How to fix the recent apps button lag in TouchWiz on the Galaxy Note 4


With its flagship Galaxy S5 and Note 4 last year, Samsung introduced a new capacitive keys setup underneath the display. Dude, where's my menu button? Samsung might have ditched the menu key for a task-switching or "recent apps" button at the left of the physical home key, 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.

When it comes to the recent apps key, however, those of you who are using a Galaxy Note 4, might have noticed a fair amount of lag between the time you press it, and anything at all happening. This delay might be just slightly annoying, like a second or so, or frustrating, like three seconds and more, depending on what apps you have running. How about not having the lag at all, and the recent apps cards popping up the second you hit the capacitive key on the left. Here's what you have to do:

1. Go to Settings>Application manager on your Note 4 (way down below);

2. Swipe to the section where all running apps and services are displayed;

3. Scroll down to the TalkBack service you see depicted on the right;

4. Disable TalkBack service, and your recent apps button will now react in a jiffy.

With the newest software update Samsung should have fixed the recents key press delay, but if that's not the case on your Note 4 just yet, try the steps above. Some users are reporting that the Facebook app might bring the annoying lag again, so be on the lookout when it gums up the works, and get rid of it when it happens, too.

source: marleyb (XDA-Devs)

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Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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37 Comments

1. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Disabling S Voice and/or TalkBack services has always sped up thing massively on previous Galaxy phones too (in that case for the home button).

9. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Why do you have to disable anything on a $750+ phone to make it work?

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

At least there is a choice to disable things.

14. Gnobias

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

I think it's because it's made by two companies, Google and Samsung. So the compatibility issues like these are not uncommon.

16. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

You don't have to, some people actually like those extra features and feel it works great. I just asked my girlfriend if she has ever noticed lag with her recent apps key on her Note 4, she said no. In other words, many people feel it already works great and doesn't need disabling/ fixing. What it comes down to is choice.

17. Azhar_Yousuf

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

Shots Fired :-D

20. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

LOL LOL

22. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Usually there is no stupid question, but this is a stupid question. Fact is, you don't have to disable anything to make anything work. You disable that feature to make that one feature NOT work, and some people want it that way. If you don't use something, you may turn it off. If you wanna use it, leave it on.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

it works disabled or not. Disabling apps that you dont use so the phone runs faster? Its a nice option. Maybe youre not use to having it. Haven't you ever closed apps on an OS that lets you open more than one? Isnt the more apps open the slower the computer? Isnt a phone a computer? let me as you, why do you have to disable anything on a $1000+ computer to make it work? Just showing you showing u how stupid u and the people who voted you up are.

28. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

this information came directly from XDA forms

2. shashanksonth

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Does it work for galaxy s5 lollipop touchwiz too? Even I gave the same lag on my s5.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Is there something preventing you from trying it?

19. shashanksonth

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Yeah I tried it but couldn't notice any difference, so I asked!

21. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

In other words he's trolling and doesn't own the phone

3. aleksandar2872000

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

Does it work on G3? Because it has almost identical "feature".

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Again, what's stopping you from trying? Does the G3 suffer lag when loading the recents?

13. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

No, it loads smoothly. LG has done a good job while updating to Lollipop.

24. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

What superphone do you have? I had to downgrade from Lollipop because lag showed up, even with nothing on the phone.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Classic LG

6. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

its not a lag..

23. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

It's intentional. XD

7. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Have already done this on my Note 8.0, now home button responds instantly, WOOT.

8. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Wow, not the Note 4 with quad core processor and 3 gigs of ram suffering from button lag. LOL, SMH

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It's not a matter of processing power or speed. In fact, it's not even actual lag. With the Talkback feature enabled, it's "waiting" to see if you double-press the button to trigger Talkback (or S Voice, as the case might be), which is why it appears to lag.

30. AndroidLollipop unregistered

A better explanation which should have been highlighted in the article. This could be deliberately ignored in the article to ignite fan wars.

26. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

You aren't that bright, are you??

15. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

was wondering why my Note2 had zero delay... thanks, helps loads!

18. Azhar_Yousuf

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

No disrespect to Samsung but TouchWiz kills Android experience. Stock Android is always the best experience I can ever get.

27. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Sure, if you can deal with 50% batterylife and a camera quality from 2010, suit yourself.

32. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

keyword.. "I" or YOU. I've had the Vanilla Android phones with the stock OS. Once I got my Note 2 and installed a nice ROM that removed bloat.. I found that touchwiz had some awesome features that should be in stock Android. I have tried stock on my Note 2.. and always went back to Touchwiz. I'm now on a Note 4 and loving it! I will say though, that the touchwiz launcher SUCKS (for me). I use Nova Launcher, and I like that MUCH MORE.

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