How to Add Custom Gestures on Android

Creating custom gestures on your Android device is a great way for you to save time. By creating these custom gestures, you can customize your device to use the movements you’re most comfortable with to execute a particular task such as opening a new tab.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could access current apps by swiping down from the top of your display for easier access? Without these custom gestures you would only get access to features such as the cog wheel, WiFi, etc.  Let’s take a closer look at custom gestures to see if it’s right for you.

Add Custom Gestures with All in One Gestures App

Adding custom gestures to any Android device is as easy as installing the All in One Gestures app. With this app you’ll be able to create your own gestures on your Android device, thus making tasks easier and faster to complete. You get to decide what gesture completes what task.

Before you can start enjoying the app you will need to allow “Accessibility” permission to the app. When that’s been turned on, toggle on the actions at the top. In the Swipe tab you can create custom gestures with all the edges of your display – Top, Left, Right, and Bottom.


You can also use the corners. You can create a custom gesture with the upper-left/right area and the lower-left/right area.

For example, let’s say that you want to access Recent Apps by swiping on the left edge of your display. Check the box for that option, and a menu will appear.


Tap on the Recent Apps option, and you’ll see a gray shadow appear on the left side of the display. Just swipe left, and the Recent Apps option will appear. Repeat the process for any other gestures you want to create.

Google Gesture Search

Access your Settings, Contacts, Music, etc., by drawing a number or letter. Those are things you can do with the Google Gesture Search app. Right after installing the app you’ll need to agree to some terms and conditions, and then you’ll need to check the boxes next to the area the app has permission to access. When you’re done selecting, tap on Done.

When you first launch the app, you’ll see the Settings window. This is where you’ll set up the categories you want the app to save. The app will start to index your Android device, and when it’s done, you’ll be ready to continue.


Once you get to the main window, draw the letter or number you’re looking for, and then choose what you want that to do. If you want to start over with a search, select the X at the bottom-right.

To change the items you’ve configured in the search, tap on the three vertical dots at the top-right. As long as you’re there, you can also modify the writing speed and turn on Google Gesture Search using motion.

Dolphin Browser Gesture and Sonar Feature

Another great option for adding custom gestures to your Android device is the Dolphin browser. Not only can you create gestures, but you can also enjoy one of the most popular browsers out there. You can do things such as refresh, exit the browser, create a new tab, close a current tab, etc., by using a simple gesture on your display.

Open the browser and tap on the gray dolphin symbol at the bottom. Select Settings followed by Gesture and Sonar. Type the web address for the site you want to create a custom gesture for and tap on the “Add” button to the right.


The browser will then have you test out your newly-created custom gesture and will let you know if it was done correctly. If you want to create custom gestures for navigational buttons (while in Gestures & Sonar), tap on More Actions and choose the action.

Each action already has a gesture associated with it, but if you’re not happy with it, you can easily change it. Tap on Redo, draw the symbol you want to use and tap Done.


Creating custom gestures is an easy task. Thanks to these custom gestures you’ll save time and be able to get things done faster. How do you create custom gestures on your Android device? Leave a comment and let us know.

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.

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