On most Android phones, the “Swipe Up” gesture normally launches Google Now and there is no option to change this action. Now with a simple app called “Now Gesture Tweaks”, you can add custom actions to swipe up gesture instead of Google Now on your phone, such as launch a desired app, launch customized app picker, open notification drawer, launch a shortcut, take screenshot or even disable the swipe up gesture.

The Now Gesture Tweaks app is very handy if you would like to launch any other app or do something else in place of launching Google Now when you swiping up from the bottom of the screen or long pressing on the hardware home button, then. The app is available both free and paid versions. The free version has only a few options like launch a picker, launch a custom app and open notification drawer. Some actions require root access.


How to setup Now Gesture Tweaks app

1. Install the app and open it. Tap on “Select action”.

2. Choose desired option from the next screen.

3. Now, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, select “Now Gesture tweak” and tap “Always” option. That’s it!


For your information, swipe up gesture is normally available on Android phones with software navigation keys, and for phones with hardware navigation buttons, this action is normally carry out by long pressing on the home button. Also, not all devices have this gesture. Therefore, this app works accordingly.

“Swipe Up” is a very handy gesture on Android phones. Just swiping up from the bottom of the screen launches the Google Now or any other action you wish with Now Gesture Tweaks app. You can download the free version from Play Store (source – XDA)

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