Everyone’s talking about all the cool new gestures that you can use to navigate the iPhone X. Believe me, Android is paying attention and while this feature isn’t available natively yet, Motorola, Huawei, and OnePlus, do offer gesture navigation of their own.
But, if you don’t own one of those phones, no problem! There are always other ways of doing things.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to easily add gesture navigation to your Android without having to root your device. There are a couple of things you need to do to set it all up. However, it’s nowhere near as involved as rooting your device.
Here’s a heads up before we begin…
This method is going to work better with phones where the navigation bar is integrated into the screen. If you have a phone with touch navigation buttons, it might work…or it might not. It depends on the phone model.
Using The Navigation Gestures App
First of all, download and install the free app, Navigation Gestures. (Important! If you want to uninstall Navigation Gestures make sure you that disable navigation gestures first. In other words, make sure you revert to the standard navigation bar.)
Now you’ll need to use your PC to enable the app. Don’t worry. This isn’t difficult. You can follow the instructions here on how to install ADB. There’s also this handy video that will walk you through the process.
After you get ADB up and running, enter the following command:
[code]adb shell pm grant com.xda.nobar android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS[/code]
Now go to the app and make sure that Gestures Enabled is on.
Now you can get swipe navigation gestures on your Android device. Hide the standard navigation bar without having to root your device. Swipe up, down, right, left, tap, double tap, long press etc. Have fun!
This paid extension of the Navigation Gestures application adds useful features to make navigation even faster and more functional. The app lets you add new gestures to manage the phone interface quickly and conveniently, and you can assign a specific function for each gesture.
Now you can easily add edge gestures to your Android device. Swipe from the edge, tap, double tap, slide, and long press. You can even customize your edge area for position, length, and thickness.
Granular Immersive Mode allows you to enjoy a larger screen and to hide both the navigation bar and the status bar. Quickly toggle using the widget. Does not run background services.