Use Gestures on Android Pie

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Android has always offered users the option to use gestures to access and utilize various functions on their device's. The last two major OS updates (Oreo and Pie) have, however, stepped it up a bit with seven functional gestures that can help you get the most out of your device. In addition to the five gestures available with Oreo's release, there are two new ones for even more flexibility.

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Depending on how you use your phone or tablet, enabling the right gestures can help substantially lower the amount of tapping and navigating around the UI. For example; if you're taking pictures and switching back to other apps frequently, the Jump to camera gesture works wonders. Also, the new Swipe up on Home screen gesture is excellent for when swiping is more desirable.

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In the following VisiHow tutorial, we demonstrate Android Pie's gestures. For this article, we used a Google Pixel, running Android 9.


Use Gestures on an Android 9 Device

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    Swipe up on the Home screen to view your app tray.
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    From the app tray, tap Settings.
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    On Settings, tap System.
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    From the System screen, tap Gestures.
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    The first option on Gestures is Swipe fingerprints for notifications. Tap the toggle switch to enable the gesture. When enabled, swipe your fingertip over the sensor to view your notifications.
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    The second option on Gestures is Jump to camera. Tap the switch to jump to your camera when the power button is press twice.
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    The third option on Gestures is Flip camera. Tap the toggle switch to enable the Flip camera gesture.
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    The fourth option on Gestures is Swipe up on Home button. Tap the switch use this gesture. When enabled, you can swipe up on the home button to switch apps, swipe up again to view all opened applications.
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    The fifth option on Gestures is Double-tap to check phone. Tap the switch to turn on the gesture. Once enabled, you can view the clock and any notifications when the screen is off, by tapping the screen two times.
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    The sixth option on Gestures is Lift to check phone. Tap the toggle switch to enable this gesture. When this gesture is turned on, you can view the time, notification icon, and other info by picking up your device.
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    The seventh option on Android Pie's Gestures screen is Prevent ringing. Tap the switch to use the Prevent ringing gesture. To use this gesture, press Power + Volume Up simultaneously.
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Tips, Tricks, and Warnings

  • Test out each gesture to get a good feel for how they work.
  • If you want to turn a gesture off, go to Settings > System > Gestures, select the gesture, and then tap the toggle switch.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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