How to enable the swipe gesture navigation in Android P

Among all of the great things introduced in Android P at yesterday’s Google I/O, the swipe navigation was perhaps the most exciting. Internally, at least, it was one of the changes which had us anxious to try out. So we did.

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We installed the Android P beta on our Pixel 2 and started kicking the tires. Interestingly enough, our navigation was the same as before, even after the update. Indeed, the swipe gesture was not enabled by default. Not to worry, though, it’s quite easy to turn it on.

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If you’re just getting started with a Pixel 2 or Pixel XL 2, you might not be familiar with some of the customization and tweaks at your disposal. For more seasoned and savvy users, you might know where to look first. The option is, logically, found tucked away with other gestures.

Here’s how to enable the swipe gesture navigation in Android P beta (on a Google Pixel 2). Note that if you are using a different device, it might be a little different.

How To

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on “System”
  • Tap on “Gestures”
  • Tap on “Swipe up on Home button”
  • Enjoy!

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