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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Comments (57)

  1. Yousif

You can turn the eye icon on or off by selecting or deselecting eye comfort from display menue

 
  1. Chief

Buy an IPhone. Problem solved

 
  1. QJones

LOL I really like Josh's response and he messed with his phone and yes turned brightness up and somehow turned rotation off. So Ditto. What a bunch of hooey on how to "work around" all the BS. I feel like the real goal is to force us to get...

LOL I really like Josh's response and he messed with his phone and yes turned brightness up and somehow turned rotation off. So Ditto. What a bunch of hooey on how to "work around" all the BS. I feel like the real goal is to force us to get new phones, which mine has had this problem since just over a year old (and others, like have to remove batteries and use a wall charger, cords no longer work but port looks fine per tech.). Both phones are just now paid off and his is now acting up doing same things. How convenient. But we will limp along for as long as possible. I use a Samsung partly because I used to like them and partly not be tied to apple, guess next phones will be something else.

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  1. Josh

Garbage! About 6 months ago I had an update after which I couldn't get my screen to come on unless I pressed the power button dozens of times. I found other users w/same problem who said fix was to set brightness to max. Sure enough it worked,...

Garbage! About 6 months ago I had an update after which I couldn't get my screen to come on unless I pressed the power button dozens of times. I found other users w/same problem who said fix was to set brightness to max. Sure enough it worked, but that is not a fix! Now my battery drains ridiculously fast.
Now suddenly this 'Eye of wHOReUS' appears and my device starts choking, stuttering and freezing so badly it's not even usable. I turned smart stay off but no better. I just found this thread and turned auto rotate off which did indeed make phone function smoothly again but wth does rotation have to do with it?!
To top it all off I have the SM-G900V which (as of 3 months ago anyway) is the only unrootable S5. Guess I'll return to Motorola when/if I upgrade before hanging myself with Samsung's proprietary data/charging cables.
Anyway, thanks for the answers, keep up the good work.

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  1. Wayne

Finally got the answer.thanks

 
  1. Debbie

Thankyou this worked ?

 
  1. Vanessa

I disabled the eye icon on my status bar and turned off smart stay but still the eye icon appears. It slows down my my Galaxy S5 whenever it appears. Please help

 
  1. Book

Off smart rotation worked for me no more stupid eye on my status bar.<br />Go to settings, display, tap on smart rotation ans check off or turn off , and that is it, no more eye.

 
  1. Becca

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...

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

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  1. Jen Bolle

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...

 
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