Android now allows you to control your phone with facial gestures
Android offers some of the best accessibility features that make it easier for people with disabilities to use their phones. Some of these accessibility tools can be very useful on phones not intended for their primary purpose. One such feature is the Android 12 beta. It allows you to control your Android phone with different facial expressions.
XDA developers discovered that beta version 12.0.0 (android 12 beta 4) of the Android Accessibility Suite includes a new “Camera Switches.” It uses the front camera to detect facial gestures and check if you look at the screen when enabled.
- Android 12 beta now includes a new feature that lets you control your phone with facial gestures.
- To perform various actions on your Android smartphone, you can map gestures.
- This feature is also available on older Android versions.
How to use facial gestures for navigation on your Android phone
You can use facial expressions to trigger actions on your Android smartphone. You can open your mouth and bring up the notification panel or raise your eyebrows to return to the home screen. Below is a list of facial gestures that you can use to perform different actions.
You can map actions to the gestures mentioned above, including accessing notifications, scrolling back/forward, touch & hold, and navigating to your home screen.
You can also adjust the size and duration of the face gesture. You’ll notice a notification icon that indicates your phone’s camera is active.
Although the new facial gesture tool is only available on Android 12, it does not appear exclusive to that platform. XDA could load APKs of the new Android Accessibility Suite on an Android 11 phone to access the feature. You can also try it. You can also wait for stable Android 12 or download the Android 12 beta.
After you have downloaded the Android Accessibility Suite version 2, you will be able to find the feature under Switch Access Tools.