With the release of Pixel smartphone , Google bid goodbye to the Nexus smartphone series and inaugurated a new lineup. The new smartphone has a plethora of features and the latest Android Nougat operating system that takes the incredible smartphone experience to a whole new level. However, without some handy tips and tricks, you can’t enjoy the seamless and efficient functionality of the smartphone completely. That’s why we have come up with the list of best Google Pixel tips and tricks you must know, so that you can easily get along with the device. Let’s get started:
Best Google Pixel tips and tricks
App action shortcuts
Just like iOS, the stock apps for Android 7.1 also contain quick-action shortcuts that will allow you to perform various actions without any need to actually navigate to the app.
To activate any shortcut:
- Tap and hold any stock app icon like Camera, Calendar, Messenger or Dialer
This will bring a list of quick actions and you can perform them directly from the screen.
Adjust icon/screen size
You can also adjust size of onscreen content and icons. You just need to:
- Navigate to Settings > Display
- Select the Display option
- Drag the slider until the icons appears to be of the same size you want them to be
Enable developer settings
To turn on developer settings:
- Navigate to Settings > About phone
- Scroll to the bottom, you’ll see a build number, tap on it multiple times
After couple of taps, the developer mode will open.
Unlock System UI Tuner
There is also this clever setting called System UI Tuner that offers a range of hidden options.
To unlock the menu:
- Swipe down to display Quick Settings
- Press the settings icon at the top next to battery icon
After a long press, the System UI Tuner will be unlocked and a new option will appear in the settings menu.
Show battery percentage
Once you’ve unlocked the System UI Tuner, you can set your phone to display battery percentage in the battery icon (Most third-party themes have the option by-default).
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Charge another device
You can use your Pixel smartphone to charge another device using the USB Type-C to Type-A adapter that comes in the box. You just need to:
- Plug-in other device’s cable into the adapter
- Plug the adaptor into your pixel smartphone
Turn on Ambient display
Once featured in Android Wear and Motorola device, Ambient Display is available in Android N by default.
To turn it on:
- Go to Settings > Display
- Toggle the Enable Ambient Display option on
Turn on Night Light
If you’re reading from your phone in the evening, you’ll surely not want that harsh, blue light from your phone screen falling into your eyes. That’s why we recommend you to enable night mode.
To enable Night Light on your Pixel smartphone:
- Go to Settings > Display
- Select the Night Light option
Schedule Night light
If you don’t want to turn on and off the Night Light on your smartphone again and again, it’s better to schedule it. To do so:
- Tap turn on automatically option and select the hours you want (You can also select it to change by sunrise and sunset)
Rather than traversing through your smartphone settings, you can also choose to search settings. You just need to:
- Open the Settings menu
- Hit the magnifying glass icon
- Type what you’re looking for
Find Google settings
Other in our list of Google Pixel tips and tricks is the Google settings. In earlier versions, there was a separate app to handle Google settings. However, in Android Nougat the option is included in the main Settings menu itself. Here, you’ll find all options regarding changing Google account settings.
Use native file explorer
Android N has a native file explorer, which you can manage to edit, transfer and manage files. To access the file explorer:
- Navigate to Settings > Storage
- Scroll down to the bottom of the list and tap Explore
Here you can view different files and folders, which you can open, edit, copy, paste and delete if you want to.
Our list of best Google Pixel tips and tricks ends here. Stay tuned for more updates!