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Simple app brings stock Android virtual buttons to Galaxy S8

by Killian Bell | May 24, 2017May 24, 2017 5:11 am PST

Samsung may still be bundling unnecessary software with the Galaxy S8 series, but you can’t deny that TouchWiz is much-improved — and beautiful. But it seems not everyone likes Samsung’s take on virtual buttons. Fortunately, there’s a simple fix that will replace them with the stock Android navigation buttons seen on Google’s Pixel devices.

The fix is as easy as installing a simple app (APK file) on your Galaxy S8, then rebooting. It does not require root access or any other hacks, so this won’t void your warranty or require you to perform uncomfortable procedures. And if you decide you don’t like the stock Android buttons, it’s easy to revert to Samsung’s default design.

You can download the APK file you’ll need from the XDA Developers forum by following the source link at the bottom of this post. We recommend downloading it directly to your Galaxy S8 so you don’t have to transfer it to your device manually. You can then open it up to install it. You’ll be prompted to enable installation of apps from unknown sources (if you haven’t already); just tap the “for once” option to proceed.

Once the installation process is complete, simply reboot your Galaxy S8 and you will see stock Android buttons once it has started up. “We have noticed that performance on the phone can be a bit jittery after the reboot,” reports SamMobile, “but it should go back to normal in a minute or two.”

If you change your mind, you can revert to Samsung’s buttons by going into the Settings app, selects “Apps,” the uninstalling “” You’ll need to reboot again afterwards.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...