How to turn your Home button into a Camera app shortcut like on the Galaxy S6 & edge

How to turn your Home button into a Camera app shortcut like on the Galaxy S6 & edge
The Samsung Galaxy S6 & edge have this nifty feature of quickly launching the Camera app by just double-tapping on the physical Home button. But the cool party trick is that you can replicate part of the same functionality on any ol' Android smartphone (well, unless you're still running Gingerbread). The app Home2 Shortcut lets you assign whatever shortcut you please to any of your device's capacitive or software navigation buttons, then specifiy a gesture (double tap or something different), set a duration, and have your way! No root needed! 

The only sad part here is that the Camera app won't be so fast to launch on your not-Galaxy S6-smartphone, because Samsung made it a resident occupant of the flagship's RAM memory - other manufacturers are yet to follow. Regardless, the possibility of pulling off this shortcut thing is just part of the awesomeness of running Android, so let's give it a try now, shall we? Download Home2 Shortcut from Google Play for free and let's get to work.



1. g2a5b0e unregistered

I used to make heavy use of this app on my Note 2, but Samsung has a camera shortcut on the lockscreen on the Note 4, so it isn't as useful for me anymore. It's a great app & I still recommend it, though. The other button combinations you can use to bring up different apps are also cool.

2. thecorrescode

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Ugly application. Seems to be built specifically for Gingerbread and below. Look at that classic menu...

3. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's definitely very workmanlike, but you never have to look at it again after you originally set up your button combinations. It might be ugly, but it gets the job done.

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Would be cool if it worked from screen off. The only way I can make it work is by completely turning off locks screen and triple-tap on home.

5. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

No thanks, Moto X user here.

6. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

This doesn't work beyond Gingerbread so why mentioning this here now?

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

Of course it works beyond Gingerbread. I used it on my Note 2 with 4.1 & 4.3.

8. gaming64 unregistered

This is just plain trash.


Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

Very useful app, but would be great if the U.I. is minimalist or looks appeal.

10. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Great idea, thanks for the tip.

11. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013


12. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

Works quite well on my note 4

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