Smartphone companies have been lately looking to find ways for getting rid of the navigation bar to further expand the screen real estate for users. A few of them like Motorola and Honor have already begun bundling one-key navigation which lets you move around with the help of various swipes on the physical home button. Now, OnePlus has added a similar feature on the latest OxygenOS beta for its 5T smartphone.
The new navigation system lets you replace the existing navigation bar on the bottom with gestures. It seems to be largely inspired by what the folks at Cupertino have done with their latest offering, the iPhone X. But just like the alert slider, we honestly don’t mind this addition either.
There are primarily three new gestures you’ll have to learn — Swipe up from the bottom center for returning home, swipe up and hold for a second to bring up the app switcher and lastly, swipe up from the bottom left or right side for going back. To enable them, you’ll have to flash the update file on your OnePlus 5T which is a fairly straightforward process.
Enable OxygenOS’ new iPhone X-Like Gestures on your OnePlus 5T
- To install the beta update, you’ll have to download the build from OnePlus’ website.
- Once done, connect your OnePlus 5T to a computer and move the .zip file to its storage.
- Next, disconnect your phone and power it off.
- Press and hold the power and volume down keys for booting up into the recovery mode.
- Scroll down to “English” using the volume down key.
- Then, select the first option that is “Install from Internal Storage” by clicking the power button.
- Choose from the file and confirm the installation. Reboot the phone once it’s done and you’re done.
- To enable the new gestures, head into the “buttons” setting and switch on the second option which says “Hide the Navigation Bar”.
That’s about it for this quick guide, let us know in the comment section if you’re stuck at some step.