Gesture Navigation revolutionizes the way you have been using your Android devices. With the release of Android P Developer Preview 2, Google, along with many smart features, has introduced a new way to navigate the device with Gestures. The new feature is given a shape of a pill, which you can use on your Android device running Android P developer preview 2. However, Google has not yet bid adieu to the traditional three-button navigation bar. If you want to use Gestures on your Android device, first you need to enable Gestures in Android P 9.0.

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Gestures will make your navigation easy and smooth, and therefore, users love to use this feature extensively on their Android phones and tablets. Want to give it a try? Go ahead and turn ON Gestures and use them in Android P 9.0.

How to Enable and Use Gestures in Android P 9.0

How to Turn ON Gestures in Android P

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your Android device.

Step #2. Now tap on System and then Gestures.

Step #3. Among the options, you will see ‘Swipe up on Home button.’ Tap on this option.

Step #4. Then you need to toggle the switch next to ‘Swipe up on Home button.’

You can now see that pill-shaped Gesture Navigation icon at the bottom of the device screen.

How to Use Gesture Navigation in Android P

You have successfully turned on Gesture Navigation in Android P; it’s time to use this feature to interact with your device. There are a couple of uses of Gesture Navigation; you can go to home, open app drawer, enter multitasking view, switch to recent apps, switch to previous apps, and tap the back button with Gesture Navigation.

Go to Home

Note that the pill-shaped button has replaced your traditional home button, and therefore, you can use it as the home button. When you press the pill, you will be landed on the home screen of your launcher.

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Launch app drawer

To launch App Drawer, you need to swipe up on the home button and keep swiping to launch the App Drawer. There is another way to open App Drawer; simply tap on the home button and swipe up again to launch App Drawer. However, this feature is exclusively available in Pixel Launcher that is a default facility in Pixel phones and tablets.

Enable Multitasking View

Earlier, it was recent apps screen, and now in Android P, it is called Multitasking View. To launch Multitasking View, just swipe up on the home button; you can explore the app list by swiping left or right on the apps. Tap on the app you want to open. To get rid of the app, you need to swipe up.

See recent apps

For some users, the new Multitasking View is cumbersome. For such users, there is an alternative way, swipe right on the pill icon and hold to scroll gently between apps. If you want to open an app, just release the button.

Go back to the previous app

Since recent apps button is not available in the new system, you are not supposed to double tap to switch to the previous app. Swipe right on your home button quickly and release to switch to the previous app.

Back button

The back button is visible only when you are using an app that requires the use of back button. In such apps, the back button appears automatically to the left of the home button (pill).

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