In this guide we’ll quickly show you how to change the Galaxy S9 navigation bar colors and on-screen buttons. Samsung replaced the physical home button with virtual on-screen keys, and they’re easy to customize.
You can easily change the navigation bar button order, colors, and the background color. In fact, you can even change the way the buttons look. If this is your first Samsung Galaxy the on-screen “Back” button is likely in the wrong place. Don’t worry, because we can change that too. Follow our quick video guide, or keep reading for the step-by-step instructions.
Easy right? Just tap a few options in settings and you can quickly change the entire look, feel, and order of your Galaxy S9 navigation bar buttons. Here are more instructions and screenshots of where to look if you can’t watch our video.
How to Change the Galaxy S9 Navigation Bar (Buttons & Colors)
- Pull down the notification bar and tap the gear-shaped Settings Button (or find Settings in the app tray)
- Select Display from the list
- Scroll down and tap on Navigation Bar
In here you’ll see a bunch of different options and customization controls. If you applied a theme to your Galaxy S9 from Samsung’s theme store, you can apply that theme to your navigation bar buttons. Or, simply choose from the seven different colors for the navigation bar background color. I’m using a stock Android theme, so my buttons change and look like stock Android. You can even apply a theme that gives the Galaxy S9 stock Android 8.0 or Android 9.0 Oreo “Google Pixel” style buttons, too.
Then, Samsung allows you to change the pressure level of the virtual home button, unlock your phone with the home button, or change the button layout and order. Go ahead and choose any of those in here and customize it as you see fit.
Overall, Samsung made it extremely easy for owners to change and personalize their Galaxy S9. Once you change the navigation bar colors, background, or button order, you’re all done.
That said, there will be certain circumstances where the navigation bar background color is different from what we just changed it to. Some apps will turn it transparent for a better viewing experience, and even the home screen and background wallpaper might change it too. Just keep that in mind if you see it change, as it’ll go back once you tap home or open a different application.