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How to turn off the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge capacitive keys backlighting

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How to turn off the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge capacitive keys backlighting

Sadly, among the first unlucky victims of Samsung's trimming down of TouchWiz was the ability to configure the backlighting behavior of the capacitive keys. Previously, users were allowed to completely disable it, manage for how long it will stay on, or even leave it always on, because why not? 

Despite the nifty added value that this feature offered, the times are a-changing and we will have to accept that. Luckily, as with almost all things Android-related, there is an easy way to modify the backlighting of said keys with the help of a free third-party app. This method works with the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, Note 5, and now, with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge as well.

Let us show you the ropes:

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posted on 27 Mar 2016, 03:48

1. Fellwalker (Posts: 283; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


Those capacitive buttons are the worst thing about my galaxy tab s. They are never quite where I expect them to be, even after over a year. On is FAR TOO BRIGHT! They aren't dimmable. Worst of all : They are the wrong way round compared to stock Android (I previously had a nexus 7 and 7 2013, but didn't like the 9, I had a nexus 4 and now a nexus 5) . It puts me off Samsung devices.
When I saw this article I thought - finally someone had found a way to dim then to the same level as the screen. But it is just replacing the inadequate adjustments that already exist.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 04:33

3. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Capacitive buttons on a tablet is a bad idea.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:31 3

6. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7906; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Why? Even though the screen is big enough for onscreen buttons, I would prefer the least amount of possible touches to the screen.

I don't think they are a bad idea, and their are tablets that don't have them.

In Samsung case, I wished their tablets had to more button for specific functions or could be programmed, like for splitscreem.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:41

8. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


well, tablets are supposed to be held by the bezel, and they sometimes have to be held in landscape.

I prefer capacitive buttons in phones, but they are all kinds of wrong on a tablet.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:28

5. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7906; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


They are the wrong way around? Really? The buttons are exactly where they have been since the first S/Tab/Note.

They aren't qromg, they were purposely meant to be different from other brands.

You knew this when you bought it and you bought it anyways.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 09:45

11. izim1 (Posts: 378; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


"They are the wrong way around compared to stock Android..." Come one man. What is it with people on here just taking pieces from other people's comments and using them out of context just to try and argue. Are you guys really that lonely and in need of attention. Samsung buttons ARE backwards compared to all other OEMs. I just figured this out the hardway. I did NOT know this when I bought it as I had never owned a Samsung device before and simply pre-ordered the GS7s without thinking "I better make sure the capacitive buttons are the same as on my HTC m7, xperia tablet, nexus 4 backup phone"... No it's not that big a deal but yeah it can get annoying when I try to go back on something and open up the recent apps screen instead.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 18:32

18. SupermanayrB (Posts: 414; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


"Samsung buttons ARE backwards compared to all other OEMs."

Actually, what Samsung did was not change the layout of the buttons like everyone else did in late 2012. Before JB most manufacturers had Multitasking, Home, Back & Search before ultimately adding the Google/Search widget. So Samsung just decided to 'Be together, not the same'.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 09:37

9. zeeBomb (Posts: 1733; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


I remember MKBHD talked about it in his S6(?) Impressions video. How isn't this an option n their own settings?

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 10:41

12. Subie (Posts: 436; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


In some countries you drive on the right side of the road, and in other countries the left. It's all relative to what your used to, but doesn't necessarily make the button placement the "wrong" way around on one device to the next.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 11:17

13. izim1 (Posts: 378; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I'm starting to notice that we can always count on you to try and make some inaccurate comparison on here. And just like the other guy you completely took his comment out of context. He said its wrong compared to stock. He could've said backwards compared to stock and I'll bet everything I own you would've posted the same thing. "It's not necessarily backwards just relative to what you're used to..."

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 12:34 2

14. Subie (Posts: 436; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Some peoples first experience with Android is a Samsung phone. This would make their button placement feel like the norm. My analogy works in this context. My intent was not to slam Fellwalker's comment, nor did I say that his preference of button placement is wrong.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 14:02

15. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Samsung's capacitive buttons are intentionally meant to be different from Android's buttons, but that doesn't make it wrong.

Samsung is simply standing out to differenciate themselves from others.

Nothing wrong in that.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 15:47

17. xondk (Posts: 1135; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Alright, ......have to ask........too bright capacitive keys? and the capacitive keys are putting you off Samsung devices? really?

They have always been dimmer then screen on all those phones I've had from Samsung?
And no I'm not brand loyal, if another producer, even Apple, makes something I see as being most useful for me, then I will chose and use that product.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 06:01

4. emmawilliam834 (Posts: 137; Member since: 09 Feb 2016)


Good news for Canadian users that Wind has price dropped the Galaxy S7 by $100
http://www.smartphonesupdates.com/wind-mobile-slashes-100-off-price-samsung-galaxy-s7/

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 09:40

10. zeeBomb (Posts: 1733; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Thank you for the best news I've woken up to. Easter is going to be a good one

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 14:19

16. yemkoid (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)


Same app I used to disable my s6 key baclight on 6.0.1

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 10:09

19. MuhammadHasan (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Mar 2016)


The trimmed version of TouchWiz has made it incapable to configure the back-lighting behavior of the capacitive keys. The new features are no doubt commendable but there are still some inconsistencies and loop holes in the design if android OS samsung had embedded in it's device. Backlights on capacitive buttons not only give it a ugly look but it degrades the preciousness of the device as well. Plus it suck a bit of battery too. :) if you guys want to disable these backlights from your capacitive touch button so here's the best solution mentioned in the tutorial. Enjoy and Cheers! :p

mobilesiri.com/how-to-disable-the-capacitive-butto​n-backlighting-from-galaxy-s7-and-s7-edge/

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