How to hide and show the Galaxy S8 navigation bar

Samsung included plenty of customization options for its new, virtual navbar at the bottom of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. With the ability to rearrange the on-screen keys' order, or to change the color, the new Experience UI looks like something out of a modded ROM, or an Android overlay coming from China. In any case, those features were more than welcome, but Samsung piled on with its subsequent software updates, giving us the option to easily show and hide the navbar itself in all apps, except the homecreen or app drawer, of course. Here's what you need to do to play hide and seek on your S8 or S8+. 

1. If you have the latest updates installed on your Galaxy S8 and S8+,  go to Settings>Display>Navigation bar, and turn on the new "Show and hide button" option;

2. A small dot will appear in the left corner of the navbar.;

3. Tap on the dot to hide the navbar in any app you like, it will reappear once you go back to the home screen. 

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI



5. kabel

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

My ATT SGS8+ doesn't have this feature available, and yes I'm on the latest firmware. Freaking ATT, always late with everything ...

6. AustinPaul

Posts: 161; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

My AT&T S8 has it. Updated about a week ago I believe.

4. fyah_king unregistered

And freaking LG got rid of it in the LG G6.

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1554; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

That's not the latest update. There is no black navbar option with the latest firmware updates.

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Thanks for the tip (though I knew it already).

2. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Samsung has provided a whole new experience and rich software in s8 with Infinity Display!

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