Handy Soft Keys

Handy Soft Keys
(1000 total ratings on Google Play)
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Downloads: 50.0k
(1000 total ratings on Google Play)


As the name suggests, this app provides handy soft keys that currently simulate navigation buttons such as Back, Home and Recent apps. It is easy to use while it requires very low permission. It automatically starts when the device boots up and then runs in the background.

The app consists of Trigger Spot and Pie Controls that shows up when Trigger Spot is pressed. Both of them are able to fade off automatically when you do not need it. It can be easily placed anywhere along the four edges of device by drag and drop. Two locations are remembered for landscape and portrait orientations respectively.

Configuration is available since version 2.0 where you are able to customize size, color and some behaviour to meet your needs.

- Android 4.1.2 or above.

How to use it:
1) Download and install the app.
2) Navigate to phone Settings, find Accessibility item in SYSTEM section and click it;
3) On the Accessibility setting page, click Handy Soft Keys item in SERVICES section;
4) Switch the toggle to ON to enable the service for the app;
5) Restart the device and the trigger spot will show up in the middle of the right edge on the screen; it will fade off in seconds. Tap on the screen or rotate the device, it will appear again;
6) Click Trigger Spot, Pie Controls will show up just around your finger and you only need slicking your finger to a virtual key and release;
7) To change the location of the app, long press Trigger Spot until the device vibrates and then move it wherever you want by drag and drop;
8) Double click the center of Pie Controls to bring up Settings interface that includes two groups of parameters for Trigger Spot and Pie Controls respectively. Some parameters are intuitive. Below list are some useful scenarios that can be achieved via Settings. Please remember to click “Save” button if you want to keep changes.
8.1) Change colors: click the sample color to bring up the Color Picker dialog where you can select your favorite color and then click OK button to confirm the selection. Then the sample color is changed to the color you selected. After selecting a color for Trigger Spot, it is easily to set the same color for Pie Controls by clicking link “Sync from Trigger Spot”, or vise versa.
8.2) Set transparency to 0% [invisible] to hide the arrow of Trigger Spot and it won’t show up for each screen touch, though it shows up when rotating your device.
8.3) Pie Controls usually disappears right after clicking a key. But for Back key, you may want to click several times to go back a couple of pages when you surf a website. That’s “Keep up as normal” check box to play.
8.4) Pie Controls can stay on the screen permanently when the screen is big enough so you don’t have to tough Trigger Spot first.
8.5) After finding a suitable location for the app on your screen, you can disable re-location function temporally. Enable it when you want to move it again.

- The app does not include Menu/Option key.

How to uninstall the app:
This app can be easily uninstalled (removed) from your device completely by following steps:
1) Go to Settings;
2) Click Apps;
3) Locate Handy Soft Keys in the DOWNLOADED list and click it;
4) On the App info page, click "Uninstall" button and then select "OK", the app stops running and is removed.

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