The hardware menu button is one of the handy features in Samsung devices. It provides a unified way to access options of apps quickly.
Samsung Galaxy S5 has the similar buttons in the bottom: a rectangular Home button, a back button (capacitive) in the right of the Home button, and the capacitive button in the left.
The button in the left used to be Menu button in all previous Samsung phones. But this was changed in Samsung Galaxy S5.
In Galaxy S5, this button is Recent Apps key. Tapping it will gives you recently used apps. You can re-open them or remove it from the list.
So, where is the menu button in Galaxy S5?
First, most Android apps now has software menu button and therefore a hardware menu button seems redundant. Google abandoned the hardware buttons in design guidelines since Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) in 2010. But Samsung did not follow it.
Most of the Android vendors abandoned the hardware menu keys. Actually, most even don’t have Home button.
But as an old Samsung phone users, you may still want a hardware menu button.
To access the hardware menu button in Galaxy S5, you can simply tap and hold Recent apps button.
Once you tap and hold the Recent Apps button, additional options for the current screen will be shown on the screen. This is exactly what a hardware menu button is supposed to do. If the app has an menu button, it will be equivalent to tap the menu button in the app. So, this is actually a faster way to access the menu buttonof apps.
Even better, on home screen or app drawer, accessing menu button allows you to access some functions quickly without long tapping the screen.
To be precisely, it is Galaxy Note Pro (and Galaxy Tab Pro) announced in January, not Galaxy S5, that first use this method to access hardware menu button.
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