How to Add Soft Navigational Keys on Android Without Rooting?

Soft Navigation Keys on Android

The three tiny keys located at the bottom of your Android device that allows you to go back and forth to your home screen is an essential tool that is not available on a lot of devices.

Most methods that are listed online, which allows you to add these keys to your device involves rooting your device, but this voids your warranty.

However, if you don’t want to do that or you want to mess around with your phone for the fun of it, there is an option that allows you to add the soft keys to your device without rooting it.

This can be done by making use of the apps that are given below:

Back Button (No root required)


Whenever the app is launched, you get to see a popup that asks you to enable the app permission in Accessibility. Then, click on the Active button to activate the app then select the buttons that you want on your screen.

You can also reposition these buttons by tapping on them. You can carry out resizing and customization on these buttons according to your preference.

Using Simple Control

simple control

Similar to the app mentioned above, this app needs permission before it can be used. To do this, go to Settings and then tweak the options according to your preferences. Then you need to go through the icons which you have listed and choose the icon best suitable for you.

Soft Keys 2

soft keys 2

After granting permissions after Accessibility, tap on the Settings icon and select Width, Height and Transparency based on your preference. Next, press the home button, and you will be able to see the soft buttons at the bottom of your screen.

Virtual Soft Keys

virtual soft keys

After granting access to this app, access the main interface of the app. there, you will be able to adjust the size and position of the virtual soft keys. You will also have to customize the settings under the shared config. For instance, you can make use of the smart hidden feature which hides the soft keys bar automatically when the keyboard is open.

Navigation Bar

Navigation Bar is another option that is available for people to get their hands on the navigation buttons. This is a notable plus for this app because it has a wide range of customization options that allows you to play around with the colour of the navigation bar.

Home Button

This app allows you to add a Home button to your phone, and it comes in handy when the built-in app has failed or broken. Similar to the navigation bar app, the Home button also lets users set different button size and change colour.

Assistive Touch

assistive touch

This app provides an option to control various features like adjusting brightness, capturing a screenshot, etc. through a floating panel that is found on the screen.

Besides the option that allows you to drag the panel anywhere on your screen, you can allocate a home and back button to the floating panel to replace the built-in navigation bar.

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