This Galaxy S21 how-to guide explains the options for Galaxy S21 navigation buttons and navigation gestures, shows you how to enable and use navigation buttons on Galaxy S21, and how to customize the Galaxy S21 navigation buttons layout.
The navigation system options on all Galaxy S21 phones are identical. So this guide applies to Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra.
Galaxy S21 navigation buttons vs navigation gestures
Traditionally, Android adopts 3 navigation buttons. Google ditched the Overview (Recents) button and switched to navigation gestures for the stock Android since Android Pie (Android 9.0). And in Android 10, the Home button and Back button were removed, and navigation gestures fully replaced the buttons.
Samsung adopted a conservative approach. They offered both navigation buttons and two types of navigation gestures on Galaxy S21. So, all owners can own choices.
On Galaxy S21, you can choose one of the following three navigation types:
- Navigation buttons.
- Swiping from the bottom (Samsung style).
- Swiping from sides and bottom (similar to stock Android 10 and