Hints and Tips for GTA 5

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This is page 3 of our general hints, tips and guides for Grand Theft Auto V single player (story mode). If you have any hints or tips of your own, feel free to send them in!

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Hang Off the Side of Vehicles

In order to hang off the side of vehicles you need to hold LT (Xbox 360) / L2 (PS3) and then double tap Y (Xbox 360) / Triangle (PS3) when you're next to the door of the car. In terms of positioning you should be in the middle of the front and back doors.


If the vehicle has roof racks and side steps by the doors you should be able to do it. For example this will work on the Granger SUV or the Insurgent, and only if it's entirely occupied inside.

Thanks AceAdam


Most cars in GTA V have three different headlight settings, either off, low beam or high beam. If you press right on the digital pad you can cycle through these options, or by pressing H on the keyboard.

Helicopter Searchlights

If the searchlights on police helicopters keep picking you up at night you can shoot them out with one of your guns and hopefully make a clean getaway!

Helicopter Stabilization

When you're flying a helicopter, you can hold L1 and R1 (PS3) or LB and RB (Xbox 360) together (which are the left and right rudders) to help stabilize the chopper.

Helicopter with Rockets and No Guards

If you want to get your hands on a helicopter armed with rockets and don't want to use a cheat, then this is for you.

Simply head to the location noted below and go to the top of the building.

The chopper is sitting there waiting for you to steal it - and without any guards!


Thanks to AtlasShrugged91 of Reddit

Hidden Packages Locations Guide

By finding all 12 hidden packages in GTA V you'll be rewarded with from $8,000 to $14,500 per package and a total of $150,000. Check out the video below to find them all. We also have the following additional hints:

Unless you have a sub the packages are very difficult to get to. For this reason you should try maxing out your stats before attempting to get them. Lung capacity and stamina are crucial.

The packages themselves are suitcases that glow white on the bottom of the ocean. They'll disappear once you pick them up and you'll receive some cash.

You can also check our interactive GTA 5 map, which shows all the hidden packages locations and other collectibles.

Hiding in the Bushes

In GTA V you can even hide from the cops in bushes. You'll know if the bushes are actually big enough to hide you/whether you're positioned correctly if the arrow that represents your character on the map turns grey when you're in the bush.

How to Get a Private Jet

Watch this clip:

How to Get a Tank and a Fighter Jet

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How to Get Free Vehicle Repair

There's three different way to get your vehicles repaired for free:

  1. Drive up to your purchased garage and press the d-pad to store the damaged vehicle. Then exit the garage with another vehicle, re-enter it and grab your formerly damaged vehicle. It will be fixed like brand new!
  2. When you're in a damaged car switch to any other character and then immediately switch back. Your car will be fixed.
  3. When playing as Franklin you have the opportunity to purchase a Los Santos Customs. Once you do this all repairs and upgrades to vehicles will be free!

HVY Dump - Almost a Tank

The HVY Dump is an off-road dump truck that pretty much dwarves any other vehicle in the entire game, including the Rhino tank. In fact is almost acts a lot like the Rhino in that it's slow and very durable. It just doesn't have the shell launcher...

You can grab one for yourself in Davis Quartz, a mining site southeast of the Grand Senora Desert. You might also find one at the Redwood Lights Track which is a construction site that can be reached off Senora Road, just south of Harmony and the Blaine County line.

Ignite Gasoline Trails

Find a fuel can and then lay down a trail of gasoline from the place/thing you want to blow up to somewhere a safe distance away.

Then have a car that back-fires and line the exhausts up with the start of the gasoline trail.

Back-fire the car, the trail will light, and then watch the ensuing mayhem!

And as an added bonus, this method of destroying things won't give you any wanted stars!

Improve Game Performance on PS3

Here's three tips to try and improve the performance of GTA V on your PS3:

Defrag your console

Here's the steps:

  1. Your PS3 should be turned off so the red light is on.
  2. Press and hold the power button. The PS3 will turn on, and then turn off again.
  3. Once it turns off again (with the red light back on) press and hold the power button once more. You should hear one beep, another beep a bit later, and then two quick beeps in a row. Once you hear all four beeps let go of the power button. You should see the system recovery menu.
  4. Once at the menu, hit "Rebuild Database" first (this might take a while) and then do "Restore File System" (which should be quicker).


Change your TV sharpness level

This might sounds a little weird, but experiment with the sharpness settings on your TV. People have reported that anything from between 0 and 20 (on a scale that goes to 100) looks best).

Run in 720p

You probably have your console running in 1080p mode if you have a full HD display. While this is logical, it won't produce the best results for GTA V. Instead change your PS3 system output to 720p (along with your display if it isn't automatic) and you should see a visual improvement in the game (Settings --> Display Settings --> Video Output Settings).

In-Game Websites List

GTA V has an in-game web browser that is accessed via your cell phone. While you can't browse any "real websites" through it, there are dozens of "in-game websites" specially created by Rockstar.

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Infernus and Coil Voltic - Easy Spawn Location

The Grotti Infernus and Coil Voltic are very respectable cars in GTA V and the map below shows you exactly the location where they are guaranteed to spawn (obviously not every single time you visit, but very often). You might also get a Pegassi Cheetah there and other fast cars.


Thanks ARH3352

Infinite Grenade Launchers

First you need to visit the location shown in the image below. There will be a cave there.


Enter it and dive to the bottom and you can grab a grenade launcher.

After that swim back to the surface, quick save and then reload your save. The 'nade launcher will be back (respawned).

Repeat as many times as you want.

Instant Health Recovery

When you are getting low on health and want to recovery quickly simply switch to a different character and press B and Y (Xbox 360) / Circle and Triangle (PS3) at the same time, immediately after switching.

Then simply switch back, and you'll have full health! Pressing B and Y / Circle and Triangle together prevents your character from spawning in a new position when you switch back.

Also, remember you can't switch when being chased by the police.

Instant Vehicle Repair

If you want to instantly repair your vehicle simply stay inside of it, quick save your game and then reload.

You can repair a banged-up vehicle on top of a mountain in a jiffy!

Thanks FrozenJack

Interact with NPCs

To interact with NPCs simply face the one you want to talk to and press right on the digital pad.

If you want to get a negative response from them, then actively target them. If you want a positive response, simply look at them.

Interactive Map

If you're looking for an interactive map of Los Santos and Blaine County then head over here http://maps.achievementhunter.com/guides/overview/grandtheftautov. It feaures the locations of all stunt jumps, spaceship parts, letter scraps, knife flights, "under the bridges", nuclear waste, submarine pieces, hidden packages and real estate signs. Very useful if you are going for 100%!

Keep Spare Spot in Garages

Always keep a spare spot in one of your bought garages as you never know when you'll need it.

If you manage to get a rare car and want to save it but have four vehicles already, you'll need to remove one.

The problem is that when you load your garage to do that, the rare car you're in will disappear!

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Matt Stone

Founder of GTA BOOM, Matt has been a long-time fan of the GTA series ever since he came across Grand Theft Auto III for rent in his local video store, many years ago. It's been an obsession since! When he isn’t tweaking the content on GTA BOOM, you’ll find him working on the server or making other improvements to the site, making it more useful for our readers. He's also gets his GTA 5 time in, of course. Find Matt on Twitter.