Tips & Tricks

Switch to stock Android navigation keys on your Galaxy S8 with this little app

Don’t like the funky icons Samsung has used for the software navigation keys on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+? Want to switch to the ones from stock Android? Some folks over at the XDA forums have created a solution to do just that. A simple app install followed by a reboot will replace the icons on your S8 or S8+. Going back to the stock icons is as simple as uninstalling the app.

To get the stock Android navigation keys, download this app’s APK and install it on your phone (you will be prompted to enable installation of apps from unknown sources, just use the “for once” option to allow installation). Restart the phone and you should see the new navigation keys. We have noticed that performance on the phone can be a bit jittery after the reboot, but it should go back to normal in a minute or two. Hopefully, Samsung will one day allow themes to change the look of the navigation keys, but until then, this should be a good alternative.

If you’re looking for a different set of icons, the thread on XDA has various options uploaded by users, so you can download the ones you want. You can also change the order of keys after installing the custom icons (from the Settings » Display » Navigation bar menu) to match stock Android. To go back to the original icons, simply find the app in Settings » Apps and uninstall it (the name of the app should be “Com.android.systemui.product.res.Overlay“).

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mimine
mimine

Hello,
It’s just my opinion, but if it’s included in a theme I prefer, otherwise use an application for such a minimal change.
Thanks anyway.

yash92duster
yash92duster

Good app

works fine on s8+

thank you

Michael Pitts
Michael Pitts

I kinda wish Samsung stuck with the original Mac buttons cause they look sweet on that S8/S8+ display, but this is the first time I have heard of the Mac buttons causing burn in, does this happen with the stock Mac buttons?

wpbogdan
wpbogdan

what

maikels
maikels

I’m concerned if this app switches the position of the buttons from time to time to avoid screen burn in, as does the default ones from samsung

Michollstad
Michollstad

I really want to try it, but I’m terrified of burn-in. My old Nexus is 6 has those exact buttons burned into it.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

does it still work with AOD, and can it be switched so the back is on the right hand sight?

Martin R.
Martin R.

They are working on the AOD now ….