How to use the hidden Google Pixel button on your Android

Google Pixel button

On Google Pixel devices, there is a hidden button that can be used to do anything. You can add that back gesture to your Android with this app, no matter what it is.

If you have a Google Pixel, you may or may not know that it has a secret button on the back that, when pressed twice, does something you’ve already set up. It is very useful to open a shortcut, start an app, or turn on the flashlight. It’s also in some iPhone models. And if you have a Samsung, Xiaomi, OPPO, or Realme Android phone, you can add this back gesture with an app. And on top of that, it’s free.

If your Android phone has Android 7 or later and you want to add this back gesture without changing devices, you can do it through software with the TapTap app. You might not have that secret button, but if your smartphone has an accelerometer and gyroscope, which is common in newer models, we can imitate that button to get the same or similar features.

In the words of the person who made TapTap (or Tap, Tap), you can use his app to do up to 50 things by pressing the back of your device twice or three times. Not at the same time. You will have to decide ahead of time what happens when you double tap and what happens when you triple tap. That is, pressing or tapping the back of your Android twice or three times. But first, let’s look at how to install it and then at how to set it up.

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TapTap on Android

With TapTap, you can copy the Pixel’s back gesture on your Android. However, it is not available on Google Play or the app stores for Samsung or Xiaomi. This is the only downside. In other words, you will have to install it from its GitHub repository, which has an APK installer. Once you’re there, click on Releases to get the latest APK file for your Android. We’ll need to change a few settings on Android to get it to work, but it won’t take us more than a few minutes.

Android makes it hard to install apps that aren’t on Google Play or the official store for your phone. This is to keep apps safe. So, if you download the TapTap APK from Google Chrome, you’ll get a message like “For security reasons, your phone can’t install unknown apps from this source. Find the option to Install unknown apps or something similar. Once inside, we turn on the option that says “Allow from this source.”

Once you change that option, you’ll be able to download and install the APK without any problems. When it’s done, its icon will be next to the icons of the other apps you’ve installed on your Android. Now all we have to do is set it up to do what we want. Depending on whether you want to combine two taps or three taps, you can change the Android back gesture or gestures to do what you want. Let’s find out.

TapTap on Android

Change the way your Android backs up

When you open TapTap for the first time, it will ask you if you want to set it up or not. We’ll choose to set it up, and that’s what we’ve done. First, it will ask us for permission to connect to the internet. Or not. It depends on what version of Android you are using. In any case, the app says that it does this to see if there are updates and to find out more about the Android devices on which it runs.

Then it will ask us to test our Android’s back gesture. The double tap comes first, then the triple tap. If it doesn’t work at first, we can change the configuration by showing the Gesture Configuration bottom menu. You can also give each gesture one of the more than 50 actions you can choose from. If you’d rather skip these steps, you can set up the app later from its main menu.

The app is easy to use on its own. Once everything is set up, we don’t have to do anything else. When we swipe back on our Android, the app will take care of starting the actions we told it to do before. In addition to changing what happens when we double tap or triple tap, we can also tell the phone when we don’t want those actions to happen. That part is called Gates,” and Compuertas is the one who translated it. With these locks, we won’t be able to accidentally do things while listening to music or when the screen is off, for instance.

As for what you can do with the back gesture on your Android, the list goes on and on. The configurator features a search engine for actions and a list of categories. For instance, start third-party applications, activate Android utilities, substitute other buttons, conduct sophisticated motions with two or three taps, etc. Consider the daily tasks you could replace with a few taps on your Android.

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