Tips & tricks for the new Google Pixel 6 Try these 12 Android features

by - – This year, Google has made a lot of modifications to the software on its new phones. New features in Android 12 mean that there is a lot of exciting new content to explore.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have a lot of huge changes to get used to, but there are also a number of lesser-known talents and features that we’ve found really helpful.

If you’d like a textual explanation of these features, please continue reading below the video.

1. The fingerprint sensor should be more dependable

You can make the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 6 a little more dependable by registering the same finger or thumb many times, much as you would on an iPhone’s TouchID sensor.

Fingerprint unlock may be found in Settings > Security > Fingerprint unlock after the initial fingerprint scan. To go to the settings, key in your PIN now. When you’re done scanning, tap the “Add fingerprint” button and scan the same finger or thumb. The scanner was far less likely to fail in our tests as a result of this.

2. Take a screenshot by swiping to the right and then tapping the back button

Until recently, Android’s default method of taking a screenshot was to press two buttons simultaneously. A little tricky, depending on the arrangement and location of the buttons. The rear of your phone may be tapped to activate a screenshot gesture.

Then choose ‘Gestures’ in the System settings. ‘Quick Tap’ is clearly marked at the top of the screen.. Activate the functionality by selecting this option. Because the default action is to take a screenshot, pressing the phone’s back button twice will result in a screenshot.

Pausing or playing music, starting Google Assistant or displaying alerts are all options you may choose from.

It is possible to enable the double-tap function by toggling on the option at the bottom of the screen that demands heavier taps in order to launch your preferred feature.

3. One-handed operation is also possible

Because the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have such large displays, you may have difficulty reaching some items on them. You may now use one-handed mode in Android 12 to pull down the top of your screen.

Set your phone to ‘one-handed mode’ in the settings menu. It’s time to turn it on. It’s possible to get to the upper portion of the screen by swiping down from the bottom of the screen, enabling you to use your thumb to access the upper portion of the interface.

4. Make sure that the option to “At a Glance” is turned off

At the top of the Pixel’s home screen is a feature called ‘At a Glance.’ However, it also automatically displays significant calendar events and travel arrangements that come up from your Gmail account.

You may turn it off by long pressing the ‘At a glance’ widget and selecting ‘Customise’. Now select ‘At a glance’ from the list, and then select ‘Turn off.’” In addition, you can choose to hide or show specific features.

5. Make the Home Screen rotatable

Although the Pixel’s home screen rotation option is by default disabled, you may activate it if you want to use your phone in landscape mode.

Tap ‘Home settings’ after a long press on your home screen wallpaper. Toggle on the ‘Allow home screen rotation’ button at the bottom. After making the switch to landscape mode, the UI will follow suit. In your quick settings shade, make sure to select the ‘Auto-rotate’ function, which will ensure that you don’t have to tap the small rotating symbol on the screen every time.

6. Reverse wireless charging

You may charge compatible devices wirelessly on the back of your Pixel using the Pixel’s Battery Share feature. The Battery Share option may be found by lowering the fast settings shade and tapping it. Turn your phone over and put a wireless charging-enabled product on the back of the device.

Additionally, the Battery Share settings may be accessed by holding down the Battery Share symbol for a lengthy period of time. Using this slider, you may specify a time restriction for when charging will end. Just in case your phone battery dies when you’re plugged in to your favorite headphones or smartwatch. Make adjustments to this slider until the maximum limit is at a level you find comfortable. Ten percent is the default.

7. From the lock screen, access Google Pay

You may use the lock screen to access Google Pay for contactless payments once you’ve set it up. In the right-hand bottom corner of your screen, if your phone is locked, you’ll notice a little card icon. GPay may be used to pay for things by just tapping it.

Then go to Settings > Display > Lock Screen and make sure the ‘Show Wallet’ option is turned on if it’s not there already.

8. Keyboard that can be used in several languages

A bilingual or multilingual keyboard will come in handy if you routinely connect with people who speak more than one language. Instead of having to flip between languages continuously.

Once you’ve tapped “Gboard” under the on-screen keyboard settings, you may use it. To add a keyboard for a different language, go to the languages menu and choose ‘add keyboard’.

Using the installed keyboard now, you’ll be able to text in both languages without having to manually switch between them.

9. It’s time to quickly turn off your microphone and camera access

This is a brief tip, but it introduces a new functionality. The camera and microphone controls are located in the settings shade. When you tap on one of them, your phone’s camera and microphone will be automatically disabled, preventing any app from accessing them.

10. History is now being relived

In recent years, Pixel’s most beneficial function has been its ability to show the name and artist of any music presently playing in the area. Activate it by going to Settings > Display > Lock Screen and ‘Now Playing’, and if it’s not already, turn the switch to the on position.

Scroll down to ‘Now Playing History,’ and you’ll find a list of songs that have recently been tagged, along with the time they were tagged. What’s more, this list may be customized, so you can include a shortcut if you choose. You’ll get a pop-up asking whether you’d want to once you’re on the list. It’s as simple as pressing the “yes” button.

If you don’t see it, long touch the wallpaper and choose “widgets” from the pop-up menu that appears. Drag and drop the ‘currently playing history’ shortcut to a new location on your home screen by selecting “Android System Intelligence.”

11. Turning off Google Discover is the eleventh step

The Google feed page, which shows you news and videos it feels are relevant to you although you can turn it off, is usually always found to the left of the home screen. Select “Home setting” from your wallpaper by long-pressing it. The ‘Swipe to access the Google app’ option may now be disabled.

12. Switch to RAW picture mode in Camera

The option to manually switch between RAW and JPE is available. Open your camera, hit the settings cog in the corner, and now select’more settings’. Select ‘Advanced,’ and then turn on the ‘RAW+JPEG control’ option.

Toggling between RAW+JPEG and JPEG alone has been added to the camera settings menu that appears above the viewfinder/monitor.

13.Easter egg on the Android 12 platform

As usual, the path to finding the Easter egg is the same with this newer version of Android. Tap ‘Android Version’ in the Settings > About Phone section. Once you go to the next page, keep tapping ‘Android version’ until you see a clock widget.

Now, flip the clock’s minute hand to 12 o’clock and press the reset button. An Android 12 Easter Egg in the colors of your phone’s theme has now been loaded.

This year’s Easter egg also has one extra ingredient: Press and hold ‘Widgets’ for a long time to bring up the menu. Drag and drop the Paint chip shortcut on your home screen using the ‘Android S widget’ option. The widget may be resized to display several color cards if desired. You can share a color by tapping on a card, and they’ll appear in full-screen mode when you do so. Easter eggs don’t have to have a purpose, and this one is no exception.