How to Quickly Launch the Galaxy S7 Camera Application

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Accessing the camera on the Galaxy S7 is possible in multiple ways: you can launch it from Galaxy S7 lock screen, from the Apps screen or Home screen, but what about the camera quick launch shortcut? Do you know about this simple method that can get you where you want to be?

The camera quick launch shortcut was first introduced with the 2015 Galaxy S flagships, and I personally think that this is one of the best features that Samsung has come up with. Anytime you are eager to launch the camera quickly, all you need to do is a double tap of the physical home button. This feature works regardless of which app or screen you are on and even more, even if your Galaxy S7 is locked, it will launch the camera when you use this shortcut. There is no need to wake up the phone first, all you need to do is press the Home button twice and you are ready to go.

This is an extremely useful feature and actually removes the need for a camera app icon on the homescreen. The camera quick launch shortcut should be enabled by default, but if it isn’t, go to Settings – Advanced Features, and make sure that the Camera quick launch option is toggled on.

However, I have to admit that this could also lead to mistakenly launching the camera app when you’re trying to do something completely different such as to unlock your Galaxy S7 or adjust your thumb in order to get the fingerprint sensor to work. With that in mind, Samsung took the wise decision to also include a way to disable the camera quick launch feature. There are two methods to do that:

  1. You can open the Camera app;
  2. Then, tap on the Settings icon;
  3. From there, you just have to slide the Quick Launch switch to the off position.

The second method is a little different, so here’s what you do in this case:

  1. First of all, launch the Settings app;
  2. Choose Applications under the Device category;
  3. Then, it’s time to launch Camera;
  4. Move the Quick Lock switch to the off position;
  5. At the end, close the app;
  6. With quick launch disabled, double-pressing the home button will only result in your device going back to the home screen. And if you ever change your mind and want to enable the feature, follow the very same steps, but move the switch to the On position.
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Radu Nicolae

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