How to Customize Button Shortcuts on Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is the company’s latest smartwatch comes with a number of useful health features. The wearable gadget has a touchscreen display and two physical buttons for control. Both buttons are placed on the right side of the smartwatch. The upper button lets you quickly go back to the home screen, whereas the lower button lets you go one step back. You can customize these actions if you want and there are a number of different ways to do it.

In this guide, we will be taking a look at how to customize button shortcuts on Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 comes with Wear OS 3.0 based One UI for Watch operating system and thanks to the One UI for Watch, you can change the button shortcuts as you want. You can do it from the watch or using your smartphone. So, if you want to change button shortcuts on your Galaxy Watch 5 series, here’s how you can do it on your watch.

Let’s begin.

Customizing Button Shortcuts on Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 settings app has an option called Advanced features. Yes, the advanced or we can say the additional options let us change the functionalities of the physical buttons on the watch. There’s no need to install any third-party application, you can do it easily right on your watch. Here’s how you can do it on your Galaxy Watch 5 or 5 Pro.

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  1. First, swipe up to open Quick Settings.
  2. Tap on the gear icon to open Settings.
  3. Swipe down and find Advanced Features, tap on it.
    How to Customize Button Shortcuts on Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
  4. Tap Customize keys option.
  5. Now select the button and actions which you want to change.
  6. For the Home key, you can change the double press action as well as set a new action for Press and hold.
    • Select Double Press. Now you can choose between opening an app or Accessibility shortcut or Find my phone or Recent apps, and many more.
    • Tap Press and Hold to choose between opening Bixby or Power off menu.
  7. For Back Key, there are two shortcuts – one lets you see recent apps while the other will open the previous screen.
How to Customize Button Shortcuts on Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Customizing Button Shortcuts on Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 from Smartphone

All settings available on the Galaxy Watch can also be accessed through a paired smartphone. If you are using the Galaxy Watch 5 or Watch 5 Pro, then you may have the Galaxy Wearable app installed on your smartphone. In case the app is not available on your phone, then you can install it freely from the Play Store. Once the app is installed, you can follow the below steps to change button shortcuts on your watch.

How to Customize Button Shortcuts on Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap Watch settings.
  3. Scroll down a bit and tap the Advanced option.
  4. Now you can customize button shortcuts on this page.
  5. The options are the same as available on the watch, if you want to customize Home key actions, select Double Press or Press and hold.
    • Select Double Press, if you want to open your favorite app or Accessibility shortcut or Recent apps, and more.
    • Select Press and Hold to choose Bixby or Power off menu.
  6. For Back Key, there are two shortcuts – see recent apps and go to previous screen, choose the one you like.

So, these are the two easy ways by which you can change or customize button shortcuts on your Galaxy Watch 5 or Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

If you still have any query on how to change button shortcuts on Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, then tell us in the comments section.

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By Haneet Singh

Haneet is a passionate tech writer and a consumer. He loves tinkering with new wearable devices. Haneet is covering smartphones at YTECHB. For tips, you can connect Haneet at haneetsingh@outlook.com

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