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  1. megan87244's Avatar
    When I talked to AT&T about this they said that it happened with the 4.4.4 update. They are working with Samsung to get thus fixed. There is an app you can install to get rid of it, but I don't remember what it was called.. just joined to give some info and to follow if anyone fixes it.
    03-17-2015 09:00 PM
  2. despicablekitty's Avatar
    I found that disabling S voice solved the problem for me. Open S voice with a double tap on the home button, go to settings and uncheck "Open via the home key." Home button will be much more responsive and will no longer emulate a long press while it waits for the 2nd tap. So, basically, you have to choose between S voice or Google Now for your home button.
    03-18-2015 04:30 PM
  3. mmechelle's Avatar
    I just had to push the home button 4 times to get it off google, so annoying
    03-19-2015 03:46 PM
  4. kaykay1089's Avatar
    For the people who's home button is not working after after un installing the Google and S voice.

    Okay, deleted the apps last night and the Google voice no longer comes up, thank the lord! Then I realized today that my home button wouldn't work, I had to press the back button to get out of apps. I stumbled upon this setting while looking for an answer in my settings.

    Go to settings, then go to Accessibility, & then dexterity and interaction, then click the Interaction control button set it to ON.

    Alot of us have the same thing in common, we are pressing the home key 3 times or more in an attempt to get back to our home screens. This section in settings clearly states that pressing the home key 3 times enables and disables this feature. I have no idea if it is related or not, what I do know is that as of right now I'm able to press my home key again & although it takes half a second, it IS finally going straight to my home page again from every app or Web browser. Good luck guys, hope this helps!
    03-20-2015 08:42 AM
  5. kaykay1089's Avatar
    & I just tested this theory out ^^

    I went back into the settings and turned the Interaction control button OFF, and the home key did not work. As soon as I turned it back on my home key was restored. I think because we keep hitting the home key over and over we have all been accidentally disabling our home keys!!
    03-20-2015 08:52 AM
  6. kaykay1089's Avatar
    Ignore
    03-20-2015 10:59 AM
  7. davemo63's Avatar
    It really is amazing...designers try to get so tricky and develop all these different functions. The home button should do ONE THING! Go HOME
    03-22-2015 07:35 AM
  8. Mark Jabaley's Avatar
    "Figured it out!! Go to your apps page, (not apps store) find the Google app,(white "g" in a blue box) select and hold it, then drag it to disable at the top of your screen. Fixed mine, hope this helps everyone! "

    Thanks Josha94! That did the trick for me, too.

    Again, go to "Application Manager" (under "Applications" in "Settings"), swipe over to "All", scroll down to the "Google" app (as Josha94 said...white "g" in a blue box"), click on it and then choose "Turn off."

    Of course, this is for those who just don't care to use it. I already have google as my main search engine in all my browsers...and now they want my home button, too. Sheesh.

    T
    03-22-2015 12:21 PM
  9. Mark Jabaley's Avatar
    I turned google app off and it did solve the problem (hijacked home button) however voice to text turned off too. Is there a fix for the hijacked home button that doesnt also remove voice to text?
    03-22-2015 12:24 PM
  10. halaj's Avatar
    I've been having this issue along with service issues like texts that don't come through (I received 42 all at once that I hadn't received over about a week) and dropped calls even when I had 5 bars of 4G; it even dropped a 911 call when I had a car accident last week. After that I couldn't take it anymore and went straight to AT&T with every intention of buying an iPhone. I LOATHE Apple, but my husband's iPhone has never had issues like this. Anyway, at AT&T they confirmed that it was the 4.4.4 update and replaced my phone with a brand new S5 that is also running 4.4.4. There were some hiccups in the first couple of hours, but now it's running smoothly with no issues whatsoever. Texts have sent and received without delay, all my calls have gone through, and I have not seen the Google Now screen A SINGLE TIME since it was replaced. Seriously annoying to have to go through all that trouble, but 100% worth it to avoid an iPhone and have my beloved S5 back.
    03-22-2015 06:22 PM
  11. Tom Sayles's Avatar
    This "feature" that took over my home button is making my phone unusable. How do I disable it!!!!!
    This is the first thing that Google has ever done to really **** me off.

    IMHO, The engineers responsible should be taken out and publicly flogged.
    emstoast likes this.
    03-22-2015 11:56 PM
  12. FaintDeftone's Avatar
    I'm seriously considering ditching my S5 because of this. It is the most obnoxious thing in the world. I may grab a Nexus 6 if they don't fix this **** soon.
    03-23-2015 08:15 AM
  13. 3lli's Avatar
    I've found that restarting your phone works, but only temporarily, as previously mentioned. This fix is fine if you're not busy, but I've had this happen in the middle of class when I'm looking at the teacher's notes via my S5. It's hard to restart your phone in the middle of class when you're trying to pay attention! And I've even tried disabling the Google app, and all it does is take me to a blank Google screen. I enabled it again so that at least when this problem occurs, I have something to look at. Looking forward to a solution!
    03-25-2015 06:46 AM
  14. Steve Willinger's Avatar
    This worked for me! Thank you karatikis

    Originally Posted by karatikis View Post
    "Figured it out!! Go to your apps page, (not apps store) find the Google app,(white "g" in a blue box) select and hold it, then drag it to disable at the top of your screen. Fixed mine, hope this helps everyone! "

    Thanks Josha94! That did the trick for me, too.

    Again, go to "Application Manager" (under "Applications" in "Settings"), swipe over to "All", scroll down to the "Google" app (as Josha94 said...white "g" in a blue box"), click on it and then choose "Turn off."

    Of course, this is for those who just don't care to use it. I already have google as my main search engine in all my browsers...and now they want my home button, too. Sheesh.
    03-25-2015 08:36 PM
  15. Trevie Scott's Avatar
    S5 (active) I join you all the same thing it makes me so angry! At times I just want to chuck my phone into a wall!! And once I get out of Google now it's opens up voice activate... and then I fuss with thAt it would be nice to have a new update that deletes Google now all togother! Because even deactivating Google now does not solve the issue! You guys are not the only ones!
    03-26-2015 12:13 PM
  16. ryetronics's Avatar
    Go to settings, then go to Accessibility, & then dexterity and interaction, then click the Interaction control button set it to ON.

    Alot of us have the same thing in common, we are pressing the home key 3 times or more in an attempt to get back to our home screens. This section in settings clearly states that pressing the home key 3 times enables and disables this feature. I have no idea if it is related or not, what I do know is that as of right now I'm able to press my home key again & although it takes half a second, it IS finally going straight to my home page again from every app or Web browser. Good luck guys, hope this helps!
    Out of all the suggestions in this thread, this solution has hands down been the most effective. The worst that's happened is a few instances where I hit the home button and nothing happens, but 90% of the time it goes to the home screen within 2 seconds. It's still doesn't solve the issue but it's been the least rage-inducing fix for it I've found.
    Jonneh likes this.
    03-26-2015 11:11 PM
  17. shauste's Avatar
    After reading lots of posts and trying some of the suggested fixes without much luck, I decided to go to the AT&T store and speak with a representative there. He suggested I got to Best Buy and speak with a Samsung representative. The Samsung representative attached my phone to her computer and apparently they have fixes to glitches. Anyway, after seeming exactly what update I have, she was able to download a fix onto my phone and,thus far, it seems to have fixed my issue. Try it! It just might work and it's free...just a trip to Best Buy (or perhaps, any Samsung representative).
    03-27-2015 07:09 AM
  18. ofsthun01's Avatar
    Following, as well. AT&T S5. Everyone is getting the little bit of haptic feedback when pressing the home button and it stays where it is, right? Sometimes I have to hit the home button 3 or 4 times for it to respond.
    03-27-2015 11:10 AM
  19. silvan0's Avatar
    For the people who's home button is not working after after un installing the Google and S voice.

    Okay, deleted the apps last night and the Google voice no longer comes up, thank the lord! Then I realized today that my home button wouldn't work, I had to press the back button to get out of apps. I stumbled upon this setting while looking for an answer in my settings.

    Go to settings, then go to Accessibility, & then dexterity and interaction, then click the Interaction control button set it to ON.

    Alot of us have the same thing in common, we are pressing the home key 3 times or more in an attempt to get back to our home screens. This section in settings clearly states that pressing the home key 3 times enables and disables this feature. I have no idea if it is related or not, what I do know is that as of right now I'm able to press my home key again & although it takes half a second, it IS finally going straight to my home page again from every app or Web browser. Good luck guys, hope this helps!
    This worked for me! Yay!!!! Thank you! Been dealing with this for months on Galaxy S5

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    03-27-2015 02:10 PM
  20. black_thorne's Avatar
    Mine is completely random as to whether it goes to Google or not. I've tried pulling the battery a few times. That seemed to work for a while, but then it just starts back up. Plus the lag now is horrible. Just another reason Ive really come to hate this phone.
    03-28-2015 09:19 AM
  21. ccb2183's Avatar
    I went to settings>application manager >all> Google search. Turned off the Google search from there and it fixed the home button issue. You just won't be able to use Google search which is inconvenient, but I can totally live with that as long as it's not popping up every time I hit the home button
    03-28-2015 03:47 PM
  22. black_thorne's Avatar
    I went to settings>application manager >all> Google search. Turned off the Google search from there and it fixed the home button issue. You just won't be able to use Google search which is inconvenient, but I can totally live with that as long as it's not popping up every time I hit the home button
    Well, I did this which got rid of the Google search. However, when I push the home button now it doesn't do anything. It just sits there for until I hit it about 10 times. Then it will freeze between screens, then go to the home screen. Very annoying. This phone is gonna find a new home in the trash soon.
    03-29-2015 06:47 PM
  23. vtaylor09's Avatar
    This worked wonderfully for me!
    For the people who's home button is not working after after un installing the Google and S voice.

    Okay, deleted the apps last night and the Google voice no longer comes up, thank the lord! Then I realized today that my home button wouldn't work, I had to press the back button to get out of apps. I stumbled upon this setting while looking for an answer in my settings.

    Go to settings, then go to Accessibility, & then dexterity and interaction, then click the Interaction control button set it to ON.

    Alot of us have the same thing in common, we are pressing the home key 3 times or more in an attempt to get back to our home screens. This section in settings clearly states that pressing the home key 3 times enables and disables this feature. I have no idea if it is related or not, what I do know is that as of right now I'm able to press my home key again & although it takes half a second, it IS finally going straight to my home page again from every app or Web browser. Good luck guys, hope this helps!
    03-30-2015 09:15 PM
  24. cakewalkk's Avatar
    Interaction control, plus choosing to Uninstall updates to google search AND then disabling automatic app updates via the play store worked perfectly for me. (Disabling google search isn't a solution as the home key just stops working).
    I'm at 1 week and counting for a perfectly functioning home key :-D. (although seriously, the fact I'm celebrating my home key working is pretty lame; thanks at&t).
    03-30-2015 09:38 PM
  25. catobsessed's Avatar
    For the people who's home button is not working after after un installing the Google and S voice.

    Okay, deleted the apps last night and the Google voice no longer comes up, thank the lord! Then I realized today that my home button wouldn't work, I had to press the back button to get out of apps. I stumbled upon this setting while looking for an answer in my settings.

    Go to settings, then go to Accessibility, & then dexterity and interaction, then click the Interaction control button set it to ON.

    Alot of us have the same thing in common, we are pressing the home key 3 times or more in an attempt to get back to our home screens. This section in settings clearly states that pressing the home key 3 times enables and disables this feature. I have no idea if it is related or not, what I do know is that as of right now I'm able to press my home key again & although it takes half a second, it IS finally going straight to my home page again from every app or Web browser. Good luck guys, hope this helps!
    Inspired by above, this worked for me: Settings>Accessibility>Dexterity and interaction>Press and hold delay>Long (1.5 seconds)
    03-31-2015 06:14 PM
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