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How to Remap Pixel 4 Motion Sense Gesture

Written by Hassan Abbas

How to Remap Pixel 4 Motion Sense Gesture: Ever since the original Pixel, Google has never cope to match that level of perfection. Pixel series face some issues. Pixel 2 had display issues. On the other hand Pixel 3 had RAM and battery issues, and Pixel 4 has an even smaller battery. The thick forehead will have a lot of sensors thus we will excuse that, perhaps. One of those is a radar sensor and is used for Motion Sense. By default, motion sense doesn’t do much. It can be used to skip silence alarms or music tracks, etc.

Many people dont know that Google has been working on Project Soli for years now. They are trying to develop a tiny radar chip that can sense motion near the phone. It is easy to see why many people consider Motion Sense to be a contrivance. But this is Google, and they’re a software company not a hardware company. I think they have a plan, and it is to continue to improve this radar sensor over time. It’s a classic Google move to throw an incomplete product in the market and if it sticks, make it better over time.

Install Button Mapper To Remap Pixel  Motion Sense Gesture

The soli radar chip on your Pixel 4 might not be of much use to you. With Button Mapper, you can verify that you’ll be able to get more use out of it than just assistance in silencing alarms or Face Unlock or. With this app, you can also remap every other hardware button on your phone. Including the Active Edge on Pixel devices. The app is free on the Play Store but does offer in-app purchases to unlock more features.

To remap the Pixel 4 motion sense gesture, you will need to unlock the PRO version. Simply launch the app once installed and select Motion Sense. You’ll then be prompted to upgrade to the Pro version. You can pay $4.29, $9.99 or $25 but either of these purchases will unlock all the features.

Enable Developer Options

  • At first, open Settings from the app drawer or pull down the quick settings panel and tap on the cogwheel icon.
  • Now scroll down and select “About phone”.
  • Scroll down again on the next page until you find the Build number.
  • Click on it, 5 times and you’ll be asked to enter your PIN if you’ve set up one.
  • Once you do, you should see a toast message saying “You are now a developer!”

Enable Button Mapper

  • At first download Android SDK Platform-tools zip on your PC and extract the zip file to get the platform-tools folder.
  • Go to the platform-tools folder on your PC.
    • Command Prompt: Type in cmd in the address bar and hit enter.
    • Windows PowerShell: Hold Shift and right-click in an empty space inside the folder then select Open PowerShell here.
    • Terminal (macOS & Linux): Right-click in an empty space inside the folder and select Open in Terminal.
  • Now connect your Pixel 4 to the PC with a USB cable and select File transfer mode.
  • Check if your device is properly connected by typing the command given below and hit enter.
    • Command Prompt:
      adb devices
    • Windows Powershell:
      .\adb devices
    • macOS or Linux:
      ./adb devices
  • You should see your phone’s serial number. If you don’t, you should check if you have installed all the required drivers.
  • If everything works as expected, grant logcat access by entering the command below.
    • Command Prompt:
      adb shell sh /data/data/flar2.homebutton/
    • Windows Powershell:
      .\adb shell sh /data/data/flar2.homebutton/
    • macOS or Linux:
      ./adb shell sh /data/data/flar2.homebutton/
  • Now open Button Mapper on your phone and select Done if prompted.
  • Turn on the toggle next to Customize and Button Mapper will be enabled.

Remap Pixel 4 Motion Sense Gesture With Button Mapper

With the logcat permission granted and the Customize toggle enabled, you can now go on and remap the Pixel 4 motion sense to anything you like. Simply choose Swipe and then choose one of the available actions from the pop-up dialog. The app provides different options from shortcuts and activities to system controls and other actions such as taking a screenshot.

If you want, you can even make the app make a sound anytime you use the gesture. This should even work while your screen is locked or off.


For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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