How To Use Gesture Navigation in Android P

The Android P Developer Preview 2 had been introduced at Google I/O and it’s now available for downloading and installing on a plenty of devices. If you are using one of the phones in the list below, then you can get the Android P on your device:

  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • OnePlus 6
  • Essential PH1
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Oppo R15 Pro
  • Vivo X21

Although there is a number of new additions and changes in Android P, one of the primary new additions is the gesture-based navigation. Well, if you have already updated your phone to Android P, but are not sure how to use the gesture navigation, we are going to show you exactly how to use gesture navigation on your device.

How To Use Gesture Navigation in Android P

  • Go to Home

You will see a pill on the gesture bar, which is your home button and performs the same way that the home button does n the conventional navigation bar. All you need is tapping on the pill icon to return to your home screen.

  • Open App Drawer

If you want to open the App Drawer, simply swipe up on the home button and then continue swiping. You can also tap on the home button and then swipe up again to launch the app drawer. However, keep in mind that this only works on the Pixel Launcher installed on Pixel devices.

  • Open Multitasking View

On Android P Developer Preview 2, the recent apps screen will be called the Multitasking View. To open the Multitasking View, just swipe up on the home button to enter it. From there, you can swipe left or right to move the list, and then tap on the screen to choose apps. To remove apps from the list, simply swipe them up.

  • Switch to Recent Apps

If you find entering the Multitasking View is difficult to browse through the recent apps, there is another way to do it as well. All you have to is simply swiping right on the home button and then hold to slowly scroll among apps and go of to launch the center app.

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  • Switch to Previous Apps

The recent button no longer appears on Android P, double tapping to switch to the previous apps becomes invalid. But you should not worry as switching to the previous app in this version is very simple. Just quickly swipe right on the home button and then release it to switch to the previous app.

  • Back Button

Unlike the conventional navigation bar on older Android versions, the back button in the new gesture navigation only appears when you are running an app. You will see the back button automatically appearing on the left of the home button.

According to Google, the new gesture-based navigation will help user operate the phone more easily, especially the phone screen is getting taller. How about you? What do you think about the gesture navigation in Android P? Let’s know your thought in the comment below.

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