Home button for Android varies from device to device. Some of the devices have a physical button and some of them have a soft button. In devices like Samsung Galaxy Series Smartphones, it has a physical home button. Compared to the soft home buttons, physical buttons have some limitations and it removes those gesture based controls on your Android device. To get those gestures on all the devices, today I came with an application called “Swipe Home Button” which brings more controls and shortcuts to your home screen.
Swipe Home Button can be downloaded from Google Play Store for free. Once you install the app, you can start customizing the home button gestures. When you open the app, you will see the settings, instructions and controls available. The application is completely customizable and you can enable or disable the app at any time. After you complete the installation, the app icon will be available in the notification bar. You have an option to disable that icon from the notification bar but only devices running Android 4.1+ can do that.
All the gestures and instructions will be available under “Swipe” in the settings menu. The first option “Binding” will have all the default actions for different gestures on your home button. Totally there are seven different gestures and seven different actions allot to each one of them. By default the first gesture “Swipe up” will take you to the home screen. Like that all the gestures have some default actions. It will bring you the recent apps, notification bar and much more. One of the interesting actions in the app is you can change the current music track using gestures.
You can choose any of those gestures from the Binding menu, long press the option and you will get a list of actions you can assign fro that particular gesture. Select “Play Next Track” from the list. So whenever you do that gesture, music player will automatically change the track. Other important actions you can assign is the “Custom App” and the “App Shorcut”. You may think both are similar but actually it is different. The Custom App action will let you open the installed apps on your device using gesture.
The “App Shorcut” action will let you assign particular action from an installed app. For instance, if you want to create a shortcut for a particular contact or a group, you can use this option. The instructions to do these gestures will be available on the same settings menu. Also there are some advance settings to tweak the gestures. Try this app on your Android device and share your experience with us in the comments. Thanks for reading, do share this post with your friends.