Gesture Issues with alternative launchers

Please tell us some basic information before asking for help:

  1. Model Name: Zenfone 9
  2. Firmware Version: Android 12 (5.10.101 - android12-9-00001-g4c8b638d3017-ab-8786896)
  3. Rooted or not: No
  4. Frequency of Occurrence: Always
  5. APP Name & APP Version (If your issue relates to the app): Nova Launcher (Hyperion launcher, Niagara Launcher, and all other alternative launchers tested)

In addition to information above, please also provide as much details as you can, e.g., using scenario, what troubleshooting you've already done, screenshot, etc.


Gesture controls for home (swiping up from bottom) is extremely glitchy on alternative launchers. I know this is an issue with Zenui on the Zenfone 9, as I have tested alternative launchers with the same results, and this does not generally happen on other Android devices with gesture input. For example, swiping up from pages that are not the default home page does not always return to the default home page, and the behaviour is inconsistent. Moreover, animations are also extremely glitchy. Sometimes the app drawer shows up on the side for a second (even when just swiping up for home), and the home screen always zooms out when inputting home on the home screen (there should be no animation). This is shown in the screen recording provided.



  • clavoclavo Level 1
    edited August 25

    This is definitely an Android issue and exists since Android 11.

    Since Android 11 the recents provider is the default launcher and not the SystemUI. That's why the default launcher is always running in background even when an alternative launcher is used.

    Currently, the only possible solution to fix that requires an alternative launcher which implements its own recents and you have to root your device in order to systemize that launcher.

    The glitchy animations are related to that issue.
  • CrimisCrimis Level 2

    Yes it's allot better in Android 13 but still not perfect. The predictive back gesture could be a new issue for 3rd party launchers though.

  • I am currently using Microsoft Launcher and do not have these problems. I also use the navigation bar.

    Try this launcher to see how it goes...

    Good luck!!!!

  • clavoclavo Level 1

    The issue only occurs when using gesture control, no matter which launcher you use, and it is explicitly about the swipe-to-home gesture.

  • Same problems here too using lawnchair

  • @clavo I believe it when you say it's an Android issue, but certainly it can be fixed within Zenui? I know someone with a oneplus phone and Oxygen OS handles gesture inputs just fine with every alternative launcher.

  • clavoclavo Level 1

    Of course, this can also be fixed by Asus/ZenUI. However, the cause would have to be found first, but even Google has not managed that so far (the problem exists since Android 11)

    It would definitely be interesting to find out why this works flawlessly in OxygenOS.

  • This issue persists in OxygenOs 12 and 13, on Samsung Galaxy Ultra S22, even on Pixel 6 with Android 12. It is fixed only on Pixel 6 with Android 13. It is really annoying.

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