The back button is a ubiquitous control in browsers (and occasionally operating systems) for navigation back through previously visited pages. Typically when clicked it takes the user to the previous document in the browser's history.

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How is Navigation Drawer different from Tabs, for “back” navigation?

The app is similar to the one described here - one Activity, several sections accessible from Nav menu toggled by always-visible hamburger or by sliding from left edge. The sections are very different ...
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Android back button and tabs

In a recent presentation from a Google employee (Navigation anti-patterns), it states pretty directly that it's bad practice to navigate tabs using the back button (see this slide - https://plus....
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Navigation drawer and hardware back button: when on root level, exit app or go back?

I have an Android app with several different categories that the user can navigate between using navigation drawer. These categories have drill down views that replace the hamburger icon with a ...
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Back Navigating with Android Fragments and Navigation Drawer

I'm developing a fairly complex Android application (used for a Home Automation system) which is basically a One Activity - Multiple Fragments Application. The Navigation in the application primarily ...
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Wizard in Android app - use system or separate back button?

A mobile app wizard, when finished have an additional function (if used - screen isn't changed). Does it should have: 1. A separate "Back" (to main screen) button or 2. it's enough allowing the user ...
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Going back to a list of pages after reading a page

I'm prototyping a website which will display a list of services on a single page, in the following format. When a user clicks on the Learn more > link on a service, they will be taken to a page ...
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Mobile app navigation: Back vs. cancel

I am designing a mobile app in which there is at least one multi-step process. Throughout the app, I want the back button to mean back one step, but not up a level in information hierarchy. During ...
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Do good UX guidelines exist against little JS windows inside the browser

I encounter a lot of web applications that essentially implement a small windowing system inside the browser. On you web page there exist a number of little boxes that look like windows, which can be ...
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Back button on mobile web app

I have 2 main questions about the back button and its functionality on a web site when running on a mobile. This isn't an app, but a responsive website working like an app. The first question is ...
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Android: what are the best practices for up/back buttons?

I've been developing an android app. I'm a long-time android user and from my experience, I rarely (if never) use the up button provided at the top left of the activity and always use the back button ...
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Back button or Cancel/Save when calling server is necessary

Here we have a settings screen that appears from a sliding view. You tap "Messaging" and the following modal shows up: In order to avoid the complexity involved with synchronizing settings every ...
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How to tackle browser's back and forward buttons/arrows?

What is the general UX rule followed wrt to navigation that a browser provides. I am developing a web based tool.I would be definately be enabling navigation to different screens within the tool, I ...
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Disabling the browser's back button in multi-page forms

We're having this internal debate where some people think that the user shouldn't use the browser's "back" button when filling a multi-page form (for security reasons), and that the whoever hits the "...
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A permanent 'back' button in android. Does it really make sense? or should we get rid of it? [duplicate]

Today, I had a deep discussion with my team on whether we should give a back button on UI(android) when we already have a permanent back button. Although there was no conclusion but a general ...
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“Back to top” in sticky social bar (for mobile)?

i read more about "back to top" button and i understand that maybe i should to use it only for mobile (because for desktop is easy to got at top- start of the page with mouse, while with mobile is not ...
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Back button shows user old state

QA have found the following bug in our web application: Go to a list of sprockets Create a new sprocket Click the back button Result: The list of sprockets shown does not include the sprocket that ...
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Should a web-based UI rely on the browser back button?

The back button is a great "get out of a flow's dead end" option that browsers provide. Should a UI rely on the back button as the only method to allow a user to get to the previous page or should the ...
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Android - Navigation Drawer “everywhere” drawbacks

I have an engineering background, but for the current project I'm trying to help my client out with UX and navigation. My client has drawn an Android app that I am implementing. In this app, the ...
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Should the Back button do anything from the Launcher?

tl;dr Is there a case where the Back button does something when on the Launcher? Is there a reason not to disable it when on the Launcher? Details I'm designing a customized version of Android. I'm ...
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Navigation bar vs toolbar in iPad and related controls

I'm getting a bit confused with navigation bars and toolbars when migrating from iPhone to iPad, since toolbars in iPad seem to be moved to the top, as described in iOS Human Interface Guidelines, so ...
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Navigation history on scroll in single page applications?

In single page applications many sites use hashbangs in the URL to implement navigation history. However, I recently came across this site: https://design.google.com/form-2014 I scrolled to the ...
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What is the best way to handle browser back navigation on checkout?

Consider the following scenario for an online checkout/purchase process... User goes through the application and enters all their information and billing information. User then clicks "Complete ...
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Giving an option to go back from the 'Save draft' page

For a multi-page online form our developers disable browser back options and have included a back button on every page of the form. However most pages have a 'save draft' option. The 'Save draft' ...
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iPhone app - Persistent hamburger menu vs last page visited [closed]

I'm wondering which option is best for an iPhone app using a hamburger menu (placed at the top left): The menu is persistent on every single page even when the user goes to a sub-level. When the ...
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Do average users expect the Esc key to work on websites?

I'm currently working on a fairly standard website where one page lists a series of projects - clicking on a project leads to an animation and then displays detailed info for it. I've got a back link ...
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Back button look bootstrap which one to use?

I have a multi page web app where the user first selects some information and uploads a file to import, then the file will be sent to the back end for processing. After that the results will be ...
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Navigation in your android app via Up and Back button

I needed some clarity on navigation via device back button and up button. The android app has a NewsFeed view, a Chats list view and a Chat window view. The app is minimized and user clicks on a chat ...
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Expected behavior of the Back button in a non sequential process?

I'm working on an app that lets the user combine different options to build a product. The process is as follows: Screen 1. A first screen where the user decides what to build. Screen 2. Second ...
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Back button in Navigation Drawer on iOS?

Description Android’s Navigation Drawer pattern fits my needs pretty well for primary navigation. My app includes several child applications. Within child applications there are several tabs ...
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Should the previous popup message appear again if the user clicks the back button?

Suppose the user receives a popup (modal) message for successful task, then clicks the back button on the browser. Should the modal popup message appear again even though the user hasn't performed ...
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Back breaking sites

What's the reason that so many site these days "break" my back button experience? Even stack does this: I read a question expand the comments, scroll to the first answer, follow a link, decide I'm ...
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Android App - placing elements close to android nav (back button and co)

I want to place a element (which can be often used) on the bottom left corner of my app but i'm not sure if it's a good ui choice. this app will run on IOS, desktop and android devices but it will be ...
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Good idea to have back button close a modal window?

I have a request to make the browser's back button close a modal window. I think it's probably a good idea, since I think the majority of times when a user is looking at a modal window (and this is ...
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Do we still need to add custom back buttons to our design?

I am building a website and I have a very light navigation. However within the navigation the user can go a level deeper without the navigation tab changing. My question is for the user to get back ...
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Back button label

What should be the label written next to a back button? Should it be the current activity or the activity the button would take us to? Take facebook's mobile website for an example- The label says, "...
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Back Button and Menu Button in Top Navigation for iOS

We want to have users navigate our app using a side menu. Once a user leaves main app pages, the menu button (in top left corner of nav) would change to a back button. However, the content of our ...
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How to reduce user confusion between my “Undo” button and Android's Back button?

My Android app has an Undo button in the action bar: Many users are confused between this Undo button and Android's hardware Back button (which exits the activity). Even I sometimes press the wrong ...
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Mailbox date picker back/cancel logic

I'm building a similar date picker option to the Mailbox one. I'm arguing with friends about their UX logic for returning from screenshot two to screenshot one. This is their main date picker screen: ...
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Should a music player's previous button go back sequentially or by history?

I develop a music player for a living and I just encountered an interesting scenario. The scenario is this: 500 songs queued up to play. Song #1 is active and playing. You double-click on song #500....
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Should a form's back button save the data entered before navigating backwards

I have a five page form: 3 data entry pages, a confirmation, and an submission success page. I am to insert a back button on the middle 3 pages, no problem. However, there is no specified behavior ...
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Multiple methods of navigating backwards from a web app's detail page

I've got a situation where there's a list, and each item in the list contains a detail page. Lets say it's a list of users in a table or something, and clicking on a user brings you to a page with ...
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Is it ok to put “undo” functionality on the back button on Android?

I am adding "undo" functionality to a small Android app that lets you edit some graph. Should I put this on the "back" button? Or somewhere else? What is the best place for this?
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Will it ever be okay for web-apps to disable the back-button?

I've been working on some extremely complex web-applications and supporting the back-button in all scenarios is non-trivial, to say the least. This is especially true when you support various devices ...
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Back button notification for unsaved changes

I'm working on a mobile app (hybrid using phonegap) and have a screen where the user can enter data. The screen has 2 options in the top header bar - either use the top-left button to cancel the ...
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Navigation on mobile site - menu or back button?

We have a mobile website, which is built as a single page application. We have tried to keep the back button alive by using anchors for different screens (it still feels pretty much like a paged ...
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Android back button; save or cancel?

I'm working on an Android app that has an activity where the user can add/modify an item. In the action bar at the top of the activity there is a save and cancel button. It behaves like a fullscreen ...
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Best design for 'undo' in rich web apps?

I'm wondering what is the best UI pattern to allow users to 'undo' an action in a rich web application? Background: Before you say 'just use the Back button', please read this article which does a ...
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Android back button - Global history back, or menu back?

On the Android, is the expected action of the back button to navigate backward through menus, or does it just go "back" to the previous screen you came from? I don't have an Android device to sample ...
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What's the Friendliest 'Back' Button?

I am designing a social intranet and I'm in need of advice for a friendly, straight-forward 'back' button. Here's the context - user lands on a home page displaying priority content. There is a menu ...