How to Enable Android 14 Predictive Back Gestures

Google initially started developing a predictive back gesture feature from Android 13 that would allow users to see if the back gesture would quit the program or return them to the home screen. The feature is expanded in Android 14 to allow users to see which screen the back gesture takes them to inside the app or if the gesture takes them to the previous app in the back layer. This article will teach you exactly what it is and how you can turn on the Android 14 predictive back gestures.

As mentioned earlier, predictive back navigation dates back to the Android 13 beta timeframe. It took nearly a year of testing for Google’s Android OS to be ready. When you swipe back in an application that supports the predictive back gestures feature, it shows you where you’ll return to before you finish the swipe.

Also, as the feature name suggests, it can only be used if you have Android’s gesture navigation system enabled on your phone and not in the button navigation.

Moreover, these previews will only appear in apps that support them. Currently, only Settings, Clock, Phone, and other system apps support the feature, while many other apps, including ones from Google, do not.

Google is allowing developers a bit more time to adjust their apps to the predictive back gesture mechanism, so we should see it as a default feature in 2024’s Android 15.

How to Enable Predictive Back Gestures in Android 14

In the Android 14 OS, predictive back animations or gestures are disabled by default. To get started with the future of gesture navigation on Android 14, i.e., predictive back gestures, you have to first enable developer settings. Following that, you can turn on the feature in the Developer Options settings. To do so, follow the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your device running Android 14.

Step 2: Look for About Phone and tap to open it.

Step 3: Here, you will see the build number. Click on the Build number multiple times until you see a prompt that you are now a developer. Note that, in this step, you may be asked to enter your passcode.

Step 4: Next, go back to the main Settings page.

Step 5: Tap on System, then select Developer Options.

Step 6: Scroll down until you find Predictive back animations. You can also search for it using the search box.

Step 7: After finding it, turn on the toggle next to it, then tap OK.

Once done, you will see a preview of the previous pages on the supported apps when you use the swipe-back gesture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Apps Support Predictive Back Gestures on Android 14?

As the feature is still in its early stages, only a few apps support it. Only a few system apps like Phone, Settings, and Clock support it, and the fact that Google created it doesn’t mean that most of its applications have this option enabled. This animation is not supported by Photos, Chrome, Gmail, and other apps. But with future updates, many Google and other third-party apps will have this feature activated.

How Do I Turn On Predictive Back Animation?

If you have developer mode turned on, you can easily enable the feature. To do so, navigate to Settings app > System > Developer options. Enable the toggle for Predictive back animations to turn it on.

So, this is all about what predictive back animations are in Android 14 and how you can enable predictive back gestures. I hope the article helps you understand all about the new feature.

Please share any additional inquiries related to the feature in the comments section. Also, share this information with your friends and family and let them be aware of it.

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Harsh Saxena

Hi! I am Harsh and I write about technology on different websites. I frequently write about these topics and cover them. I am available on Twitter at @Harsh4saxena or Email me at harsh4saxena@gmail.com to send in your feedback and tips. Worked at GadgetsToUse, BrowserToUse, DailyTechByte, FreshFounder, and with many other websites as an author and researcher.

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