SwipePad — Once You Use It, You Can’t Live Without It

The title doesn’t give you much to know, does it? That is because you really can NOT describe it before you use it on your “Android” smartphones.

That’s right. It’s an app for android phones. It can extend your smartness of using your smartphone. It can save you so much time interacting with frequently used applications and, even, reduce the risk of using apps when you aren’t supposed to be using them (e.g., when you are driving).

What’s SwipePad?

You can read from its description on Google Play Store which is just too boring and not going to get you immediately hooked. In plain English is that “You can launch any apps anywhere on your smartphone screen(s) without even paying attention to locate spots to initiate the actions”. Still too vague to follow? Then … try this… imagining that you are driving and would like to make a phone call or launch Google Map but … it’s dangerous to look away from the road (remember that you should keep your hands on the wheels and eyes on the road?) so … how can you safely launch an app without looking away? In this scenario, you can just pull out your phone (well… you eyes are still on the road and, at least, ONE HAND will be still on the wheel) and SwipePad will help you to accomplish the mission here. Without looking at your android phone, you will be able to accurately launch the app(s) you are intending to use.

What’s Actions Look Like & How To Do It?

The video showdown on the Google Play Store didn’t show you much. In fact, it might just reduce your desire of using it since it really shows you NOTHING. However, as it described on the description, “SwipePad” is not a launcher (meaning home app which you can change entire phone operating preference… if you wanna know what the home apps are, you can try Apex Launcher, Nova Launcher, ADW Launcher, Go Launcher EX etc. as it mentioned)… SwipePad is a launcher overlay which can provide extreme convenience for you to launch any apps anywhere without moving your attentions away from what you are doing.

How To Do It?

https://youtu.be/Tu_zdSXAa5I

There is a video on Youtube (shown above) which you can follow it through to get the settings done. It’s very straightforward. The best part of this app is as it described on Play Store,

*** Unobtrusive: SwipePad is no where to be seen, and the app under SwipePad keeps running: there’s no interruption to it. SwipePad only appears when you swipe it out.

Step 1 — Pad Settings

We use the default pad here. Just tap the app and get into setting it up. As you can see that you can “change the pad size”, “back up all pads”, and “restore the backup” on the bottom of the “Pads” setting page.

Tap “Default Pad” (if you wanna add new pad, you will need to buy add-on which is $1.29 USD) and you will see your default pad space shown up. Since we already get ours setup, you can see all the apps entries already in place.

You can move those spaces around to fit into your needs here.

Step 2 — Set Up Hotspots

This is the soul and heart of this app. The starting point which gives you the maximum freedom to accurately launch apps.

Tap “Hotspots” to start setting up. You can change the Hotspot size here. Some of you might wanna activate it in a wider (or narrower) range of the touch on the screen. If so, you can change the activating point size here. To us, we feel the default size is the most comfortable size for us to keep this app accurate as well as unobtrusive.

Choose which starting point you would like to use. As you can see that you can activate it on corners, on the edges, or on all of those spots. Our recommendation is that keep it simple. Since smartphones advanced so much, a lot of spaces on the screen have been utilized for some other specific functionalities by the phone on default; therefore, the bottom corners are the best choices here. Reasons are … phones are getting bigger and bigger so it’s gonna be easier for you to reach the activating spots on the bottom corners either using your right hand or left hand. Also, the edges might not be working well with phones like new Samsung Galaxy phones which have edge display functionalities on it.

After you set it up, you can activate it from anywhere on the phone screen as long as the screen is on.

Step 3 — Use it couple of times then …

That’s right since you can set it as 4x3 squares or 3x3 squares to hold apps entries on the overlay pad, it’s just super easy for you to launch apps without looking at it. Try it several times and you will get the hold of it. A tip here is that put your most often using apps on the bottom of the pad (especially bottom left or bottom right) and you will be able to really reach those apps without even looking or thinking about them.

How To Change One App Entry Point To Another?

Simply swipe from the activating spot to the app entry which you would like to replace. Staying at that entry for couple of seconds and then you will feel a bit vibration and see a yellow circle shown up on the app entry. Release the touch and you will see the “Link portal choice window” pop up. After that you can choose which entry point you would like to use. You can choose from “Applications”, “Shortcuts”, “Portal group”, … etc.). In this example, we tap “Shortcuts” and chose the “Magnifier”.

Sum Up

Since it’s a launcher overlay, you might need to turn it off and then turn it on when you give some new applications permissions.

For instance, many of you must be in the Instagram-universe every single day. When you first install instagram app on your phone and first time giving the accessing photos permission, it will ask you to make some changes on “Apps that can appear on top” settings. That means you have one of those launcher overlay turned on and you need to turn them off in order to give some apps permissions to access your phones. You can change this settings by going into your “Application manager”, tap the menu icon, and tap “Apps that can appear on top” and turn off those overlays. Once you have done that, you can give new apps permissions. Then … you go back to “Apps that can appear on top” settings to turn on those settings again.

Note:
Some phones might not need to go through the "Apps that can appear on top" settings. However, if you encounter the situation we describe above, it's the way to get things going.

Originally published at techinwire.com on October 19, 2017.