Use gestures on your device

You can interact with your Pixel phone or Nexus device using gestures. You can turn some gestures on and off.

For accessibility gestures, 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

  • Swipe fingerprint for notifications
    When your phone is unlocked, you can check your notifications by swiping down on the fingerprint sensor on the back.
  • Double-tap to check phone
    When your phone is locked, you can check your notifications by tapping your screen twice.
  • Lift to check phone
    When your phone is locked, you can check your notifications by picking it up.
    See how to pick up your phone

    Lift to check phone

Tip: Learn how to control your notifications.

Find your apps

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

Open or switch between cameras

  • Jump to camera
    You can open your camera from any screen by pressing your phone's power button twice.
  • Flip camera
    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

Quickly silence your phone

Talk to your Assistant (Pixel 2 & 3)

To use your Google Assistant, you can squeeze the bottom half of your phone. Learn how to talk to your Assistant.

Tip: To change how hard to squeeze, open your Settings app Settings app and then System and then Gestures and then Active Edge.

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