Bring Gesture Navigation to your Nokia Smartphones!

Jealous of the cool new gesture navigation feature on Android 9 Pie? Want to try those Android Pie gestures on your Nokia phone? According to Nokia Anew, Nokia Mobile will begin the rollout of Android Pie update to Nokia 8, Nokia 7 plus, Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 from September onwards. But if you can't wait until then, Navigation Gestures app by XDA Developers brings gesture navigation to any Android device! Best of all, with Navigation Gestures app you can completely hide the stock navigation bar without root just like the one on the Nokia smartphones with Chinese ROM.

For this, you will need a PC (with adb installed). If you don't have adb tools installed on your PC, follow the guide in the link below:

Now download Navigation gestures app by XDA from Play Store. Here's the link to it. Once you open the app, you will be asked to give permission for accessibility services. Go ahead and give the required permissions. Below are the screenshots of the steps.

After giving accessibility permissions you'll be asked to give a special type of permission to hide your stock navigation bar. For that, you'll have to connect your phone to a PC/Laptop via USB cable. Make sure that USB debugging is enabled in the developer options. Now type the following command in the Terminal/Command prompt of your computer and hit enter.

adb shell pm grant com.xda.nobar android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS

Complete the setup in the app. In the home screen of the app, toggle the Hide Navigation Bar option. That's it. Now your Phone has navigation gestures! Remember to disable "Hide navigation bar" before uninstalling the app. Else you won't be having any navigation bar at all and that would be a weird situation. 😂

If you want to hide the pill and use swipe gestures instead, there's an option for that too. Click on the settings icon at the top right corner of the home screen of the app and enable the split pill option

As you can see from the above screenshot, there are many options to customize the pill and the swipes to your liking. Give it a try!

For a better explanation of the adb Permission Process, watch this guide:

If you have any questions regarding the installation process you can ask them in the comments section below and we will reply to it as soon as possible. :)

Credits: XDA Developers