Did you just update to Android 10 and are now trying to enable back the classic 3 button navigation? You have come to the right place. In this tutorial, we have covered how to enable 3 button navigation on your Android device running Android 10. With the new Android release, Google introduced a more refined version of its gesture navigation system that is enabled by default on some phones.
This the new revision is definitely a step up from the last one, but some users might still be looking to get the classic button navigation back. Android Pie required a technical tweak to enable this navigation type back, however, Google has brought it back for Android 10 and you can easily enable 3 button navigation on your Android phone.
Android 10 brings numerous changes and new features — all of which were expected as it is an annual release after all. On top of faster updates, better performance, improved UI, this new Android revision improves on the gesture navigation system which was originally introduced with Android Pie. New gestures are much more fluent, smooth and easy to execute but still, for some users, there is no replacement for the good old 3 button navigation. Gladly, that is still available and you can now easily enable it.
Android 10 brings a brand new gesture navigation. This type of navigation is easy for using your Android phone with one-hand. By default, there are three types of system navigation options in most Android phones. At least, they are available on the Google Pixel 3. Some OEMs like Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo might have removed this option as their Android skin on top of the stock version customizes a lot of built-in settings.
As mentioned, there are three different navigation options to choose from in Android 10:
- Gesture navigation: To go Home, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. To switch apps, swipe up from the bottom, hold, then release. To go back, swipe from either left or right edge.
- 2-button navigation: To switch apps, swipe up on the Home button. To see all apps, swipe up again. To go back, tap the back button.
- 3-button navigation: Go back, Home and switch apps with buttons at the bottom of your screen.
Out of these three options, the most convenient and easy to use is the 3-button navigation. You can quickly perform different functions and navigate around your Android device by using two hands.
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To enable the 3 button navigation option on your phone, you just need to follow these quick and easy steps. The best part, you do not need to download or install anything. While gesture navigation has its own learning curve, if you are used to the old button navigation layout, you can stick to that via implementing this simple procedure:
Step 1 – Open up Settings.
Step 2 – Scroll down till you see System and then tap on it.
Step 3 – From this menu, you would be able to see Gestures option, select it!
Step 4 – You should now see various gesture options available and there also should be an option for System Navigation. Select that.
Step 5 – This menu will now let you choose which sort of system navigation you want to run. By default, it will be set to Gesture Navigation. Select the one you would like to run.
That’s all that’s required to have 3 button navigation within Android 10. We have added detailed screenshots with each step.