Google Pixel phones may not have, but they’re not without cool things to do. We’ll show you some things you can do with a Pixel phone that you may not know about.
Make it Easier to Use With One Hand
Google has put out some pretty big Pixel phones. The, for example, has a massive 6.7-inch display. To make it easier to reach things with one hand, Google has included a handy gesture.
The “” settings allow you to swipe down on the bottom edge of the screen to do one of two things. You can choose to move the entire screen contents closer to the bottom of the screen or .
Temporary Get a Break From Notifications
Notifications are nice to have sometimes, but they can also be a big distraction. “” is a feature that allows you to block those particularly annoying notifications for a temporary period of time.
Focus Mode is pretty simple. First, you select the apps that you don’t want to be bothered by. Then you can create a schedule for Focus Mode to run during or turn it on and off manually whenever you need a break from distractions.
Use Shortcuts to Jump Inside Apps
The Pixel home screen is a place for tons of personalization. It’s also where you probably keep your most-used apps. Many of those apps.
Simply tap and hold on an app icon on the home screen and you’ll see some shortcuts to specific sections inside of the app. For example, you can jump straight to a Spotify playlist. These shortcuts can also be added directly to the home screen.
Google’s Surprisingly Great Voice Recorder App
A voice recorder app probably doesn’t seem that exciting. However, Pixel phones have access to an exclusive recorder app that is pretty great.
Google’s simply named “Recorder” app has three features that make it special. For starters, recordings are automatically transcribed into text and can be searched. Recordings can be and accessed in a browser. Lastly, it’s easy to .
Mute Calls by Flipping Your Phone
You may not be able slam your phone down to hang up a call anymore, but you can at least flip it over to silence calls. Pixel phones call this “” and it’s a little more featureful than on other Android devices.
On non-Pixel phones, you can flip the phone on its face to mute incoming calls. However, on a Pixel phone it not only mutes the call but can also enable “” mode. It’s a pretty handy gesture to know.
Lockdown With Extra Security
Your Pixel phone has a number of security methods you can use—fingerprint, face unlock, PIN, pattern, and password. Some of those methods are more secure than others. Face unlock in particular.
“” is a mode that disables those less-secure security methods. Fingerprint, face unlock, and are all disabled. This can be turned on quickly whenever you need an extra layer of security.
Captions for Any Audio or Video
Pixel phones have a super handy feature called “.” It displays captions on the screen any time there is audio playing—whether that audio is from a video or music.
Live Caption is great for the hearing impaired or people who prefer to keep their phone’s volume off. Since the captions are automatically generated, they may not always be accurate. However, it works surprisingly well.
Turn On “Do Not Disturb” While Driving
Checking your phone while driving is incredibly dangerous. The best way to prevent yourself from doing it is to remove the temptation altogether. Pixel phones can
In order for this to work, you’ll need to have. After that, it’s a simple matter of enabling the option and your phone will detect when you’re driving. It works effortlessly and you’ll be a lot safer on the road.
Screen Calls With Google Assistant
Some people simply ignore any call from a number they don’t know, but if you’re not like that, theis a must-use. Call Screen enables Google Assistant to do the work for you.
When you tap “Screen Call” instead of answering the call, Google Assistant will ask the caller to identify themselves. You can watch this unfold as its transcribed to text and decide if you want to answer or hang up.
Adjust Lighting After Taking a Photo
Lighting can make or break a photo, especially a selfie. Pixel phones have exclusive access to a feature in Google Photos call “.” It can fix those badly lit selfies.
This feature is specifically for photos of people, and won’t appear as an option for images of pets or anything else. It allows you to literally drag the light source around and put it where you want.
Google goes for quality over quantity when it comes to features on Pixel phones. Hopefully, we’ve helped you discover some cool things you didn’t know about. There areout there, but offers something special.