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SoftKeyZ Allows Rooted Users to Easily Change Their Navigation Buttons


If your Android device is rooted, but you don’t have time or the energy it takes to flash a custom ROM, then check out SoftKeyZ. With this application, it allows the easy changing of navigation buttons, without the need of a custom ROM. No more middleman! 

The app costs $2 on Google Play, while coming full with a large set of different buttons to choose from. There are text buttons, the buttons found on the HTC First, and also different colors for each one. It’s fancy, so go check it out.

Play Link ($1.99)


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  • dmagicp

    Sounds like this app and the HTC One is going to be a match made in heaven.

  • Lane252

    1.99 is a little steep when for this app. its cool and all, however it does not do 2 dollar’s and some change worth of stuff! romtoolbox pro is better

  • JBSourcery already does this

  • EvanTheGamer

    This is cool, but I already have one sexy(for lack of a better word) navigational keys which I really enjoy thanks to the SHINY ROM download section!

    • Steve Benson

      I still don’t know for the life of me why so many people like those god awful keys? They look like a child designed them.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Because we have better taste than the likes of you douchebag/troll?

  • MichaelFranz

    It’s nice and all, but I think $2 is a little much. Typically, at least for me, I usually only have 1 or 2 sets of keys i like to use. So i see $2 being a little steep. Plus most high end roms allow you to change color yourself.

    To actually change this yourself, if you know about roms and stuff, you can just open the systemui.apk in like winrar and replace the appropriate files before you flash, or make a copy of it and edit then place using like root explorer.

  • nothing new, it already exists in all custom roms

    • This hardly exists in “all” custom roms.

      • dude, look properly under the settings you will find it

    • Sparxx2k7

      Duh? I mean it clearly states that in the article … or did you fail to read the article? It is a handy alternative for those who don’t like/want to flash a ROM …. Learn to read.

      • dude, it is for rooted only so when you root if you dont flash a custom rom then what is the whole point of rooting then

        • morrsn

          Titanium backup, DataSync, GMD Gesture Control, Touch Control.. just to name a few..

        • plus you can root but have a locked bootloader, like xperia tab s. so no roms, but this here is amazing cause i can atleast have some changes

    • Justin Winker

      In addition to Sparxx’s comment, it does not exist in all ROMs.

  • C-Law

    Would this work on a non-aosp phone? Bc I have an unlocked/rooted vzw s3 and its really easy to turn on soft keys just by adding one line to the build.prop but I hate the icons Samsung uses and the order they put them in. Can you change the order too?

  • This is fantastic!

  • Has anybody bought this yet? I want to know if you’re allowed to have 4 buttons instead of 3 on this. Running JellyBro specifically for that reason.

    • Kellen bought it. You can ask him, if you can find his email! 😛

  • Very nice, no longer do I need to use photoshop or before I knew how to do that, search around XDA from one that MIGHT only work. Wish this would have been out a year ago when my Gnex was my daily driver.

  • John Burke

    Wish this was doable without rooting

  • Dave Bell

    I wonder if this will work on something like the Note 8.0. I’ve enabled the software keys, they work fine…

  • joejoe5709

    If you’re advanced enough to root your phone, it’s not much more difficult to install a ROM. And it’s free. Just saying…

    • joejoe5709

      Sorry I dont mean to sound negative. It is a cool app. 🙂

      • Frank Urbanski

        What if your custom ROM doesn’t have this option? 🙂

    • there is not a single rom for my device

  • moelsen8

    Very nice. Just wondering why this wasn’t done a year+ ago.

  • wagner

    Can we make the home Key a Verizon Logo?

    • Janis Elfert

      Yep. Just import it. Carrier branding for everyone! 😀

  • Apostrafee

    That’s pretty awesome… unfortunately I have a GS3, maybe my next phone 🙁

    • Fortunately you can always throw some AOSP on there and try out the nav buttons.

      • Apostrafee

        True dat

    • I have an SIII and I am using nav keys.

      • Apostrafee

        I haven’t even bothered really, mainly because I’d still have those physical keys and the soft keys taking up extra screen space and blah….I know I know bitch whine complain…

  • Bionic

    X phone

    • PhoenixPath

      So..it’s a phone, then?

      • EvanTheGamer

        No, it’s just a fancy car.

        • PhoenixPath

          Does it at least make calls? Ooh! Does it hover? I’ve been waiting for my hover-car for *ever*….

    • Just STOP already lol

      • EvanTheGamer

        He’ll only stop when the supposed X Phone gets released which by my estimation will never, ever happen, so he’ll probably never stop at what he does best.

    • EvanTheGamer

      …does not nor have ever existed.

  • Justin Winker

    Anyone know if this works for the Pie feature in CM10 or AOSPA? I would assume it doesn’t but just want to check!

    • ChrisNacca

      it works with the pie feature 🙂 if you change them , it changes for pie also

  • KleenDroid


    • CasperTFG

      The down votes are getting old. You know who you are.