Android Q's third developer preview resulted in several new features, one of which is quite disputed: iPhone-like gestures. When activated, the home button will disappear. Instead, swipe up to go home. And say, where was that back button going? To navigate back and forth via apps, you can swipe left or right on the screen to get where you need to go.
After a few minutes, some Verge staff really use the changes because it makes switching between iOS 12 and Android Q a little less crushing. Others are not sold on the gestures, but this usually goes with new features.
If you want to give these gestures a try, we have broken down the steps below to activate them on your phone. But before you start, you need to install the latest Android Q beta software on your device. It is available on all pixels, plus 15 other phones.
- Open the settings app and then navigate to "System"
- When you are here, click "Gestures," Then press "System Navigation"
- You can switch to "Fulgestural Navigation" which replaces the navigation buttons with a long, thin line at the bottom of the screen.
Should you decide you want to return to either the two- or three-button layout, just follow the same steps again to switch back.