Samsung Galaxy S5 Eye icon in status bar

It may be that you notice an icon in the status bar on your Samsung Galaxy S5, which looks like an eye. This symbol appears at regular intervals and then disappears again. If you are wondering what is going on with the eye icon at the status bar, we want to tell you about it. The eye icon comes from the function Smart-Stay which is implemented at the Samsung Galaxy S5. Smart Stay is a function which can illuminate the display as long as you look at it.

This means that whenever the symbol with the eye appears at the top of the screen the Samsung Galaxy S5 checks whether you are watching the display or not. For this purpose, the front camera is used, which checks for simple patterns, whether you're still watching the screen.

If you are bothered of Smart Stay on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and you want don’t want to see an eye icon in the status bar, then you can turn off the function as follows:

Go to Menu -> Settings -> Display

In this sub-menu of your Samsung Galaxy S5 you will find an option called "Stay Smart". Remove the check mark and then the function will be disabled on your Samsung Galaxy S5. The eye icon will not appear anymore at your status bar.

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#46 Becca 2017-04-05 19:36
This is not true! The little eye still comes on, I have had mine smart stay turned off almost immediately since getting my phone. Numerous power cycles...almost 9 MO later that little eye still watches me!! Kinda creepy...prob another big brother sort of deal....IMHO
#45 Jen Bolle 2017-03-14 10:59
OK - so on my phone the little box was never checked - i.e. no green tick - it was blank - however ever since my phone did an auto upgrade - this symbol has appeared - so does not make any sense to me. I feel like big brother is watching me...
#44 belynda 2017-01-12 21:51
since Since this icon showed up on my phone the phone is very slow and screen freezes until the eye icon goes away, really annoying
#43 Morecambe 2017-01-06 12:44
It's still there. Samsung s6. I've had this phone for two years. Does age matter?
#42 Mark 2016-12-08 19:11
the eye would freeze my S5 as long as it was displayed in the top menu line of the phone. I turned off both Smart Stay and Smart Screen Rotation in the Display settings. Now I can text without having to wait around. Problem solved!
#41 John H 2016-12-07 23:43
this worked for me,
You need to turn off the following settings.1. Display > Smart Stay2. Display > Screen Rotation > Smart RotationIt is OK if Screen Rotation is on. Just touch the text "Screen Rotation", and you will see the Smart Rotation on/off box.
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#40 Len 2016-09-13 04:18
You are a GENIUS!!! "THE EYE"......haS been driving me C R A Z Y !!!! Not even Samsung Support could fix it! The "DroidGuy, couldn'the fix it!
It was the "Smart Rotation!"No one seemed to catch that there was a "smart rotation," in addition to just "normal" rotation. I eBen did a "wipe cache partition," to fix this! NO DICE!! Then I tried Google....1 LAST TIME! And I found You!!! Now...IT'S FIXED!!
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Thank you!!!!
#39 Roy 2016-09-11 17:07
The eye symbol keeps coming back even though the box and the display is unchecked cause my phone to hang up a email and text messages tired of it about ready to throw this phone against the wall
#38 Eleanor 2016-09-07 03:35
I went in to my display smart stay isn't checkmarked. I'm still seeing the eyeball. Creepy
#37 Lyle 2016-08-22 15:00
thanks Mr. Bill ,worked fine
#36 Barbara W 2016-07-26 00:37
You need to turn off the following settings.
1. Display > Smart Stay
2. Display > Screen Rotation > Smart Rotation
It is OK if Screen Rotation is on. Just touch the text "Screen Rotation", and you will see the Smart Rotation on/off box.
#35 Bebe 2016-07-07 12:56
enabled smart stay and rotation. Eye disappeared. But now I can not turn my pictures from gallery. Everything was fine before my forced update.
#34 Michael 2016-07-01 11:40
Ever since android 6.0 downloaded Smart Stay will not shut off can't disable
#33 trace 2016-06-21 21:48
smart stay is NOT checked and it still comes on!!!!
#32 Vegmich 2016-06-05 08:13
My stay smart is off but the blinking eye icon is still there.
#31 Kristi Grant 2016-05-29 04:20
I did this and it did not work the eyeball keeps coming on it creeps me out I don't like it I feel like somebody's watching me which I kind of people can do now.
#30 Jf 2016-04-26 12:53
This seems to be tied to screen rotation. If you have screen rotation enabled and tilt your screen eye appears. Disable screen rotation and eye doesnt surface. But as long as your camera is working anyone can hack it..eye or no eye. Just don't do anything in front of your phone that you wouldn't do in front of the world. :lol:
#29 Mel 2016-04-20 21:15
I turned off screen rotation and that worked. Have been trying for ages to get rid of it abd tgat worjed good luck.
#28 Bill Krithinithis 2016-04-16 10:11
If you want to "poke out that eye", on the Galaxy "Smart Pause/Smart Stay/Smart Rotate special features, NOONE IS ACTUALLY LOOKING AT YOU, there are Computer/Electr onics Laws that EVEYONE is entitled to, so as long as you aren't out to start trouble, you won't finish up in any. From SETTINGS, Click on the Search Magnifying Gl[censored] icon & type 'Smart', click off ALL 3 at once, for ROTATE, there is a Full Settings Toggle that needs switched OFF as well. :- ) Bill
#27 Ladonna Drane 2016-04-12 04:02
I to have recently just noticed this in the background of my phone. I have a galaxy 3. I don't believe the need to see if I'm using my screen. Actually it's no ones business what time of day I'm using it. This is just another way to track you down and spy to see what your doing. Might be time to go with another phone and service. 8)