How to get iPhone gestures on the OnePlus 7 Pro

How to get iPhone gestures on the OnePlus 7 Pro
We wanted all-screen phones, we got all-screen phones. And with them came some fundamental changes to how a device is to be handled and used. For example, the user interface needed to get a revamp — since there is no more room for physical navigational buttons on the front of our phones, and a virtual navigation bar kind of ruins the look of an all-screen device — gestures became a thing.

Apple’s iPhone X most notably did a complete overhaul of how iOS is to be navigated by utilizing a number of then-new swipe controls. Others followed suit quite rapidly.

Of course, every manufacturer chooses to put their own spin on hoe their gestures will work. While the iPhone utilizes swipes from the bottom for “home” and “recent apps”, some Android manufacturers — like OnePlus and Samsung — will only use bottom frame of the device. Swipe from the bottom center for home, or swipe from the bottom-left and bottom-right for back (and / or recent apps).

If you own a OnePlus 7 Pro and would much rather be able to swipe from the sides of the screen for back, since that feels more natural and intuitive, there’s a way to do that! Let’s explore.

First things first — activate Navigation gestures. To do that, go to Settings -> Buttons & gestures -> Navigation bar & gestures. The bottom-most option is Navigation gestures — choose that. You will see in the quick tutorial on this page that swiping from the bottom center is now “Hone”, swiping from the same spot and holding for a bit is “Recent apps” and swiping from the bottom-left or bottom-right is “Back”.

Now, head to the Play Store and download Fluid Navigation Gestures.



Upon entering the Fluid NG app, you will be greeted by a message stating that “Back action doesn’t work with OnePlus gestures enabled”. However, for our needs, we will have no troubles. So, let’s just move on.


As soon as you try to “Enable” Fluid NG, you will be taken to a menu which shows you some requirements. The app needs permissions to “Draw over other apps” and be activated as an “Accessibility service”. It’s pretty straightforward — just tap on these suggestions and they will take you to their respective settings.



Now that we can actually turn Fluid NG on, let’s tell it what to do, shall we? Go into “Actions”. Here, you can program the functions you want to access with a swipe. For our objective, we went ahead and cleared all of the actions from the bottom swipes. Then, we left the sideways swipes to be a “back” action. This is how your setup should look:



Now, when you swipe from the bottom center on your OnePlus 7 Pro, you get “home”. Do the same but hold and you will get recent apps. Swipe in from the sides and you get “back”. Take note that swiping up from the bottom-left or bottom-right will still be “back” since that’s on system level.

Bonus: you can dig through the Fluid NG settings and add extra functions. For example, swiping in from the side and holding can activate a favorite app or quickly switch to your previous app. Still, you can’t customize the bottom swipes, sorry.

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13 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1100; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Pretty sure it's a palm phone gesture.

4. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

What’s a palm? It’s certainly an iphone gesture because these phone are called iphone knock-offs.

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 2304; Member since: May 04, 2015

You've just proven you know nothing about phones. He's talking about the Palm Phone, Einstein.

5. dvlprr

Posts: 69; Member since: May 08, 2019

Didn’t work as great. iPhone X was in development for a long time.

2. splus

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

What kind of a tutorial is this?? It explains you how to do it, but in the end it says you can't use bottom swipes!? Rather do it in a proper way with ADB, as stated in the app instructions, and you'll have all the gestures on ANY phone, not just OnePlus 7 Pro.

13. paul.k

Posts: 294; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Errr... I guess it wasn't explained right? You use the OnePlus' built-in gestures for the bottom swipes. In the app, you need to clear all bottom gestures to make room for the system to do what it does. What you do with the app is add the sideways swipes for "back"

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2304; Member since: May 04, 2015

That's some good info. Can iPhone gestures be customized natively or by a third party app? Serious question, I'm not knocking the iPhone on this one, just curious. As an aside, the top picture with the phones side by side emphasizes how ugly that notch is compared to the OnePlus screen.

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The gestures on iPhone are part of the core OS so they can't be customized. PS: the iPhone from the image does not seem to be notched.

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2304; Member since: May 04, 2015

Ok it's not a notch. Lol. But that doesn't change the fact that it's fugly. Because it's a part of the core OS it can't be customized? Did you really write that?

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

As long as the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, you are both wrong and right. Yes, Apple almost never allows the customisation of core features, because of consistency and continuity.

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 2304; Member since: May 04, 2015

Consistency, continuity and stupidity. There I fixed it for you.

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's actually smart: the apps are lighter (they don't need to load GUI functions, because OS does everything), faster (the soc doesn't have to compute different GUI functions, only default ones that are already loaded inside the memory), safe and replicable (there's no risk of a conflict between the OS gestures and 3rd party apps gestures (for instance, in Messages, when one swipes, the messages goes to archive; that gesture can easily be overrun by Fluid NG side gestures - that is not happening in iOS).

9. Pigaro

Posts: 87; Member since: May 15, 2016

Nice one

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