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How to enable gesture shortcuts on Xiaomi, Redmi, and Poco phones

Greetings friends! Xiaomi manufacturers’ phones are usually recognized for their custom systems based on Android MIUI. Which is usually endowed with many very useful functions and features. Which can get go somewhat unnoticed as they are usually partially hidden in the sub-menus of the system. This time we want to emphasize a function that can become beneficial for many users. It allows you to access different applications or actions with just a gesture on the screen. This feature is called gesture shortcut and can be configured from the system settings. In this post, we will explain how to enable and customize gesture shortcuts on your Xiaomi, Redmi, and Poco phones.

What are gesture shortcuts?

Gesture shortcuts are a way to interact with your phone without having to press any physical or virtual buttons. By simply swiping your finger in a certain direction, you can launch an app, open the notifications panel, go back to the previous screen, etc. Gesture shortcuts are very convenient to save time and improve the user experience.

How to activate gesture shortcuts?

To enable gesture shortcuts on your Xiaomi phone, you need to follow these steps:

First step

Open the system settings and find the “Additional Settings” option.

Open the system settings
Open the system settings

Second step

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Then inside “Additional Settings”, select the “Gesture shortcuts” option.

select the "Gesture shortcuts" option
Select the “Gesture shortcuts” option.

Third step

After that, select one of the available options, in this case, we will use “Launch Google Assistant”.

Launch Google Assistant
Launch Google Assistant

Fourth step

Next, turn on the switch that indicates direct access by the gesture. A screen will appear with instructions on how to use gesture shortcuts. You can swipe left or right to see the different gestures available.

How to enable gesture shortcuts on Xiaomi, Redmi, and Poco phones
How to enable gesture shortcuts on Xiaomi, Redmi, and Poco phones

How to customize the gesture shortcuts?

Once you have activated the gesture shortcuts. You can customize them to your liking from the same “Gesture shortcut” menu. There you will see a list of available gestures and the actions they perform by default. You can change the actions by clicking on the icon next to each gesture. A menu will open with the options you can choose for that gesture. For example, you can assign the swipe-up gesture from the bottom edge to open the camera, browser, voice assistant, etc.

You can also add more shortcuts per gesture by tapping on the “+” button at the bottom of the screen. A menu will open with the gestures that you have not yet assigned to any action. You can choose the gesture you want and then select the action you want it to perform.

A clear example is the “Double tap the fingerprint sensor” function. This function has extensive customization capabilities, with this custom quick gesture you can program the following options:

  • Take a screenshot
  • Turn on the flashlight
  • Display the Control Center
  • Display the Notification Bar
  • Launch Google Assistant
  • Open the camera
  • Open the Calculator
  • Activate silent mode
  • Get records related to the problem

Gesture shortcuts are a very convenient and fast way to use your Xiaomi phone. Besides, they can be customized according to each user’s preferences, which increases convenience and efficiency. In conclusion, gesture shortcuts are a very useful and practical feature that Xiaomi phones offer to its customers. We invite you to try them and customize them according to your preferences. We hope you found this tutorial useful and enjoy your Xiaomi phone. Thank you for reading us. Bye bye!

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