I was never a fan of the physical home button because I feared that one day it will stop working and leave me with a sort of working phone. But what did I do? I bought a phone with—you guessed it, a physical home button!
To solve my future problem, I found Swipe Home Button. Swipe uses swipe gestures to control your phone (e.g. swipe up to go to your home screen). Having Swipe enabled does not render your button useless, the button will still work.
Setting up the app is easy. In order to start using Swipe, you have to Enable gestures. From there, you can choose to have Swipe start up every time your device boots up. Then decide whether you want the app’s icon to show up in the notification bar.
Okay, we got the easy stuff out of the way. Now it’s time for the good stuff. Go to Binding to set up the swipe gestures. There are a total of seven gestures (you don’t have to use all of them), you get to decide what each gesture does. My current setup only consist of two gestures, swipe up as my home button and swipe up left to show recent apps. There are eight different actions you can choose from…
- Home button
- Show recent app
- Pull down notification
- Play next track
- Custom app (e.g. browser, music app)
- App shortcut
- Back button (to use, go to Accessibility and turn on)
Give your home button a break and SWIPE!