Android 13 is Google’s next phone operating system, and while it will bring many new and exciting features, like better UI customization and improved privacy controls, there are still settings and tools to keep in mind. discover on Google’s current mobile operating system, Android 12.
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And it’s these hidden features that can completely change the way you use your Android device, whether you have a Pixel 6 Pro or one Galaxy S22.
In this story, we’ll show you how to recover accidentally deleted notifications, use your phone with one hand, and more. Check out what Android 12 has to offer below.
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Android 12 keeps your notification history at your fingertips
Do you ever delete a notification without reading it? I do it all the time. Android has offered device notification history for a while now, but you either had to know where to look or install a third-party app to see it.
In Android 12, all you have to do is scroll down to the bottom of your notification shade, where you’ll see a new Story button. Tap it and you’ll see recently cleared notifications as well as alerts from the past 24 hours.
If you see Manage instead of Storyit’s because Notification history is not lit. Activate it by pressing Managethen select Notification history and slide the switch to On position.
Android 12 makes big phones smaller
A new one-handed mode in android 12 may not be a flagship feature, but it’s one that could make a big difference to the way you use your phone. This is especially true if you’re using a phone with a large screen, like the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
The new one-handed mode moves the top half of everything on your screen to the bottom half, making it easier to tap a quick settings tile or notification. To use it, place a finger on the small bar at the bottom of your phone screen and swipe down. It may take a few tries, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to replicate.
Before you can do that, however, you’ll need to enable it by going to Settings > System > Gestures > One-handed mode and slide the switch to On position. Under the switch to enable the feature, you have two options: Pull the screen handy Where Show Notifications. Select the first option and then close the Settings app.
There is a dedicated game mode in Android 12
If you play a lot of games on your Android device, you’ll be happy to know that Google has added a dedicated game mode to Android 12. When turned on, your phone will do things like automatically turn on do not disturb when you start playing.
But you’d never know the mode existed if you didn’t venture deep into your notification settings. More specifically, go to Settings > Notice > Do not disturb > Schedules. Once there, check the box next to Game mode to turn it on. Then press the Settings gear icon and toggle the two items.
In my testing experience, Game Mode doesn’t work in all games (looking at you, Asphalt 9). It does work in Call of Duty Mobile though. When it’s active, you can do things like force your phone to optimize for gaming with a single tap or view your device’s current frames per second.
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Android 12 has a new app layout option, but it may be Pixel-only
The app grid on your phone’s home screen normally spans a 4×4, 5×5, or 6×6 grid (or similar combinations). However, in Android 12 on the Pixel 5, there’s a new app grid option that’s downright funny at first glance – 2×2. I guess this is limited to Pixel phones only, but I hope other phone makers adopt it, as it’s a huge accessibility feature for those who need app icons bigger.
Switch to the new 2×2 layout with a long press on your home screen, then select Styles and Wallpapers > Gate > 2×2.
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