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How To Activate Eye Tracking On Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8+ Plus

Eye tracking is one of the coolest features you can get on your new Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus. Especially if you’re the type of user who enjoys tweaking all kinds of apps and optimizing a device, you’re going to love this one.

The Eye Tracking on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus function are officially called the Smart Stay feature. If you’re planning to activate it, that’s the label you are going to look for. But many users call it like that because of its function and the way it works.

In a nutshell, the Smart Stay relies on your smartphone’s front camera to sense when you’re looking at the device. While you have your eyes on the screen, the function will keep the display illuminated, bypassing any potential setting of your screen timeout setting.

Have you ever read something so interesting that it really absorbed you for minutes? Then you must have experienced the annoying screen timeout interfering with your reading. At the same time, you can understand and appreciate the benefits of running the Eye Tracking on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus devices.

Once you activate this feature, you should be able to see its eye symbol right on the Status bar. Since more and more users have beginning to ask us questions on what’s with this symbol, we thought it would help you to go through this article.

Now you know what does the eye icon represents. If you activated it by mistake, you’re probably wondering why is it blinking and going on and off most of the time. To put it simple, as long as you can see the icon on the Status bar, it means that the camera is scanning to determine whether you’re looking at the screen or not. If it notices that you are indeed looking at the display, it will activate the Smart Stay feature.


If you haven’t activated this function by know, here is how to turn it ON:

  1. Go to Settings, in the general Menu;
  2. Tap on Display;
  3. Tap on the Stay Smart option;
  4. Check the box;
  5. Look for the eye icon on the Status bar;
  6. Once it shows up, exit the menus and continue using your phone as you’d normally do.


The Stay Smart function, also known as Eye Tracking, is now ON and it will activate and deactivate the screen illumination based on eye recognition. As the display will dim or turn off when you’re looking away, you should notice an improvement of your battery life too!


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