Android and iOS are the two juggernaut platforms in the mobile world and they both are mature and feature-rich operating systems. So, obviously, both platforms pack in their own unique features. We have used both Android smartphones and the iPhone extensively and if there’s one thing we really love on the iPhone is the global (mostly) swipe-back gesture. While Android fans might argue that the back button on Google’s platform is very easy to reach, unlike in iOS. However, believe it when we say that a gesture really makes up for a great user experience.
So, if you like the iPhone’s back gesture or you recently moved from an iPhone to Android and want the global swipe-back gesture on your device, we have got you covered. You can use the All in one gestures app available for free (with in-app purchase to remove ads) on the Play Store to get iPhone’s back gesture on Android. Also, it’s important to note that the app works on non-rooted devices too. So, here’s how to get the iPhone’s back gesture on Android with the All in one gestures app:
1. Firstly, you will have to install the All in one gestures app from the Google Play Store. After you have installed the app, open it and you will be welcomed with the app’s latest changelog. Tap “Close”. Then, you will see the home page of the app with three tabs: Hard Keys, Swipe, Status bar. Turn on the “Enable” option in the “Swipe” tab.
2. After you have enabled the swipe gestures. Tap on the “Left Area” option and select the action “Back“.
3. The app will then prompt you to enable the app in Settings->Accessibility. Just tap on the prompt at the bottom and enable the All in one gestures app.
4. Once done, you will see a slight black shade on the left edge of the screen (as you can see in our screenshots) suggesting you that you can swipe to go back. You can then start swiping from the left edge of the display to go back, like you would on an iPhone.
The good news is, the back gesture works on almost all the apps and almost anywhere across the Android UI, unlike the iPhone. While it works like a charm, whenever you swipe back through the gesture, you will see a message at the bottom saying “Back”, which might bother some people. However, we think the message isn’t a deal breaker, as it does not hinder the experience.
Note: The swipe-back gesture from the left edge might not go well with the Android UI and its apps, considering there are apps that feature a navigation menu available through a swipe from the left edge. So, you can even choose to select the swipe-back gesture to be available from the right edge for a better user experience.
While All in one gestures brings you the iPhone-like back swipe, it packs in a plethora of additional features. The app lets you enable gestures for the various edges of the display as well as corners. You can set different responses like actions, launch different apps or shortcuts through different swipe gestures. Moreover, you can even set responses for hard keys and status bar. To sum things up, you are going to thank us for introducing you to the All in one gestures app.
Now use the swipe-back gesture on Android
You might have noticed that while the All in one gestures app does bring the iPhone’s back gesture, it offers much more. While there are other apps like GMD Gestures, which brings similar features, it only works on rooted devices. Also, if you have a rooted device, you can use the SwipeBack Xposed module to implement the gesture system-wide. So, if you consider everything, the All in one gestures apps is your best bet and we are sure it won’t disappoint you. Chances are, after you have used the app, you won’t be missing your iPhone anymore.
Well, that’s all we have to say but we’d love to hear your thoughts on the app. Sound off in the comments section below.