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How to Turn Off or Adjust Galaxy S6 Button Lights



The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have two light up buttons on each side of the dedicated home button, and they glow when users interact with the device. This is so you know where they are, and can easily see the back and recent apps buttons. These only stay lit up for 1.5 seconds on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and some owners may want to adjust this and make them stay lit longer.

The capacitive touch buttons simply don’t stay on long enough for most users, and to make matters worse Samsung let carriers in the United States remove the option to adjust it. With the Galaxy S5 you could change this setting from 1.5 to three seconds, six seconds, off, or always on when the screen is on. However, all carriers but AT&T completely removed this setting on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but we have a way around that.

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For some these lights can be frustrating when in a dark environment and will want to turn them off completely, and for others 1.5 seconds is simply not long enough. AT&T has the lights stay on for six seconds, which is perfect for most, but if you want to adjust them on AT&T and other carriers, read on for the quick instructions.

Galaxy-S6 buttonlight

Every time you touch the screen or use the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge these lights turn on, but they quickly turn off and you no longer see where the buttons are. Those on AT&T are probably happy with the six second light duration, but may want to turn them off or turn it down to a shorter amount of time.

Then, for Samsung Galaxy S6 owners that bought the smartphone from Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint or US Cellular, you’ll have to use an app to change this, because for some unknown reason all other carriers removed the option in settings. It’s frustrating that such a simple setting has been removed from almost all versions of this phone, but luckily for owners there’s a way around this poor decision.


Those with the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge simply need to head into Settings > Display > Touch key light duration > and change this to 1.5 seconds, six seconds, always off, or always on. It’s just that simple. A few taps in settings and you’re all done. See the screenshot below.


As you can see, this is clearly a very easy and simply to understand option in settings on the AT&T Galaxy S6. I have mine set to six seconds as I find that to be the perfect option, but wouldn’t mind three seconds being a choice.

However, I can’t complain, because if you have the Galaxy S6 from any carrier other than AT&T you don’t have this option at all and have to download a third party app from the Google Play Store.

Download: Galaxy Button Lights

The link above is for a simple little application that will allow all Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners to easily change the capacitive touch lights on their phone. You’ll be able to turn them completely off, set them to always stay on, or change the light duration.

Galaxy lights

As you can see above there are more than enough options for owners with this application. The slider changes the amount of time the button lights stay on, and that’s about all there is to the app. Extremely simple and easy. The developer states this was made specifically for the Galaxy S6, but mentions it should work with any and all Galaxy devices, but it hasn’t been tested.

Download the app and change the settings as you see fit, and you’re all set. The latest update added an option to revert to the stock 1.5 seconds if you’d like, so try it today. Drop us a comment below if you have any other Galaxy S6 questions, or read through our 65 Galaxy S6 Tips & Tricks post.



  1. zacharia

    10/13/2015 at 8:05 am

    just on power saving mode, the light will off two light up buttons,

  2. Gregory Grais

    04/01/2016 at 2:06 pm

    No longer compatible in marshmallow on s6 edge

  3. Joseph P Agabiti

    04/08/2016 at 9:33 am

    thanks for the help. not being able to adjust these settings, must be the stupidest thing I ever came across, with any devise. I’m dyslexic and have a verison android tablet that has the buttons painted on, and they are reversed, and with my disability it made it nearly impossible to use my 6 edge, untill i downloaded a 2ND paryt app to switch the buttons, and power save turned off the lights, but now this update turned them back on and now once more with my disability the phone has become difficult to use because it has the wrong icons in the wrong place. Samsung and Verizon need to take a disability sensitivity class. just totally stupid. not buying another Samson unless they make them able to adjust these settings in the os.

  4. Travis

    04/21/2016 at 11:12 pm

    This article was very helpful, thank you.

  5. Wino

    05/28/2016 at 8:38 pm

    That apps work successfully on my A5 2016, thanks for the link :)

  6. Paul K Corbin

    07/29/2016 at 5:26 pm

    I have the Samsung sm-j120w with android 6.0.1 and I cannot get the buttons at the bottom to light up at all.
    turned on then off all power saving modes, tried the galaxy button lights software…nothing worked.
    Everything about the phone otherwise is great.

  7. Bill

    09/05/2016 at 11:11 pm

    The link brought me to a page that said item not found

  8. Bill

    09/05/2016 at 11:14 pm

    Now it says “Not available in your country” I live in the US

  9. Tejeswara

    10/10/2016 at 7:43 am

    I think is just better to use adb if you are familiar with adb tool.
    check this site out it worked for me.

  10. Izabella

    01/28/2017 at 7:30 pm

    OMG!! This article was so amazingly helpful. The lights on my phone were having a fit or something and keep flashing at me and wouldn’t turn off. I tried everything to get them to stop but nothing worked until I found this. Thankyou so much :)

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