How to quickly switch to your previous app on Android

How to quickly switch to your previous app on Android
Ah, the wondrous OS that is Android. Throughout its decade-long history, Google has updated the software with countless nifty features, both big and small. 

The sheer number of nice little touches and shortcuts continuously added here and there are often too much for the regular user. This means that a good number of people either forget to use some of them or don't know about them at all as keeping track of things can be rather difficult. 

Today, we're here to remind you about one of our favorite time-saving features - the quick app switcher. The shortcut basically gives you a super quick way of going back and forth between your two most recent apps. It was added back in Android Nougat, and can still be found on Android P, although it works slightly differently with the new gesture navigation. 


Here's how to do it: On Android Nougat and Android Oreo, just tap the Recents/Overview button twice. For those of you using gestures with Android P, do a full swipe of the home button to the right. 

These actions will cause your phone to switch to the previous app you had open, and performing them again will send you back to your first app. One last tip - if you're using a physical keyboard with Android, you can do the app switch with ALT + Tab, just like on PC.

There you go! Make sure to give the app switcher a try, it's super easy and useful, so it won't take much for it to become a habit. 

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5 Comments

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1318; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

us nerds know this... but common people do NOT!!! lol just showed this to my fiance a couple days ago

2. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 173; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Thank you. Honestly. Didn't know the double tap feature.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 553; Member since: May 02, 2016

I'm using it all the time, but sometimes it's too slow

4. KingSam

Posts: 1400; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

This can be done on iOS too. Non X models you can 3d touch the edge and drag inwards. It's kinda hard to master because it also brings up task switcher with a long 3d press.

5. jaiprakash

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 30, 2018

Frankly.. I was unaware about it..

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