Use gestures on your device

You can interact with your device using gestures. You can turn some gestures on and off.

For accessibility gestures, you can learn about TalkBack gestures or magnification

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn gestures on or off

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Gestures.
  3. Tap the gesture you want to change.

Check notifications

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 how to pick up your phone

    Lift to check phone

Tip: Learn how to control notifications on your lock screen.

Find your apps

  • Find your recent apps
    From the bottom of your screen, swipe up to the middle of your screen.
  • Find all your apps
    From the bottom of your screen, swipe up to the middle of your screen twice.

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 how to switch between cameras

    Double twist for selfie mode

Turn on vibrate

To quickly turn on vibrate, press the Power and Volume up buttons.

Tip: You can change what happens when you press Power + Volume up.

See how to put your phone on vibrate

Prevent ringing

Talk to your Assistant (Pixel 2 only)

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 Settings app and then System and then Gestures and then Active Edge.

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