How to Set up Android 12’s Double-Tap Gesture

Double-tap the back of your Android to access shortcuts

What to Know

  • Go to Settings > System > Gestures > Quick Tap and move the Use Quick Tap slider to the on position.
  • Choose an action (take a screenshot, open Google Assistant, etc.), then double-tap the back of your phone to activate it.
  • To turn it off, go back to the Gesture settings and move the Use Quick Tap slider to the off position.

This article explains how to set up double-tap gestures on Android 12. The Quick Tap feature is only supported on certain Google Pixel devices (Pixel 4 and later).

How Do I Turn on Double Tap Gesture on Android Phone?

With Quick Tap enabled, you can double-tap the back of the phone and activate certain features. Follow these steps to turn on Quick Tap:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Tap System.

  3. Tap Gestures.

    Settings app, System, and Gestures in Android 12 Settings
  4. Tap Quick Tap.

  5. Tap the Use Quick Tap slider to move it to the on position. If you don’t see it, your phone doesn’t support the feature.

  6. By default, Quick Tap is set to take a screenshot, but you can change it to open Google Assistant, pause or play media, open your Recent Apps menu, show the notification shade, or even open a custom application.

    Quick Tap, Use Quick Tap slider On, and Take Screenshot in Android 12 Gesture Settings

How Do I Turn off Double Tap Gesture on My Android?

If you get tired of using the Quick Tap gesture on your Android phone, you can always disable it completely. Go back to Settings > System > Gestures > Quick Tap and move the Use Quick Tap slider to the off position.

Quick Tap and Use Quick Tap switch off in Android 12 Gesture Settings

Why Should I Use Double Tap Gestures?

Quick Tap gestures can be a great way to quickly access certain parts of your phone’s system without having to reach across the entire screen. If you use a larger device like the Pixel 5, it can be handy for pulling down the notification shade or even opening an application you use often.

FAQ
  • How do I use my Android in one-handed mode?

    To enable one-handed mode in Android 12, go to Settings > System > Gestures > One-Handed mode. To activate one-handed mode, swipe downward from the bottom of the screen.

  • How do I get the back button on Android 12?

    To enable navigation buttons on your Google Pixel, go to Settings > System > Gestures > System Navigation > 3-Button Navigation. This restores the traditional Android button icons (Back, Home, Recent apps)

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