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Here's how to enable double tap to wake on the Nexus 6P

Wondering how to get double tap to wake on your new Nexus 6P? If you're rooted, just follow these simple instructions.

Published onNovember 5, 2015

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Some smartphone makers implement a feature in their devices called “double tap to wake”, which allows users to wake the phone’s display by simply tapping on the screen two quick times. This feature is put in place for good reason on smartphones like the HTC One M8 or the LG G4 that have oddly-placed power buttons. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for it to be on the new Nexus 6P, as it not only has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and easily-accessible power button, it also comes with Google’s handy Ambient Display mode.

If you’ve been spoiled by other smartphones that have this feature and would like to use it on your new 6P, now you can. Thanks to XDA developer Flar2 who discovered the line, you can enable double tap to wake on your Nexus 6P in a few easy steps, as long as you’re rooted.

First, you’ll need to download a terminal emulator from the Google Play Store, then input the following command prompt in the terminal:

echo 1 > /sys/devices/soc.0/f9924000.i2c/i2c-2/2-0070/input/input0/wake_gesture

Congratulations! You’ve just enabled the handy feature on your device. It should be noted that it won’t survive a reboot, so you’ll need to redo this process if you’d like to get it working again. The developer does say he’s working on a fix to make it permanent. If we hear any news on a permanent fix, we’ll be sure to update this post.

So, will you be enabling this feature on your device, or are Nexus Imprint and Ambient Display enough for you? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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