How To: Get the Google Pixel home button animation on Nexus

Google baked some awesome exclusive features inside the Pixel and Pixel XL. One of them is a set of navigation buttons which are not easy to get on other Android devices. The visually appealing aspect is that long pressing the home button triggers the Google Assistant animation which consists of four colored dots. Now you can get the Google Pixel home button animation on Nexus.

Yes, you can enjoy Pixel’s navigation buttons along with their neat animation on your Nexus 5X or 6P. However, your device needs to be rooted and running Android 7.1.1 beta, build NPF10c. OK, that’s very specific so be sure to check your device meets these requirements. And one more thing…..you also need Custom Recovery installed.

How to get the Google Pixel home button animation on Nexus

Assuming your device meets all the requirements mentioned above you will need to download a flashable ZIP that will allow you to get the Google Pixel home button animation on Nexus. Download the file for your specific Nexus model below:

Download the Pixel home button animation ZIP for Nexus 5X
Download the Pixel home button animation ZIP for Nexus 6P

get the Google Pixel home button animation on Nexus

Once you download the right ZIP for your Nexus device, you will need to boot your phone into Custom Recovery mode. At this point, you should make a full NANDroid backup, so if anything goes wrong you won’t lose any data.

After you create the backup, tap on the “Install” option in TWRP’s main menu. Then, go to your device’s download folder and select the file called Pixel-Navbar-Animation.zip. Swipe the slider at the bottom of the screen to install it, then tap “Reboot system” to complete the process.

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After the system restarts, Pixel’s navigation bar buttons should be displayed at the bottom of our screen. The four color dots moving outward will appear every time you long-press the home button to open the Google app or summon Google Assistant. It’s not something you can’t live without, but you’ll love it if you’re into eye candy.

If the mod is not working properly there are a few things you can try. If the “System UI has stopped” message appears after you reboot the system you should restart it again. The quickest way is to perform a hard reboot which you can do by holding down the power button for about 10 seconds.

Another thing you can try if your problems are not fixed yet is to reset the System UI Tuner mods. To do this, navigate to Settings -> System UI Tuner, tap on the three-dot menu button and select “Remove this menu”. Then, reboot your device and if the new buttons are displayed you can add back your System UI Tuner tweaks.

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