How to Enable Soft Keys on Android

In this post, we’ll see how to enable soft keys on Android. Let’s get started.

For Rooted and Non-Rooted Android Devices

Install and open the Simple Control app.

Follow on-screen instructions to enable “Allow display over other apps” and accessibility service for the app.

Now, you can see this screen:

How to use screen

Tap the “Ok” button.

That’s all. All done.

Remember that this app has a lot of customization options. Use the ones you prefer.

For Rooted Android Devices Only

Note: Take a Nandroid backup before proceeding.


  1. Install and open the File Explorer Root Browser app.
  2. Provide “Root” and “Storage” permission. Now, you’ll be in the “Root Directory.”
  3. Tap system > build.prop file > Text Editor.
  4. Add the following code at the end in a new line: qemu.hw.mainkeys=0
  5. Hit the “Save” icon at the top and then tap the “Save & exit” option.
  6. Reboot your phone.

That’s it. All done.


To disable soft keys, remove the code or replace the 0 with 1 in it.

If your device has the soft keys by default and you want to disable it, then follow the above steps and make sure to replace 0 with 1 in the code.

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