Here's How you can switch Android Q’s gesture navigation back to the old buttons

Here's How you can  switch Android Q’s gesture navigation back to the old buttons

It became clear the company was taking a page out of Apple’s UI as Google pushed out beta after beta of Android Q.Android Q’s new navigation system is most notable with regards to it. The iOS copycat gestures in Android Q will likely frustrate you even more if you already had mixed feelings about the two-button system in Android Pie. The new gestures work so similar to their iPhone implementation, that's its been surprising Apple hasn’t already sued Google. 

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Swipe up and hold to see recent apps, swipe from the sides go back, swipe up from the bottom to go home. It’s hard to see the advantage over the three-button system of old, other than saving you a few pixels of screen real estate. Apps that require swiping from the edges for features – like the side menus in so many Android apps, it’s straight-up worse, causing conflicts.

Thanks to Google, as it doesn’t plan to force you to use the new gesture system, as it did with the Pixel 3. Let's see if we got to see once the Pixel 4 comes out.

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Going back to the classic 3-button system – or the 2 button system of Android Pie – is easy enough, if you have one of the devices already capable of running Android Q.

  • Simply go to Settings  
  • System 
  • Gestures 
  • System navigator or search for ‘gestures’ from within the Settings menu.

You can switch between any of the free navigation systems there.Though settings may vary on future Android phones from different manufacturers, but they should be available through similar means.


While its been appreciating that Google is giving us the option to switch (for now, anyway) here’s hoping it at least refines the gestures in time for the final release – and maybe comes up with something more original next time around.

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