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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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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21 Comments

1. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

This not worth seperate story

2. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

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

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

14. aravindsbabu

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

You all are simply posting ridiculous comments wherever S5 is present.. Ofcourse it is a pretty big story for samsung users..

3. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

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

4. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 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...

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I think all four buttons should be present on all apps instead of only the outdated apps.

7. LordGeek

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 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 ?

15. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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

17. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

9. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 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 ...

10. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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..

11. polarbear7

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 14, 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.

21. str8whl

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

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

16. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

19. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 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)

20. mitchmann

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 18, 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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