I use a Nexus 7 and in landscape and when typing and when pressing the space bar I occasionally hit the home menu key by mistake. I have used "Imersive mode" but I like the status bar to show with the clock so that is not solution.

Is there a way to move that soft menu to the left of the keyboard or somewhere else so I don't activate a menu while typing?

PS: The Device is rooted

  • What launcher do you use?
    – user1595
    Sep 18 '14 at 3:50
  • @DainBinder Nova Laucher but I'm not tied to it.
    – Meer Borg
    Sep 18 '14 at 15:02
  • Are you looking for this? forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2005377
    – MANI
    Sep 20 '14 at 12:21
  • @MANI Lol, then I would hit the menu key instead ;)
    – Meer Borg
    Sep 22 '14 at 23:58
  • @meerborg - lol ;) that was just a suggestion. I want to know if your problem solved?
    – MANI
    Sep 23 '14 at 3:50

I would recommend GMD Auto Hide Soft Keys ★ root as your device is rooted, or try Ultimate Dynamic Navbar.

For avoiding permission issues, use App Ops.

  • Ultimate dynamimic nav bar did the trick. Right permissions, allows me to keep hacker keyboard and most of all that navbar is out of the way. PS XPrivacy is way better than App Ops and works with most versions of Android
    – Meer Borg
    Sep 24 '14 at 22:41

You can use Microsoft SwiftKey to have a split keyboard and avoid reaching to the home button like this one

  • Tried installing it, needs network access and access to SD storage and need to accept some user agreement when installing. I have Hacker Keyboard installed at the moment and needs no access. From a security point of view I might as well publish my passwords on the internet. Although your solution is creative
    – Meer Borg
    Sep 22 '14 at 23:51
  • @MeerBorg It needs those things for downloading and installing language packs.
    – Nick Coad
    Sep 23 '14 at 1:13
  • @MeeBorg : it is very important to accept that to install swift key. and it need internet connection only once after you install it for downloading the language packs
    – ravi
    Sep 25 '14 at 2:57

I solved this on my OnePlus 6, OS-10, by going to system Settings > Buttons & gestures > Navigation bar & gestures, then select "Navigation Gestures" instead of the default for the fixed navigation bar.

While this completely removed the navigation bar from my phone, it also leaves a bit of unnecessary space below my keyboard (Gboard) now where the navbar used to be.

Also, you will have to acclimate to using Navigation Gestures but it doesn't take long & you may, like me, come to prefer them over the navbar anyway.

Nevertheless, my accidental "Home" instead of "spacebar" issue is now solved and my stress level is much lower as a result.


The easiest way to avoid accidentally touching the home button is to use a soft keyboard with longer space bar . For example Go keyboard has a bigger space bar that occupies ~50% of the screen width. So space can be touched long away from the home button.

  • As this too needs internet access, as it has in app purchases, its a security issue.
    – Meer Borg
    Sep 22 '14 at 23:56
  • then try w10 keyboard. no ABCD, different approach but no internet access .
    – totti
    Sep 23 '14 at 7:48
  1. You could move the soft buttons using some app like Pie Control.

  2. You could try not to do anything with the device, and train yourself to memorize the position of the space bar.

    It's not that small in a 7-inch screen, IF you have average hand dexterity
    (we must cater to the people with disabilities, so a huge IF).
    I would recommend playing this game, rhythm games really help improving tapping precision.

Caveat: all app suggestions and links here are to exemplify apps that could help; use your own caution and Google-fu to choose your apps. In no way I am endorsing those apps, or even have them installed. If needed, browse related apps that suit your security requirements.


On a Jusyea J5 tablet running Android 10:

System - - Navigation bar

Enable Navigation bar:

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After that a down arrow appears on the bottom bar to hide the system buttons

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  • 1
    Could you edit to include the device model/brand/custom ROM? Android is full of customization, so not all features are available on every device, thanks!
    – Andrew T.
    Jan 31 at 10:21
  • @AndrewT. - Done.
    – cipricus
    Jan 31 at 18:54

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