Samsung Phones with Home Button

The latest Samsung smartphones come with an all-screen display, with thin bezels across the top, bottom, and sides of their screens which makes them look stunning. However, don’t forget that up until 2016, Samsung phones were known for the signature home button that they all come with.

Galaxy S7, launched in 2016, was the last Samsung phone with a physical home button. Samsung S8 launched in 2017 and Samsung S9 launched in 2018 came with 3D touch or pressure-sensitive home button.

In 2019, Samsung announced the S10 lineup with a punch-hole display and one of the things that had to go away (though not totally) was the home button. However, you can still use the on-screen buttons.

In 2022 though, most of us are used to gestures already and I don’t think we will be going back to the days of buttons be it physical, 3D touch, or on-screen (still available as an option).

If I am to list out all the Galaxy devices that come with a home button, I will have to list almost all the phones that this manufacturer has ever announced. Most of them have been discontinued and most of which you can’t even see around talk of getting them.

So, for the purpose of this write-up, I will stick to those you can still get right now and are still receiving updates from Samsung, even if it is just a security update. And maybe some older ones that can still perform. But I will stick to the flagship lines (S and Note series).

Samsung Phones with Home Button

  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Why Did Samsung Remove the Physical Home Button?

To give room for a better and modern design with thin bezels and more display real estate. If you check my previous write-up about Samsung phones with LED notification light, you will notice there are no recent phones there, that was because it was also removed. The front-facing camera is now housed in a small cut-out on the display.

Samsung Phones without Home Button

Like I said at the beginning of this write-up, the home button used to be physical on Samsung phones, then it becomes a 3D touch, then an on-screen button. Right now, you can either have an on-screen button or use a gesture.

So, all Samsung phones launched between 2017 and now, come without a physical home button starting with the S8 which only has a pressure-sensitive home button.

When Did Samsung Stop Using Buttons?

2016 (on the S7) was the last time Samsung used a physical home button on any of their flagship phones.

Does Samsung Galaxy S8 Have a Home Button?

Yes, but not a physical home button. It uses a 3D touch.

Does Samsung Galaxy S9 Have a Home Button?

Yes, but it comes with a 3D touch or pressure-sensitive home button. It was also the last with this kind of implementation.

Final Thought

It was a hard decision for Samsung to part ways with their signature home button in 2016 but right now in 2022, we all know that it was a great decision considering how stunning the latest smartphone looks.

The removal of the home button, cleared the pathway for more display real estate, thinning bezels, and overall great designs.

Samsung phones with home button won’t be making their way back because an all-screen display was a better design and worthy upgrade.

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