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    Default If I root my device, can I get back the "soft" navigation keys?

    I hold my Note 10.1 (2014) in portrait mode about 99.9% of the time, and I find myself accidentally hitting the "menu" or "back" keys way too often, since they tend to sit right where my left hand would be gripping the tablet.

    I was wondering if I could root my device and disable the hardware keys, and instead just have the "soft" navigation keys that are used on the previous version of the Note 10.1? If I root, will I lose all of the nifty S-Pen features?
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    Default Re: If I root my device, can I get back the "soft" navigation keys?

    Rooting alone won't do anything, the custom ROMs you install are what dictate what you can or can't install. Most ROMs allow you to set the action of the keys to none if you don't want them to do anything.
    Same goes for the S-Pen features, that is dependent of the ROM you install
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    Default Re: If I root my device, can I get back the "soft" navigation keys?

    And yes there's a couple apps you can get to change or disable buttons, I'd root and type it in on Google play, an p called win amp xposed is a good start

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    Default Re: If I root my device, can I get back the "soft" navigation keys?

    Just as an update to everyone (and future readers), I found an app that does what I need it to do (without having to root) - the app is called "Handy Soft Keys" and it is available for free on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...softkeys&hl=en
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    Default Re: If I root my device, can I get back the "soft" navigation keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedSwedishFish View Post
    Just as an update to everyone (and future readers), I found an app that does what I need it to do (without having to root) - the app is called "Handy Soft Keys" and it is available for free on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...softkeys&hl=en
    Nice. I might try these and disbale the hardware keys. Can you place the keys anywhere you want?
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    Default Re: If I root my device, can I get back the "soft" navigation keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    Nice. I might try these and disbale the hardware keys. Can you place the keys anywhere you want?
    The app says you can move around the little "wheel window" - but note that it is a pop-out soft window. The keys don't stay present all the time.
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    Default Re: If I root my device, can I get back the "soft" navigation keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedSwedishFish View Post
    The app says you can move around the little "wheel window" - but note that it is a pop-out soft window. The keys don't stay present all the time.
    Cool, thanks.

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