Now I would like to have as few buttons in the android bar at the bottom as possible but I'm pretty sure both the back and home buttons are required. I believe this is true.

Could I assign the home button to activate the menu button on double click and just have the home and button button? I'm rooted on 5.1.

Alternatively can I make Android activate home and back with volume up and down https://www.quora.com/Can-I-make-an-app-which-tracks-the-Android-volume-control-button-and-does-some-tasks-if-I-long-press-say-volume-up

Picture of idea

  • Sorry, missed that. You can have a look at option 4. I don't think you can reduce the number of soft buttons though I could be wrong – beeshyams Apr 17 '17 at 12:01
  • This might work google.com/amp/www.addictivetips.com/android/… – William Apr 17 '17 at 12:56
  • Quite possible - it is similar to other options in earlier suggestion. Only reason for suggesting option 4 is that it retains flexibility of being hidden plus offering normal button option which the muscle memory remembers, though in a pie layout. Ultimately, it is your comfort level – beeshyams Apr 17 '17 at 14:20
  • Yet another option is Gravity Box Xposed module, which can be configured to hide when required and pulled up when needed. I use that on Marshmallow, with extra buttons for custom actions – beeshyams Apr 17 '17 at 14:36
  • Gravity Box has a bunch of out customisations and navigation bar is one part of it. Since device is rooted , this may help in customising your device in other ways too, instead of just having navigation bar focused app – beeshyams Apr 17 '17 at 14:39

So I am self answering this can all be done using Lineage OS. Install Lineage OS then go under Settings->Buttons->Buttons & Layout. You then can add and remove buttons to your hearts content. Once you are done change Home double tap action to activate Recent apps switcher.

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