Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: How to use iPhone X-like gesture navigation feature with MIUI 9.5 update

By activating gestures, you can disable the on-screen navigation, and get a truly immersive full screen display experience.

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Earlier this year, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5, which is a worthy successor to the highly popular Redmi Note 4. It brings some minor upgrades in the form of improved cameras, and a full screen 18:9 display. To accommodate the tall display, Xiaomi got rid of the capacitive touch buttons, and replaced them with on-screen navigation buttons. The latest MIUI 9.5 update brings bug fixes, performance improvements, and iPhone X-like gesture navigation to the smartphone.

With the iPhone X, Apple got rid of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to make space for the full screen display. Apple also added gesture navigation features, where swiping from the bottom of the screen closes the app, swiping from bottom to the center and pausing brings up the app switcher, and so on.

Xiaomi, has also included a similar feature in MIUI 9.5, and it is applicable on all Xiaomi smartphones that come with a full screen display. This means, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi 5, and the Mi MIX 2, all will get these features. The update is scheduled to roll out sometime around mid-April. We have installed the update on our Redmi Note 5, and here’s a look at how to activate the feature, and how it works.

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How to activate gesture navigation on Redmi Note 5

To begin with, ensure that you have the latest MIUI 9.5 update running on your Redmi Note 5. In case you haven’t downloaded it yet, head over to Settings -> About Phone -> Update. The update is rolling out in India over-the-air, and is about 550MB in size.

Once the update is installed, head over to Settings -> Full screen display, and under System Navigation, select “Full screen gestures”. It will then give you a small walkthrough of how the gesture navigation works.

How to use gesture navigation on Redmi Note 5

Home Button

The big change with gesture navigation comes to the home button function. Anywhere in the menu or in the app, ‘swipe up from the bottom’ to quickly go to the home screen.

Back Button

Now, whether you are in the Settings page or in the browser, to go back, you’ll have to ‘swipe from the left or right’ anywhere on the screen.

Recent Apps

Lastly, if you want switch between apps that are minimized and running in the background, you will have to ‘swipe up from the bottom and hold.’ You can then swipe left or right from this screen to switch apps. In case you want to close apps, the ‘X’ button will be visible at the bottom of the screen.

While these gestures are for the system navigation, in-app navigation remains untouched. This will ensure that there is no overlapping of gestures. If you have the Redmi Note 5, go ahead and try it out. And do let us know if you prefer gesture navigation or the traditional navigation in the comments below.

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  • Published Date: April 4, 2018 12:34 PM IST