The Biggest and Best New Features in Android 12 (and How to Use Them)

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The afloat mentation of Android 12 dropped past week for Pixel devices, and we’ve spent the past fewer days investigating retired the OS, getting acquainted with its caller interface, features, and settings. It’s not a huge deviation from Android 11, but determination are respective changes and caller features worthy talking about.

A caller look and consciousness acknowledgment to the caller Material You design

Let’s commencement with the astir evident alteration successful Android 12: the caller theme. Android 12’s “Material You” has an all-new look, with bigger icons, rounded menus and windows, and smoother animations than Android 11. It besides reshuffles the layout and embeds caller features straight into the halfway idiosyncratic interface. Here are immoderate highlights:

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  • Custom Themes: The Material You redesign lets users make customized themes. Go to Settings > Wallpaper & style to alteration your phone’s wallpaper and set the colour of your phone’s fonts, menus, widgets, and icons.
  • New Widgets and speech pinning: Speaking of widgets, Android 12 adds respective caller widgets, including the quality to pin a substance speech to the location surface for casual access. Long-tap a blank abstraction connected the location surface past prime “Widgets” to unfastened the menu.
  • On-device search. The Google Search barroom tin present hunt files, folders, contacts, substance conversations, and apps connected your phone.
  • New Emojis: There are caller emojis, including updated images for astir 400 Android emojis.

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Better Quick Settings, notifications, and shortcuts

Along with large changes to Android 12’s UI overall, Google redesigned and reorganized the Quick Settings paper and notifications drawer with respective caller shortcuts, a caller layout, and a fewer enhancements.

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To spot the caller Quick Settings menu, swipe down from the apical surface to unfastened the basal shortcuts and notifications drawer. From present you can:

  • Tap “Internet” to unfastened the net transportation settings wherever you tin rapidly swap betwixt wifi networks oregon crook mobile information connected oregon off.
  • Tap “GPay” to entree your Google Pay wallet.
  • Enable “Do not Disturb Mode.”
  • Enable/disable Bluetooth.

Swipe down erstwhile much to grow the afloat Quick Settings screen. You tin besides swipe down with 2 fingers to unfastened close to the afloat Quick Settings screen. The afloat paper includes much shortcuts and media playback controls.

  • Tap the Pencil icon to customize the Quick Setting shortcuts. There are respective caller options disposable similar toggles for acheronian theme, “extra dim” mode, information saver mode, and more.
  • Tap the Settings icon to leap to your device’s settings menu.
  • Tap the Power icon to amusement the powerfulness on/off and restart buttons.

There are respective caller shortcuts disposable here, truthful beryllium definite to instrumentality a fewer minutes to customize the layout to your liking.

Take scrolling screenshots

Now onto the bigger features extracurricular of conscionable the interface. First is the caller Scrolling Screenshot function. When you instrumentality a screenshot connected an Android 12 instrumentality (press Power fastener + measurement down button), you tin present pat “Capture more” to seizure much of the surface arsenic a scrolling screenshot.

One-handed mode

One-handed mode is an accessibility diagnostic that changes definite motion controls, menus, and the surface layout for easier usage with 1 hand. It’s disposable nether Settings > System > One-handed mode.

Gaming mode for amended gameplay show and focus

Android 12 includes a caller “gaming mode” that changes your strategy and hardware settings for amended in-game performance. Gaming mode besides blocks notifications conscionable similar Do Not Disturb mode does. You tin alteration gaming mode nether Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb and Schedules > Gaming. A dedicated gaming mode toggle tin besides beryllium added to the speedy settings menu.

Multi-windows enactment for Google Chrome app

The Google Chrome mobile browser app gets a unsocial diagnostic connected Android 12: multi-window support. While you tin already unfastened aggregate tabs and tab groups successful Chrome mobile, you tin besides unfastened aggregate windows simultaneously. These enactment similar abstracted instances of the app connected your phone.

Analog timepiece display

While not a marquee feature, Google added a neat easter ovum successful the Android 12 settings paper that opens an “analog” timepiece display. Go to Settings > About phone and pat “Android version” respective times successful a enactment until the timepiece appears. While it doesn’t bash much—it’s virtually conscionable a clock—you tin determination the clock’s hands, and if you acceptable it to 12:00, thing happens. Give it a try.

New privateness controls

Google besides added caller privateness controls successful Android 12 that volition assistance you bounds the permissions and types of information your apps tin access.

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  • Mic/camera on/off shortcuts and usage indicators: If you’re utilizing an app with mic oregon camera permissions, you tin present rapidly crook these features connected oregon disconnected successful the Quick Settings menu. A notification icon volition besides show whenever the camera oregon mic is successful use.
  • Privacy Dashboard: Google added a caller Privacy Dashboard that shows the permissions apps person utilized successful the past 24 hours. It’s disposable successful Settings > Privacy > Privacy dashboard.
  • More Location Data options: You present person the enactment to assistance apps “precise” oregon “approximate” location data. Precise, naturally, is much accurate, but fewer apps really necessitate precise geographic positioning to work. You tin prime which benignant of determination information to usage erstwhile an app archetypal asks for determination information permission, oregon you tin set the mounting for apps you already usage nether Settings > Privacy > Permissions Manager > Location.
  • Login credential management: You tin presumption and negociate each saved login accusation connected your telephone nether Settings > Passwords & accounts. This includes login credentials saved by Google and third-party password managers.

New motion controls

Lastly, Android 12 changes a fewer pre-existing motion controls and adds respective caller ones. Note that a fewer of these are lone disposable for Pixel devices.

  • See unfastened apps: You present swipe up from the lower-right country of your surface to spot each presently unfastened apps.
  • Google Assistant powerfulness fastener toggle: Long-press the powerfulness fastener to telephone up Google Assistant. You tin alteration oregon disable this successful Settings > System > Gestures > “Press and clasp powerfulness button.”
  • “Quick tap” (Pixel phones only): Double-tap the backmost of your Pixel telephone to execute a specified enactment similar calling up Google Assistant oregon launching a circumstantial app. You tin customize it nether Settings > System > Gestures. 
  • Camera-assisted auto-rotate (Pixel 4 and newer only): Auto-rotate uses your telephone camera to find the close predisposition for your existent concern (the process happens locally connected your instrumentality and nary information is saved oregon shared with Google).
  • Haptic feedback for media: While not a gesture, per se, you tin alteration haptic feedback for media similar euphony and games, strategy sounds, and ringtones. You volition person a punctual to crook connected haptic feedback if the media, the app, and your telephone each enactment it.

How to Download Android 12

Android 12 is disposable present and you tin effort retired each of the features we covered supra (and immoderate we mightiness person missed) close now. At least, you tin if you person a Pixel 3 oregon newer. Google says Android One devices are adjacent successful enactment for the upgrade, and it’s scheduled to rotation retired to the latest OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Samsung, Tecno, Vivo, and Xiaomi devices aboriginal successful 2021 and into 2022.

For Google Pixel owners who are acceptable to upgrade, you tin cheque if Android 12 is disposable for your instrumentality and commencement the update nether Settings > System > Advanced > System Update > Check for Update.