Use gestures on your device
You can interact with your phone using gestures. You can turn some gestures on and off.
Turn gestures on or off
- Open your phone's Settings app.
- Tap System Gestures.
- Tap the gesture that you want to change.
- Swipe fingerprint for notifications
If your Pixel phone has a fingerprint sensor, when your phone is unlocked, you can check your notifications by swiping down on the sensor.
- Tap to check phone
When your phone is locked, you can check your notifications by tapping your screen.
- Lift to check phone
When your phone is locked, you can check your notifications by picking it up.
See how to lift to check your phone
Find your apps
- 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
- Turn on vibrate or mute
To turn on vibrate or mute and prevent ringing, press the power and volume up buttons.
Tip: Learn how to change what happens when you press power and volume up.
- Squeeze for silence
To silence incoming calls, snooze alarms and dismiss timers, squeeze the bottom half of your phone.
To change how hard to squeeze, open your Settings app System Gestures Active Edge.
On Pixel (2016), squeeze for silence doesn't work.
- Flip to Shhh (Pixel 4, 3a & 3)
To quickly turn on Do Not Disturb, place your phone face down on a flat surface.
Tip: Learn how to change your Do Not Disturb settings.
- Silence interruptions (Pixel 4 only)
To snooze an alarm, turn off a timer or mute a call, wave your hand once over your phone. Learn how to turn on Quick Gestures.
Listen to music (Pixel 4 only)
To skip a song, or go back to a song that you just played, wave your hand over your phone. Learn how to turn on Quick Gestures.
To use your Google Assistant, you can squeeze the bottom half of your phone. On Pixel (2016), instead of squeezing, say "Ok Google". Learn how to talk to your Assistant.
Tip: To change how hard to squeeze, open your Settings app System Gestures Active Edge.