Last updated: October 31, 2022, 17:53 UTC+01:00
If you’ve been using a Galaxy tablet for long enough, you’ve probably run into touch screen issues like I did. In other words, you are sitting on your couch watching a video on YouTube or some other platform and you decide to have a glass of water or something to eat. You move around, accidentally touch the tablet screen, disrupt the video timeline, or watch another video. The larger and more cumbersome the tablet, the more prone to this problem. If I’m not the only one experiencing this annoyance, I hope Samsung provides a solution one day.
The app pinning feature, available through the recent apps screen, doesn’t help, as it doesn’t prevent touch input within a pinned app. And while there are third-party apps that can disable touch input, Samsung doesn’t provide a built-in solution for its Galaxy tablets. Netflix is the only video streaming mobile app I know of or regularly use that has a built-in feature to lock the touchscreen while watching a video, and it feels like a breath of fresh air.
What can Samsung Galaxy tablet users do to solve this problem?
In my opinion, the ideal solution would be to have a physical side switch to disable and enable touch input on Galaxy tablets. If that’s too much to ask in this day and age, perhaps Samsung could offer One UI software in addition to the region-locked experimental Good Lock platform.
Designing and providing a quick toggle to “disable touch input” requires minimal effort. Or maybe there’s a software solution for One UI that automatically detects when a video is playing on a Galaxy tablet and displays a “lock touchscreen” on the screen. One of the solutions may be better than the others, but either way, this feature will save Galaxy Tab users from running their tablet like an egg carton.
I, for one, would like to have this feature on the Galaxy Tab S7 FE. And with Samsung now offering an “Ultra” flagship tablet with an even bigger screen and slimmer bezels, I’m sure I’m not the only tablet user who suffers from this annoyance. But maybe I am, so feel free to leave a comment below. Let us know if you want Samsung to offer the ability to quickly turn touch input on and off for your Galaxy tablet. If so, do you want a universal physical switch? Quick switch in quick switch area? Or a “smart” screen button that shows up when needed?