Here’s how to add tap-to-wake on your Nexus 6

Oh Google. You showed me how easy it is to wake up the Nexus 9 tablet simply by tapping on the display and then you decided not to put the same feature on the Nexus 6 phone, even though the hardware is certainly capable of supporting it.

Am I the only one disappointed by this? Maybe, maybe not. If you’re in the same camp as I am though, you’re in luck: There are a few ways to enable the tap-to-wake feature on the [company]Google[/company] Nexus 6.

Nexus 6 settings

Android Police pointed out two of them on Monday; both of which can be found at the always helpful XDA Developers site. The first one is available as a free download or you can choose to donate by purchasing it for $0.99 on the Google Play Store. Option two is solely available as a download from the XDA forums.

There is a bit of a catch for either approach, however. And it may be too much for some people to overcome: You’ll have to root your Nexus 6 so that the apps have the proper hardware access to make tap-to-wake work.

Fortunately, rooting an Android phone these days is a much simpler experience than it was back in the day. Now, you can simply download a file, connect your Nexus 6 to a PC or Mac, and run a few scripts. Redmond Pie offers a walk-through of the process that’s helpful and you can watch a video demonstration of the process so you know what you’re getting into before you even try.

Note that if you root an Android 5.0 device, you won’t get over the air updates until you revert back. That gotcha aside, if you’ve been missing the tap-to-wake on your Nexus 6 — or simply like to play around with interesting Android phone features — you’ve got options. Hopefully in the future, Google will just enable the function so we don’t need to deal with workarounds.