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How to enable or disable the Samsung Pay swipe up feature

Put a stop to accidentally launching Samsung Pay.
February 23, 2023

Samsung Pay, or Samsung Wallet in specific markets, makes NFC-based mobile payments a breeze for anyone who owns a Samsung phone. One of its quick access features lets you swipe up from the bottom of the screen to launch the app, even from the lock screen. This makes it very easy to get to the app without numerous taps or by scrolling through the app drawer. It can get annoying quite quickly, though, especially if you use swipe gestures, as you might accidentally launch the app multiple times. If you’ve run into this problem, here’s how to disable the Samsung Pay swipe feature.


To disable the Samsung Pay swipe feature, open the app, tap on the menu button (three horizontal lines icon) at the top left corner, tap on the gear icon, and go to Quick access and default card. Toggle off the quick gesture option for all locations (home screen, lock screen, and when the screen is off) to disable the feature.


How to enable or disable the Samsung Pay swipe feature

  1. Open the Samsung Pay app, tap on the menu button (three horizontal lines icon) at the top left corner, and tap the gear icon to go into Samsung Pay settings.
  1. Go to Quick access and default card. You can enable or disable the swipe gesture on the lock screen, home screen, or when the screen is off. You can enable different options or toggle off all three to disable the feature altogether.

Other ways to quickly launch Samsung Pay

Accidentally launching Samsung Pay with a swipe is annoying. It’s still one of the most convenient ways to quickly make a payment. A few quick launch options are available that won’t get in the way of everyday activities, though.

Launch Samsung Pay using the side key

To launch Samsung Pay using the side key, go to Settings > Advanced features > Side key and set the Double press gesture to Pay with Samsung Pay.

The multi-functional side key (aka the power button) can be set up to launch different apps or perform other functions. By default, a press and hold will launch the power off menu, and a double press opens the camera app. You can set the double tap gesture to launch Samsung Pay instead.

Use lock screen shortcuts

If you want the option to launch Samsung Pay from the lock screen without using the swipe-up gesture, there’s a way to use lock screen shortcuts. The shortcuts are set to the phone and camera apps by default. Go to Settings > Lock screen > Shortcuts and change the left or right shortcut to Samsung Pay.


Older Samsung phones had three buttons, namely the power button, the volume rocker, and a third side button (often known as the Bixby button). On more recent devices like the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S23, Samsung has integrated the third button’s features into the power button. This button is now termed the side key.

Samsung Pay, also known as Samsung Wallet, is the company’s mobile payments service that lets users pay for items with their supported smartphones and smartwatches.