How to get Navigation Buttons back on Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google released the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL yesterday, and Google upgraded almost every part of this smartphone compared to last year. But you need to know something before you think that new Pixel smartphones is an updated smartphone and order it for yourself. Here I am going to tell you about two things which Google has removed from the latest Pixel smartphones. Don’t worry I will also show you the possible fix or any workaround regarding that.

Things Google Removed from the Pixel 3 and 3 XL

  • Google has removed the navigation buttons in new Pixel smartphones. Google has added a navigation gesture feature which you saw on Android 9 Pie. So. are you stuck with gesture navigation?
  • Google also removed the notification LED from the new Pixel smartphones. It is not even on the Pixel 3 which comes with large bezels on the top and the bottom of the display.

How to get the navigation buttons on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

If you think that navigation gesture is a software thing and can be replaced with navigation buttons just like in Android 9 Pie, then you are wrong. Google has removed that option from the settings so you cannot just disable the gestures. So, gestures aren’t going anywhere so what should we do now?

The Google Play store is filled with apps which adds a floating bar on the screen with notification buttons on it. There are also some apps which adds an assistive touch like navigation on the screen. These floating dock and assistive touch app will follow you on almost every user interface on your phone. So, you don’t have to worry about them getting disabled at some point or something.

Some of the best floating navigation bar apps on Google Play Store


As far as the notification LED is concerned, Always-on-display works like a charm to show you all the notifications on the screen without even waking up the phone. And because the display panel is OLED, it does not takes up a lot of battery. So, here are the best fixes about the issue which Google created with its new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones.

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