In this guide we’ll explain how to disable the Edge screen features on the Galaxy Note 8. The pull-out panel on the edge of the screen gives you quick access to apps, contacts, and 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 see your favorite contacts and popular apps. Additionally, there’s something called Edge Lighting, which can also be disabled.
There is a lot to like about the Edge panel on Samsung phones. Out of the box, there are over 14 edge panels to choose from, not to mention others you can download. If it just gets in the way and you never take advantage of its capabilities, turn it off in a matter of seconds using the instructions below.
How to Disable the Edge screen on Galaxy Note 8
It’s worth stating that the Edge panel is highly customizable and easy to move. Making it more convenient and getting it out of the way. We’ll start with how to disable it, then explain some of your options if you still want to use it.
- Head to Settings from the app on your home screen, 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 to turn it off
- Additionally, turn off Edge lighting to get rid of the glowing edges when your phone is face-down
Simply navigate to settings and turn the Edge screen off, it only takes a few seconds. Alternatively, swipe open the Edge panel and hit the gear-shaped button on the bottom middle of the screen. Then disable it from this menu as well. Either option works.
This same menu has another option to turn off Edge lighting, which is where the sides glow for incoming notifications when your phone is face-down. It’s a nice touch, although many choose to turn it off.
Customize the Edge screen
We understand that this feature is frustrating at times, but have you tried customizing it before you turn it off completely? It gives Galaxy Note 8 users lots of features at their disposal, especially once you fine-tune it to fit your needs.
We recommend moving it to a more convenient location before giving up on it completely. Samsung includes the option to make it transparent, as well as changing the size and screen side for the Edge panel.
- 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
As you can see from our image above, the Edge screen is now at the top left, and much smaller. The settings menu lets you drag the Edge panel handle up or down anywhere on your screen. To prevent accidental taps, the top left is the best spot for me. Select the left or right side, change the size of the panel, and make it transparent so it’s not so noticeable. Whatever works best for you.
By changing it up you still have access to this helpful feature, without it being an inconvenience you accidentally press all the time. If that’s still not enough, just disable it with the instructions shared earlier. While you’re here, take a look at these 8 best Galaxy Note 8 screen protectors.