[GUIDE] : Android 10+ Gestures Explanation: How To Navigate Your Android Device Part two
How to use Android 10 gesture navigation
Now that you know how to activate Android’s gestures, let’s take a look at how they allow you to move around. As explained, they exist in all modern versions of Android, but it is convenient to call them “Android 10 gestures” since they are from this version.
How to go back using Android 10 gestures
To go back, slide your finger from the left or right edge of the screen. Start your finger where the screen ends, then drag it. You will see a little arrow appear next to your finger if you do it on the right. You can go back until you reach your home screen.
Keep in mind that this gesture may interfere with opening slide-out menus or other modes of navigating applications. A useful workaround is to drag down at a 45-degree angle, or drag with two fingers, when you want to open a menu. Dragging straight will activate the Return gesture.
To adjust the sensitivity, press the equipment icon next to gestural navigation on the System navigation page mentioned above. You can choose from several levels of sensitivity, illustrated by shaded areas.
The more you set this responsive setting, the farther you can enable gesture from the edge of the screen.
How to get home using Android gestures
When you want to go back to your home screen, just slide your finger up from the bottom of the screen. A quick glance up from the white line at the bottom of your screen will work fine; tapping it does nothing with gesture navigation enabled. If you swipe too long, you will open the Preview screen instead, see below.
Meanwhile, once on your home screen, slide your finger anywhere to open your app drawer. If you swipe your finger from the bottom, it won’t work reliably. Start a little higher than the white line to activate the app drawer gesture. To close the app drawer, just slide your finger over it.
How to switch between apps with Android gestures
To quickly switch between recent apps, slide your finger horizontally along the white bar at the bottom of the screen. Slide your finger from left to right to go back and vice versa to go forward.
To see all of your open apps, swipe up from the bottom of the screen as you would go to the home page, but hold your finger for a while. This will open the preview screen, where you can swipe left and right to see all of your recent apps.
Tap or slide your finger over an app to access it, or swipe up to close it. It is also possible to tap on the application icon and choose split screen , allowing you to choose another application and use both at the same time.
Depending on your version of Android, you may see additional functions, such as Screenshot , in this menu.
How to open the Google Assistant using Android 10 gestures
As explained in our overview of Google Assistant, you have several ways to invoke the virtual assistant on Android. These include saying “OK Google” and pressing the button. Assistant button on the Google search widget.
But there is also an Android gesture to open the assistant: swipe to the center of the screen diagonally from one of the bottom corners of your phone. It should be at an angle of about 45 degrees. You may need to practice a few times to avoid activating other gestures instead.
Once you take it down, you will see colored lines coming from both corners, followed by Hi how can i help? Google Assistant text. At this point, you are ready to ask for what you need.
Other Android gesture options
We’ve looked at all of the major gestures in Android 10 and newer, but there are of course more to use. Some of them are consistent with older versions of Android, like swiping down from the top of the screen to open the notification panel. You can also drag two fingers down to go directly to the Quick settings sign.
Otherwise, most of the other Android gestures depend on your specific device. For example, on a Pixel 4 under Settings> System> Gestures , you will find other options. These include active edge , which lets you squeeze the sides of your phone to launch Google Assistant.
Motorola devices, on the other hand, allow you to use a “hash” motion to turn on your phone’s flashlight. Explore your device specific options to see what’s available.
Gestures for Android 10 and beyond
Now you know how to use gestures to navigate on your Android device running Android 10, Android 11 or later. They are similar to modern iOS navigation options, making it easy to move between platforms. Once you are familiar they should become second nature and are smoother than using buttons for everything.
To learn more, you can turn to some third-party apps that unlock additional gesture options.
Here is each new Android 10 gesture explained
Android 10 has started rolling out, and one of the key changes in the update is improved gesture controls. It takes a bit of getting used to if you’ve been on the old two or three button navigation system for a long time, but once the change is made you’ll never look back. Here is each new gesture for Android 10 explained in detail.
How to activate and start using gesture navigation
Gesture navigation is much easier and smoother once you train your memory to the new system. It might seem strange at first, but stick with it. After a few days you will wonder how you ever managed to live without it. To enable gesture navigation on your Android 10 smartphone, follow these steps:
Once you’ve enabled gesture navigation, you’ll need to know a few things before you can start browsing your smartphone with ease. To access the Home screen, swipe up from the bottom of your screen from any screen. To go back, swipe in from the left edge or the right edge.
To switch apps or see all your open apps, swipe up from the bottom and hold for one second. You can then swipe left or right to flick through open apps. To quickly open Google Assistant, swipe down in the left or right corner of your screen.
How to access the applications menu
Once in an app, like Gmail or Google Maps, you can now access the app menu without having to go and find the ‘hamburger’ menu at the top left of the screen. This is especially useful if you have a smartphone with a larger screen, such as a Pixel 3 XL or Pixel 3a XL.
- To scroll through the app menu, drag the slider from left to right with two fingers on the side of the screen.
Remember that one finger is enough to go back, so don’t forget the second finger. If putting two fingers on the screen seems too complicated, and it is if you use your smartphone with one hand, you can also open the app menu with a simple swype from left to right and upwards at an angle of 45 degrees. It takes a little more practice, and it can be frustrating if you accidentally take the wrong angle, but once you understand the procedure it becomes quick and easy.
How to quickly switch between two recent apps
If you just want to quickly switch between the app you currently have open and the app you used last, Android 10 makes it quick and smooth. We’ve seen this kind of functionality before at Google and other manufacturers who tended to use a double tap.
- On Android 10, swipe the bottom bar to the right to quickly switch to the app you were using previously.
It works both from another app and from the home screen. This is incredibly useful when you want to copy and paste text between apps or quickly check WhatsApp while reading an article in Chrome or an email in Gmail, for example.
Why is this gesture not working on my phone?
The new Android 10 gestures work on smartphones that use stock Android or Android One software. This means that Pixel phones are supported, of course, as well as some other manufacturers such as Nokia. Brands that add their own software customization to Android, like Samsung with its OneUI interface, have their own gesture navigation systems.
You might also have issues if you use a third-party launcher that is designed for the old three-button navigation system. Google has explained that it is working to bring its full range of gestures to these launchers, but we don’t yet know when that will happen. We will keep you posted.
Xiaomi MIUI 11: gesture navigation of Android 10 finally arrives
Xiaomi finally adds gesture navigation to MIUI 11. The OS carried most of the features of Android 10 but gesture navigation was still missing. The manufacturer finally integrates it in beta. The new gesture navigation system makes it even easier to navigate between running apps and quickly access the most useful features.
MIUI regularly welcomes new features but Xiaomi was still in r **** d as to the assumption of responsibility for the new gesture navigation of Android 10 in MIUI 11. It is finally available in the last update of the OS. Deployment begins as usual in China and in beta.