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MemberSeptember 14, 2021 at 8:03 am
Now, one quick side note before we dive in: This new face gesture system is technically part of Android’s suite of accessibility services, and it’s easy to see why. A system like this could be invaluable for anyone with a condition that keeps them from having full movement and fine control of their arms, hands, and fingers. But like so many Android accessibility options, it’s every bit as impressive — and potentially even useful — for just about anyone.
So warm up your peepers and set yourself a mental bookmark. Whenever you’re got Android 12 in front of you, here’s all you’ve gotta do to find and activate the thing:
Open up your system settings and head into the Accessibility section.Scroll down until you see the line labeled “Switch Access.” Tap it. Tap it with gusto, damn it!Now tap the toggle next to the words “Use Switch Access” and follow the prompt to grant the system the permissions it needs in order to operate. (They may sound like a lot, but (a) they’re clearly necessary for this manner of operation — and (b) this is a system-level, Google-made app we’re talking about, so you aren’t actually granting access to any kind of third-party entity, anyway. The prompt is just a formality that comes up anytime this manner of access is required.)Follow the steps to configure the system and its various face-oriented gestures. You can also get back to those same choices later by tapping the “Settings” option on the main “Switch Access” screen and then tapping “Camera Switch settings” on the screen that comes up.
However you go about it, you’ll ultimately have six possible eye- and face-based gestures you can configure.