How to get iPhone X’s gestures on your Android device

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iPhone X was the revolutionary device of 2017 many other smartphone manufacturers (mostly Chinese) have tried to copy the Apple’s simple and effective interface, but many of these UIs turn out to be slow and not as pleasing as the Apple’s iOS UI.

Not only it was the first device to boast a screen to body ratio that is closer to the 90% but also it was the most expensive device of the time even the first device to reach the $1000 mark. The hype was mostly due to the Face ID the almost all- screen display and yes iPhone too but the feature that was not that welcomed at the time was the gesture controls since most of the people find them a bit hard to master and after some time these gestures became the defining feature of the iPhone X.

Most of the people want these gestures but the selling price of the iPhone X is not affordable for everyone that is exactly why we are telling how to get these gesture controls on your Android we can’t do this on an iPhone because of the restrictions of iOS, but if you are a fan of these gestures controls and an owner of an Android-based smartphone then follow on.


                The first thing to do is to download an app that is developed by the genius minds over XDA developers the app is called Navigation Gestures. This app has a lot of configuration options, and it can potentially mimic the gestural features found in iPhone X or the One Plus 6 but for the course this article we will be focusing on the Apple’s UI. The App works best with the devices that have on-screen navigation keys however you can potentially use the devices with physical keys or capacitive keys. To get all features you may need to buy the premium add-on for $1.49 only; you will need this as some of the options that we will use here will require these premium features. Once you have bought the feature, it will ask you for some permissions one of which can only be done via command line which requires PC connection. You’ll require specific Android’s developer tools which you can install by following this

Once you are done boot your PC and turn on the USB debugging and ADB debugging from the developer options in your phone’s settings if developer options are not enabled head over to your about phone and tap six times on your build number, and the developer option will pop up in your settings menu. Now plug in your phone and allow the debugging on your phone and then open a command prompt or power shell and write this command

“adb shell pm grant com.xda.nobar android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS”

(Via The Verge)


You can now disconnect your PC open the app that you just installed and head over to the configurations. Toggle the Enable gesture pill slider and hide the navigation bar to turn on the swiping features and hide your navigation keys. You can also add these keys on your notification bar for easier access. Please note that if you want to uninstall the app make sure you turn off these options and then uninstall the app.

Now to best mimic the features and gestures on the iPhone head over to the settings menu of the app and configure the Gesture options, appearance, and the Behavior options, there are a plethora of options here, and you can fiddle around them according to likings for the Appearance and the Behavior settings. However, the basic gestures setup is: Swipe up to get to home, swipe up and hold to access your recent applications, Swipe left to go back, Swipe right to open the previous app and touch and hold to open the Google Assistant. These gestures will give the most out of your Android device, and it will behave like an iPhone X. The setup overlay is given in this picture so that you can follow.

Image: The verge
Image: The verge
Image: The verge
Image: The verge

The back swipe

To complete your experience with swiping you’ll require another app to add the back-swiping feature from the left edge of the screen. The application is called Edge gestures, and it costs $1.99 over the play store. Like the Navigation Gestures app, it also has many configurations, but we only need the back swipe. I have turned off all other features and set the swipe from the right as the back button for the Android system. You may also want to turn off the feedback whenever you do the swipe so that it does not intermingle with the other feedback options that you have already set for the other application. It will make the experience rather clean if you want the feedback you can turn it on and configure it the way you want it to look.

Image: The verge
Image: The verge

When you have completed the configurations of both the applications you can navigate through your Android smartphone with the same gestures that are found in the iPhone X.

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