Skip to content
Home » 7 new hidden Pixel treasures to seek out in Android 12

7 new hidden Pixel treasures to seek out in Android 12


Android 12 could seem to be previous information to these of us within the land o’ Pixels at this level, however maintain the telephone: Google’s newest software program has some fairly phenomenal options which can be lurking beneath the floor and all too simple to miss.

We explored a dozen such treasures the opposite day, however there’s much more juicy goodness the place that got here from. So right here now are seven extra spectacular hidden gems you will completely wish to dig up in Android 12 in your Pixel telephone — no matter whether or not you are packin’ the brand new Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Professional or one of many older Pixel fashions.

Verify ’em out, get your self within the behavior of utilizing ’em, after which come join my free Pixel Academy e-course to uncover much more hidden Pixel magic.

New Pixel trick No. 1: Quick link-grabbing

Android’s Overview space — y’know, the card-driven app-switching interface you see whenever you swipe up from the underside of your display after which maintain your finger down, utilizing the present Android gestures system — has gotten some significantly cool superpowers on Pixels as of late. And with Android 12, your favourite Googley telephone has one other tucked-away time-saver to find there.

So right here it’s: Anytime you take a look at Chrome in your Overview space, you may seize the hyperlink of the at present open web page with one fast faucet — with out ever leaving Overview or opening the app. And from there, it is only one extra press of your treasured fingie to repeat the hyperlink or share it wherever else in your telephone.

The best way to discover it

This one’s simple:

  • Open the Overview interface by swiping up from the underside of your display about an inch after which stopping — or, in case you’re nonetheless utilizing the previous legacy three-button nav system, faucet the square-shaped button in your telephone’s decrease edge as a substitute.
  • Discover Chrome in your record of latest apps.
  • Search for the curiously formed hyperlink icon within the thumbnail’s upper-right nook.
Google Pixel, Android 12: Overview JR

Faucet that icon, and shazam! You have obtained your hyperlink.

Google Pixel, Android 12: Overview link JR

New Pixel trick No. 2: Fast machine controls

One among Android’s finest buried treasures is the machine management panel launched in Android 11 after which weirdly tucked away to an out-of-the-way place in Android 12. Worry not, although, on your Pixel’s fancy new software program has a pair cool methods to convey that panel again to the forefront.

The panel, in case you are not acquainted, offers you quick access to adjusting any related units related along with your account — good lights, cameras, thermostats, audio system and shows, e-rodents, you title it. It is an superior time-saver, however it’s as much as you to drag it out of Android’s bowels and make it accessible.

The best way to discover it

First issues first, it’s essential obtain the confusingly named Google Dwelling app, if you have not already, and ensure you’re signed into it and arrange with any related units you have obtained. And do not let the app’s title idiot you: It is primarily simply an interface for interacting with any and all related devices, regardless of the place they’re or what function they serve (ahem).

As soon as you have obtained that up and operating:

  • Swipe down twice from the highest of your display and faucet the pencil formed icon within the lower-left nook of the Fast Settings panel.
  • Scroll down till you see the “Gadget controls” tile. It might be on the very backside of the record, means down within the inactive tile space.
  • Contact and maintain your finger to that tile and drag all of it the best way up. I might recommend placing it into one of many high 4 positions, which can ensure you can at all times see and entry it above your notifications with only a single swipe down from the highest of your display.
Google Pixel, Android 12: Device controls JR

And there is one other new Android-12-added Pixel characteristic alongside those self same traces…

New Pixel trick No. 3: A wiser lock display

Along with exhibiting fundamental data just like the time, climate, and any pending notifications, your Pixel’s lock display can provide up a one-tap shortcut to that related machine management panel. In reality, the shortcut may already be there, however there is a respectable probability you have not observed it or realized what it does.

The best way to discover it

After getting the Google Dwelling app put in and configured, search for a delicate house-shaped icon within the lower-left nook of your Pixel’s lock display:

Google Pixel, Android 12: Lock screen JR

See it? Purty, proper? Faucet that home and faucet it good, and you will be gazing your related machine controls sooner than you may say “Hey Google, home it goin’?” (as one does).

When you have the Dwelling app arrange however do not see that icon in your lock display:

  • Panic and scream loudly. (Simply kidding. Do not truly try this.)
  • Open up your system settings and head into the Show part.
  • Faucet the road labeled “Lock display.”
  • Search for the “Present machine controls” toggle and ensure it is within the on place.

Whilst you’re there, take notice: You’ll be able to additionally activate a toggle in that very same space to indicate an icon on your pockets in your lock display and maintain your Google Pay card selector one faucet away. You may must have the Google Pay app put in and configured to ensure that that one to work.

New Pixel trick No. 4: The kill switches

Amongst its many under-the-hood privateness enhancements, Android 12 introduces a pair of recent kill switches that make it super-easy so that you can disable your Pixel’s digital camera or microphone anytime the necessity arises. In addition they have the benefit of permitting you to speak about utilizing “kill switches,” which makes you sound completely hard-core…till individuals determine that you simply’re truly speaking about a sophisticated privateness characteristic in your Google Pixel telephone.

However, hey, I will not inform in case you do not. So let’s discover and allow these choices, lets?

The best way to discover it

We’ll must mosey our means again into your Pixel’s Fast Settings editor to dig these pretty fellas up:

  • As soon as once more, swipe down twice from the highest of your telephone’s display and faucet the pencil formed icon within the lower-left nook of the Fast Settings panel.
  • Scroll all the best way right down to the inactive tile space on the backside of the record and search for the tile labeled “Mic entry.”
  • Press and maintain your finger to that tile and drag it up into the energetic space of your Fast Settings — in no matter place you want. (Simply do not forget that the primary 4 tiles are those you will see with a single swipe down from the highest of the display, whereas the primary eight are the tiles you will see with two swipes down. Something past that can require a further swipe to the aspect to entry.)
  • Repeat that very same course of with the “Digital camera entry” tile.
  • Whoop vigorously in celebration.
Google Pixel, Android 12: Kill switches JR

After that, it’s going to simply be a single faucet on both of these tiles to show off the related operate and know nobody can presumably see and/or hear no matter it’s you are as much as (you naughty, naughty chicken).

New Pixel trick No. 5: Coloration coordination

Android 12’s Materials You theming system is surprisingly spectacular, however for some motive, one among its most outstanding parts appears to be disabled by default on Pixels which can be upgrading to Android 12.

That aspect is the auto-theming of icons on your private home display so that they are coordinated along with your present wallpaper and the remainder of your telephone’s dynamically altering motif. It is a delicate contact and a purely superficial one, however it actually does create a pleasant impact and make a significant distinction in how nice your telephone is to make use of.

The best way to discover it

Supplied you are utilizing your Pixel’s default Pixel Launcher dwelling display setup:

  • Press and maintain on any clean area in your telephone’s dwelling display.
  • Faucet “Wallpaper & model” within the menu that comes up.
  • Scroll down on the subsequent display you see till you discover the “Themed icons” possibility.
  • Flip its toggle into the on place.

And, ta-da:

Google Pixel, Android 12: Home screen JR

Fairly spiffy, would not ya say? Simply notice that as of now, it is largely solely Google apps which can be affected by this technique. It will take a while for non-Google app builders to get on board with the system and begin empowering their apps to be part of it — however optimistically, we’ll see extra of that quickly.

New Pixel trick No. 6: An easier Assistant shortcut

Google Assistant’s obtained tons of worthwhile time-savers, with new choices exhibiting up on a regular basis (particularly right here in Pixel Land!). However uttering “Hey Google” is not at all times essentially the most sensible technique to summon your trusty digital companion. And Android’s swipe-up-from-the-corner-of-your-screen gesture for activating Assistant is usually awkward and inconsistent (which could be at the very least partially why Google disabled it by default on the brand new Pixel 6 units).

Effectively, take notice: As of Android 12 on a Pixel, you have obtained another choice — and it is about as simple as will be: A easy press and maintain of your telephone’s bodily energy button can pull up your pleasant neighborhood genie and have it standing by to assist with no matter you want.

B-b-b-b-b-but — oh, sure — you have gotta discover and activate the characteristic first.

The best way to discover it

Fortunately, there’s not a lot to this course of:

  • Open up the System part of your Pixel system settings.
  • Faucet “Gestures.”
  • Search for the road labeled “Press and maintain energy button,” and faucet it.
  • Activate the toggle subsequent to “Maintain for Assistant.”

That is it: Now simply press and maintain that protruding ol’ energy button of yours, and your Assistant can be there in a flash. Once you wish to energy down your telephone or entry some other gadgets within the conventional Pixel energy menu, press the facility button and the volume-up key collectively (and that’ll override the beforehand accessible muting shortcut related to that very same key mixture).

New Pixel trick No. 7: Faucet motion

If you happen to love shortcuts as a lot as I do, you are gonna adore this closing Pixel-specific Android 12 deal with. It is a new system that permits you to faucet twice on the again of your telephone to have a particular motion carried out — capturing a screenshot, summoning Assistant, enjoying or pausing any energetic media, opening your latest apps, opening your notifications, or opening any app you need (whew!). As an added bonus, it additionally makes a stunning percussive pitter-patter.

So, yeah: This new Pixel possibility is fairly forkin’ improbable, to say the least. The one catch is that’s appears to be accessible solely on the Pixel 4a 5G and better — so the Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, after which the brand new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional fashions (however not, curiously sufficient, the common Pixel 4 or Pixel 4a units).

The best way to discover it

When you have the Pixel 4a 5G or greater:

  • Go into the System part of your telephone’s settings.
  • Faucet “Gestures.”
  • Faucet the road labeled “Fast Faucet.”
  • Flip the toggle on the high of the subsequent display into the on place.
  • Choose which motion you need your faucets to set off.
Google Pixel, Android 12: Quick tap JR

If you happen to go together with the “Open app” possibility, you should definitely hit the gear-shaped icon alongside that very same line to pick which app, particularly, you wish to have open.

And in case you discover your telephone is activating the faucet motion inadvertently, whenever you aren’t truly tap-a-tap tappin’, head again into that very same space of the settings and check out activating the “Require stronger faucets” toggle to see if that helps.

Not a nasty bag of tips to have, eh? And hey, do not forget to come be part of my free Pixel Academy e-course to maintain the momentum going. You may get seven spectacular days of efficiency-enhancing Pixel data — beginning with some camera-centric smarts and shifting from there to superior picture magic, next-level nuisance reducers, and oodles of different alternatives for pro-level Pixel intelligence.

Your Pixel productiveness journey is simply getting began, my expensive Pipsie, and we have a lot extra floor left to cowl but.

Copyright © 2021 IDG Communications, Inc.


Supply hyperlink