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Set up touch gestures to control your device

There are some pretty slick things that the iPad and iPhone can do that would be nice to have on your Android device. One of them is gesture controls which involves pinching, swiping and tapping to navigate around your device.

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With Good Mood Droid Gesture Controls you can add these to your Android device and you can create your own too. It’s pretty easy to get to grips with, and within a few minutes you’ll be using all sorts of gestures your own way to get around. You’ll need a rooted device, and you’ll need to download an app from the Google Play store. There’s nothing complex here, you won’t need to do much more than installing the app on your device and it shouldn’t take you more than a couple of minutes to get everything up and running. So grab your phone or tablet, point it to the Play Store and let’s get started.

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1. Download the app

First up you’ll need to search the Google Play store for Good Mood Droid Gesture Controls. Grab the free version first, because, as with all root-only software, there’s a chance that it won’t work on your device. If you like what you see you can always upgrade.

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2. Enable access

When you first start up the app, it’ll ask you for superuser access. Grant it. If everything goes well that’s all the tweaking you will need to do. Your phone or tablet will take some time to process this though, but when it stops you will be good to go.

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3. Read the gesture list

First familiarise yourself with the long list of gestures that are pre-installed. Try a few out to make sure everything’s working. If anything seems awry, check the settings in the Advanced section of the drop-down menu. When you’re happy, it’s time to make your own gestures.

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4. Draw your gesture

Go back to the drop-down menu and select User Gestures. This is where you can create your own gestures to quickly access different parts of your phone. To do this, simply tap record and then draw out the gesture that you would like to use.

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5. Pick the action

Next you need to choose an action for your gesture. This can be as simple as opening an app or as complex as taking a screenshot. Explore the different options open to you by tapping through the menu that pops up. When you’re happy select the one that suits you.

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6. Choose the position

You can even pick where the gesture starts, which means you can have a much larger number of gestures than on an iPad. It’s easy to play around with the different features and options on offer and create personalised gestures that work for you.