You can use Galaxy S8 camera quick launch to open the camera app quickly from any screens.
As Galaxy S8 and S8+ removed the physical Home button, you now have to use power button for Galaxy S8 camera quick launch.
This Galaxy S8 camera guide shows you how to enable, disable and use Galaxy S8 camera quick launch.
What is Galaxy S8 camera quick launch?
There is no physical button for camera app in Galaxy S8 and S8+, as in many other Android phones.
But Samsung does offer a quick way for you to launcher camera app.
In Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, you can press Home button twice consecutively to launch camera app in Galaxy S7 or S7 edge as explained in this guide.
Now, Samsung replaced the physical Home button with software buttons in Galaxy S8 and S8+ as explained in this post.
So, power button was assigned for Galaxy S8 camera quick launch: press the power button twice quickly to launch camera app.
You can use Galaxy S8 camera quick launch to fire camera app at any time and from any screen.
You can start camera app almost instantly even when the screen is turned off and locked.
Please note, you can use camera app without unlocking the Galaxy S8 or S8+ (e.g., in lock screen), but you cannot access any photos taken or saved on the phone before the screen is locked. This is a security measure to protect your private data in case your phone is lost or stolen.
How to enable Galaxy S8 camera quick launch?
By default, camera quick launcher is disabled in Galaxy S8 and S8+.
You need to enable it before you can use power button to launch camera app.
To enable Galaxy S8 camera quick launch, you may follow these steps.
Step 1: Start camera app.
You can start camera app from Galaxy S8 Home screen or Apps screen.
Step 2: Tap Settings icon in camera app
Step 3: Enable quick launch
As shown below, in camera settings page, tap the switch for Quick launch to enable it.
If it is enabled, the switch should be in the right side as shown in the screenshot below.
From now on, you can press power button twice quickly to launch camera from any screen.
When you use Galaxy S8 camera quick launch first time in Galaxy S8 or S8+, it will ask you whether you want to turn off this feature, or keep it on as shown below:
Pressing the Power key quickly twice opens Camera. To turn off this function, Tap TURN OFF.
This is a reminder for new users who may enable Galaxy S8 camera quick launch inadvertently.
If you want to use this feature, you should tap Keep on as shown below.
If you tap Turn off, this feature will be turned off and you must manually enable it again in Camera app if you want to use it again.
Why there is no Galaxy S8 camera quick launch in my Galaxy S8 and S8+?
In some regions, Galaxy S8 camera quick launch was removed from Galaxy S8 and S8+ for legal reasons.
Normally, in these regions, for example, in India, the law requires that a smartphone must offers emergency services when users press the power button 3 times quickly.
If Samsung keeps the 2 presses of Power key for camera quick launch and 3 presses for emergency services, many owners will mess them up.
And Samsung may face legal challenges.
So, if you cannot find the quick launch option in camera settings in Galaxy S8 or S8+, it means this feature is not available in your region.
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