How to bring back the app drawer button on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

So, you've got your hands on Samsung's gorgeous new Galaxy S8 or S8+, or may be buying one in the near future, and you're wondering, “where the heck is the app drawer button?”

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.

But what if you simply want that trusty ol' button back and need none of that gesture stuff? Well, we've got good news for you then! The app drawer button can be brought back from its long overdue obsolescence by following these simple steps:

  • 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!

Do note, however, that the S8's dock has a limit of 5 apps, meaning that if you enable the app drawer button when the dock is full, the button will replace the rightmost icon in it.

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!

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. nikhil23

Posts: 490; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I prefer both. Gesture helps people switching from pixel/ nexus devices while Samsung users can use app drawer if they want to

2. tokuzumi

Posts: 1953; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

That's easy; use a custom launcher

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Installing more bloat is always the right answer? How many apps do you need to install to do what the phone already does?

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Touchwiz Home app always wakes up several Samsung apps even if you dont use them taking up space in RAM thus taking a toll in battery life in exchange for quicker access. Using custom launchers like Nova eliminates those problems, so more battery life.

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