Android How To: Use the Menu Button on the Samsung Galaxy S5

April 28, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

In 2014, Samsung decided to change up their devices a bit. Instead of the usual physical home button and capacitive menu and back buttons. Samsung decided to go with a capacitive recents key replacing the menu button. Well it didn’t really replace it. Before the Galaxy S5, you had to long press the home button to get to your recent apps. Now you can just hit the recents button and get to them. Additionally, long pressing the recents key brings you to the menu in the app you’re in. Of course, if you’re in the Google Play Store, or Google Music, the menu button does nothing.

When you press the recents button for the first time, it’ll let you know that is also the menu key and long-pressing it will bring up the menu in the particular app that you are in. It’s a nice way to get rid of the menu key, but keeping it for legacy apps that haven’t been updated in the past few years that actually still use the menu button on devices, instead of the action-overflow button.

So there you have it. That’s how you use the menu button on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Anything else we need to cover on the Galaxy S5 or any other device? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.