Handy Soft Keys

An Android app for simulating the navigation buttons


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  • Category General
  • License Free
  • Version 2.3
  • Size 1 MB
  • Works under Android
  • Language English
  • Content rating Everyone
  • Package name ca.yesoft.handysoftkeys
  • Author Yesoft.ca

With the Handy Soft Keys app, you have the ability to use virtual adaptations of the buttons you use the most on your Android device. The buttons that command the device to return to the home screen, go back one screen, and show the list of recently used apps appear on the top of your screen, giving you easier access to the functions you use most often.

Downloading the Handy Soft Keys app is easy, and using the app after installation is a simple matter of activating it within the app's settings under "system menu." The interface included in this app is very easy to use, so completing this process should be very easy and will take really a matter of seconds. After you have activated the app, you need only reboot your phone. Once the device restarts, you will be ready to use Handy Soft Keys.

In order to access the Handy Soft Keys menu, you just need to press the right side of your Android device's screen, and it will appear. If you do accidentally do this when you did mean to access the menu, there is no need to worry. The menu will vanish after approximately two seconds if you do not touch it. This is a nice feature because operating your device with an unnecessary menu on the screen would be difficult and annoying.


  • Provides virtual buttons for the most used functions on Android device.


  • Free version includes redundant ads for pro version.

- Fixed a crash bug when running on Android 6.

Other permissions

  • ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
  • INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
  • RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
  • SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW: Allows an app to create windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other apps. Very few apps should use this permission; these windows are intended for system-level interaction with the user.
  • VIBRATE: Allows access to the vibrator.
  • WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.
  • ca.yesoft.handysoftkeys.permission.C2D_MESSAGE
  • com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE
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