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The Galaxy S8 finally lets you put Android’s back button where it belongs

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To the left, to the left

Samsung’s shift to on-screen buttons has resulted in a beautiful bit of customization for longtime Android users: the ability to change the layout of those buttons. Yes, you’re now able to move the back button to the left side of the phone, which is where it’s supposed to be despite years of Samsung stubbornly switching up the default Android layout.

As confirmed in this video from “Mr. Mobile” Michael Fisher, there’s a settings menu in the S8 that lets you reposition the button row of buttons. You don’t get much flexibility, really; you’ve got to pick between Samsung’s old, stupid way or the purist Android way. This is also where you’ll customize how hard of a press is required to activate the virtual home button from anywhere in the operating system.

Michael Fisher / Mr. Mobile