How do I unlock my Samsung Galaxy Note8 without a physical Home button?

Last Update Date : Apr 09. 2018

Unlock your Galaxy Note8

Are you trying to unlock your Galaxy Note8 but can’t find the Home button? No worries! We’ll show you just what to do. Read on to learn how to unlock your new phone.

Note: Screens and settings available may vary depending on your Canadian wireless service provider and your software version.

On-Screen Home Button

➥ Instead of a physical Home button, the Galaxy Note8 now has an on-screen Home button that is always available. You can treat the on-screen Home button just like a physical Home button. Press it with the same pressure as you would a physical button to wake up your screen or access the Home screen. Can’t see the Home button? You can press the location of the Home button even when it’s not displayed. We’ve thought of everything.

On-Screen Home Button 1

Note: If the function is not working, try applying more pressure with your finger on the screen.

➥ You can also set your phone to skip the lock screen entirely when you touch and hold the on-screen Home button.

1. From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.

2. Touch Settings.

3. Touch Display.

4. Swipe to and touch Navigation bar.

5. Touch the slider next to Unlock with Home button.

On-Screen Home Button 2

Note: You can also set how hard you need to touch the Home button to unlock your phone.

6. Touch and drag the slider under Home button sensitivity to the left to reduce the amount of pressure needed. Drag the slider to the right to increase the amount of pressure needed.

Use the Fingerprint Reader

Pressing a button too much work for you? You can use the Fingerprint Reader to unlock your phone. But first, you will need to set up the fingerprint scanner. Here’s how:

1. From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.

2. Touch Settings.

3. Touch Lock screen and security.

4. Touch Fingerprint Scanner.

5. Follow the on-screen prompts to use your fingerprint to unlock.

Home Button AOD

Note: There’s no place like home... er, the home button, that is. You can customize the Always on Display screen to show the Home button, clock, or both. It’s up to you. Follow along to learn how to set it up.

1. From the Home screen, swipe up or down to access the Apps screen.

2. Touch Settings.

3. Touch Lock screen and security.

4. Touch Always On Display.

5. Turn Always On Display ON by touching the slider if required.

6. Touch Content to show.

Home Button AOD 1

7. Select the desired content. For this example, touch Home button and clock or information.

Home Button AOD 2


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