How to switch to navigation buttons or gestures on Android

Our recent discussion of Android gesture navigation, which is now several years old, elicited a variety of reactions. It is clear that not everyone is a fan of gestures and many still prefer the 3-button layout that Android still allows as an alternative. While I’m sure Google and the Android team would like you to keep up with the times, they still offer buttons and we’re glad they do.

So since it’s clear that people need to know where the settings are for Android phone navigation, whether they need to switch to or from gestures or back to 3-button navigation, we thought a quick tutorial for each of the major phones would be helpful. help.

Below, you will find the steps to change navigation on your Android phone whether it is built by Samsung, Google or OnePlus. And if it happens to be made by Motorola or Nothing or some other company, chances are one of these sets will work there as well.

Samsung phones: Switch to 3-button or gesture navigation

Most Samsung phones automatically use gesture navigation out of the box, so if you’re okay with that setup, enjoy your new phone. However, if gestures pop up and you prefer to use the old-school 3-button setup, or the 3-button setup shows up during setup and you prefer to use gestures, here’s where to find the option for both.

Samsung Gesture or 3-button navigation

  1. Open Settings and go to Display
  2. Within Display, scroll until you find the navigation bar
  3. Tap the navigation bar and you should find your navigation type at the top
  4. Choose “Buttons” for the 3 button layout
  5. Choose “Swipe Gestures” for gesture navigation

Once you’ve made up your mind, Samsung offers a handful of additional options to customize how you browse. For 3 buttons, you can swap the back button from side to side. For gestures, you can choose between two layouts, decide whether to show the gesture suggestion bar, adjust the sensitivity, and more.

Google Pixel phones: Switch to 3-button or gesture navigation

For Google’s Pixel phones (and other Pixel devices), the location of the navigation setting changes with Android 14, so we’ll give you instructions for both Android 14 and Android 13. If you own a Pixel that’s still supported, you’ll be on Android soon 14. If your device hasn’t been updated yet or is no longer receiving updates, we’ll take care of that too.

Pixel gestures or 3-button navigation

Android instructions 14:

  1. Open Settings and find Display
  2. In Display you will scroll to find the navigation mode
  3. Tap it to find your choices
  4. “Gesture navigation” obviously gives you gesture navigation
  5. The “3 button navigation” gives you the 3 button layout

Android 13 and older instructions:

  1. Open Settings and scroll to find System
  2. Tap in System and then look for Gestures
  3. Touch Gestures and look for System navigation
  4. Tap in System Navigation to find your two options
  5. “Gesture navigation” obviously gives you gesture navigation
  6. The “3 button navigation” gives you the 3 button layout

Google offers limited customization for their navigation layouts, but you can at least adjust the sensitivity in gestures and whether or not a corner swipe activates Google Assistant.

OnePlus phones: Switch to 3-button or gesture navigation

If you own a OnePlus phone, it might be best to look for this particular setting because OnePlus has put it in the weirdest place. We’ll still help you get there if you don’t want to do a quick “system navigation” search.

OnePlus gesture or 3-button navigation

  1. Open Settings and scroll until you find Additional Settings
  2. Tap it and you will see System Navigation at the top
  3. Tap into that and take your pick
  4. “Buttons” gives you the 3 button layout
  5. “Gestures” offers you gesture navigation

Like Samsung, OnePlus gives you plenty of settings to further customize each choice. In fact, most of their custom options are identical and highly rated.

And that’s it. Tell me again which one is your favourite?

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