This guide explains how to disable the Edge screen on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Edge screen provides quick access to apps, people, and features, while avoiding some. If you find this feature more annoying than helpful, you’ll be happy to know it’s easy to turn off.
For those wondering, the Edge screen is the small white panel on the top edge of your screen. Swipe out and you’ll instantly see your favorite contacts and popular apps. There is also a feature called Edge lighting, where slides glow for incoming notifications.
Over the past few years, Samsung has included this in every Galaxy smartphone. There are over 14 edge panels to choose from, not to mention the others you can download. However, many owners never take advantage of its capabilities. Instead, it just gets in the way. Here’s how to get rid of it.
How to disable Edge screen on Galaxy S8
If edge panels are blocked more often, go to settings and quickly turn it off. Below we’ll explain all the customization options for those who still want to use it but want to move it to a different area on the screen.
As you can see above, this whole process takes less than 20 seconds. Just go to settings and close the Edge screen. Alternatively, swipe open the Edge panel and press the gear-shaped button in the bottom center of the screen. This is the customization section and there is also an OFF toggle at the top right to quickly disable the Edge screen. Both methods work just fine to get rid of this feature.
Customize the Edge screen
While your first reaction is probably to completely turn off the Edge screen on the Galaxy S8, try customizing it first. There are tons of different options built-in and you can download more that bring lots of neat features to your phone.
Additionally, we recommend moving it to a more convenient location before giving up entirely. Samsung includes the option to reduce the size of the panel or make it transparent so that it is not noticeable. Here’s how to change things up.
The first option from here is to drag the Edge panel handle up or down anywhere on your screen. If you keep hitting it accidentally, move it to a place where you’re less inclined to touch it. Next, select the left or right side, change the size of the panel and make it transparent so it’s not too noticeable.
We recommend making it as small as possible and moving it to the top left corner of the screen. Now you’ll never accidentally hit the Edge panel, but it’s still available when you need it. When we’re done, take a look at these 20 best Galaxy S8 cases.