How to turn off the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge capacitive keys backlighting

How to turn off the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge capacitive keys backlighting
Bright navigational keys backlighting can be pretty annoying, especially at night, and especially if there is no option to adjust the light intensity or, at least, duration. Heck, on most Galaxy S6 and S6 edge models you can't even turn those off, it seems.

Yep, Samsung has somehow missed including a separate option to adjust the touch keys backlight with the new flagships, except on the AT&T version, which, as usual, has its own categorized settings menu.

The Galaxy S5 has this feature tucked in the display settings options, but now, on the S6, there is only the ability to turn on and off the Power Saving mode. Well, that's exactly what you need to do in order to get rid of the glaring touch keys backlight on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge:

  • Go to Settings → Battery → Power saving mode, and then tap on the switch to activate the mode.
Don't worry, this is not the Ultra Power Saving mode, which will turn your screen monochromatic, but just a regime that lowers the screen brightness, and throttles the CPU performance a bit, along with other settings (like turning off the capacitive keys backlight), in order to save on juice, so that you can get more out of your phone when the battery starts getting low. 

It's not a dedicated setting to turn off or adjust the illumination timer for your touch keys, but it's at least something until Samsung gets to its senses, and includes the option in subsequent software updates.

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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7 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

What the f**k was Samsung thinking by removing this. There was a load of bloat to remove but it makes no sense to remove useful options.

2. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You moan for them to trim it down. ..... They trim it down........ you moan cause they trimmed it down lol

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Even my cheap piece of crap Galaxy Light has the ability to turn off the capacitive key backlights. This isn't a useless redundant "feature" like S Voice or Samsung Print Services, this is a core function of the phone that should be adjustable.

4. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I also have some things I find important missing in my Galaxy S6 Edge that my Galaxy S5 has: 1. S Beam - why on earth would they remove that? It is one of the fastest way one can transfer file to another. Android Beam is still there but it's slower than Bluetooth file transfer. 2. Fullscreen mode on stock internet browser. I really prefer immersive surfing. 3. Not sure if it's just my unit but the screen doesn't dim off, it just turns off straight after some seconds. 4. Alphabetical arrangement of apps. No need to explain. :( 5. Hiding of apps 6. Group play. I really enjoy using it with my siblings' phones.

5. yashlg97

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

the one handed mode from the s5 is also gone :(

6. GeekMovement unregistered

I keep the back lighting off for the capacitive buttons on my Galaxy Note 2 all the time.

7. mcful123

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 04, 2016

I have found a solution! go to the play store and download "galaxy button lights" and there you can change the settings. it's also really easy to use

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