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How to Change the Galaxy S9 Navigation Bar



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.

Other Details

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.

While you’re here, learn how to change the Galaxy S9 screen resolution, turn off the always-on display, or get a case from our slideshow below.

20 Best Samsung Galaxy S9+ Cases

Spigen Liquid Armor ($11)

Spigen Liquid Armor ($11)

Our first recommendation is usually a Spigen case, as they have some of the best options available in a slew of different styles. 

The Spigen Liquid Air Armor is my personal favorite. It's a TPU case which means it's lightweight, flexible, yet very durable at the same time. TPU is like silicone and flexible plastic combined, and what almost every case maker uses these days. Then, Spigen adds air cushion technology to the corners to absorb any impacts from drops or accidents. It's a light but durable case with an anti-slip geometric pattern on the back making it easy to hold. Our video above explains why it's my favorite. 

Basically, this case isn't too thin, not too thick, comfortable and easy to use, and just an all-around great choice. It's also a perfect middle ground in terms of the price. 

Buy it Now on Amazon for $10.99

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