Use Gestures on an Android Oreo Device

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Using Gestures on Android Oreo (or previous versions) is an excellent way to turn on specific apps or functions much faster than the traditional, unlock the screen and open the app method. For example, If you find yourself in a situation where you need to be able to check for new notifications but don't have the time to unlock the screen each check, the swipe fingerprint gesture could be a lifesaver.

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What if, for whatever reason, you're unable to a get to the fingerprint scanner, or, you have to leave your device sitting flat with only the screen facing up? Well, the Double-tap to check phone gesture would do the trick nicely. A couple of quick, gentle taps on the screen(even while in sleep mode), and you can see any new notifications.

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If you take a lot of pictures or video with your device or happen to do a lot of stop-and-go while shooting, the Jump to camera gesture can help tremendously.

In this VisiHow, we used a Google Pixel running Android 8.1.0. The following five gestures need to be manually enabled to be used. The standard gestures such as the double-tap to zoom or tap + hold for additional options are on all the time. The gestures we'll go through in this article can be disabled at any time via the Settings app.

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Use Gestures on Android Oreo

  1. 1
    On the home screen, tap the arrow or swipe upwards to access the app drawer.
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    From inside the app drawer, tap the "Settings" app.
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    On the main Settings screen, scroll down and tap "System".
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    From the System screen, tap "Gestures".
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    Here on the Gestures screen five different options can be enabled. The first is "Swipe fingerprint for notifications". Tap it to turn it on and view the instructions.
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    To enable Swipe fingerprint for notifications, toggle the switch on. To use this gesture, swipe downwards on the fingerprint sensor located on the back of the device.
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    The second option back on the Gestures screen is "Jump to camera". Tap this to enable the gesture and to see the animated demo.
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    Turn on Jump to camera by tapping the switch. With this gesture on, you can open your camera app from any screen by pressing the power button twice.
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    The third option on the Gesture screen is "Flip camera". Tap it to enable, and to see how it works.
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    Enable Flip camera by toggling the switch to the right of the description. The Flip camera gesture allows you to switch between selfie mode and standard mode by double-twisting the device. This gesture saves you from having to use your other hand while changing between camera modes.
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    The fourth option on the Gesture screen is "Double-tap to check phone". Tap this gesture to switch it on and to see how to use it.
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    Turn on Double-tap to check phone by tapping the toggle switch just below the animation. With this Gesture enabled, you can check for notifications and other info by simply tapping the screen twice.
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    The last option on the Gesture screen is "Lift to check phone". Tap it to turn it on.
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    Enable Lift to check phone by toggling the switch on. When enabled, this Gesture will display notifications, the time, and other information when you pick the device up from a stationary position.
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Tips, Tricks, and Warnings

  • If you're low on battery power, you may consider disabling the Lift to check phone gesture. This is because every time the device is picked up the screen will light up.
  • Practice with the above-listed Gestures before using them in a professional scenario. You want to be comfortable with how they work and feel before using them in any work-related situation.


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