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Customize the keys on your Note10

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If you can’t find the Power button on your Note10, don’t panic. It’s no longer on the right side of the phone: it’s on the left! It has been combined to include Bixby functionality. This new button is called the Side key, and it can be customized to perform different tasks, whether you want to turn off your phone, call Bixby, or perform other actions. 

About Note10 physical keys

The new Note10 has two physical keys on its left side: the Volume key and the Side key. As the name suggests, the Volume key can be pressed to adjust the phone’s volume. The Side key, or the Power/Bixby key, can be short pressed, long pressed, or double pressed to access different functions.

Alone, the keys have their own functions, but together, they can be used to create your own shortcuts for a more streamlined experience.

Here are the default key functions you can use:

Note10 with two physical keys on left side
  • Screen on or off: Short press the Side key.

  • Bixby Voice: Long press the Side key.

  • Launch Camera: Double press the Side key.

  • Power on: Long press the Side key while the phone is off.

  • Power off menu: Long press the Side and Volume down key simultaneously while the phone is on.

  • Screen capture: Short press the Side and Volume down key simultaneously.

Note: You can also power off your phone with the Quick Settings panel. Swipe down from the top of the screen, tap the Power icon in the top corner of the screen, and then tap Power off

Customize the Side key

Maybe you’re used to that key just doing one thing, like waking up Bixby. No worries, you can customize the key to make it work for you.

From Settings, search for and select Side key, and then tap Side key again. Here you can select your desired settings.

For Double press, you can choose between:

  • Turn off phone

  • Quick launch camera

  • Open Bixby

  • Open app (Tap the Settings icon to select an app.)

A list of options for Double press and then Press and hold

For Press and hold, you can choose between:

  • Wake up Bixby

  • Power off menu (You can also use Quick Settings or Bixby.)

Customize the Volume keys with Accessibility or other settings

Customize with Accessibility settings

If you want quick access to the Accessibility option on the phone, you can customize your Note10’s Side key, so it opens up certain Accessibility settings. Now they’ll be much easier to reach.

From Settings, search for and select Direct access under Advanced settings. Select Side and Volume up keys, and then tap the switch to turn this feature on. Then, tap the switch next to Accessibility settings to add them to this shortcut.

To use this shortcut, press the Side and Volume up keys at the same time, and then tap the Accessibility setting you want to use.

Side and Volume up keys and Volume up and down keys under Direct access

Note: If you chose only one Accessibility setting, it will activate immediately after pressing the Power and Volume up keys.

Customize with other features

You can also customize the Volume up and down keys to open up certain features that you use often.

From Settings, search for and select Direct access under Advanced settings. Tap Volume up and down keys, and then tap Selected service. You can choose from the following settings:

  • Your Phone Companion

  • Universal switch

  • Voice Assistant

  • McAfee Security

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