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Moto G6 home screen bottom Circle, Square and Delta gone missing

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by Rob Henerey, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. Rob Henerey

    Rob Henerey Newbie
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    A few days ago my Moto G6 updated from Android 8 to Android 9, and:
    My Home screen bottom controls on the G6, the circle, square and delta, went missing, and I want them back! What happened was - when I wanted to quit out of an app the Square (and then the X) stopped working. The Square would only bring a shrunken image of the app, I think a Moto 'feature', but there was no X to quit the app. So I fooled around with some setting or other [​IMG] and now I just have a Horizontal line down there where the Circle, Square and Delta used to be. That Line does do some things, but not what I want, and no Quit X. Help!
     



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  2. Steven58

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    Sadly it's probably the update. Moto went over google nav symbols? If I'm right, then root is the only way to go, and only if a dev has written something for this. Good luck.
     
  3. Rob Henerey

    Rob Henerey Newbie
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    Do you mean this horizontal line _________________ swiper thingy is standard on Android 9? Somehow I don't think it's a Moto feature overwriting the home screen. I've looked through all the Settings including the Moto ones and see nothing.
     
  4. Steven58

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    Sorry, I meant that google overwrote moto, as a possibility.
     
  5. GameTheory

    GameTheory Android Expert

    Yes that's the new standard gesture navigation for android 9+. You can disable gesture nav in the settings to get the circle, triangle, and square back.
    https://www.androidcentral.com/how-enable-android-p-gesture-navigation-system
     
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  6. MoodyBlues

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    So would I! I'm still on Oreo, and glad my Moto Z² Force Edition won't be updated to Pie. I've heard a few horror stories--yours isn't the first.

    Have you tried restarting your phone? That may shake out any gremlins that may have hung around from the update.

    Can you post a screenshot of the horizontal bar? Maybe other people on 9 can confirm whether it should/shouldn't be there. (I don't recall seeing any other mention of it, so my guess is that it's not normal.)

    Worst case scenario: make sure you have good backups and then do a factory reset.

    Oh, are you using the stock launcher or a different one? I don't think launchers have any control of what we're discussing, but I still wonder if trying a different launcher would help. (My favorite is the paid version of ADW Launcher 2; everyone else will say Nova.)

    Just tossing out ideas...
     
  7. Rob Henerey

    Rob Henerey Newbie
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    Thanks, in theory this should be the Best answer. However, when I go into Settings/System/Gestures all I see there are "Double press power key" and "Prevent ringing" - none of the others.
     

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  8. Rob Henerey

    Rob Henerey Newbie
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    Yes, didn't help.
    Here
    Aarrgg. I see the phone is set for Backups, with various things listed, but don't see anything pertinent to this. Wouldn't a reset at this point just bring back this And 9 with no way out?
    Back when I was trying lots of launchers I settled on the Microsoft one, being a 17-year 'doze user. I tried it to fix this, didn't help. Now I know this new thing is just default Android 9, but as you can see I don't find a way to revert. Gee thanks Google.
     

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  9. Rob Henerey

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    just called Moto support 1-800-734-5870, very helpful if not fluent. The FIX is in the Moto app/Features/Actions/One Button Nav turn off. Thanks for all the help everyone.
     
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  10. Rob Henerey

    Rob Henerey Newbie
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    Whoops, spoke too soon. Yes I now have the 3 buttons, but going to recents each App is shrunken and bringing it up full provides no X to close the app.
     
  11. GameTheory

    GameTheory Android Expert

    Looks like Motorola moved it to their own app. That's good to know since I just ordered a new Moto phone with android 9. Thanks for sharing.

    I had installed android 9 on one of my phones for about a week and remember closing the app by swiping it up off the screen. It's been a while, but I remember something like that. Just keep in mind that as of android 9, actions are gesture based.
     
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  12. Rob Henerey

    Rob Henerey Newbie
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    Thanks. I guess you mean that swiping an app UP closes it out of memory, like the old X did, right?

    Please excuse my ignorance. Social people could just ask their coffee shop neighbors or co-workers "hey, what's this". But I'm an old loner with no one to ask except like here online. When Google foists a whole-system update on users do they send a link with a tutorial about the changes? I've never gotten a thing from G, despite being on Gmail since around 2004.
     
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  13. GameTheory

    GameTheory Android Expert

    Yep, you got it.
     
  14. MoodyBlues

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    Why...WHY? Why must they make a change like that and [apparently] not offer an option to revert back to what you're used to?! :mad:

    Personally, I'm just not into gestures. If you look in my launcher's gesture options, you'll see that I have -none- set to do anything.

    I LIKE the X to close apps, damn it!
     
  15. GameTheory

    GameTheory Android Expert

    You can revert back most of it with one or two exceptions.

    People will be divided on things as always...

    I never use the X on pre android 9. I swipe them to the side or hit the clear all. So android 9 is the same experience for me. I prefer 9+ much more than 8-. In about a week I'll be on 9 and then 10 with the update. Can't wait.
     
  16. GameTheory

    GameTheory Android Expert

    Yes, google has their android website where you can learn about and follow each new android version...
    https://www.android.com/versions/pie-9-0/

    Then there's also websites like AndroidForums with folks that have experience with the different android versions and share their knowledge. This has the added benefit of being part of a community and hanging out with some nice folks of all ages and walks of life. Hope you stick around. ;)
     
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  17. Rob Henerey

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    i've got a gesture for them, the one finger salute.
     
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  18. MoodyBlues

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    There you go! Sounds good to me. :D
     
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