Customize the Navigation bar on your Galaxy phone

Man selecting a Navigation bar setting on a phone

The Navigation bar is the menu that appears on the bottom of your screen - it's the foundation of navigating your phone. However, it isn't set in stone; you can customize the layout and button order, or even make it disappear entirely and use gestures to navigate your phone instead.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model.

Change the Navigation bar type

The Navigation bar is there to help you navigate your phone. The traditional navigation buttons are the default layout and appear at the bottom of the screen.

If you want a full screen design, you can change the Navigation bar's layout to Swipe gestures. With this feature, the Navigation bar will disappear and you will need to swipe up to use its buttons. You can swipe up on the lines or hide them with Gesture hints.

From Settings, tap Display, and then tap Navigation bar. From here, choose between Navigation buttons and Swipe gestures.

Buttons chosen for Navigation type on a Galaxy phone

Note: To completely hide the Swipe gestures lines, make sure to turn off Gesture hints by tapping the switch. The three lines on the bottom of the screen will disappear.

More about Swipe gestures

You can use gestures instead of buttons to navigate your phone if that’s simpler, or if you just want to remove the buttons from your screen for a less cluttered appearance.

    1. From Settings, tap Display.

    2. Tap Navigation bar, and then choose Swipe gestures.

    3. Turn on Gesture hints for help on where to swipe, and turn on Show button to hide keyboard to enable the buttons when using Portrait mode.

    4. Tap More options to edit the direction you need to swipe.

Swipe from side and bottom gesture option selected

Button order

You can also adjust the order of the buttons on the Navigation bar.

From Settings, tap Display, and then tap Navigation bar. Make sure Buttons is selected, and then you can choose your desired button setup at the bottom of the screen.

Note: This option will also affect the location you swipe when using Swipe gestures.

Navigation bar Button order settings

Navigation bar location on the Galaxy Fold

The Navigation bar on the main screen of the Galaxy Fold can be positioned to the left, right, or center. So, no matter how you want to navigate, we have you covered!

Navigate to Settings, tap Display, and then tap Navigation bar. Tap Position, and then select your desired position for the buttons.

Navigation bar screen with Position options Left, Center, and Right displayed

Navigation bar display issues

The Navigation bar can be a mystery at times. When you want to hide the Navigation bar, you can’t, but when you’re playing a game it disappears on its own. Find out why this is happening and what to do about it.

  • The hide/show icon that allowed you to hide or show the Navigation bar is only available on Oreo phones. The icon was removed on the Pie OS with the Navigation bar redesign.

  • While using certain third-party apps, the Navigation bar may disappear even when it’s turned on. You may find this when playing a game or video. Simply swipe up to display the Navigation bar temporarily.

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