There are countless ways to improve your smartphone’s functionality and appearance. Gesture control apps allow you to control your smartphone by way of simple hand movements or swipe gestures.
These super helpful apps are all about making it easier to interact with your device. Let’s take a closer look at the best gesture control apps for Android.
1. Gesture Lock Screen
The Gesture Lock Screen app is a convenient way to protect your device. You can use letters, shapes, or signatures as gestures to lock and secure your phone.
To set up the app, you’ll be prompted to add a gesture and a 4-digit PIN. Next, you’ll need to grant permissions to your phone’s accessibility settings and screen overlay settings. Follow the on-screen instructions to allow these requests.
You’ll also see a list of options to customize your lock screen experience: wallpaper, date and time formats, sounds (including custom ringtones), animations (when unlocking), and more. This app even has an “intruder selfie” feature that takes a picture of anyone who tries to sign in with the wrong password.
For security purposes, you can also set your unlock gesture to invisible mode. The app is very easy to use and has a user-friendly interface which makes it suitable even for novice users.
Download: Gesture Lock Screen (Free, in-app purchases available)
2. T Swipe Gestures
T Swipe Gestures is an app that replaces your standard touch interface with a gesture-based one. The app gives you more control over your screen by allowing you to customize its edges with distinct swipe areas (top, bottom, left, and right) and assign gestures to any action or app shortcut of your choice. Here’s how to get started:
- Launch the app and follow the on-screen instructions to grant the required permissions for accessibility.
- Next, on the app screen, tap on Areas and select from the options provided (left, for instance).
- Under the Generals section, toggle on the Enable button.
- Scroll down and tap on the Swipe section to open up the options to assign swipe gestures — action, app, or shortcut.
For example, you could set up an edge swipe gesture that launches the camera app or triggers a device shortcut such as opening up your Messages folder.
The toolbar (or sidebar) is visible on the sides of your device’s screen. Simply swipe across these “trigger zones” to activate the icons and settings that you need. You can adjust the toolbar size along with its color, alignment, height, and other settings within the app. Additionally, you may toggle on sounds and vibration options for swipe gestures.
Download: T Swipe Gestures (Free, premium version available)
Sidebar Screen Swiftly Switch is a great way to navigate, interact with, and control your device. The app makes it easier to access the apps you use most often by adding them to a sidebar screen where they’re always within reach. It’s a similar idea to Edge Panels on a Samsung phone.
You can activate the toolbar by swiping left, and customize it with a range of useful actions. Swipe to any one of these items to trigger the associated action.
On the home page, you can customize the navigation display settings for your device. Under the General tab, you can set up a few Quick actions — such as a screen lock, pull up notifications, access a recently opened app, and more.
Swiftly Switch lets you have a set of Circle favorites right at your fingertips — you can add a selection of frequently-used apps, web links, system settings, or actions, and they’ll show up as a semicircle in the side panel. It’s a good way to get quick access to apps without having to open the app drawer each time, or search through floating windows.
The sidebar also supports apps that appear as a full grid of icons or buttons. You can even place a shortcut to your Grid favorites using the Quick actions feature.
Download: Sidebar Screen Swiftly Switch (Free, premium version available)
4. Navigation Gestures
With its simplified and intuitive interface, Navigation Gestures allows you to operate your smartphone easily via a series of swipes and gestures.
To set up the app, follow the steps below:
- First, you need to grant the accessibility permissions via Settings> Accessibility> Installed Services. Toggle on the slider button next to the app, and tap Allow on the confirmation screen.
- Next, you’ll want to tap the gesture zone / strip where you want the toolbar to appear (left, for instance).
- Customize the buttons to set off device actions or shortcuts. These will appear on the sidebar.
- You can add Swipe, Holdor a combination of Swipe and hold gestures for each such button to activate the required actions.
- Next, navigate back to the app screen and toggle on the slider buttons for these gesture zones.
In the Appearance and Settings sections, you can adjust the sensitivity, size, and color settings for the left, right, and bottom areas of your device display. You can also adjust their colors according to your preferences. The free version of the app is supported by ads. To access all features, you can opt for a one-time premium upgrade.
Download: Navigation Gestures (Free, premium version available)
5. Edge Gestures
The Edge Gestures app is yet another great way to set up quick access to your favorite apps and shortcuts.
As with other apps on the list, this app allows you to use the edges of your device display as a gesture zone where you can perform actions such as opening apps or taking screenshots. You can enable custom gestures using all three bars at once — bottom, right, and left.
To start with, you will need to grant accessibility permissions. Further, you can add different types of gestures to the edges of your screen — tap, double-tap, swipe, swipe and hold, and pull and slide actions. To do this, tap the bottom menu to select Left, Rightor Bottomand then set up shortcuts in the Gestures section.
You can set up quick access to ringtone volume controls, the power dialog, switching between recent apps, your notification quick settings, and more. Adjust the length, position, and width of the toolbar as you like.
The app isn’t free, however, it does offer some handy features that you can use to navigate or control your device easily. If you’re a Samsung user, you might want to check out these tips to navigate and control your Samsung Galaxy device as well.
Download: Edge Gestures ($ 1.50)
Make Your Phone Work for You
There are always reasons to tweak, change, and improve the navigation experience on your smartphone. Whether it be to fit your personal needs, or just simply to keep things fresh, these gesture and navigation apps should help you do that.
Sure, they have their limitations. It might take a bit of time to get used to them, but once you’re there, they should help you control your Android device easily with a few simple swipes or gestures. Give them all a shot — you’ll be glad you did!
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