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Google Pixel and Pixel XL: 10 Useful Tips and Tricks

Google Pixel phones by Google becoming favorite phones for many these days. The main reason behind its popularity are advanced features, awesome specifications, most rated camera quality, Google Assistant feature and many more. There are many features available in Google Pixel and Pixel XL that are not known to some of the users too.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL are advanced smartphones that can significantly be used for larger efficiency and include many useful features that can benefit you the most as a user. Both Google Pixel and Pixel XL run on latest Android Nougat operating system that redefines the telephony experience through its incredible functionality.

Here we are going to give you the information about some useful Google Pixel and Pixel XL tips and tricks that can help you to unveil and use some features that are buried in the settings and can be accessed and activated by following simple steps.

All these Google Pixel and Pixel XL tips are tricks are very easy to follow, but will surely help you to increase the functionality of your new device.

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1. Enable Night Light

Night light feature is based on a technology that reduces the blue light that comes out from the smartphone’s display in a dark environment and results in strain on the eyes. This feature is a part of Android Nougat but by default it is disabled so you need to turn it on from the notification panel. If you want the phone to switch on this feature automatically when required then you need to,

  • Tap on Settings
  • Select Display
  • Tap on Night Light
  • Select Turn on Automatically

You can schedule the timing of this service as per your preference or set it to turn on after sunset till sunrise.

2. Google Assistant

Those who have used iPhone must know about the Siri, Google Assistant is the same kind of service which is available for US customers as of now in both Pixel and Pixel XL. It provides smart personal assistance and does a lot of things for you like giving suggestions on live chat, sending emails, playing songs and sharing jokes etc. The more you use it, the more it becomes intelligent by observing your interests. In order to activate the service you need to,

  • Long press the Home Button
  • Tap on the Menu icon which is located on the top left corner of the screen
  • Tap on Settings

From here you can customize the settings and choose broadcasts to play news for you or set reminders or calendar events etc.

3. Save Battery

You can figure out any time that exactly how much power is left in your phone’s battery by simply modifying the battery icon of your Google Pixel. In order to see the percentage of remaining battery you need to,

  • Pull down the notification bar and hold the settings icon for a while
  • You will see a system message after which you need to head to Settings
  • Scroll down to System UI Tuner and tap on it.
  • Select Status Bar
  • Go to Battery
  • Select Always Show Percentage

You can also set up the battery saver mode from Settings > Battery > Battery saver which will automatically enable Low Power mode when the battery will go below a certain point chosen by you.

4. Check out Lens Blur

Google Pixel packs an incredible camera which has many exciting features and one of them is the lens blur which makes let’s users take perfect shots of any subject from a short distance.

  • Swipe from the left to access the camera app
  • Select Lens blur from the menu

After this you can take shot with sharp subject and blur background.

5. Set 4K Resolution for Video

Google Pixel has the ability to shoot 4K videos and provides unlimited cloud storage for free, but by default the camera is set to capture 1080p videos so if you want to enhance the resolution then,

  • Launch the Camera app
  • Swipe to the right
  • Tap on Settings
  • Scroll down and select Video
  • Tap on Back camera video resolution
  • Select UHD 4K

6. Smart Lock

Smartphones are coming with advanced security features like Fingerprint sensor and iris scanner that not just unlock the phone quickly, but also keep the data safe from any unauthorized person. Google Pixel comes with an additional security feature named Smart Lock that keeps you phone unlock when it is kept at a trusted place and automatically locks the it when not when are not around.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Security
  • Select Smart Lock

From here you can choose to lock and unlock the phone as per your preference.

7. Enable Moves

The  Google Pixel comes with some useful gesture shortcuts in a feature named Moves. These options are ‘swipe from notifications’ which brings the notification shade by swiping across the fingerprint sensor, ‘Jump to camera’ to launch camera quickly and ‘flip camera’ that allows users to switch between front and rear camera by twisting the wrist twice. You can enable or disable any of these by going to Settings > Moves under the device section.

8. Wi-Fi Assistant

Your Google Pixel can automatically switch between Wi-Fi and cellular networks such as 3G or 4G depending on whose signals is stronger. It not just helps you to save your mobile data when you are roaming in a Wi-Fi zone, but also provides uninterrupted web browsing all the time. It keeps your data safe and hidden while using public Wi-Fi as it sends data through secure Virtual Private Network. You can activate the Wi-Fi assistant service from Settings > Wi-Fi then press cog wheel on the top right corner and tap Use Open Wi-Fi Automatically.

9. Change Wallpaper in Every 24 hours

The colour progression of Google Pixel’s Live Data wallpaper gets changed automatically according to the external weather Which may result in showing one background colour for the week in a place where the weather doesn’t get changed everyday. Don’t worry, Google Pixel allows users to choose from a wide range of satellite pictures and you can set the phone to automatically change it daily.

  • Long press the Home screen
  • Tap on Wallpapers
  • Choose the category
  • Press daily Wallpaper

10. Launcher Shortcuts

Google Pixel also offers something like iPhone’s 3D touch named launcher shortcuts. In the app drawer you can long press on any app Pixel will bring the specific features of that app which seems a bit easier. For example, if you long press the phone icon, then it will let you dial your favourite contacts by showing them on the screen.

So, these are some of the useful Google Pixel and Pixel XL tips and tricks that you enable to increase the functionality of your new device.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL have been launched almost a month ago and have become very popular within a very short span of time, but many users are not aware of the amazing capabilities of these phones and the outstanding Android Nougat. If you have also discovered any useful feature of these phones then you can share knowledge with us.

Ashutosh is an Ex-BPO employee and a techno-freak. He loves to explore unpopular travel destinations and has great knowledge of world history. He is an independent minded person who always stays in-formed about the current events through reliable sources.

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