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How to disable Google Now swipe gesture from the Home button in Android

Recently I bought a new Android tablet (it's a Lenovo A3000) with Android 4.2 installed. Right from the first day of its use, I was very annoyed by Google Now, which is accessible via the swipe gesture from the Home button. I launched it several times accidentally and decided to get rid of this feature from my tablet. Here is how I got it disabled.

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Using the Google Play store, I found the application called Google Now Swipe Disabler. Once installed, it allows you to configure the swipe action of the Home button.  With the Google Now Swipe Disabler, you will be able:

  • to disable any action for the swipe gesture
  • to set the gesture to perform the default "Home" action
  • to set the gesture to launch the voice search
  • to perform the long search action
  • to set the gesture to launch any installed application on your phone or tablet.

Personally, I just disabled that swipe gesture completely. Well, here's how to do it step-by-step:

After the installation of Google Now Swipe Disabler, launch it from the app list and configure the desired option:

Google Now Swipe Disabler UI

Then, go to your home screen and perform the swipe gesture. It will show you a confirmation dialog with the list of the apps which you can use for the gesture.

Google Now Swipe Disabler set as default

Select Google Now Swipe Disabler and tap "Always".

That's it. Google Now swipe gesture will not disturb you any more.

google now no swipe action

I am curious why Google does not ship this option out of the box and leave this for third party apps. Unlike the default Android builds, the third party ROM images with CyanogenMod have such an option enabled through the default system settings.

If you are interested in this app, here is the link: Google Now Swipe Disabler.

I have configured my Android tablet to my liking and now I am happy after disabling this gesture. The only feature I now need is the ability to kill an active app, as is implemented in the latest CyanogenMod. Unfortunately, it is not available in this app.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

5 thoughts on “How to disable Google Now swipe gesture from the Home button in Android”

  1. Just an update- Google’s forced me to rename and upload Google Now Swipe Disabler as Swipeup Utility, so here’s the link for anyone who is looking to find it: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.AdrianCampos.swipeuputility
    Awesome article, though! Thanks!

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