Contrary to popular belief, Android is a system full of hidden gems. Some can be found by performing a few tricks, while others work with some simple and easy actions. In this article, we will teach you 10 touch gestures that will improve your Android user experience.
You can enable or disable this gesture system from the settings menu. It takes a little getting used to at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll really appreciate a cleaner screen now that the stock Android buttons are removed from the bottom of your screen.
2. Long press on notification to access app settings Many of you probably know that if you swipe a notification message to one side, it will disappear. However, you can do other things if you hold down your finger and select one of the buttons that appear on the right. This can be done both on the lock screen and in the notification bar.
You’ll see an ‘all categories’ option, which will take you to the notification settings for the app in question. However, some manufacturer user interfaces do not allow this, such as EMUI, Huawei/Honor UI. Older Android versions may instead show a cog icon for settings.
3. Swipe two fingers down to access quick settings directly This trick has been around since Jelly Bean, but it’s worth reminding yourself of. To skip notifications and access the quick shortcut menu, simply slide two fingers down from the top of the screen.
Instead of doing conventional gestures twice, which means swiping one finger, and needing to go through app notifications, you’ll quickly access shortcuts to basic Android settings (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular data, Airplane mode, Cast screen, etc).
4. Long press to select words for more options Since Android 6.0 Marshmallow hit the screen, the usual copy and paste functionality has improved. You can select a word, phrase or text and long press the selected content. You will get several options depending on the context (i.e. if it is a website, editable document, phone number, etc) such as to copy and share, search the selected text on the web, save to contacts, or Google Assistant on and translate, all without leaving the screen.
5. Easily access safe mode What exactly is safe mode? In a few words, this mode boots the Android system without showing the apps you have installed, as if you had formatted the phone. This option is ideal if you are having problems with a particular application. In addition, it is easily accessible.
Press your device’s power button for a few seconds. As soon as the turn-off option appears, do a long press. A new window will ask if you want to restart the phone in safe mode.
6. Navigate through tabs in Chrome Are you one of those users who leave hundreds of tabs open in Chrome? If so, then you should know that there is an easier way to navigate them. If you press the button that shows the number of open tabs for a few seconds, you will see all the tabs that were left open.
7. Zoom in on any screen Many apps let you zoom in by placing two fingers on the screen and spreading them apart. However, this action is not allowed in other apps or in most menus/system apps. However, there is a solution.
Enable the function by going to Settings > Accessibility > Magnification gesture. Once activated, you triple-tap on the screen to zoom in on the dot you want. To then navigate from side to side on the magnified screen, you need to slide two fingers left and right. You can also do a two-finger pinch to adjust the zoom.
8. Make Google keyboard occupy less screen If your keyboard is very large or you just want to reduce its size, you can simply press the Enter key for a few seconds until a new option appears for your keyboard.
9. Delete apps directly from home screen If you long press on an app icon on your home screen, it will allow you to delete it directly by dragging the app to the word Uninstall (or the letter x) that will appear. Previously, only shortcuts were removed. The availability of this option depends on your phone model and Android version.
10. Double tap the screen to zoom in on Maps Google Maps is one of the best apps that Google has to offer. If you have a device with a larger screen, you may not be able to access all parts of the map, especially when using your device with one hand. The fix is to double-tap to zoom in on the area for a closer look. Then to navigate the zoomed map, you just need to use one more finger. However, these are not the only gestures that work with Google Maps.
11. Create your own touch gestures In addition to the gestures mentioned above, there are third-party apps that let you create your own touch gestures. The All in One app is great for this and offers users lots of new gesture options. Setting it up is easy. You just have to choose the gestures you want and how you want them to affect your device. The downside is that this can have a negative impact on your phone’s battery.