With the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 9, Apple emphasized one of the few features unique to this model: gesture control. It’s a feature that’s useful, but much more limited than full control of the device through a variety of gestures. And while it’s been a lot of talk, it’s not unique to Apple.

In fact, Samsung has something called ‘Universal Gestures’, a gesture control system for the Galaxy Watch4, Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch6 that the company wanted to highlight in time for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. If you have one of Samsung’s latest watches, read on because it’s an extremely interesting feature and we’ll tell you how to control your Galaxy Watch without touching the screen.

Gesture control as an accessibility system, but useful for anyone

Mobile phones and smartwatches have more and more accessibility options to reach a wider audience. Most of the time these are visual options that improve the perception of what the screen shows, but there are also control tools.

Gestures are one of them and it’s very useful in watches because, for example, it allows you to control it without the need to use the physical buttons or the touchscreen. However, these accessibility options can also be used as a resource.

In a number of situations over the past few weeks, I’ve found it most helpful to control my watch with one hand. Whether you’re walking the dog, carrying your shopping bags or having a hot coffee on the street, having gesture control at your disposal is very convenient. And that’s what Samsung is looking to remember, as we read in GSM Arena.

Galaxy Watch Universal Gestures are enabled in accessibility options. To do so, you need to go to the settings menu and select the ‘Accessibility’ card. Once inside, we go to ‘Interaction and Dexterity’ and we will find the ‘Universal Gestures’.

And the actions we can perform give us almost total control of the device. Here are the default options, although they can be customized:

  • Shaking the wrist, we activate the option to use Universal Gestures.
  • Putting your index finger and thumb together once, let’s move on to the next option.
  • With a double tap of the index finger and thumb, we go to the previous action.
  • Clenching our fist, we select.
  • By making a fist twice, we open the menu of notifications, apps, or watch faces.

 have to admit that, at first, it takes a bit of getting used to this gesture control and obviously it’s much faster to use the touchscreen or the rotating bezel to navigate and select.

However, I think it’s a good idea to activate them to be able to use them in certain situations and, in addition, as an accessibility option for people with functional diversity, it’s a great thing because they allow you to use the smartwatch normally.



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