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How to call the hidden context menu button on the Galaxy S5

How to call the hidden context menu button on the Galaxy S5

Dude, where's my menu button? If you froze in awe when you saw that the new Galaxy S5 doesn't feature the good ol' capacitive menu key, as all Samsung flagships before that, you can now start thawing. The TouchWiz interface sports on-screen menu buttons, as most self-respecting overlays now do, but what about the hundreds of thousands of apps in the Play Store?

Some of them haven't been redrawn for use on devices with on-screen buttons, and you still need to call the app's options via the venerable context menu key, which on the Galaxy S5 is nowhere to be found, at least at first brush. Fret not, however, as Samsung might have ditched the menu key for a task-switching button, but you can still call the context menu, if the need arises.

You have to long-press that same multitasking key that replaced the older button, and the context menu will appear, as easy as that. So, the next time you are wondering what to do in an oldie-but-goodie app where you need to access the menu, just hold the capacitive task switcher underneath the display for a brief second, and the app's options will rise up on the display. Granted, that should be the case with all Androids that don't sport a dedicated menu button, but since so far we've had one on all Galaxy S phones, new users, coming from an S3 or S4, might be dazed and confused when they see it's gone - it's not, just hidden behind a press-and-hold action of the task switcher at the left of the home key.

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posted on 14 Apr 2014, 08:33 14

1. shuaibhere (Posts: 1419; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


This not worth seperate story

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 08:37 2

2. PunyPoop (Posts: 715; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Marketing, advertisement, it's business.. We should all accept it.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 09:00 9

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2125; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Thx for your 2 cents. Literally, your page visit will soon be cashed in.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 10:53 4

12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Are you kidding this is a great info. Also this functionality brings best of both worlds. Android controls FTW.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 13:15

14. aravindsbabu (Posts: 11; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


You all are simply posting ridiculous comments wherever S5 is present..

Ofcourse it is a pretty big story for samsung users..

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 08:39

3. walnuttt (Posts: 51; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


im a bit confused also on that, but will get used to it soon. Its okay.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 08:46 1

4. buccob (Posts: 1409; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I think that when the Task-Switching Button was introduced in Android... every phone updated to that Android version should have had the "Menu" key functionality replaced my this. AND also keep the menu functions with a long press just like Samsung did with the S5...

I absolutely hated what Sony did with my Acro S when I updated to JB... I need to touch twice the Home key for the Recent Apps to appear and the double tap is a hit or miss...

I also hate having Google Now / Search as a Home Long Press... and having not extra functions for long pressing the Menu key...

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 08:52 1

5. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1282; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I think all four buttons should be present on all apps instead of only the outdated apps.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 09:09

7. LordGeek (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


One thing I noticed from this picture, that the Kit Kat 4.4.2 version on the S5 now includes the newer release of TouchWiz .. so my question now is, how come the 4.4.2 releases that came out for the S4 and Note3 did NOT include the new TouchWiz ?

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 14:25

15. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


That will come with the next update of Android ie 4.5. Same thing happened with the s3 and note 2 when the s4 came out. The s3 and note 2 still had the same tw when updated to 4.2 but even though s4 on 4.2 had a updated tw but when s3 and note 2 got updated to 4.3 it got the same tw as s4. I assume the same will happen here, I guess they want to keep the new tw an exclusive to the s5 for a while even though that's a crappy move. I actually like the new tw so hopefully it comes to the s4 and note 2/3 asap

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 02:12

17. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Are you sure you tracked the updates carefully?
S3 and Note 2 never received anything new except for the newer design for settings, calculator, music player, video player, notification panel and the S planner.
And they never got 4.2, directly 4.3.
Above that, the new 4.4 leak for note 2, from one of the recognized XDA members does't contain the new TW, but only an updated calculator design, and an option in settings to select the default messgaing apps.
Samsung doesn't give much new things in updates, except for a new theme in stock apps.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 03:37

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8242; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Galaxy S2 on Jellybean 4.1 received the Touchwiz Nature UX that came with the S3 so your comment is kind of invalid.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 09:33

8. UglyFrank (Posts: 381; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


As long as it doesn't delay multi tasking by waiting for a long press, that is a good feature

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 09:39 1

9. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


I always wondered where the heck would I get the menu button when I get one of these, good thing you guys posted this ...

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 10:01

10. LionStone (Posts: 447; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Who puts the Back button on the right!? Your messin up Sammy...

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 11:50 4

13. shuaibhere (Posts: 1419; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


No...they are doing it right...gingerbread had that kind of placement.....and many people are familiar with that...and many people are familiar with galaxy phones..

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 10:49

11. polarbear7 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


I can not be the only one, but a long press there just brings up the Wallpapers, Widgets and Home screen settings, along with the ability to remove home screens.

What I would like to see posted in these "long important article type posts" is how to get back the home screen Carousel ability.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 14:04

21. str8whl (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Remove the 'My Magazine' page. Long press the menu button > Home Screen Settings > Uncheck the My Magazine button.

posted on 14 Apr 2014, 19:47

16. -box- (Posts: 3784; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


While I don't think this is worth a separate article, I bought my wife an S5 today ($0 down at T-Mobile) and she was upgrading from an S3, so it's a useful tip. I'm still loving my Lumia 925, especially with the 8.1 update.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 05:37

19. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


change that big ugly physical button with capacitive button, so that it can add one more button for hidden context menu (and narrower the bezels too)

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 05:32

20. mitchmann (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Apr 2014)


this is awesome. Thank you for posting and I think this was totally worth the article. This is the first Google hit that actually got me back to my menus on my new S 5. May not be a big deal if you're not a galaxy user but it sure is if you're a new S5 user on Kitkat 4.4!

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