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Handy Soft Keys

Posted by in Tools | Oct. 30, 2015 | 111 Comments

Apk file size: 1.5 MB

This app provides handy soft keys that simulate the three navigation buttons: Back, Home and Recent. It is easy to use and requires very low permission. It automatically starts when the device boots up and runs in the background.

The app consists of Trigger Spot and Pie Controls that shows up when Trigger Spot is pressed. Both of them are able to fade off automatically when you do not need it. It can be easily placed anywhere along the edges of the screen by drag and drop. The location of Trigger Spot can be set for landscape and portrait orientations respectively.

Configuration is available since version 2.0 where you are able to customize size, color and some behaviour to suit your needs.

- Android 4.1.2 or above.

How to use it:
1) Download and install the app.
2) Navigate to phone Settings, select Accessibility under SYSTEM section;
3) On the Accessibility setting page, select Handy Soft Keys under SERVICES section;
4) Switch the toggle to ON to enable the service for the app;
5) Start the app by App drawer icon or restart the device. The trigger spot will show up in the middle of the right edge on the screen; it will fade off in seconds. Tap on the screen or rotate the device and it will appear again;
6) Touch the Trigger Spot, and the Pie Controls will show up just around your finger. Slide your finger to one of the three navigation icons and release.
7) To change the location of the app, press and hold the Trigger Spot until the device vibrates and then move it wherever you want by drag and drop;
8) Double click the centre of Pie Controls to bring up the Settings interface that includes two groups of parameters for Trigger Spot and Pie Controls respectively. Some parameters are intuitive. Below list are some useful scenarios that can be achieved via Settings. Please remember to press the “Save” button if you want to keep the changes.
8.1) Change colors: click the sample color to bring up the Color Picker dialog where you can select your favorite color and then click OK button to confirm the selection. Then the sample color is changed to the color you selected. After selecting a color for Trigger Spot, it is easy to set the same color for Pie Controls by clicking link “Sync from Trigger Spot”, or vise versa.
8.2) Set transparency to 0% [invisible] to hide the Trigger Spot and it won’t show up unless its set location is touched, albeit it will show up when rotating your device.
8.3) Pie Controls disappears right after one of the three navigation buttons is released. But for the Back key, you may want to use it several times to go back a couple of pages when you surf a website. If so, check “Keep up as normal”.
8.4) Pie Controls can stay on the screen permanently when the screen is big enough so you don’t have to tough Trigger Spot first.
8.5) After finding a suitable location for the app on your screen, you can disable re-location function temporarily. Enable it when you want to move it again.

- The app does not include Menu/Option key.

How to uninstall the app:
This app can be easily removed from your device completely by following steps:
1) Go to Settings;
2) Click Apps;
3) Locate Handy Soft Keys in the DOWNLOADED list and click it;
4) On the App info page, click "Uninstall" button and then select "OK"

Whats new

    - Added app icon in app drawer for easy start-up;
    - Fixed a crash bug introduced by Android Lollipop (Version 2.2). part of our Tools and have average installs from 100000 to 500000. Last Update Oct. 30, 2015. Google play rating is 79.9117. Current verison is 2.3. Actual size 1.5 MB.

Download handy-soft-keys.apk 1.5 MB


chandrasenaReddy BhumiReddy

App is real awesome The app is really awesome. Unfortunately my screen got cracked and navigation stopped working. But this app saved me buying new phone and working like charm. Thank you so much to developers worked on this.

Matthew Elloso

Great app but has one thing lacking... I'm happy when I found this app after my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 keys stopped working. However, it lacks the menu key. I hope the developer will add this feature on the next update.

Shaun Smith

Awesome! This Shaun Smith finds this app perfect for replacing the annoying soft keys on his Note 3. Thanks!

Keith Heron

Saved my phone My phone was useless after softkeys stopped working for no reason. Phone wasn't even that old. Without this app, to get back to the home screen, I had to power down the phone! How annoying! But thanks to this app, my phone is back to being fully functional as normal with back and home buttons. I just wish it had a menu button also, but I can survive without it. This app is non intrusive, discreet and highly customizable. It is never in the way. Thanks for saving my phone!

saurabh suryavanshi

Most productive app! It is very common that a android update will screw up your soft keys. This app is a savior. It works just fine. Infact, the fact that you can move the soft keys anywhere on screen is additional bonus. I do a lot of reading on my Nexus 4 and find it convenient to have soft keys on upper right corner. Also, the new update makes it visually closer to lollipop. That's a bonus. :)

Josh Keough

Really helpful It takes a little long for the app to actually start up and for the icon to appear on the screen but once it does it works great. The only thing that I would like more is Google now access by holding down/swiping on the home key


OK but not great..occupying 90Mb of RAM Freezing in nexus 4 for sometimes when we double tap on back buttons, many apps ensuring double tap. Consuming more memory. I advise developer to reducing the usage size, working with out any Hiccup's.

Jason Hearne

Great little app and works perfectly but should really be updated with the Lollipop icon images now. All the bad reviews here seem to suggest an inability to follow instructions as the app does exactly what it says ... just update those icons! Edit: Latest update now includes Lollipop icons for Lollipop users. The update should include Lollipop icons for non-Lollipop users so can't help but feel a little let down by the update.

Adarsh Panpalia

A Very Good App, But Can Become Better, If This App Supports Menu/Option Ke Due to breakage in my LG Optimus G front keys caused by falling down repeatedly, front keys stopped working because of damage. I found this app very useful and simple enough to be used by my 3 years old daughter. But, it would be better if the option/menu key support is also added. Request this app developer to add the support ASAP.

Frank Z.

excellent at first I wouldn't get it to run and was close to uninstalling but after a reboot it worked just fine. big gain on my s5 mini where the back key is on the wrong side (right ) to my tastes. thank you!

System Internal

Works well but high memory overhead Why should this application take 102mb memory? Functionally it is decent but will not pay for it unless it becomes low impact on memory.

James Smith

Just stupid. I wanted to activate this app. But it says that I can't use Talk Back, the Samsung "Air" functions, Multi Window and much more. Even mute all sounds. Never.

aeloj shrestha

Great tool for my samsung tab s 10.5 The softkeys are placed in centre and hard to reach. This app get the job done. Truly Handy!

abdellah yezeed

Not bad more must be done The option key must be included to help enable full use of handset even when the main soft touches are malfunctioning.

Robert Cave

Perfect for large tablets! I have a 10.1" Sony Xperia Z tablet. When I purchased it with Jellybean the nav buttons were on one side. Sony ditched that excellent idea after the Kitkat update. Handy Soft Keys puts the nav buttons where I need them. My tablet is a joy to use again! Also, the support is excellent!

Noah clarke

One little problem The menu button just shows my recent apps when I need it to show the app menu. Like I can't show and hide apps anymore because the menu doesn't pop up. And when I go to chrome I can't see the like menu same with YouTube. Please fix because I just might have to get a new phone.

Alexander Rodriguez

I love you. I would give it 20 stars if I could. Saved my life from not being able to use my phone. THANK YOU!!! My Back, home, and recent buttons stopped working, and I freaked out because I didn't know what to do. I looked up solutions and nothing helped. Then someone suggested find a soft key app, and I found this one, installed it right away because I was desperate, and it helped me so much. This needs to be a default app so this way in case anyone's soft keys don't work, they go into settings and enable it.

samreen nilofer

Very convenient app Came handy when my nexus4 soft keys stopped responding..... One disadvantage is that with whatsapp it's very close to the send key... It gets very difficult... Otherwise an amazing app

Tom Carrick

Just as good as a navbar. And with no root!! I am using a galaxy s3 mini which doesnt have a navbar but this app covers it really well. If your softkeys are broken, or if you just want some back buttons this app is definatly for you!

Lenn John Tiangson

Thank you!!#! Thank you for making this app. I felt like biting my own arm off trying to go through all the rooting nonsense with my s5 all because my soft keys died. Thank you again.

Hieu Nguyen

Really useful for phablets Please add an option for replacing functions of each button or allow to add more, ie. Shortcut to app drawer

Ravi Rao

Good I want icons like lollipop... And... Instead of circular design... Can we make it look more like stock android buttons?

Pavan Reddy

Extremely useful The soft keys on my nexus 4 stopped working for no apparent reason and without them, the phone is as good as a brick. This app just saved my phone and a lot of money which would have gone to replace the screen.

Sagor Das

awesome free app It saved my phone n saved my money which i would have otherwise be spending on a new one BIG THANKS

Dillan Perez

Very usefull I cracked the bottom of my Nexus4 screen months ago and the soft keys stopped working; this app simply works brilliantly to give me back the function of the keys!! momentarily stopped working(I panicked) after the recent update for lollipop but came back when I restarted the Phone

Jonas Natividad

fits my nexus 4 this is what I'm looking for, no annoying color and no ads.. its supposed to be on top rated :) thanks keep it up. works smooth on my ROM 5.0.2

Axel Yamil Zaldivar Garcia

Bla bla bla I think this app is good but there are too many instructions to follow in order to use this thing. I wanted to test it but I got bored when I read those instructions...

Kiran Ivaturi

Used it on my nexus 4 My soft keys don't work and I used this. It's works as expected.

Don Koenig

A great tool if you use a tablet and mouse This was just what I was looking for. For most of my tasks I use a mouse with my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. This app duplicates the soft button navigation so I don't have to constantly touch the screen while using a keyboard and mouse.. Thank you!

Rome Alejado

Handy Soft Keys ??? Only one out of three is working (recent app) Let me know how can I make the Home Button and Back button works in my Zenfone and I'll give you five star ?

Savannah Auld

Fantastic!!! Love it, my soft keys stopped working on my nexus 4 so this saved me. But one thing, is there a way to hide the original soft keys bar? Since the buttons on it don't it's useless

Puneet Gupta

Not working on mi3 Followed all the instructions in how to use it section . The app starts on reboot but no soft keys on screen. I m running andrioid 4.4.4

Dion Yang

YESS!!!! I'm so happy with this app. you saved my phone. cuz, my softkey is broke. I don't know why. so, thank you very much:D

Vishnu N K

Good one Gives on screen navigation control with use of screen real estate only when needed

Harkirat Singh Saggu

Great but heavy battery drain This app is too good for phones >5" screen. But I have seen a very fact battery drain with this app and uninstalling it fixes it. I am using asus zenfone 5 x86 based device . May be it's a x86 Intel bug ? Compatibility issue ? Fix it and this is the best utility all ever made.

João Pereira

This app saved my phone of becoming a useless brick after cracking the lower part of the screen. Easy to use and handy.

Satish Kadhane

AweSome App..Saved my phone I installed this app when my screen got a crack and hard buttons stopped working. Now I completely rely on this APP and can not count daily how many times i will be using these soft buttons... Great... thank a bunch.

Sunil Dasila

Nexus 4 Nice and cool for those whose nexus 4 soft key not working and too costly for changing new screen

Parag Bhide

A friend in need My screen cracked and couldn't use the toggle buttons.. Left high and dry and that's when this app ACTUALLY made my life easy !! LOVE IT <3

Gwen DuBois

Great to hold me over til I get a new digitizer.

Alexey Kharichev

Very good! Simple and useful.

Il Zid

Great app For developers:with working app, "ok,google" feature does not work. When I disable handy soft service feature is on. Please,fix it. Android 4.4.4. Nexus 4.

Bilal abid

A life savior app Literally i decided to change my cell cuz my touch button wasn't working....but then luckily i saw this app and i was like thank God....though would really appreciate if u would make the paid version free.

Angelie Pham

Very convenient! This is amazing for big phones and small hands, so I can easily access all the navigation keys with one hand without stretching! Unobtrusive and very well designed!

Giang Doan

Made my phone usable again!!!!! When I dropped my Nexus, the home keys stopped working because the bottom of the screen was damaged somehow. With this app, I can prolong the amount of time before replacing this phone. It's very easy to use and I'm so glad I found it!

Beatrice Gatta

Not very handy Can't customise the shape and put it in the corner, and it doesn't work well with my long but lean fingers. Why It doesn't show in the app drawer for settings? Trying to double tap without it freezing or fading is a pain. The screen is also slower because the tiny arrow appears on top of everything as if it was waiting for me to touch it, even when I tap very far from the button area on the screen.

shrayans jain

Super app This app has become very handy when my touch screen bottom navigation part was not working. Thanks to team for developing

Jake Daynes

Perfect example of a clean and useful app. I broke the lower inch of my screen (including the touch based hard keys for home/back/settings), so after getting a rotation app and spent a week going through settings every time I needed to change apps. Well done devs!

Karthik Ragunath

Amazing App... Tis app just saved me my phone and lots of money. It's very simple and effective. For those who have soft keys problem, this app is perfect replacement.

Marcel Aritonang

This good But i need a setting that can set the timeout of the button disappearences and the possition of the button and of course style/theme

Ricardo Hernandez

It is very, very helpful and comfortable to use. It is not the cutest of the soft keys, but it helps very much and it is very easy to use. It's pretty good app.

Niki Amane

TEMP mark From the first sight is very useful and professional (at least it's not killed by Android as UDN), but this requires some time to test...

Nicholas Nguyen

Awesome But please add feature to let us rearrange button order, I want back button in middle, multitasking on bottom and home on top

Hashim Noor

Good but When I installed in my iPhone 6 Korean it says turn on acciciblity option it is not working plz fix that

Rocket Aaron

Too little buttons Only has back,recent&home button. The more the better .such as lockscreen, notification drawer button

Michael Bricker

My soft keys are dead.... And these ones barely work too The only one that works is recent/task manager

Emma Nixon

lifesaver app! Thank you so much, my phone pretty much did not work without the soft keys. 10/10 great app!!! Would recommend.

CraftHunterGaming - Elevators and Trains

Why doesnt it show up ? Please help... it used to work on my xiaomi redmi 1s phone but after an update it doesnt work anymore. The keys wont show up on the screen !

Irfan Khalid

It only enables 2 soft keys. Back & Home. What about 3rd menu key?

Tabassum Ali Jamshaid

help me please this works well but when I want to open this app it say handy keys up in my s4

Majid Dizangian

My device bottoms light are so bright, It occurs bad effect to my eyes. And i can't see them when they turned off, also there isn't any option in setting to change. This app helps me very much. It have vibration too. My device is Samsung A310F, Android 5.1.1

Yamini Kaur

It doesn't work with the latest Lollipop android version on Mi4i. It says 'Handy SoftKeays is up' when I click on the icon but it does' t open it up. I can't use it. Help please !! I have enabled the accessibility option but it doesn't show up. My phone screen is cracked and I really really need this. I touched the side screen.. no arrow/keys show up.


great provided what i need after my samsung capacitive touch home and back buttons were broken

Richard Shepherd

Fixed my phone The navigation keys in my phone were broken. I thought I was going to have to buy a new phone, but this app brought it back to life. Thank you!

Andrew Newton

Saved me This app saved me after I dropped my phone and broke the back button

John Mollenhauer

Excellent. Operates quite well - would like to have open notifications added to the menu.

Doug .S

Works as described Handy on Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and Note3.

bhavesh patidar

Galaxy s4 Why this app running wthout root app want root dont waste your MB

sumit jagtap

Doesnt starts on system startup This app should start on system startup but this doesnt starts on system startup,this is drawback of the app

Harshad Divekar

Liked it. But can the location of screen edge from where it works be customised? In my nexus 6 it is not very comfortable

Fel Iron

Works great and specially usefull with big screen phones. Would give 5 stars if only you could add vibration feed back when pressing buttons, this doesn't seem to work on my Xperia Z3.

saurav dhanaik

Good Really simple and easy to use. I want nothing more

Matthew Tse

Handy! Thanks for the workaround when part of my phone's screen became non-responsive. Works great!

Himanshu Jindal

Loved it. Please add options button as well.

The Dream Is Dead

Good app Sometimes the keys stop working

Nischay Nahata

Stopped working on my Nexus 4 after the update. Please fix

Francis Aviso

kinda good but it dissapears frequently i open the app and says its up and i tried swiping and it still wont show up pls fix this

Tejas Randive

nice but when i open this app it says handy soft keays is up plz help

Karan Singh

Fantastic It works

James Zhang

Exactly what i want

Michael Gierza

Fake Useless app.

Monica Blue

Life saver!!!! I'm so happy I found this app. With all the defects in phones these days you would be a fool to not have this app. It works like a charm!


Sometimes it just doesn't work and I get stuck on an app and can't get out, please make it stop crashing

Aloke kumar Basu

Awfully good and handy ! But the problems are mainly with the functionality of this app as it hangs now and then in my device (Galaxy s6 Edge).....It cannot be relocated in any desired place often.....The settings menu is hardly accessible ....And that's why I am to give three stars . And if the problems are taken care of, not only I shall go for the pro version but I shall not hesitate to rate it 5 stars....Yes....I am sure !

Kirk Smith

Excellent! My screen is cracked and while the rest of the screen works, the navigation buttons at the bottom kicked the bucket. I'd been using various hacky methods to get back to my home screen, but I had no recent apps or back button. This app is, as the name suggests, very handy! I can now navigate my phone much more easily. Thank you!

Aaron Hossain

Works good, one small flaw Great app, got me out of a problem. The delay function doesn't work as expected though. The trigger point delay works opposite for the pie chart. Can you fix this?

Sridhar Venkatesh

Boon for the phones ...Wonderful app .. Thank you so much this app gave... rebirth to my phone... Screen got broken and bottom navigation bar failed to work...this app made it happed

anine anine

Almost perfect Why not bring users to the accessibility screen by tapping the app? Better if can toggle on off by tapping the app. Anyway good app but it does not goes even when i turn it off in accessibility.

Jac Camara

Perfect This app should be installed by default on all phones over 4 inches

Noe Ontiveros

I like this app I really do, but... But I keeps draining my phone's battery on occasion. I won't uninstall because it is really helpful and without it my phone would be useless. But it does drain my battery. Can you guys fix this?

Артём Халиуллов

Good app! Would be better if You can make buttons to appear anywhere on the screen. And great possibility is to change size of the buttons.

Ihtisham Manzoor

Full working Android 4.4.4 Good app still not find even a single problem...

Harman Singh

Loved it Excellent work on this simple cool and friendly app. Thanks for this app. Any chance i can use this app on samsung galaxy s2 with tmobile on Android 4.04. trying to install the app on the other mobile but compatibility issue. Could you pls guide me on how to use the app on tmobile s2 Android 4.04

Lexen Smith

Perfect Solution I cracked my screen and these buttons on my phone stopped responding. You can imagine how big of an issue that was. But thanks to this app, it is no longer a problem.

Jignesh Shah

Why isn't this working with Mi4? Please fix! It works perfectly in other phones

prashant gaur

Not working with red mi note 3 Guys this is not working with red mi note 3.. Plz fix the issue.

Caolan Butler

Its good but Its a good app, very helpful but it just disappears after a few mins.

M.Hadyan Yazid

Very Helpful My home button and back button not working so this is very helping me Thanks

Nawaz Khan

Really a good app to save your middle button

Srinjoy Banerjee

Absolutely awesome Awesome work developers. I dunno why this has so less downloads but just a bit more attractive icon can make a hell lot of difference.

Muana Hmar

Helpful. Usefull This app is great an help me....

Connor Myers

It sorta works...? I have an Android Ultra and I have had it for about two and a half years or so. Only recently have my soft keys stopped working do I have had to down load an app to help. The app does work...kinda. the only part of it that will work on my phone is the open app navigator (the two over laying boxes) and no matter what app I use the problem will not fix itself. If fixed I will bring the review to five stars.

Don Mason

Works great when it doesn't crash My soft keys stopped working, so o found this to replace those functions. It works great, but has since been crashing. I have to reboot to fix it, but then I needed to uninstall and reinstall to fix it

kuldeep singh

In accessibility setting handy soft key not showing One problem Handy soft keys not display in accessibility service am how to enable handy soft keys. please solution this problem my device lava iris x1 version 4.4

Wagish Sharma

No root required .I love this app This alp is super cool it doesn't require any root permission. working great on my phone . I would like to see if you can make screen shifter with no root permissions.


I loved it It really solved my problem of navigation buttons of my phone which is working sometime and sometimes not. Thank u so much

Ayush Mishra

Best app My display is cracked rest of the screen is ok but the navigation buttons are inaccessible... This app helped me

Rasheed Ayalur

Very usful My home botten and back botten is not working so that i am going to mobile mechanic he said your mobile touch pad is goan and 1500 rupees is the replacement. so i thought this solution search for the play store and get it this is very nice app i give to the five star. for all thank you for all provide this app

Imre Németh

Works like a charm Soft keys just stopped working, even after a hard reset. Thanks for the app!

William Kelly

Doesn't work Says it's open but nope, shite app


Every time I click on it the f*cking menu shows up Very annoying

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