How to Tweak Motion Sense Settings on the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 Motion Sense
Justin Duino

The inclusion of Soli radar technology brings hands-free gestures to the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. Some of the included features allow you to cut calls, skip songs, wake up the phone, etc. Here's how to change Motion Sense.

To access the Motion Sense menu where all the available features are located, you must first go to the Settings menu. To do this, swipe down twice on your home screen, and then tap the gear icon.

Alternatively, swipe up on the home screen and select the "Settings" app from the apps drawer.

Google Pixel 4 Tap Gear Icon

In the Settings menu, scroll down and tap on the "System" option.

Google Pixel 4 Select system

Finally, select the "Motion Sense" button to access all of the available features.

Google Pixel 4 Select Motion Sense

Disable Motion Sense completely

Before starting to activate, deactivate or modify the different Soli gestures of the Pixel 4, the first menu option is to completely deactivate Motion Sense. It won't affect any of the phone's functionality, and it can potentially help save battery life.

If you want to deactivate the radar function, press the toggle next to the "Motion Sense" list.

Google Pixel 4 Disable Motion Sense

Skip and repeat songs

One of the most advertised Motion Sense features is the ability to switch from one song to another. If you don't use it (or find that it doesn't work well), you can turn off the feature.

First, select the "Skip Songs" option.

Google Pixel 4 Select Skip Song

Then tap the toggle next to the "Skip Songs" item. This will completely disable the ability to swipe between songs hands-free.

Google Pixel 4 Disable Skip songs

The other option in this secondary menu is the ability to change the scanning direction. By default, you must wave your hand from right to left to go to the next song. Reverse this by selecting "Swipe Direction" and changing the setting so that the next song selection uses a left-to-right gesture.

Silent interruptions such as alarms and calls

Similar to music controls, you can turn off alarms, timers and calls with a wave of your hand. If you do not want to repeat your alarm while remaining half asleep accidentally, you can deactivate the function.

Start by tapping on the "Silence Interruptions" option in the Quick Gestures section.

Google Pixel 4 Select silence interruptions

From there, select the toggle next to the "Silence breaks" list. Now moving your hand in front of your Pixel 4 will not silence any notifications in progress.

Google Pixel 4 Disable silence interruptions

Reach to check the phone

One of the most useful but potentially annoying features of Motion Sense is Reach to check phone. When activated, Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL will wake up the screen and activate Face Unlock the moment Soli detects nearby motion.

While this is useful when you lift the handset to unlock it, getting up to scratch your nose or take a sip of water can wake up the device.

To deactivate the Motion Sense function, first press the "Access Phone" button.

Google Pixel 4 Select Audience to check the phone

Then select the toggle next to the "Reach to Check Phone" option. When it's off, you'll have to tap the screen or press the power button to wake up the phone and launch Face Unlock.

Google Pixel 4 Turn off range to check phone

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