In this guide I will explain how to enable the full screen swipe gestures mode and thereby hide the navigation bar buttons on Samsung Galaxy S21, S20, S10, S9, Note 10, 9 and similar models.
You will find steps for devices that run Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s One UI 1.1, Android 10 Q with One UI 2.0, 2.1 or 2.5 and Android 11 with One UI 3.0 and 3.1.
In Android 8 you could hide the navigation bar but you had to retrieve it to navigate. With Android 9 Pie update you can completely hide the navigation bar with all buttons and finally make the gorgeous screen of you Galaxy S9 or Note 9 clean of all that stuff.
If your Galaxy device runs Android 10 with One UI 2.* or Android 11 with One UI 3.*, you can choose between even more options. And here is how you can switch to gestures without any visible navigation icon/button.
Earlier in Android 8
If your Galaxy S9 or Note 9 is still running under Android 8 all you can do is double tap on a dot on the right in your navigation bar to hide software buttons.
Once you’ve hidden the navigation bar, you can make them temporary show up at any time by swiping from the bottom of the screen.
How to Hide the Navigation Bar and Enable Full Screen Mode with Gestures on Galaxy S20, S10 or Note
- Go to Settings:
- Tap on Display:
- Scroll down and enter the Navigation bar section:
- Switch to Full screen gestures.
- (Optional) Disable Gesture hints. This will free up a little more space at the very bottom of your screen by hiding those three lines that give you hints where to swipe for Recents, Home and Back buttons functions:
Once you’ve done it, all you need to do is swipe from the bottom of your screen. Swiping from the center works as if you pressed Home and so on. By the way, you can also change the button order even if they are actually hidden. This setting (Button order) is on the previous image as well.
How to Quickly Toggle the Navigation Bar
After you have set everything up, you can switch on and off the navigation buttons from the quick settings panel. Just make sure that the corresponding tile is added (by default it is there – just swipe to the left to see the second page):
When the Navigation tile is active in the Quick Settings the buttons will be displayed at the bottom of the screen and gesture navigation will be disabled.
Full Screen Gestures in One UI 2.0 (Galaxy S8, S9, S10)
In One UI besides using aforementioned options you can also opt to use the native Android 10 set of gestures. For this, do the following:
- go to Settings;
- scroll down and dive into the Navigation bar settings;
- switch to Full screen gestures.
- and now you can choose between Galaxy’s gestures and native gestures of the stock Android 10. Tap the More options button:
- select the type of full screen navigation:
Hide Navigation Bar in One UI 3.1 (Galaxy S21, S20, Note 20)
- Go to “Settings”.
- Dive into “Display”.
- Scroll down and select “Navigation bar”.
- Switch to “Swipe gestures”.
I recommend to disable “Gesture hints” to free even more space on your screen.
Navigate on your Samsung Galaxy S21, S20, S10, S9, S8 (hopefully it will get Android Pie soon) using gestures that is so cool and modern. If you have any questions, drop a few lines below. Have a nice day!