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Customize Pixel 2 Edge Squeeze Feature with Edge Sense Plus

You can map the Pixel 2 Edge Squeeze feature to work with any app of your choice by reading this article. Google introduced this new way of interaction with its Pixel 2 lineup in which the user squeezes the phone to initiate an action. For some users this turned out to be gimmicky at best and for those who liked it, the closed nature of it threw them off. However, we have a solution for that! You can install Edge Sense Plus on your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL to remap the edge squeeze action to any app of your choice. As the edge squeeze feature is tied down in the system, to modify it, you need the app as well as root running on your device. Read ahead to see how to customize Pixel 2 Edge squeeze feature to work with any app.

We saw the Edge Sense technology first pop up on HTC U11 and as Google had a pretty large chunk of HTC’s team while designing its own phones, it has made its way to the Pixel lineup. Along with the technology, problems have been carried over as well like being unable to map it to your own liking. Fortunately, we can address that with the Edge Sense Plus app. Continue reading to find out how exactly you can remap Edge squeeze feature to an app of your own choice.

Pixel 2 Edge Squeeze, Edge Sense Plus

Edge Sense Plus App Details & Features:

Here are all the actions you can set to in the Edge Sense Plus app to be triggered once you squeeze your phone.

  • Quickly Start camera – Also when screen is off and locked
  • Per App Action – Execute different squeeze actions depending in what app you are!
  • Sidebar
  • Gesture Panel – Draw custom gestures to start different actions
  • Custom App
  • Shortcuts – e.g. to make direct calls, start tasker tasks and more!
  • Scroll up/down
  • Flashlight
  • Recent Apps
  • Toggle Autorotation
  • Autobrightness (6 states: Auto, Min, Low, Mid, High, Max)
  • Split Screen
  • Expand/Collapse Statusbar
  • Toggle NFC
  • Toggle Display on/off

How to Customize Pixel 2 Edge Squeeze Feature:

We will be utilizing Edge Sense Plus app which was originally designed for HTC U11 but has been ported to support Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Prerequisites:

  • You need to be rooted. If you haven’t yet done that, read: Root Pixel 2 or Root Pixel 2 XL
  • You should be running Android 8.1 Oreo.
  • Magisk Manager should be installed.

Step 1 –  Download pixel2_xl_active_edge_mod.zip.

Step 2 – Use Magisk Manager to install the ZIP module you downloaded in Step 1. If you are having trouble, read our dedicated guide on installing Magisk Modules in Magisk Manager.

Step 3 – Install Edge Sense Plus app from the Play Store.

Step 4 – Open the app and set the preferences as you like.

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That’s all to it! You can now customize the Pixel 2 Edge Squeeze feature just as you like. Also, the app has a premium version which you can buy to enable even more functionality.

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