How to Enable Gesture Navigation on Android 9.0 Pie

With the guide ahead, we will take a look at how to enable Gesture Navigation on Android 9.0 Pie along with detailing how to use these new gestures. Android 9.0 Pie has been announced and is currently available to all compatible Pixel smartphones — soon making way to more devices. One of the major changes in this year’s Android upgrade comes in the form of a completely redesigned navigation experience. Replacing the stock three button layout, Android 9.0 Pie now has navigation gestures built-in. These gestures are quite intuitive but a bit complex to learn. Ahead, find out how you can enable Android 9.0 Pie Gesture Navigation on your smartphone.

In an effort to change up the stock tapping experience, Google has come up with its new gestures. Unfortunately, by enabling these gestures, you don’t really gain any extra space that was previously occupied by the old navigation buttons. Rather, when Gesture Navigation is turned on, there is a small Pill icon replacing the normal three buttons. To navigate, you can press on this to go to home and swipe to perform various other actions. For a more detailed look at how you can have Gesture Navigation on Android 9.0 Pie enabled along with tips on how to use them, read ahead. 


Enable Gesture Navigation, Android 9.0 Pie

Enabling Gesture Navigation on Android 9.0 Pie is somewhat tricky and using them as well. For this, we have provided a complete step-by-step guide to enable Gesture Navigation along with tips for how to use it.

Enable Gesture Navigation on Android 9.0 Pie

Use the following guide to Enable the Navigation Gesture

Step 1 – Launch the Settings app of your phone running Android Pie then tap on System.

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Step 2 – From the resulting screen, now select Gestures.

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Step 3 – In gesture menu you will see many toggle options. Form the toggle buttons tap on Swipe up on Home Button.

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Step 4 – Once you tap on the option, a new window will open showing how the gesture works along with complete detail. Enable the option on this screen.

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Step 5 – Now, instead of standard navigation buttons, you will see a medicine pill button.

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How to Use Gesture Navigation on Android 9.0 Pie

Now that you have successfully enabled gestures, here is how to use them in order to perform basic navigation.

Recent Apps

In order to access recent apps, do a quick swipe up from the pill icon to the center of the screen.

To switch between recent apps, perform a right swipe gesture from the pill, this way you can switch between two most recently used applications.

Using Back Button

Going back it a little bit tricky. The home button will only show if it is needed. Like when you are on the home-screen, there is no need of a back button as there is nothing to go back to, hence the button disappears. Rest functionality is as normal.


To access split-screen multitasking, first you need to access recent apps. From there, you need to tap on the desired app’s icon. Once you tap it, there will be a drop-down menu showing multiple options, one of which should be multi-tasking. Tap it and the phone will enter into multi-tasking mode.

This was a detailed look at Android Pie’s new Gesture Navigation. We hope you find it convenient, if not, you can always revert back to the traditional style. If you have any further questions, reach us via the comments below.

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