Toggled in quick settings, new feature gives quick access to five favorite apps

In all the commotion over finger scanners, water resistance and 16-megapixel cameras, one neat new multitasking feature on the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been easy to overlook. Nevertheless, the GS5's "Toolbox" feature could be particularly useful if you're hopping between the same few apps on a regular basis. Enabled in the quick settings area, Toolbox is a floating circle with three dots that sits on top of every thing else running on the phone. Tap it and it'll expand to show up to five favorite apps, configurable through Settings > Toolbox.

We've got a quick video walkthrough of Toolbox on the Galaxy S5 up top.

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I really like this feature. I feel like this is something I would use a lot.

I agree i could see myself using this for sure as well. Maybe put the circle at the bottom of the home screen to replace those constant apps

TenshiNo says:

It's an interesting implementation, but you can get pretty much the same thing right now from several (free) apps in the Play store:

I'm having trouble finding the other one, but I think it was a recommended app on AC a couple of weeks back.

EDIT: Steve had it down below.

DWR_31 says:

This is a redundant feature that's taking up precious storage space. You gave us the multitasking button that Google blessed. Quit with the (S)hit Features..!

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(ZeroLemon 7000mA battery and ZeroShock Case)

Chris Nacca says:

Looks a little like paranoid androids HALO

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BldyIdt says:


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Yusuf Islam says:

A little? ;)

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ZeroGPain says:

There is an app similar to this called Floating Toucher ...i use it all the time :-)

The one I like is Switchr - cool features, consistently updated and a few different ways the "switch" is implemented.

NoNexus says:

But yet most people will call it bloat. The design sucks, the camera lags, touchwiz is terrible.

I hope they never release this abomination of a phone.


You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

Well hello there troll. this article was about the toolbox feature not the entire phone.

tdizzel says:


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Umm, his comment was directly referring to calling toolbox "bloat".

l00natic71 says:

@AlphaVictor87 : looks like you can't sense sarcasm.

TenshiNo says:

Generally, the "/s" means the person was being sarcastic.

jeddo45 says:

They are 1 for 10.

Nexus 5...enough said

calvin35 says:

But the Galaxy S4 is made out of plastic instead of all metal so it must suck. Thus phone looks better and better the more I see of it.

Jonneh says:

Hi Alex,

not sure if it might be spelled differently in Britain, but "commotion" has two m's. :) Probably just a typo anyway.

This is neat to have straight out of the box on your phone, but like others here are saying, 3rd party apps have been doing this for years now. But progress is progress!

Cool feature.

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apocacrux says:

I like this.

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Solid feature. Icons are still hideous though :(

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dwd3885 says:

Use another launcher?

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SWon says:

Hey Alex. Is there any one-hand operation feature in the settings? If so, is it same as seen on Note 3 or did they upgraded that feature?

TenshiNo says:

I don't believe the S4 had any "one handed mode" settings. I believe they reserve this stuff for their larger devices (Note 3/Mega), but I could easily be wrong.

jecilop says:

I dislike manufacturer attempts to improve when there are so many apps our there that either do the same or are better. They just take up space, memory, and often cannot be removed or deactivated.
From what I see of this, I'd still prefer my MUST HAVE app Notification Toggles. I think the one button access is a cool option, but this app does what I need.

There have been apps that so this exact thing for a good while

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But millions of ppl like me never knew those apps exist.. So this is new to me..

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TenshiNo says:

Granted, but Samsung would have done better to advertise that these apps exist, rather than build something (not even as good, IMO) into the OS itself.

13Elves says:

Superior in all ways to "pure Android".

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acelucero75 says:

Very cool

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dsignori says:

Can the toolbox button be MOVED anywhere on the screen?

I like the idea a lot, but I can see it getting in the way of things if it is in the wrong spot for certain apps, etc ..

TenshiNo says:

Looks like it can be moved around, but go check out Wave Launcher or Switchr in the Play store. Works anywhere, and there's no icon on the screen to get in the way.

meyerweb says:

It would have been nice if your video actually captured the screen close up, so we could easily see what's going on, instead of shooting from 5 feet away.