1. ibcop's Avatar
    Hi all -

    I just got a Pixel 4 XL and first Google device - well, first anything other than Samsung for the past several years.

    Anyway, I do like the device and it does have a "fresh" look to it.

    Questions:

    But no back button? Let's say I open FB....view some comments....I kind of figured out to swipe right to go back. Is this the right way?

    Swipe up from the bottom to close an app?

    No way to quickly move from app to app? In a Samsung, you can see the previous apps used and simply tap and open that back up.

    Just irks me there isn't a darn user manual.

    Appreciate the help!
    01-13-2020 12:50 PM
  2. Wiley_11's Avatar
    01-13-2020 01:16 PM
  3. holz75's Avatar
    Hi all -

    I just got a Pixel 4 XL and first Google device - well, first anything other than Samsung for the past several years.

    Anyway, I do like the device and it does have a "fresh" look to it.

    Questions:

    But no back button? Let's say I open FB....view some comments....I kind of figured out to swipe right to go back. Is this the right way?

    Swipe up from the bottom to close an app?

    No way to quickly move from app to app? In a Samsung, you can see the previous apps used and simply tap and open that back up.

    Just irks me there isn't a darn user manual.

    Appreciate the help!
    Settings > System > Gestures > System Navigation > 3-Button Navigation
    J Dubbs and aximtreo like this.
    01-13-2020 02:20 PM
  4. ibcop's Avatar
    Settings > System > Gestures > System Navigation > 3-Button Navigation
    Shut the front door! Many thanks!
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    01-13-2020 02:44 PM
  5. ibcop's Avatar
    01-13-2020 02:47 PM
  6. J Dubbs's Avatar
    Yep gestures suck lol. ;-)
    01-14-2020 04:26 AM
  7. Joshua Luther2's Avatar
    I'm loving gestures. I came from an S9 and gestures on that phone were a joke. I also got used to using the back button on the right side of the nav bar. But I love the swipe from the left or right side of the screen to go back. Back in the day, I rooted my Nexus phone just to be able to swap the back and recent app buttons. I can easily use my phone one handed using gestures, whereas if I were using the Nav bar I'd have to use two hands to hit the back button.
    01-14-2020 05:25 AM
  8. ibcop's Avatar
    I'm slowly getting used to it. The back button helps while adjusting but I think I'll ditch it after a few days. I appreciate the help.
    cwbcpa likes this.
    01-14-2020 09:51 AM
  9. Ben_70's Avatar
    Google's gestures suck mainly due to the back gesture. There are too many apps and websites that require horizontal swiping and if you get a little too close to the edge, OOPS! Back gesture unintentionally triggered.
    Three button for me.
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    01-14-2020 10:37 AM
  10. dov1978's Avatar
    Hi all -

    I just got a Pixel 4 XL and first Google device - well, first anything other than Samsung for the past several years.

    Anyway, I do like the device and it does have a "fresh" look to it.

    Questions:

    But no back button? Let's say I open FB....view some comments....I kind of figured out to swipe right to go back. Is this the right way?

    Swipe up from the bottom to close an app?

    No way to quickly move from app to app? In a Samsung, you can see the previous apps used and simply tap and open that back up.

    Just irks me there isn't a darn user manual.

    Appreciate the help!
    'Swipe up from the bottom and hold' will bring up your recent apps then swipe through and hit the one you want.

    Or even faster is just to swipe the little white bar (or the very bottom of the screen if it isn't visible)left or right to swipe between recent apps

    The gestures are awesome and I couldn't imagine ever going back to 3 buttons these days
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    01-14-2020 10:40 AM
  11. cwbcpa's Avatar
    The gestures take some getting used to, but having used both iOS and Android 10's gesture system, I prefer Android's implementation. I am sure there are those that disagree or prefer the buttons, but now that I have adjusted to the gestures, I am much faster getting around the phone. It feels very intuitive. It's nice to have the buttons available though while you figure it out and decide what you prefer.
    01-14-2020 04:23 PM
  12. Peter Scooze's Avatar
    The gestures take some getting used to, but having used both iOS and Android 10's gesture system, I prefer Android's implementation. I am sure there are those that disagree or prefer the buttons, but now that I have adjusted to the gestures, I am much faster getting around the phone. It feels very intuitive. It's nice to have the buttons available though while you figure it out and decide what you prefer.
    I couldn't stand the gestures at first but now i cant use a phone without them
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    01-14-2020 07:23 PM
  13. Photo_Drew's Avatar
    I'm constantly swiping on my Galaxy tab and it drives me nuts. Didn't like the gestures on the 2xl but they seem so much more fluid on the 4xl.
    01-14-2020 08:55 PM
  14. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I enabled the 3 button menu on my P3 when it became available. Can't stand gestures.
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    01-14-2020 09:02 PM
  15. Rickey Shortt's Avatar
    While it's still a little quirky at times, after a day or two I started loving it and can't imagine going back to 3 buttons now, or even the pill. I really like the gestures, but I love the extra ¼" of screen real estate gained by losing the buttons too.
    01-15-2020 08:34 AM
  16. dijit4l's Avatar
    I enabled the 3 button menu on my P3 when it became available. Can't stand gestures.
    I'm with you, brother!
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    01-15-2020 08:57 AM
  17. technomom's Avatar
    You can have my 3 button navigation when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.
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    01-15-2020 09:47 AM
  18. TNSberry's Avatar
    Didn't mind the Pie gestures and it took less than a day to get used to the A10 changes.
    Don't think about it anymore. If your phone is a tool, interacting it is subliminal. Get on with it!
    01-15-2020 12:40 PM
  19. Amanullah 1's Avatar
    If someone has problem with sidebar then here's what gesture is , u need to swipe from left to right from almost bottom (not fully that u switch apps) just a little bit up or try to swipe from left bottom , where u can't see back gesture or switch app that's sidebar gesture, sorry for my crappy English.
    01-15-2020 01:27 PM
  20. NOLATechy's Avatar
    Google's gestures suck mainly due to the back gesture. There are too many apps and websites that require horizontal swiping and if you get a little too close to the edge, OOPS! Back gesture unintentionally triggered.
    Three button for me.
    While I agree that the back gesture can get a bit tricky, I've trained myself to always swipe left or right starting from the middle of the screen. This avoids any possibility of triggering the back gesture. Also, when opening the side menu as in GMail, don't swipe from left to right. Instead, swipe up and right (on a 45 degree angle) starting from about 1/3 up the screen on the left side of the screen. This will open the menu without triggering the back gesture. I've trained myself to use these two gestures and I've not had any problems accidentally triggering the back gesture. I've gotten so used to gesture navigation on my Pixel 4 XL that using my old 3 button Samsung Galaxy Tab A with physical buttons seems cumbersome.
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    01-15-2020 01:52 PM
  21. 1980bwest's Avatar
    Used to them.
    01-15-2020 04:17 PM
  22. fanisk's Avatar
    In the beginning that I tried them I was annoying and switched back to the previous gestures of Android 9 .
    Then I gave them a second try and after a couple of days I was perfectly adapted in them.
    it's absolutely easier and faster navigation ,as well as I like the margin of a bit bigger screen by cancelling the traditional navigation buttons.
    Now I never think to go back!
    01-15-2020 04:54 PM
  23. Henkelman's Avatar
    I'm loving gestures. I came from an S9 and gestures on that phone were a joke. I also got used to using the back button on the right side of the nav bar. But I love the swipe from the left or right side of the screen to go back. Back in the day, I rooted my Nexus phone just to be able to swap the back and recent app buttons. I can easily use my phone one handed using gestures, whereas if I were using the Nav bar I'd have to use two hands to hit the back button.
    01-15-2020 11:03 PM
  24. Kirstein Gourlay's Avatar
    If you go to the pixel tips app it takes you through all the features step by step.
    01-15-2020 11:09 PM
  25. Kirstein Gourlay's Avatar
    Go to settings- tips and support
    01-15-2020 11:11 PM

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