How to Set Up and Use the iPhone X-Like Navigation Gestures on the OnePlus 5T
The latest Oreo beta build for the OnePlus 5T brings a gesture-based system to navigate around the phone rather than traditional on-screen buttons. If you own a OnePlus 5T, here’s how to set up and use them.
Step 1: Sign up for the OnePlus 5T beta
Since the feature is in a beta release of Android Oreo, the first step involves downloading the update from the official OnePlus website. Do note that there is a potential for complete data loss and your device to get bricked, so proceed with caution. Also, beta users receive only beta updates via an OTA download. To withdraw from the program and start receiving stable builds again, you will have to factory reset your device.
Before proceeding, it is recommended that you first do a full backup of your device. Next, go to your computer and download the Open Beta 3. Mac users will need to have the Android File Transfer tool installed. When the update file is fully downloaded, plug your phone into your computer and transfer to the main folder of your OnePlus 5T.
Now, power down the device and power it back up holding down on the volume down button. Continue to hold both buttons down simultaneously until a OnePlus icon appears and offers you several options, which is known as recovery mode. Do note that your touchscreen function will not work here and you have to navigate the menus using the keys displayed on the screen. If your phone doesn’t go into recovery mode, reboot the device and try again. Once in recovery mode, choose Install from internal storage, locate the .zip update file, and select install.
The update process should take several minutes, and when it’s done, you will be taken back to your phone’s main screen. If everything worked correctly, you would now be running and be enrolled in the beta program. You can read OnePlus’ official flashing instructions (also on the download page linked above) for more details.
Step 2: Enable gestures
To enable the gestures, you first need to jump into the settings menu by pulling down on the notification tray and tapping on the gear icon. In the Customization section, select the Buttons option. Toggle on the option near the top of the list labelled ‘hide the navigation bar’. Doing this will automatically enable the gesture-based navigation. It can be switched back from the same location, if you want your navigation buttons back
Step 3: Use iPhone X like gestures
Once you’ve disabled the navigations buttons and activated gestures, a quick tutorial will pop up. Here are some of the gestures that you’ll get to use:
Go Home: Swipe straight up from the middle of the bottom of the screen. This should take you to your home screen from within any menu or application
Go Back: Swipe straight up from the left or right third of the bottom of the screen, and it will take you back one step
Recent App Switcher: Swipe straight up from the middle of the bottom of the screen and hold for a second in the middle of the screen. After several moments, the app switcher will appear with a list of previously opened apps
Step 4: Show off
That’s all there is to it, really. Is this something you’ll be trying on your devices? Let us know in the comments below.