Android (6.0+): The Pixel phones have one really neat, hidden feature that so far has been hard to duplicate: Fingerprint gestures. Swipe down on the sensor on the back of the phone and your notification shade comes down. Now, other phones can get in on the action.
XDA user ztc1997 has created a small app that lets you use your fingerprint sensor as a makeshift touchpad for simple gestures. To enable it, you’ll need to install the app from the source link below, then follow these steps:
- Open your Settings app.
- Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
- Tap Fingerprint Quick Actions.
- Toggle the switch to give the app accessibility access.
Once that’s done, you can open the app to customise your gestures. You can set different actions for single-tapping your sensor or quickly swiping across it. Note that this is still an early version of the app so it may not work perfectly on all devices.
You may have noticed Lifehacker Australia looks different. We’re keen to hear your thoughts on the redesign. Share your feedback here!