Googel-Pixel-2-Lock-Screen-Swipe-700x394Android has never been shipped with a perfect build, every update has its fair share of bugs and today we are trying to address a weird bug Android 8.1 Oreo has brought with itself.

If you have been using Android 8.1 Oreo on your Pixel or Nexus devices you know that a new swipe gesture implemented on Android 8.1 Oreo has made it almost impossible to swipe away notifications, swipe up to unlock or access quick settings without the user actually trying really hard to do those.

More often than not, it needs a whole screen-wide swipe to actually execute your command. We have tracked down the problem to a feature in the SystemUI and today we will tell you how to get your gestures back to normal.

Anti-falsing is a feature enabled in the SystemUI which is intended to prevent accidental swipes to unlocks when the device is in your pocket or maybe in your hand. Anti-falsing is also the cause of the issue with the gesture users have been having.

Many custom Roms based on android 8.1 Oreo have disabled this feature but we know that rooting and flashing a custom ROM isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so we found an easier way to do it, so if you are troubled by this bug then just follow this guide to squash that bug!


  • Any device running Android 8.1 Oreo  (Anything below 8.1 is safe, you don’t need to worry)
  • Substratum Theme Engine set up and installed on your device (Use our guide here to set it up correctly)
  • Arol wright’s overlay (Download Here)

With the perquisites out of the way let’s tackle the actual process which is quite easy.

STEP 1 – Download Substratum Theme Engine on your device and install it (You can use our handy-dandy guide here to help you out with that)

STEP 2 – Install the previously downloaded Overlay from Arol Wright

STEP 3 – Open Substratum from your app drawer and select Arol’s Theme

STEP 4 – Once you have selected his theme to apply it

STEP 5 – Restart SystemUI if necessary, you can also restart the device. You should immediately see changes in sensitivity to your swipe gestures.

Why did this bug occur in the first place?

An advance anti-falsing classifier for the lock screen was brought into the main ASOP with Android 8.1 Oreo, this classifier makes the swipe gestures more resistive to ensure the user doesn’t accidentally unlock the device or open the notifications unintentionally.This change has proved to be more of a nuisance than an improvement as most swipes are now requiring an edge-to-edge motion to execute the commands. This mod was primarily meant to solve this problem on stock ROMs and certain custom ones as quite a few custom Roms have already modified their SystemUIs.

We hope this guide helped you squash a recent bug in Android 8.1 Oreo and get back the seamless android user experience on your newly updated device.

A Masters in Business Administration student, Yash is working towards making it large in the Tech Blogosphere. With a knack for Mobile technologies, he loves to be in technology all throughout the day. An Avid Apple FanBoy and an Android loyalist a perfect oxymoron. Yash tries to live his life in the simplest of ways possible among the most complex of gadgets. Oh and did we mention, he is also a Google certified digital marketer.

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