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Fix Lock Screen Swipe Gesture Issue on Android 8.1 Oreo Devices

Google is now actively working on bringing fast updates and new features to the Android on all supported devices. In the run to make Android better, some new issues have also popped up.  Same is the case with this new bug found on Android 8.1 release from Google for Pixel and Nexus devices. Users running official or custom Android 8.1 ROM may have noticed some issues with lock screen swipe gesture. After the update if you try to unlock your devices by swiping instantly, chances are that your device may have ignored that input. In other words, Google has introduced a new feature in Android 8.1 Oreo which allows the phones to ignore certain weak swipe gestures to prevent accidental unlocks while in pocket or not in use. To increase the senstivity and sole lock screen swipe gesture issue on Android 8.1 Oreo, read ahead.

Many customers who are using the latest Android OS have reported that the new OS update now requires almost a whole screen swipe gesture to unlock the phone or a couple of tries to unlock the phone. The reason behind this according to XDA-Developer, AdrianDC, is the inclusion of new feature called “anti-falsing feature” in the System-UI. As explained earlier, this feature is to prevent accidental swipe to unlocks while the device is not being used user or in pocket.

Lock Screen Swipe Issue

Chances are if you are running Custom ROM based on Android 8.1, your developer may have already chosen to disable this new feature to prevent lock screen swipe gesture issues. But if not, then you can follow the steps below to turn off the “anti-falsing feature” on your Android 8.1 device.

How to Fix the Lock Screen Swipe Gesture Issue on Android 8.1 Oreo


Complete Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download and Install Substratum Theme Engine on your phone. Follow the guide here to install Substratum on your Android 8.1 device.

Step 2 – Download Arol Wright’s Overlay for Substratum.

Step 3 – From Substratum, select the downloaded file and apply the overlay.

Step 4 – Restart your device to complete the procedure.

By following the above guide, you should have successfully solved the unresponsive Lock Screen issue on your Android 8.1 device. Let us know what do you think in the comments below.

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Uzair Ahmad

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