How to configure the backlight behavior of Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 edge's capacitive keys

How to configure the backlight behavior of Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 edge's capacitive keys
With its new Galaxy flagship, the Galaxy S6, Samsung has slimmed down and streamlined TouchWiz UI. In fact, Samsung's newest UI is so much cleaner than its predecessor that it's lacking a bit of relatively useful features that were once present. 

Among these is the feature that allowed you to determine whether the capacitive keys at the bottom light up or not, and for how long they will stay turned on.

This feature is nowhere to be found on the Galaxy S6/S6 edge, which might slightly disappoint some die-hard Samsung fans, as it was actually a useful one. Worry not - there's an app for that! In particular, it's a free app called Galaxy Button Lights, which allows you to configure whether the capacitive keys of your flagship will light up or not. You can not only adjust the amount of time during which the keys will remain lit up, you can also disable the keys' backlighting altogether.

The best thing is that this app doesn't require root access. Here's how to make use of it.


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10 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Cool thing

2. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wow.. how ridiculous for Samsung to eliminate that feature! That's nearly as bad as Google messing with silent mode! First thing I do with any of my new phones is to shut the capacitive key lights. With white phones especially, they look terrible with the light bleed. Nice to see someone create an app - but totally ridiculous!

3. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Hey phonearena if you find out how to enable face unlock back on the S6 could you please share with us?

4. santoss2013

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

It works well on Note 4 and S5 ;)

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Also as a bonus you can uninstall the app after you've made your selection. I always keep those off so I just selected that option and uninstalled the app. The lights stayed off.

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

just saw this after i posted my comment.

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

and this brings me to one of the other useful things that Samsung took away... hiding apps from the launcher without disabling them. :/ now if i decide to get this i have to have a big ugly black icon among-st my apps.

8. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Guess I'm the only one that used it to keep the lights on lol. I'm not used to them just yet and I am used to the back button being on the left. And the lights stay on after uninstall. Even after a reboot. I miss the ability to hide apps as well. Oh well, aftermarket launchers as well as themer can do that.

9. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

It would have been nice if they could add a feature to change touch button light colors. Hope someone makes an app for that. I love the red lights on touch buttons. Htc had them before.

10. Zanatech

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

Cool thing!!!!

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