Disable Gestures On Your Pixel 3/3XL And Get The Vertical Recent Apps Menu (No Root)


One of the latest additions to the Android Operating System is the gesture navigation system which replaces the three-button navigation system. While some like it, some say it is a step in the right direction and requires refinement while a group still favours the traditional way of navigating the Android user interface with the help of buttons. Everything was going fine until Google decided to push the gesture-based navigation system under the throats of the Pixel 3/3 XL users. Although the new gesture system was an optional change in the beta builds, it seems like there is no way of reverting back to the traditional navigation method in the stable build of Android Pie. This was recently confirmed by Google in a tweet.

This can be a deal breaker for some who still prefer the traditional three-button navigation system. If you are someone who falls under this category, do not worry, we have a guide to help you out of this situation. But in this a materialistic world, it is a hard truth that everything comes at a cost and in this case, you have to give up the latest version of the Pixel Launcher based on Android 9 to disable the gesture based navigation system. This also means that the new horizontally placed recent apps card will be replaced by the more conventional vertically stacked recent apps menu.

Steps To Disable Gesture Navigation In Pixel 3/3 XL

  • Install any third party launcher on your Pixel 3 or 3 XL. For a close to stock experience, I recommend you using the Rootless Launcher by Ami Ziadi. You can opt for any third party launcher that works flawlessly on your device.
  • Make sure you have ADB and Fastboot installed on your PC. If not, here is an article regarding installing ADB and Fastboot on your PC.
  •  Connect your device with your PC by means of a USB to USB-C connector.
  • Open a command prompt or shell window in the folder where ADB is installed on your PC and type these commands based on your OS.
    • For MacOS or Linux Users:
      ./adb shell
  • Now, enter the following command to uninstall the Pixel Launcher.
    pm uninstall -k --user 0 com.google.android.apps.nexuslauncher
  • Enter the following command to enable the three button navigation bar in your Pixel 3 or 3 XL.
    settings put secure system_navigation_keys_enabled 1
  • Reboot your Pixel 3/3 XL by typing “reboot” and pressing enter.
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Now your Pixel 3 or 3 XL will restart with the launcher you installed on your device as mentioned in the first step as your default launcher with the three button navigation bar and the traditional vertically stacked recent apps menu.

Congratulations! You just changed the gesture navigation system and horizontal recent apps menu to the traditional navigational system and vertical recent apps menu respectively.

This is the way to Disable Android Pie Gestures On Your Pixel 3/3XL And Get The Vertical Recent Apps Menu. I hope this article works the way it is intended to beLet us know about your experience trying out the methods mentioned in this article in the comments section down below. In case I missed mentioning anything or if there is some topic which you want me to cover, please let me know in the comments section down below.

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