Here’s how to disable the edge screen on your Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The pull-out panel on the side of your screen gives you quick access to apps, contacts, and cool features, but it also gets in the way for some. If the Edge screen is more frustrating than useful, here’s how to get rid of it.
The Edge screen on Samsung phones is the small white panel that sits on the upper edge of your display. Swipe it out, and you’ll instantly get access to some helpful features. Or, if you’re trying to get rid of the “Edge lighting” we’ll show you that too.
How to Disable the Edge Screen on Galaxy S9
If you noticed a blinking light coming from the side of your phone, that’s the “Edge lighting” feature. When face down, you’ll get notified of incoming messages by a pulsating light. It’s pretty neat, but it’s also a distraction for some. Additionally, some keep accidentally pulling out the Edge apps tray, so we’ll help you disable them both.
- Head to Settings in the app tray, or by pulling down the notification bar and tapping the gear-shaped settings button
- Select Display
- Scroll down and select Edge screen
- Tap the toggle switch next to Edge panels and swipe it to OFF
- Additionally, turn off Edge lighting to get rid of the glowing edges when your phone is face-down
This is a quick process and only takes about 20 seconds. Just turn off the Edge panels in settings, disable the Edge lighting, or customize it. You can actually customize the entire edge experience, that way you can keep what you want, and get rid of what you don’t. Instead of disabling everything completely.
Customize the Edge screen
While your first reaction is probably to completely turn off the Edge screen on the Galaxy S9, try customizing it first. There are over 14 panels full of different controls, options, or features. Not to mention even more you can download. So while there’s a lot to like, there are plenty of reasons to disable the edge too. Just know you can tailor the experience, or disable everything.
Additionally, we recommend moving the Edge panel to a more convenient location before giving up on it completely. Try it at the top left, or right, and out of your way. That way you get the functionality without the accidental taps. Samsung includes the option to decrease the size of the panel, or make it transparent so it isn’t as noticeable. Here’s how to try those steps too.
- Swipe open the Edge screen and tap the gear-shaped settings button on the bottom middle of the display
- Hit the 3-dots menu button at the top right of the customization menu
- Select Handle settings
From here, the first option is to drag the Edge panel handle up or down anywhere on your screen. If you keep hitting it by accident, move it to a place you’re less prone to touch. Then, select the left or right side, change the size of the panel, and make it transparent so it’s more difficult to see.
We recommend making it as small as possible and moving it to the top left of the screen. Now, you’ll never accidentally hit the Edge panel, yet it’s still available if you need it. Before you go, here’s how to disable the always-on display on your Galaxy S9. Or, keep it safe with one of our 20 best Galaxy S9 cases.
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