How to turn the fingerprint scanner on your Samsung Galaxy into a capacitive home button

How to turn the fingerprint scanner on your Samsung Galaxy into a capacitive home button
Samsung has always had a hardware home key on its Android smartphones – ever since the very first Galaxy handset. In more recent years, the button has gotten its iconic elliptic shape and, in upper-tier smartphones, has become the home of a fingerprint sensor.

Other manufacturers experiment with other styles – some may rely on Android's software buttons, other place capacitive hardware keys, and there are those who experiment with more unorthodox ideas – like how the OnePlus 2 has its fingerprint sensor that doubles as a capacitive touch home button, which can also be programed to accept gestures for various quick launch actions.

If you've used a hardware home button for some time now, you may either long for, or wish to try out, how it would feel to have a capacitive key instead. No need to change your Samsung phone, however! If you own a Sammy handset with a fingerprint scanner – either of the 2014 swipe-to-scan or the 2015 touch-type variety – there is now an app that can cure some of that OnePlus 2 envy (yes, we are giggling). Check it out below!


How to uninstall easyHome


OK, if you've found that you'd much rather press the home button, instead of have it work each time a finger rests on it – you may wish to uninstall the app. Now, if you've given it administrator access by accident – you won't be able to remove it that easily. No worries, it takes just a few steps to remedy this. Here's what you need to do:

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13 Comments

1. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

Pure crap

2. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Not every Galaxy has a physical home button. The GS1 had 4 capacitive keys at the bottom of it. Do your research and edit before you write stories PA!

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's not exactly true, the non US version had a physical home button. So I advise you to do research before commenting.

4. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

that's how silly one would be, to correct another without even knowing the right answer! +1

11. flasc17

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

I hate to get pedantic, but the statement, "Samsung has always had a hardware home key on its Android Phones..." is not a factually correct statement. The word "always" means "at all times; on all occasions." In this case it refers to how frequently Samsung put hardware home keys on their Galaxy S devices; more specifically, that they have done it "at all times, on all occasions." Having just pulled my Samsung Fascinate (the Verizon-branded 1st Gen Galaxy S) out a few minutes ago and failing to find a hardware home button on it anywhere, I can't help but chime in with a little factual accuracy.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17388; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm having trouble understanding what the purpose of this would be. I'm already putting my finger on the home button, which is where the FP scanner is located. Why not just push down. How much effort does this save?

6. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I want Apple reachability in my SGS5 :D They should include it. It would be perfect in bigger Samsung models.

7. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

Samsung have a better solution called ( one handed operation )

8. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Not in my opinion. It depends on how you use phone. I would need just sometimes to lower a little screen without making screen smaller (icons etc.).

9. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

At first I thought that you were just sarcastic with fresh sense humour . But after your second comment it turns out that you are simply dumb.

10. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I am dumb because I preffer something different than you? Everyone need/want something different. Deal with it and don't be offensive person.

12. Paella

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

bit offtopic but what is the name of the phone in the first picture?

13. chriskendall93

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 23, 2016

looks like the note 5, yes i own one.

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