In this guide we’ll show you how to hide the home button on your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, and why you might want to. These instructions will help you hide both the on-screen keys and get rid of the home button on the always-on display.

Whether you’re concerned about screen burn-in, or just want a cleaner look while watching videos, quickly removing home buttons is the easiest way. Not to mention you’ll get to enjoy the entire 6.2-inch screen.

Read: How to Customize the Galaxy S9 Always-On Display

The always on screen is the small area that stays on 24/7, even when you turn the display off. It gives you at-a-glance information like notifications, the time, notifications and more. You can get rid of the home button here, and hide the on-screen keys when you’re doing other tasks and here’s how.

Having a home button on the screen 24/7 can cause burn-in, where you’ll see the home button when you shouldn’t. Between the always-on display, and using your phone, it never goes away. Well, unless you turn it off.

How to Hide the Home Button on Galaxy S9 Always-On Display

  1. Pull down the notification bar and hit the gear-shaped settings button
  2. Find and select Lock screen & Security
  3. Scroll down and tap on Always On Display (not the switch)
  4. In “Content to Show” select Clock 

From here just choose what content you want to see. Select “clock only” and you’ll get rid of the home button. That way you won’t have to worry about burn-in on your fancy new Galaxy S9. While you’re here, take a look at the auto-brightness options or set an AOD schedule for the best experience.

How to Hide the Home Button on Galaxy S9 (or all buttons)

Additionally, you can make your phone auto-hide the home and navigation buttons when they’re not in use. That way you’re enjoying the full 5.8 or 6.2-inch screen you paid for. Then, whenever you need to use the home or back button just swipe-up from the bottom of the screen, and your buttons will return.

  1. Pull down the notification bar and hit the gear-shaped settings button
  2. Tap on Display
  3. Choose Navigation Bar
  4. Select Show & Hide Button

Once you enable the “Show and hide button” you’ll see a small white dot on the bottom left of the screen. To the far left, like in our screenshot above. Simply double-tap that dot to hide your on-screen buttons. Not just the home button, but everything. Now, you have a true fullscreen experience on the Galaxy S9.

Remember, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen at any moment, and your buttons will come back temporarily. This mode auto-hides the on-screen keys. To get your buttons to stay on the screen, simply swipe up and double tap the dot again.

While you’re here, take a peek at these 35 other Galaxy S9 tips and tricks. Or, watch our video below to totally customize your Galaxy S9 always-on display.

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