How do I remove an apps side bar from a Samsung Galaxy S3?

Jim Symeou January 11, 2013

A tab has appeared (?) on the left hand side of the screen of my Galaxy S3. When you slide it to the left all my apps appear in a long list. I don’t know where it came from and don’t really want it. Does anyone know how to remove it?

  1. Cbass
    May 23, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Thankyou Andy. To everyone that posted that you need to remove an app: you have no clue what you are talking about. With this situation and I presume most other situations you encounter in life. You speak before you know what you are talking about. If you're 14 and know everything, then I understand. If not, please shut up.

  2. Praveen Regatipalli
    January 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Press and hold Soft key (return). This would enable / disable the side panel. This panel came with resent autoupdate.

  3. Learn how to Google
    January 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm
  4. Hanna G.
    January 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

    press the back button for 5 seconds

    • Jim Symeou
      January 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks, this also works.

    • Leniaal
      April 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Awesome, thanks

    • choubi
      July 2, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Oneclick very fast!!

    • choubi
      July 2, 2013 at 10:51 am


  5. DalSan
    January 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    As Andy suggested, the option to disable it is in the notification bar. It is called Multi Window, so just deselect it and it will disappear. It comes in handy should you want a split screen of two compatible apps running at the same time, like the default browser in one half and email in the other, or browser and Polaris Office. More information here on how to use it:

    • Jim Symeou
      January 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks, that works

    • Brianna
      May 15, 2013 at 2:41 am

      That works thank you : )

  6. Andy
    January 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Pull the menu down from the top, scroll across to the right and uncheck multi view.

    • John
      March 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Andy; works a treat. I wish Samsung would supply more info on these types of issues.

    • Kel
      March 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks, Andy!!
      I agree John. For such a great phone the rest has a bit to be desired. Thanks for the community spirit :)

    • Greg Connor
      April 5, 2013 at 6:46 am

      Nice Andy. They do tell you but its as your installing and alks you want to do is use it not read pop ups

    • nicole
      April 23, 2013 at 1:17 am

      thanks! great advice

    • Michelle
      April 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks Andy! So much help!

    • Graham
      May 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Thanks very much ... so simple and exactly what I was looking for!!

    • Shelley
      May 7, 2013 at 2:31 am

      THANK YOU!! It was making me crazy! :)

    • MikeS
      May 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks! That works.

    • Renee
      May 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks Andy exactly what I needed simple & non-complex solution

    • alex
      May 14, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Thank you! That did the trick. : )

    • baby lala
      May 15, 2013 at 1:19 am

      Thank you Andy!!!!! Your the best!!!!!!

    • Nicole Y
      May 15, 2013 at 2:18 am

      Thanks Andy..I was like..what just happened? Easy fix.

    • Karen
      May 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      THANK YOU!! Its been bugging me. It just decided to show up on my phone today and its terrible. Too cluttered.

    • Patrick
      May 19, 2013 at 6:11 am

      You the man Andy. That thing has been driving me INSANE., Thnx broham.

    • Michelle Rennoldson
      May 25, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Thank goodness I found your answer! The idea was goid but the tab sticking out was a pita. You are the only one that gave the right answer. Thanks

    • Craig
      June 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Worked a treat - no more hassles

    • Angie
      June 7, 2013 at 2:36 am

      Thank you. Fixed my problem.

    • Lisa
      June 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Andy - you are my new hero - thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • Antonio
      June 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks :-)

    • Jessica
      June 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Thank u Andy!!

    • SK
      June 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks. This was the issue!

    • Tracy
      June 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      THANK YOU. That thing was so damn irritating, made me want to the throw the phone against the wall. Thank you for saving me from becoming an alcoholic and having to buy a new phone. Big ups to you!

    • Gene
      June 29, 2013 at 4:26 am

      Thanks Andy. Simple and effective. That tab was starting to irk me.

    • DP
      July 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks Andy!!!

    • jaymeeyh
      July 3, 2013 at 2:23 am

      Thanks Andy! Was really bugging me! Went through all my settings, who would've known it was that easy!

    • jason
      July 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Andy, I appreciate it. Do you know how to root a phone so I can remove unwanted factory apps?

    • tanya bach
      July 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      thanks. perfect

    • jenny
      July 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      this works. THANKS

    • Skynyrdgirl
      July 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks....fixed it!! Hated that darn bar.

  7. Ahmed Musani
    January 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    press the home screen button for 2 seconds and change it to HOME. then uninstalll using application manager.

  8. Silhoutte james
    January 11, 2013 at 11:17 am

    You have to uninstall it using the Application Manager. From the Home screen,press the Menu button then go to Settings->Application Manager. Choose your application and then press Uninstall or Disable.

  9. ha14
    January 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

    did you installed a new launcher? a new application if yes uninstall.

    • Barbara
      May 30, 2013 at 12:39 am

      Thanks Andy! I actually like it but mine disappeared when I changed my wallpaper. Got it back :)

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