Use gestures on your device
You can interact with your device using gestures. You can turn some gestures on and off.
Turn gestures on or off
- Open your device’s Settings app .
- Tap System Gestures.
- Tap the gesture you want to change.
When your phone is unlocked
You can check your notifications by swiping down on the fingerprint sensor on the back of your phone.
When your phone is locked
- Double tap to check
On Pixel phones, you can check your notifications by double tapping your screen.
- Lift to check
You can check your notifications by picking up your phone.
See the lift-to-check gesture
Open or switch between cameras
- Open your camera
You can quickly open your camera from any screen by pressing your phone's Power button twice.
- Switch between cameras
On Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X phones, with your camera open, you can switch between your front and rear cameras by twisting your phone twice.
See the double-twist gesture
You can squeeze the bottom half of your phone to use the Google Assistant, silence incoming calls, snooze alarms, and dismiss timers. Learn how to talk to your Assistant.
Tip: To change how hard you need to squeeze your phone, open your Settings app System Gestures Active Edge.
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