How To Customize Gestures Navigation On Your Android Smartphone

Dhir Acharya - Feb 08, 2020


How To Customize Gestures Navigation On Your Android Smartphone

Android 10 was launched, bring along the new gesture navigation for Android phone users. But if you are used to the old way, you can always change it back.

Navigation on Android smartphones is changing with the launch of Android 10 that offers less use of buttons and more iPhone-like experience for going back, or gesture navigation, going to the home screen, as well as open a recent app with a swipe. However, if you are not a fan of such changes, you can make adjustments on your phone.

Pixel phones

Android 10 gesture navigation

Google has made gesture navigation the first approach on Android phones, leaving more space for apps, webpages, movies, photos, etc. Defaulted in Pixel 4, gesture navigation is not difficult to use. If you want to go back to the home screen, swipe up; if you want to see recent apps, swipe up then hold and if you want to go back or forth, swipe left or right.

The latest Android 10 version, which first came to Pixel phones, allows you to customize navigation. Go to Settings, open System then choose Gestures. You can see options to choose from. Pick Active Edge to launch Google Assistant simply by squeezing your phone. Besides, if you want to set the gesture controls to your phone, pick System Navigation.

Next to Gesture navigation there is a cog icon; tap the icon to adjust the gesture sensitivity. If you prefer the traditional way, choose the 3-button navigation function then you can use Home, Back and Recents buttons located at the bottom of the display.

Samsung phones

Android 10 gesture navigation

Navigation customization on Samsung phones is a bit different from Pixels. There are three options, you can choose among the new Android 10 gesture approach, the Android 9 Samsung approach or the old three-button approach.

If One UI 2.0 and Android 10 are already on your phone, you can go to Settings then Display, choose Navigation bar and you can see 3 options. If you choose to use the 3-button function, you can switch the positions of the buttons on the screen.

If your phone is still running Android 9, go to the Navigation bar menu then you will see two options and choose between Full screen gestures and Navigation buttons. You can also change the order of the buttons with the panel underneath.

OnePlus phones

Android 10 gesture navigation

Besides Pixels and Samsung, OnePlus is another popular phone brand that runs Android. So how can you customize the navigation on OnePlus smartphones?

Open SettingsButtons & gestures > Navigation bar & gesture. If you are using the latest Android 10 version of OxygenOS, you can choose either the traditional 3-button approach (Home, Back, Recents) or Navigation gestures.

If you go for the traditional way and pick Back, Home, Recents, there are some other settings allowing users to change the position of the buttons, adjust how double-taps work and so on. If you pick Navigation gestures, you can choose to show or hide a small bar (which you can swipe through your recent app list) at the bottom of the screen.

Third-party apps

Since Android apps can connect with the operating system of the phone more deeply than iOS, you can use third-party apps helping users adjust the gesture controls for Android devices, but it is impossible when you use an iPhone. Depending on your point of view, this may be an advantage or disadvantage.

If your phone is an old phone and not running on Android 10 but you want to be able to swipe to return to the last app you use or launch Google Assistant, you can use the freemium Navigation Gesture to get and customize the gestures. In OxygenOS from OnePlus, you can also choose the pill-shaped in iPhone style for your Home bar.

Another freemium app you can try is Full Screen Gestures. This app even gives you more choices to customize gestures after enabling them. You can run this app on a phone with or without Android 10.

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