How to modify and customize the Android navigation bar

One of my favorite mobiles in recent years is the Oukitel Mix 2. A terminal with a very cool screen, which, however, has a small detail that bothers me. The navigation bar has the order of the icons moved.

In my previous smartphones, the button to go back had always been on the right, and the one to show all open apps, the typical square icon, on the left. On phones like this Mix 2, which don't have haptic buttons, the navigation bar is essential, and it is important that we can use it comfortably. Can it be customized?

I need to swap the location of the square and the triangle ...

How to change the order of the navigation bar icons on Android

Although Android does not offer many customization options when it comes to virtual navigation buttons, it does allow ordering them - or hiding them if we wish.

To configure the order of the icons on the navigation bar, we must enter the Android Settings menu:

  • We are going to "Device -> Display”.
  • We scroll to "Navigation bar"Or"Navigation bar”.
  • From here we can activate or deactivate the bar, in addition to change the order of the navigation bar buttons. Once the appropriate changes are made, they are updated instantly.
So much better!

Android 10 and gesture navigation

With the release of Android 10 Google introduced gesture navigation. A function that allows us to control the device without using the navigation bar, simply performing gestures such as swiping up, dragging from left to right, etc.

If we have a smartphone with Android 10 and we want to customize the navigation bar, the system allows us to adjust this aspect as follows:

  • Open the phone's "Settings" menu.
  • Navigate to "System -> Gestures -> System navigation".
  • Here Android will offer us 3 different navigation systems: «Gesture navigation«, «2-button navigation»Or the classic«3 button navigation»That we already know from previous versions of Android. Select the desired option to activate it automatically.

If we have a version of Android prior to Android 10 but want to use gesture navigation on the mobile, we can also do it thanks to the application «Fluid Navigation Gestures«. The configuration process has its crumbs so if you are interested before installing the application take a look to the next setup tutorial. The truth is that it is a very interesting utility. Do not lose sight of it!

Download QR-Code Fluid Navigation Gestures Developer: Francisco Barroso Price: Free

How to customize the navigation bar buttons

If our navigation bar has disappeared or the physical buttons of our mobile / tablet have been broken or damaged, we also have the option of adding a personalized navigation bar.

Note: Not all Android terminals have a navigation bar, especially among those that already have touch buttons.

For this we can install the app Simple Control, which is in charge of offering us a new navigation bar that we can customize to our liking. We can change the design of the navigation icons, and even the location of the bar - allowing us to move it to one of the sides of the screen.

Simple Control is a free (non-root) app with a 4.2 star rating and more than 5 million downloads on Google Play. You can install it directly from the following link:

Download QR-Code Simple Control - Navigation bar Developer: coolAce Price: Free

In addition to the aforementioned app, Google Play has a good number of similar applications, such as S8 Navigation bar, an application with which we can personalize our Android device with the navigation bar of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Download QR-Code S8 Navigation bar (No Root) Developer: MegaVietbm Price: Free

This app is designed for devices that do not have a navigation bar natively. This means that, if we already have a navigation bar, it will be located on top of the existing one. We can always hide the original bar so that only the Note 8 is visible, but it is much more practical on devices without a native bar.

Finally, another very popular customization app is Custom Navigation Bar.

Download QR-Code Custom Navigation Bar Developer: paphonb Price: Free

It allows a lot of customizations and adjustments. For those interested, here is a video from XDA-Developers -it is in English- where they teach us how to take advantage of this interesting app:

If you know more customization methods for the Android navigation bar, do not hesitate to go through the comments area to leave your contribution.

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