How to bring back the app drawer button on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+
One of the most basic amenities of the Android smartphone, the small, dotted button promises order amidst the chaos of the home screen, ensures a single place for all of your apps. And yet, it is nowhere to be seen on Samsung's newest smartphones.
Let this not fool you, however, for the app drawer itself is all well and good, it's just the button that's missing, and there's a reason for that – a good one at that, we think. With the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung has simply adopted a gesture-based approach to accessing the app drawer (a la Google Pixel), which means you can open it by swiping up anywhere from your home screen... or down, for that matter.
- Long-press on an empty spot on your home screen and select “Home screen settings” from the bottom right
- Go to “Apps button” in the Settings menu
- Enable the “Show Apps button”
And voila, you've got your old app drawer button back!
So, what do you think of Samsung's decision to have the button disabled by default? Do you find the gesture-based approach more convenient, or do you prefer the old-fashioned way of opening the app drawer? Tell us in the comments below!