Google stuck to the classic 3-button navigation system for Android. Since the Android 10 update in 2019, there have been modest UI changes in Android 13, while Android 14 is expected to feature a new predictive back gesture.
If you're looking to switch from the older button-based icons to gesture navigation, we've got you covered.
Here's a guide will help you enable and use the new gestural navigation on most phones running Android 10 or later.
To enable gesture navigation on an Android phone, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap on "System settings."
Step 3: Tap "Gestures & motions."
Step 4: Finally, select "Screen-off Gesture."
On your smartphone, you will find a lot of options for enabling gestures.
What are Android's best gesture features?
Android offers a range of convenient gesture features that can make using your smartphone more efficient. For instance, with gesture mode, you can double-tap the screen to turn it on and off. Drawing an "O" on the screen automatically opens the camera, while drawing a "V" turns on the flashlight.
You can also control your music playback with simple swipes, such as swiping up to increase the volume.
Android 13 includes several other useful gestures, such as sliding up or down to access more features, swiping three fingers to take a screenshot, and lifting your phone to your ear to answer a call automatically.
Moreover, you can mute an incoming call simply by flipping your smartphone over.
Android devices with gesture features make it easier and more convenient to use your device without having to navigate between menus and buttons.