How to disable Samsung Pay swipe up gesture on Samsung Galaxy phones

Samsung Pay is one of the best Google Pay alternatives out there. It comes with the MST technology and enables users to pay at old terminals with Samsung Pay. Simply swipe up from the home screen or lock screen, select a card, authenticate and pay on the go. The problem with the current method is the general implementation. The swiping gesture to open Samsung Pay disrupts the upward navigation gesture in the Android operating system.

When users try to swipe home or open the multitasking menu, they accidentally open the Samsung Pay user interface. This is frustrating as you are likely to use the navigation gesture more often than the Samsung Pay app on a daily basis.

The Samsung Pay link via the swiping gesture is for convenience so that you don’t have to search for the app in the app drawer to quickly pay for the purchase in the store.

However, if you’ve already invested in the Google Pay ecosystem, Samsung Pay might be an irrelevant add-on for you. Read on to learn how to turn off Samsung Pay swipe gestures on Samsung Galaxy phones and keep using navigation gestures as intended.

Disable the Samsung Pay swipe-up gesture from the home screen

With the following trick, you can still use Samsung Pay on your phone, but deactivate the annoying swipe gesture from the home screen and lock screen.

Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom or use the app drawer menu to open the Samsung Pay app.

Step 2: Tap the hamburger menu in the top left corner and select Settings.

Select settings in Samsung Pay

Step 3: Select Quick Access in the payment menu.

Step 4: Disable Samsung Pay access on the lock screen, home screen, and off screen.

Select the quick access in Samsung Pay

Deactivate swiping gesture up

That’s it. You have successfully deactivated the Samsung Pay Swipe gesture on all parts of your phone. You will also lose quick access to the service.

We recommend placing the app icon on the home screen for easy access during payment.

Back to the navigation buttons

With this trick, you can still use the swipe gesture to bring up the Samsung Pay service and it won’t affect the navigation gestures. Go through the following steps.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Step 2: Navigate to the Display menu.

Select display menu

Select navigation bar

Step 3: Tap the navigation bar.

Step 4: Select Buttons under the Navigation Type.

Use buttons as a navigation type

Use the navigation keys

From now on, you can use the navigation buttons to navigate the operating system and continue to use the swipe gesture from the home screen and lock screen to access Samsung Pay. No more confusion between the two actions.

How to uninstall Samsung Pay on Samsung Galaxy phones

With the latest Galaxy phones, users can completely remove Samsung Pay from the device.

There are mutliple reasons for this. You have already invested in the Google Pay ecosystem and only choose the Google service to pay at terminals. Another reason could be the unavailability of your local bank with Samsung Pay.

Follow the steps below to remove Samsung Pay from your Galaxy device.

Step 1: Find the Samsung Pay app in the app drawer.

Step 2: Long press the app icon and choose Uninstall from the floating menu.

Choose Uninstall

Uninstall Samsung Pay

Step 3: Confirm your decision and you can do without Samsung Pay on your Galaxy mobile phone.

How to reinstall Samsung Pay on Samsung Galaxy phones

Let’s say your local bank has finally supported Samsung Pay, and like many other users, you, too, want to take advantage of the delicious Samsung Rewards program with Samsung Pay.

If you’ve already uninstalled Samsung Pay, it’s time to reinstall it. However, you can’t just go to the Google Play Store and download the app. Samsung does not sell Samsung Pay through the Google Play Store. You need to use the Galaxy Store to reinstall Samsung Pay. Read along to learn how.

Step 1: Find the Galaxy Store in the app drawer menu and open the app.

Step 2: At the top, tap the search menu and look for Samsung Pay.

Open the galaxy shop

Download Samsung Pay

Step 3: Install the app from the menu below.

After successful installation, you can set up bank cards and use the service. Don’t forget to disable the swipe gesture using the trick above.

Disable the Samsung Pay Gesture on Galaxy Phones

With the above tricks, you can completely customize the Samsung Pay experience on your Galaxy phone. Depending on your personal preferences, you can deactivate the Samsung Pay gesture, remove the app or continue to use the Samsung Pay service with the navigation buttons.

What is your experience with Samsung Pay so far? Mute the sound in the comments section below.

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