How to customize the software navigation buttons on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are pioneering devices for Samsung in many areas, including one not so major one - software buttons. Up until now, all Galaxy devices have arrived with hardware buttons, placed on the bottom bezel, but the latest flagship generation shows a change of heart. 

Some may find regard this change as a bad move of Samsung's, but we are convinced - we'll take smaller bezels over hardware keys any day of the week!

Now, as far as software keys go, users can change the layout of these and swap the place of the back and the app switcher buttons, customize the appearance a bit, and most importantly, define the sensitivity of the home button. As you likely now, the displays of the Galaxy S8 and the S8+ have a pressure-sensitive area just below the home button, allowing you to firmly press the display in order to go to your home screen, no matter what app you're using at the moment.

Let us show you how to manage some of these settings: 

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. stuck_788

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

they should add the option to customize those buttons for real... position, number of buttons, and so on... just like LG

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why? The Galaxy has always only had 3. So I dont see the need for what you're asking.

3. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

perhaps you dont. However I really liked LG's option to have a software button that brings down the notification shade on the G3 and G5. That paired with a button to trigger samsung's new split screen view would make the S8 perfect. And Im well aware fingerprint gestures exist but Im a retina scanner kinda guy

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, I was expecting to at least see options similar to what I have on my OnePlus One when I enable on-screen buttons. Including: - Back/forward arrows automatically appearing to control cursor when typing - A dedicated search button - Option to configure what single tap, double tap, and tap and hold does on each button - etc. Basically, options that make you miss physical buttons a lot less...

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