[Updated] Some Samsung Galaxy S20 users say navigation bar (gestures) becomes less sensitive after One UI 3.0 (Android 11) update

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on December 15, 2020) follows:

It has now been three months since we saw the official unveiling of Android 11 and the subsequent rollout to Google’s own devices.

These months have been punctuated by beta builds from various OEMs and now, most of these skins seem stable enough to roll out to eligible devices. More on that in our Android 11 tracker.


Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone vendor has also been working hard to deliver Android 11-based One UI 3.0 to eligible devices.

Recently, we saw the company’s flagship devices, the Galaxy S20 series, getting updated to this new version of Android.

Samsung Galaxy S20

However, thing’s don’t seem to be well with these devices now that they’re running Android 11-based One UI 3.0. We have a One UI 3.0 bug tracker and you can check it out here.

According to users of the Galaxy S20 running One UI 3.0 (1,2,3,4), their device’s navigation bar gestures have become significantly less sensitive after One UI 3.0.

s20 android 11 nav bar sensitivity

Is anyone else having trouble with the swipe navigation bar gestures after the 3.0 update? I had to take my case off because it I feel like the input gesture needs to start from the phone edge.

I use nav gestures (swipe from bottom) instead of the nav bar on my S20 Ultra to save screen space. They have been great, but the latest update to Android 11 has made them really inconsistent and hard to use. I’m not sure if it’s that they’re less sensitive or more specific about exactly where you need to swipe but it’s really annoying. This may be exacerbated by the case I’m using but I’ve always had this case on and it’s never caused problems before. Anyone else have this issue?

As annoying as this issue is, this is not the first time it is coming to light. A quick search on the forums reveals that this issue was present throughout the software’s beta stages (1,2,3).

While this might pass for a beta build, it is unfortunate that the issue has made its way onto the stable release of One UI 3.0 for S20 devices.

After this one ui 3.0 update, the Galaxy S20 navigation bar touch does not work well. Is it just me? I’m not using the navigation bar button type, but the swiping (?) method that I use from the bottom to the top. But after this software update, I can’t go back, go to home, and swipe all of the recent. If you do it 5 times, it works 1~2 times.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

The Galaxy S20 devices are not the only affected lot with this issue. This, as reports of the same anomaly, has been cited by users of the Note 20 Ultra Galaxy Note 20 as well.

We shall continue to keep an eye on this story and update as and when we get more info so stay tuned. In the meantime, users might want to check out these tips on how to use the new system navigation.

Update 1 (December 26)

04:45 pm (IST): It appears that Samsung Galaxy Note 20 users are also noticing similar issues when using the gesture navigations after installing the One UI 3.0 update. This indicates that the issue may affect all phones on One UI 3.0.

Did anyone get the prompt for the official One UI 3 upgrade for T-Mobile locked note 20 ultra phone? If so, are you seeing bugs with apps crashing or gesture responses intermittently not responding? (Source)

So I updated my Note 20 Ultra to the newest update provided by AT&T last week. I noticed immediately that the swipe gestures were no longer responsive 100% of the time. They became super finicky and made navigating my phone almost unbearable. (Source)

Fortunately, many have claimed that the problem only persists when Gesture hints are disabled. Therefore, as a quick workaround, you can enable Gesture hints on your device running One UI 3.0 to fix the problem.

After updating to Android 11, swiping from the bottom of the screen WITHOUT GESTURE HINTS to navigate is broken. Turning gesture hints on fixes it, but I’d rather not see them on my home screen. (Source)

Update 2 (December 29)

02:45 pm (IST): A Samsung mod has responded to a user’s complaint regarding the navigation gestures and has stated that the company is aware of the issue and will fix it via an update.

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Moreover, Samsung will let users customize the sensitivity of the gestures as per the moderator’s comments. Unfortunately, the mod did not divulge any details regarding when this bug fixing update will be released.

NOTE: We have these and many more Samsung stories in our dedicated Samsung section.

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