10 hidden tricks for making the most of Android 10’s gestures




Look, Google’s Android 10 gestures aren’t perfect — no two ways about that. But for all the negative attention the new navigation system rightfully receives, it’s actually come a long way since its painfully awkward debut in an early Android 10 beta.

And you know what? At this point, warts and all, the Android 10 gestures are actually pretty pleasant to use — once you give yourself the chance to get used to ’em.

Part of that simply boils down to a matter of adjustment, as a change like this is inevitably gonna be a bit of a shock at first. But part of it is also a matter of figuring out some subtle tricks to make the most of Android 10’s gesture setup. Some of the tricks may seem obvious, once you consider them, while others seem almost like unintentional inclusions. But all of them go a long way in making the new gestures faster, smoother, and more effective to use.

I’ve been fiddling around obsessively with Android 10 gestures for far too long now. Here are 10 tricks I’ve uncovered that’ll let you move around your phone like a pro.

1. Learn a new app menu gesture

One of the most glaring flaws with Android 10’s gesture setup is the way the new Back gesture — where you swipe in from the left side of the screen — overlaps with other actions already present throughout the operating system.

The most common of those is the gesture for opening a drawer-style menu within an app, like you see within Gmail or Google Photos. Google created an awkward mechanism for differentiating between swipes meant for going back and swipes meant for opening an app menu, but it’s clunky, inconsistent, and generally just too unpredictable to rely on.

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