Try Pixel 4 like Motion Gestures on your device via Tasker

pixel 4 soli gesture

In this guide, we will show you how to try the Pixel 4 as Motion Gestures on your Android device. The Soli project was one of the main topics of discussion with the launch of Pixel 4. It is a miniature radar sensor that helps control the Motion Sense. Motion Sense lets you perform a variety of gestures on your device’s sensors without actually touching it.

Just run your hands over the sensor, and the integrated soli chip will do the rest. You can swipe left or right to change tracks, place your hand for a few seconds on the sensors to pause / play songs, etc. Well, the idea behind it could be clear now. But the fact is that all this was possible “only” on a Pixel 4.

Today I will share with you the steps to try out gestures similar to Soli on your Android device. We would take the help of Tasker, one of the most powerful automation apps for Android. The steps are somewhat complicated and you will need to install two or three additional plugins. Therefore, it is recommended to follow the steps very carefully. That said, here are the steps to try Pixel 4 as Motion Gestures on your Android devices.

Possible actions from Pixel 4 like movements through Tasker

Since this is a workaround and we don’t actually use Soli technology, don’t expect the same level of performance that you get on Pixel 4. Yet Tasker is able to imitate these gestures. pretty good, with just a few hiccups here and there. Today, we are going to try two types of activities using the Pixel 4 plugin as Motion Gestures:

  • Edit music tracks, including Next, Previous, Play and Pause song tracks.
  • Send WhatsApp messages without typing. We will use gestures to launch the voice command. Then you could say the desired message. It will be automatically typed in the WhatsApp send message box.

That said, here are the steps to try Pixel 4 as Motion Gestures on your Android device.

Plugins and permissions required

You can either grant all of the permissions below at the start itself. Or launch the app and plugins and, like when pop-ups arrive, tune it in this case.

First, download the Tasker app on your Android device. Play Store has a paid version. You can try the free trial version of Tasker’s official website.

Then download the Automatic entry and self-reporting Tasker plugin from the Play Store. These two elements require access to Accessibility service. Meeting on settings > Accessibility and activate the toggle.

To try the Pixel 4 as Motion Gestures, Tasker also requires the following permissions:

task permissions

Now follow the instructions below to configure the app and use Pixel 4 as Motion Gestures on your device.

Configuring the Tasker application

  1. Go to the website and import this Tasker project on your device. This is the job of an XDA member joaomgcd, so a huge cry to him.
  2. As soon as you press import, you will be automatically transferred to the Tasker application.
  3. A Import data will appear, press Yes.
  4. If you have not yet granted permissions, you will be prompted to do so. Follow the on-screen instructions and grant the required permissions.
  5. When finished, go to the Profiles section of Tasker and make sure the profiles do not have an exclamation mark next to it. If one of them has, then some permissions and plugins are missing from your side. Double check everything and keep trying Pixel 4 as Motion Gestures.

Control music using the Tasker Pixel 4 Motion Gestures plugin

  1. Currently, you can use Google Play Music, Spotify, and the Pocket Casts app with this Tasker plugin.
  2. Launch one of these apps and listen to your favorite music. Now hold your hand on the sensors for a few seconds to pause the music, swipe right or left to play the next or previous song.

Use WhatsApp via Tasker

  1. Open WhatsApp and head to the message screen.
  2. Just swipe on the device’s sensor. This will launch the Google voice application.
  3. Say the desired message and it will automatically be written to the message’s inbox. Click Send and your message will be delivered. Pretty interesting, isn’t it?

So, with that, we conclude the guide on how to try the Pixel 4 as Motion Gestures on your Android device. It is quite amazing how an automation application is capable of performing such tasks with such a degree of precision. All of this makes it even more commendable considering the fact that it doesn’t even require administrative rights (aka root). What is your opinion on this? Add your opinions in the comments section below.

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