When the phone is updated to Android Q later this year, you have a new option to navigate around. Instead of relying on Android's true three-button navigation, Android Qintroduces a true gesture-based navigation method that gets that you saw lingering in Android Pie.
Android's new guest navigation method is part ofwhich means there is always a chance that Google can change how it works before the final release. If that happens, we will update this post.
Gesturing in Android Q is optional ̵
The process will vary depending on who makes your phone, but if you search in the "Settings" app for "Gestures" you should have no problem finding it. But here's how to enable gesture navigation on Pixel 3 XL ($ 720 on Amazon) :
- Open Settings app
- Scroll to the bottom of the app and press System
- Select Gestures
- Press System Navigation
- Select Completely gesticulate navigation
Your screen flashes, and a few seconds later, the buttons that were only at the bottom of the screen will be gone. In their place, it will be a single white line.
How to get to the home screen
A quick sweep from the top of the screen bottom takes you back to the home screen.
Go to the multitasking view
To display all open apps, swipe from the top down the bottom of the screen but pause about one third of the way up the screen.
Quickly switch between apps
You can quickly switch between apps by dragging over the small line at the bottom of the screen. When you start browsing through open apps, you can swipe right in the same area to go back and forth between apps.
Open the appbox
Accessing the appliance is simple. From the Home screen, just swipe up. It is the same gesture that you use to get back to the home screen from an app.
How do I go back?
The lack of a back button and the subsequent replacement Google uses with Android Q Beta 3 is the most shocking change to navigate on your Android phone.
To go back, swipe from the left or right side of the screen. It's a quick gesture, and you know when you did it right for an arrow to pop up on the screen.
The problem is that many apps use an image printing menu that is accessed by swiping from the left edge of the screen. With the same gesture that is now used by Android as the back command, it will be interesting to see how Google and developers count the middle.
Forcing close apps
This hasn't changed, but it's worth mentioning again. When in multitasking view, swipe up an app's card – tap it at the top of the screen – to close the app.