Android Pie: How To Enable And Use Gesture Navigation?

Google has launched the first public beta of Android Pie. It is the very first time that Google opened up the beta software to its users with devices other than Pixel or Nexus phones. Android P is Android Pie. However, the major change in Android Pie is the new navigation system. Along with “Android Pie’s first public beta release” came this brand new navigation method that is gesture based. Well, as a result of this system, instead of having the usual age-old back, recent apps and home buttons, you are just going to have the single essential pill-shaped home button on your device.

On the other hand, using it is quite easy, but it first has to be activated. You will notice that the usual or traditional keys are still the default method when you boot up the phone running Android 9.0. But when you start installing Android Pie on your phone, you may not find this new gesture navigation system by default — you must have to activate it first in order to experience this significant change to the way your Android Smartphone works. In this article, you will learn how you can make the most of the new gesture navigation system. Do to so, follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to your phone’s Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click on the System option in Settings.
  3. Search for the Gestures option. Click on it as soon as you find.
  4. Here you will need to click on the Swipe up on the home button.
  5. Then you have to toggle the switch to turn it on. Doing so will change the navigation buttons immediately.
  6. Aside from the unusually placed and named settings, you will notice that’s a pretty simple process.

So now, you must wonder how to use these gestures. Well, here we have brought you a quick rundown of how you can use this gesture system:

  1. You still tap the new drawn out home button for going home at whatever time, that doesn’t tend to change.
  2. When you’re using an app or have a view that can handle this back button, you will see the button on the left side of the home button where you were used to seeing it.
  3. Now, you will need to wipe up on the home button, and then continue swiping to open the app drawer.
  • Then again you will have to swipe up on the home button. Swipe up once more to open the app drawer.
  1. Swipe up on the home button for entering the multitasking view.
  • Here you need to swipe left and right. Doing so will move the list, then you have to tap to select apps.
  • Then swipe up for removing the apps from the list.
  • Just press and hold on the app icon for entering the “split screen” view. You will see that in the top screen view.
  • You will find that the apps in this view are LIVE. However, from here you can select, copy, and paste text in the multitasking view.
  1. Now, you have to swipe right on the home button and hold it to scroll slowly between the apps. Release it to open your center app.
  2. Then you can swipe right on home button quickly and let go for just switching to the previous app. It is quite similar to double-click on “recents currently”.

This change is quite significant to the way most of us interact with an Android phone. This change affords Google the prospect to enthusiastically manage the buttons towards the context of what the phone is doing, opening up even more possibilities are rising.

Thanks for reading. I hope that the information provided in my article will be helpful to you.

Olivia Jones is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats.Her passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at



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