How to Turn Your Galaxy S3's Menu Key into a Multitasking Button (Like on a Galaxy S5)

Ever since Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google has been trying to push phone manufacturers to do away with physical menu buttons. Samsung has been one of the lone holdouts, retaining the menu key up until the Galaxy S5, where they finally replaced it with a "recent apps" multitasking button.

In this softModder tutorial, I'll be showing you how to easily mod your menu key to act like the GS5's multitasking key. You'll get quick access to your running apps and a button layout more consistent with the default soft keys on stock Android.

Step 1: Make Sure Your GS3 Is Ready

You'll need to have a few things before we get started. You may have already done these through previous softModder tutorials, but if not, you can follow the easy guides linked below.

Step 2: Install "MenuBeGone"

Head into the Xposed repository in the Xposed Installer app and search for the module titled MenuBeGone, created by developer adi1133.

Alternatively, you can grab the .apk file from the online repository. Don't forget to properly activate the module after installing, then reboot your GS3.

Step 3: Test Out Your Modded Menu Key

Once your phone boots back up, the module will be in effect. Give the button a tap, and the menu button will now launch the task switcher. You don't completely replace the menu key's functionality, as you can still bring up apps' menus by long-pressing the button.

Step 4: Remove the Action Overflow Button (Optional)

The module also adds a three-dot "action overflow button" to apps that don't already have it, typically towards the upper-right corner. If you don't like the addition of the three-dot button on a particular app, you can easily remove it.

Open up the MenuBeGone module from your app drawer or the Xposed Modules page. Tap the Edit overflow menu white list button, then un-check the box for whichever app you want to remove it from. You can also un-check the option to long press to bring up the menu.

Let us know what you think of the module in the comment section below, and if there are any other GS5 features you want to see ported to the GS3.

1 Comment

Hey! nice article.

But I was wondering how I can do this same using pull/ push feature of adb like you wrote about swapping menu and back keys in GS3.

I mean what numbers should I swap to get the above result.

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