Tip: make a Samsung Galaxy phone faster by disabling its S Voice shortcut

Tip: make a Samsung Galaxy phone faster by disabling its S Voice shortcut
At this point in time, it has become nearly impossible to think of Samsung without its Galaxy smartphones coming to mind. And that's hardly a surprise – Galaxy handsets are hugely popular and come in dozens of different models, including best-sellers like the Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy Note 4. Alas, perfect they're not. As most other gadgets, Galaxy smartphones have their flaws, and one of them is the UI, which can get choppy or unresponsive at times even on high-end handsets. Thankfully, there are steps one can take towards increasing the performance of their Samsung Galaxy smartphone, and one of them is to tinker with S Voice's settings.

S Voice, for those of you who don't remember, is a virtual assistant, which Samsung built as a response to Apple's Siri. For the past two and a half years, it has been one of the many pre-loaded bells and whistles on Samsung's top Galaxy smartphones, accessible at any time with a double-press on the device's home button. 

But as convenient as it may be, this home button S Voice shortcut is causing the interface to lag – a delay is easy to notice when you go back to your home screen by pressing the home button. 

The solution? Well, if S Voice isn't really your cup of tea, then simply disable its shortcut to get rid of the lag. To do this, open S Voice and go to its Settings screen. Disable the "Open via the home key" option and you're done!

With the tweak applied, you should instantly notice that your home button is more responsive, bringing you faster to your home screen than before. Obviously, you can't access S Voice from the home button shortcut anymore, but you can still activate Samsung's voice-guided assistant from its app shortcut, in case you ever need to do so.

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51 Comments

1. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

This is the exact same reason the iPhone has a delay when pressing the home button. It's to confirm the second (or lack of) press of the home button. Simple stuff. Disabling S Voice seems like a no-brainer.

2. jesusnexo unregistered

Or make it 200% faster by disabling touchwiz

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Great trolling skills. Please tell me what other UI offers what TW does. I'll wait.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

HTC, simples, better, faster, easier to use

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No it doesn't. No emergency mode, no custom apps to take advantage of fingerprint sensor, no "smart dial" features, and most importantly, no great use of apps/features to take advantage of the larger screens. You can go ahead and try, but TW will forever remain the UI that offers the most features.

10. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

1) Your fingerprint sensor sucks. 2)There are smart dial features 3) Features to make use of large screen? What? Only Note has that, because it's huge. 4) WTF is emergency mode? Meanwhile I can name a few useful features Sense has over TW.

15. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

LOL!! Tell me about your One Max that is "Huge" where is the use of the "Huge" screen now ?! Meanwhile I can enjoy my Note 4.

19. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Who said anything about the One max? Meanwhile, my M8 performs twice as fast as your phone even though it has better internals.

20. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

I don't think it will perform faster than my Note 4. Seriously guyz it's 2014, and Touchwiz is not the same as in S4. Just give it a shot before laugh on it.

36. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

See post #21 then stop trolling.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

1)Let's not forget the horrible fingerprint scanner on the One Max. The N4 FPS works flawlessly, even better than Touch ID. 2) No there isn't 3) S5 has one hand mode, something the M8 doesn't and Multi-Window 4) Clearly you're trolling

37. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Check for TW on multitasking features of Note4. Nothing close to this exist.

9. Tacokillah

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Quality, not quantity. Other OEM skins/launchers may not offer the sheer amount of features Touchwiz has, but they do offer useful things that customers actually use.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The menu is one giant clutter of useless toggles and features. Just keep it simple Samsung.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I fail to see how this is clutter. http://tinypic.com/r/2eelixe/8 Meanwhile on iOS 8... http://tinypic.com/r/2epovtu/8

25. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

You guys are so lame arguing about software thats not worth the effort to discuss. Powerful functionality, poor performance. Some people like it, some dont. It's preference.

26. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Oh Papa you managed to hate Apple somehow. Free advertsing.

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Don't hate Apple. Never did. Just stating the facts. Problem?

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Those aren't facts

38. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Like your car driving lane. Having or not. The grapes are sour sometime.

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I use my S pen, one handed mode, multi screen, windows, and other TW only features every day. Let's not forget TW's massive battery saving tweaks and camera upgrades over stock. Sorry taco, but as much of a massive fan of stock UI as I am, for a phone this size, TW makes all the difference in usability. Lots of useless features? Sure. But there's even more useful ones. More than we can say about the iphone, eh?

18. jesusnexo unregistered

Calm down it was a joke, I'm not a hater...I saw the oportinity and I took it

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't know about S5. I have no speed issue with my Note 2 and Note 3. My recent purchase galaxy S 8.4 lte is also good. This article read like a smear attempt.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Tip: make a Samsung Galaxy phone faster by disabling Touchwiz.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Then get a Nexus. You trolls are hungry today huh?

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's not really trolling papa smurf. TouchWiz can be laggy. There's no denying it.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No. I have been using TouchWiz on the daily basis. I don't encounter any slowness. In fact all my android devices work well because i only buy device with decent spec. In fact its the older iPad 3 that has some minor lag from time to time which i don't think its anything to complain about too.

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

My 6 Plus lagged a hell lot more than my Note 4 ever did. As a matter of fact, I have yet to see it lag. Don't get me started with the lag on Safari.

30. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Ill call it stutter.

45. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

You're full of it, my 6 plus is way better.

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