Google Pixel 2: 10 awesome tips and tricks | Tips & Tricks

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’s 2 is one of the few Android phones that actually looks better after you turn it on. From the functionally elegant Launcher to the stock Oreo icons, there’s a lot to like about the 2 Android experience. It’s smart, stylish, and sophisticated, and it’s the No. 1 reason to spend hundreds of dollars on one.

As good as it looks, Android on the Pixel is just as customizable as it is on any other phone. The Pixel 2 features all sorts of little tweaks and tune-ups, so check out these 10 and that will unlock its full potential.

Pick a live wallpaper

Last year’s Pixel brought Live Earth wallpapers that gave your home screen a cool three-dimensional feel, but this year’s live wallpapers go beyond parallax effects. Simply press down on your home screen and tap the Wallpapers icon to find them. Inside the Living universe tab you’ll find a series of wallpapers that are like mini-movies on your home screen. The movement is subtle (such as waves crashing against the shore in Lagos), but it adds a bit of surprise and delight to what was already a gorgeous array of photos.

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The Pixel 2’s live wallpapers are definitely worth checking out.

Furthermore, there’s a set of “Come alive” wallpapers that feature interactive designs. Some let you manipulative shapes with your fingers, while others provide flashes of color when touched. Mind you, they will all have some impact on your battery life, but they’re so cool, it might be worth it.

Bring back double-tap to check and lift to check

This year’s Pixel brings an always-on ambient display, and we couldn’t be happier. But if you’re not into it, Google hasn’t completely abandoned the old way of doing things. Inside the Ambient display settings (Settings > Display Advanced Ambient display), there will be two toggles beneath “Always on:” Double-tap to check phone and Lift to check phone.

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You’ll have to turn off the always-on display to bring back lift to wake.

The double-tap option will light up the screen when you double-tap on the ambient display (or illuminates the ambient display if it’s not set to always be on). The lift-to-check toggle turns on the ambient display when you raise your handset, like before. However, it works only if the always-on display is turned off, so you’ll have to choose.

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