Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone users have been reporting that after an update, their Home button no longer takes them to the Home screen when it is pressed as expected. Instead, it takes users to Google Search. It is quite an annoying issue.
Some users have worked around the issue by restarting their phone. However, the problem seems to return after a few hours. You can solve the issue with these steps.
- From the Home screen, select “Settings“.
- Choose “Applications“
- Select “Application manager“.
- Swipe left or right over to “All“.
- Choose “Google App” or “Google Search“.
- Select “Uninstall updates“.
- Note: Some folks have chosen to select “Turn off” instead of “Uninstall updates”. This will disable the Google Search app entirely.
- Note 2: If you elect to uninstall updates, you may want to disable automatic updates to ensure an update doesn’t install and cause the problem again.
- Power off the Galaxy S5 by pressing and holding “Power“, then choosing “Power off“.
- Once the device is completely powered down, hold the “Volume Up” and “Home” buttons, then power the device back on using the “Power” button.
- A boot menu should appear. Use the Volume buttons to toggle the highlighted entry to “Wipe cache partition“.
- Press the “Power” button to choose that selection.
- Once completed, reboot the device, and the Home button should work as expected again.