Bet you didn’t know that Android 12 could do it all.

Android 12

What’s inside Google’s new Android 12 operating system for phones? We found some tricks that fly under the radar.

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Google launches state-of-the-art mobile operating system Android 12, After the first film this fall 6 pixels And Pixel 6 Pro. The new OS Pixel 3 is available for all Google phones and above. (here is. Install Android 12 now. If Your phone is compatible.Mobile software will be available on other Android devices, including Samsung, OnePlus and Xiaomi phones, later this year and early 2022.


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Android 12 has. Many new features To differentiate yourself from Android 11, incl New privacy tools, Called a redesign. Content you And more. (Here is the method Android 12 is comparable to Android 11..) But, as I often say when new operating systems are released, the best features are usually hidden. These are features that have not been announced, but you will need to dig into the operating system to find them. For example, Android 12 has a dedicated game mode, but it is buried in the settings app. There is also a shortcut to your device’s notification history when you accidentally reject an alert.

Read more: You need to change the default settings of your Pixel 6.

We’re still digging into Android 12 and what it has to offer, but so far we’ve found four hidden features that are definitely useful. (If you are an Apple user, this is it. Everything we know about iOS 15.Some Hidden features that we have found. And 20 iPhone Settings That You Should Change.)

Android 12 keeps your notification history away from a tap.

Do you ever clean without reading a report? I do it all the time Android has been offering device notification history for some time, but you either need to know where to view it, or you’ll need to install a third-party app to view it.

In Android 12, all you have to do is scroll down to the bottom of your notification shed, where you’ll see a new look. History Tap the button, and you’ll see recently cleared notifications as well as alerts for the last 24 hours.

If you see Manage instead of HistoryThis is the reason. Notification date Is not on Activate it by tapping on. Manage, Then select. Notification date And slide the switch on. On Position


You now have instant access to your past information.

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Android 12 makes big phones feel smaller.

A new One-handed mode in Android 12 It may not be a headline feature, but it is something that can make a big difference in the way you use your phone. This is especially true if you are using a phone with a large display, e.g. Galaxy S21 Ultra.

The new one-handed mode moves the upper half of everything on your screen to the lower half, making it easier to tap on quick settings tiles or a notification. To use it, place your finger on the small bar at the bottom of your phone screen and swipe down. It may take some effort, but once you get the hint, it’s easy to reproduce.

Before you can do that, however, you have to go to it and turn it on. Setting > System > Hints > One-handed mode And slide the switch on. On Below the switch to enable the position feature, you will have two options: Drag the screen to access. Or Show notifications.. Select the first option and then close the Settings app.

Game mode Android 12

Use the new game mode in Android 12 to enhance performance or live streaming on YouTube.

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Android 12 has a dedicated gaming mode.

If you play a lot of games on your Android device, you’ll be glad to know that Google is adding a break mode of gaming to Android 12. When it’s turned on, your phone will automatically turn on when you don’t bother to start playing.

But you’ll never know if the mode exists if you don’t go deep into your notification settings everywhere. More specifically, go to. Setting > Information > do not disturb > Schedules. Once there, check the box next to it. Game type To turn it on Next, tap. Settings gear icon Toggle on both items.

In my short experience of testing it, game mode doesn’t work in every game (you see, Asphalt 9). However, this call of duty works in mobile. When it’s enabled, you can tap your phone once to improve yourself for gaming or look at your device’s current frames per second.


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Android 12 has a new app layout option, but it can only be for Pixel.

The app grid on your phone’s home screen is usually for a 4×4, 5×5 or 6×6 grid (or similar combination). However, in Android 12 Pixel 5, A new app grid option that is absolutely ridiculous at first glance – 2×2. I assume it’s limited to Pixel phones only, but hopefully, other phone makers will adopt it, because it’s an accessible feature for people who need big app icons.

Navigate to the new 2×2 layout by long-pressing on your home screen, then select. Styles and wallpapers> Grid > 2×2.

For more, check out The best Android phones to buy in 2021, Every reason why You should give Pixel phones another chance. And how Pixel 6 with its tensor chip Is More interesting than the iPhone 13.

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