The first thing you may notice when you get Android 12 on your phone is that the standout Android feature is no longer what you expect.
I’m talking about the device control panel that Google added to the operating system with last year’s Android 11 release. The panel offers a simple set of commands that allow you to access any smart lights and other connected gadgets in your home.
On Pixel phones, at least, that panel would appear when you pressed and held your phone’s power button. With Android 12, though, it’s no longer part of the power button menu. But don’t despair: it’s not over yet. It only takes one extra step and a little preparation to get there.
Reset your Android 12 device control panel.
First things first – track this panel. In Android 12, the panel has moved from the Power Button menu to the Quick Settings area of the operating system (which some device makers, including Samsung, had saved in Android 11 anyway).
By default, you’ll probably need to swipe down from the top of your screen twice, and then swipe to the left once or twice to find it. But with about 60 seconds of setup, you can move it to a much better position.
- Swipe down twice from the top of your screen to open the full quick setting area. If you already see the “Device Controls” control in one of the first four places on this menu, you’re ready. Otherwise, you want to fix it a bit.
- Tap the pencil-shaped icon in the lower left corner of the Quick Settings area. If you’re using a phone other than a pixel, you’ll have to tap on the three-line menu icon and then find the “edit” command there instead.
- Find the “Device Controls” tile, then press and hold it and slide it to one of the first four positions in the Quick Settings area.
- Tap the arrow in the upper left corner of the screen and exit.
Now that the option is in a more prominent position, you can always reach it with justice. One Swipe down from the top of your screen instead of two.
It’s still not as easy as replacing the old power button, apparently, but it’s a step in the right direction – and for now, it’s about your best work.