How to Turn Off or Adjust Galaxy S5 Button Lights

When it comes to using the Samsung Galaxy S5, there are many options, features, advanced controls and even settings to change how everything works. Consumers probably have a lot of questions about how everything works on the Galaxy S5, and we have the answers.

With millions of Galaxy S5 owners starting to enjoy the device as it’s been on the market for a few months now, questions keep coming about how to do certain things or disable features that each user doesn’t need. I personally hate backlights and menu buttons so here we will explain how to disable or adjust them.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has two capacitive touch buttons that light up with every tap, followed by the dedicated home button in the middle. While many users love the bright LED light under these buttons, it can be frustrating when illuminated for 6 seconds as it is extremely bright at night. Here’s how to change it.

If you’ve owned a Samsung Galaxy device in the last few years, you probably know pretty well what all the buttons do and where they are. As a result, you don’t need capacitive touch buttons to light up and stay lit for 6 seconds while using the smartphone.

It can be confusing at first for first-time users, and having their lights on can help users remember where the back key is for easy navigation. So, whether you’re new to the device or a seasoned user and want to adjust how long the buttons stay lit or disable them altogether, read on for pictures and a few quick steps you need to take to complete this task.


To change how long the buttons on your Galaxy S5 stay lit or disable them completely, you need to go to settings and tap on a few menus. The whole process takes less than 30 seconds if you know what you’re doing, so let’s get started.

Pull down the notification bar and tap the gear-shaped settings button near the top right of the screen. You can also find the blue and silver gear-shaped icon in the app drawer, which takes you to the same place. Once in settings you will see “Quick Settings” at the top and there is “View” option, select it. Essentially we’ll scroll down to settings > display > “Touch key light duration”.

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Once you are here and see the settings and options shown above, simply tap the option to enter the touch key light time settings and you will be greeted with the popup shown below. Here’s how we control how long these two buttons to the left and right of the home button glow.

By default the Galaxy S5 is set to 6 seconds, which gives users enough time to decide what they want to do, but it can be frustrating when watching Netflix or reading a book in the dark at night. The keys are pretty bright and you don’t need an LED to show you for six seconds once you know where they are.


From here you will be able to choose between 1.5 seconds, 6 seconds or turn them off completely as you can see in our popup option above. I turned mine off to avoid distractions while reading, and while the gains are probably minimal, it probably saves battery life throughout the day.

Alternatively, you can set it to “Always on”; this ensures that the touch keys on your Samsung Galaxy S5 are always lit as long as your screen is on. This is fine for first-time users, but you’ll probably want to disable it with the quick instructions detailed above.

That is all. Go to display settings and change how long these buttons or touch keys light up. Enjoy!