I am searching for the official name of the third (right) android on-screen button.

The left and middle button are clear:

  • Left: Back button
  • Middle: Home button
  • Right: ???

Android 1 - 4.4 Android on-screen buttons Android 4.x and before Android 5.0 - ? Android on-screen buttons Android since 5.0

Please include a reference where the name of the third/right button is stated in your answer.

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It's called Overview button. I originally came to know about this from the Screen Pinning settings' description.

Google on Get around on your device (see Get around with navigation buttons) has noted:

Overview: Opens a list of thumbnail images of apps and Chrome tabs you’ve worked with recently. To open an app, touch it. To remove a thumbnail from the list, swipe it left or right.

  • It looks like this


  • If your device is running Android 4.4 or lower, your Overview button looks like this


This is called 'Recents' - you can see info about it here


As Dan Dascalescu points out, it's now called "Overview".

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    That is outdated. It's called Overview now. Source: I work at Google and asked the Android team. We're updating occurrences of "Recents" to read "Overview". – Dan Dascalescu Jan 10 '17 at 2:07

I don't know if there's an official name, but it's usually called the Task Switcher or Recent Tasks button. If you're writing instructions/manual, you may want to avoid calling it a button since older Android devices don't have a dedicated task switching button (the task switcher on my old phone was accessed by long press on the home button, for example). Instead, try to word it so that it's clear that you want them to switch to another task and leave the specifics for several common ways in various devices on a side track.

Different makes call it different things.

Android calls it the recent apps list (press it, it say's recent apps).

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