The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has two buttons, just like the previous Galaxy Watch. Samsung still has shortcuts that you can map to the back and home buttons, just like previous Galaxy watches. There’s no way to swap the home and back buttons – those from previous Galaxy Watches will have to get used to Home at the top rather than the bottom – but if you want to change the button shortcuts on your Galaxy Watch 4, it’s a quick and easy process.
How to change button shortcuts on Galaxy Watch 4
- Swipe down to open quick settings.
- Faucet Settings.
Faucet Advanced features.
- Faucet Customize buttons.
- Faucet Press twice.
Tap the ** app ** you want to trigger instead. I use Timer because it helps when cooking.
Click it back button.
- Faucet Press and hold.
Faucet Power off menu.
You can also change the simple click of your back button to a recent apps button, but I don’t recommend that. This means you don’t have a back button at all, so if an app doesn’t support “swiping right to go back” – like RadarScope – then you can only exit with the d button. ‘Home.
If you need suggestions for your double-tap shortcut, I recommend Google Keep, the Timer app, or Google Pay. If you use Samsung Pay, it has a monopoly on the “press and hold the button” shortcut. You can set the timer as a complication on your watch face, but if you don’t have room for it, having it double-click is very handy. My double click is set to Google Pay, just so I can view and prepare it while I wait for the cashier to finish ringing my order, but any app you use regularly could be a good option here. Once Google Assistant arrives, it will likely replace the Pay shortcut, but until then it has been very convenient for shopping.
If you want to further improve your experience, consider buying a better Galaxy Watch 4 band, in order to spice things up – or get a better fit if you have a small wrist like mine. For smaller wrists, the inside sculpted edges of the Samsung bracelet in the box may cause wider spaces around smaller wrists, so you’ll have to switch to something as flat near the pin.
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