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Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Use Assistant Menu Feature in Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

If you want to easily navigate your phone using one hand or if you're the one with dexterity issue, you can enable the assistant menu feature so that your phone will display the assistant menu icon on your screen to let you easily access to a certain frequently used feature or action. You can enable this feature using some methods and then configure it to suit your needs.


How to use the assistant menu feature?
Assuming that you have enabled the assistant menu feature, you'll see the assistant menu icon is displayed on your screen and always stays on top when you're opening apps, in the home screen and lock screen. You just need to tap the assistant menu icon and you'll be provided with these default menus:
  • Recent apps : tap this option to view all recently used apps, or long tap this option to access additional options available for the currently opened screen or app.
  • Home : tap this option to return to the default home screen, or in other word you can use this option to replace the Home button function
  • Back : tap this option to return to the previous screen or undo your last action, or in other word you can use this option to replace the Back button function
  • Notification panel : tap this option to open up the notification panel.
  • Cursor : tap this option to use the cursor tool to navigate your phone.
  • More options : tap this option to access additional options available for the currently opened screen or app.
  • Volume : tap this option to open the volume adjustment bar and then you can use it to adjust the volume.
  • Easy pinch to zoom : tap this option to open up the zoom adjustment bar and then you can use it to zoom in or out the currently opened screen or app. Please note, that some apps don't support this option.
  • Settings : tap this option to quickly go to the setting menu for the assistant menu feature.
  • Power off : tap this option to turn off the phone, or long tap this option to open up the device options menu.
  • Lock screen : tap this option to lock the screen.
  • Screen capture : tap this option to take a screenshot of the currently opened screen.
  • Device options : tap this option to open up the device options menu.
  • Screen rotation : tap this option to enable or disable the screen rotation feature. When the screen rotation is disabled, you can tap this option to manually change the screen rotation (portrait view or landscape view with the Home button in the left side or the right side)
  • Brightness : tap this option to open up the brightness adjustment bar and then you can use it to adjust the screen brightness as well as to enable or disable auto brightness feature.
  • Restart : tap this option to restart your phone.

As a note, if you have enabled the assistant plus feature, you'll see some contextual menu options within the assistant menu icon when you access this icon in the selected app.

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