Android Q’s gesture controls are awesome. It is definitely something to try out after updating your device to the newest addition to Android’s OS family. But just as you’re about to give it a try, you come across a problem. The system is not allowing you to turn it on. The gesture control option is grayed out and it doesn’t seem to turn on no matter how many times you tap on it. You’re confused and decided to Google what’s going on. Good thing you came across this article. Here’s how to fix gesture controls grayed out in Android Q.
Gesture Controls grayed out in Android Q
Some users are reporting that they are unable to enable gesture controls in the latest Android Q. Well, the reason you aren’t able to activate it is because of the 3rd party launcher you’re using. If you are using 3rd party launchers like Nova Launcher or Apex Launcher, you will not be able to activate gesture controls in Android 10. This is because Android 10 uses elements from the default launcher that comes in-build when you update to Android Q.
Google has said they’ll fix this at some point, but for now, you cannot use gesture controls on Android 10 if you have a 3rd party launcher installed. Google just donest want to give permissions to use gesture controls to 3rd party launcher for now. This is because it has caused a lot of bugs on the 1st beta of Android 10, so they just decided to disable gesture controls on 3rd party launchers. To fix this issue, you can try any of the 2 methods;
- Uninstall 3rd party launcher
- Go back to the stock launcher
Method 1: Uninstall 3rd Party Launcher
The easiest way to fix this issue is to simply uninstall the custom launcher you’re currently using. After you’ve uninstalled the launcher, the system will automatically revert back to using the stock launcher and you will be able to use the gesture controls. You can either uninstall it through the Play Store by tapping on the uninstall button on the apps page, or you could go to Apps & Notifications, find the launcher and uninstall it. After you go back to Settings > System > Gestures > System Navigation, you will see that it is no longer grayed out.
Method 2: Go Back to the Stock Launcher
If you do now want to uninstall the custom launcher for some reason, there is a way you can use the gesture controls – by reverting back to stock launcher. Here’s how you can do it.
Step 1: Open Settings.
Step 2: Go to Apps & Notifications.
Step 3: Find and select Default apps.
Step 4: Tap on the Home app.
Step 5: Select the default launcher and you’re good to go.
Now you can go back to Settings > System > Gestures > System Navigation and enable gesture controls.