5 Ways to Get More Out of Android 11

Last week’s Tech Tip column collected a number of iOS 14 ideas for iPhone customers, and lots of telephones operating Google’s Android 11 working system have comparable controls — like the flexibility to customise the Quick Settings field or change the assistant’s artificial voice. And when you begin poking round in Android 11, you’ll discover a lot of different helpful options.

Here are just some of them. These ideas ought to work on Google’s latest Pixel fashions, however remember the fact that different telephone makers usually use their very own modified variations of Android, so capabilities and menus could differ.

Have Google Wait for You

If you’ve chosen the Google Assistant as your digital helper and use the present model of Google’s Phone app on your calls, you possibly can group them up with the Hold for Me characteristic to deal with one of trendy life’s most annoying duties: ready for a customer-service consultant. (You additionally want at the very least a Pixel three or one other suitable telephone.)

To allow Hold for Me, open the Phone app and faucet the three-dot More menu to get to the settings. Select Hold for Me after which faucet the button to activate the characteristic.

The Google Assistant can wait on maintain for you should you activate the Hold for Me characteristic within the Phone app’s settings.Credit…Google

When you dial a toll-free quantity and are placed on maintain, faucet the onscreen button to activate Hold for Me. The Google Assistant takes over listening for a human and shows a “Don’t hang up” discover. When the customer support consultant picks up the decision, Google Assistant adjustments the display message to “Someone’s waiting to talk to you” and highlights the “Return to call” button. The telephone captures the audio and a transcript of the decision, and you’ve got the choice to share the info with Google to assist enhance the characteristic.

Set Up Guest Access

Lending your telephone to somebody has its dangers — particularly lending it to a younger somebody who desires to watch movies however might also wander into your e-mail and contacts record. To preserve the peace — and to preserve your private information safe — you may make use of Android’s longtime “Multiple Users” setting. With it, you possibly can arrange a visitor account or separate consumer account in your telephone.

To preserve different folks out of your apps, add a visitor account (or arrange one other consumer) which you could shortly swap to when somebody desires to use your telephone.Credit…Google

Open the Settings app, choose System, then Advanced and Multiple Users. Tap the On button after which Add User to create a brand new account or use the visitor account. You can swap accounts right here or by swiping down from the highest of the display with two fingers to open the Quick Settings field and tapping the User icon.

Record Your Screen

Screen recordings are helpful for displays, demonstrations and troubleshooting. After years of third-party apps doing the job, Android 11 now features a Screen Recorder app.

Start a display recording by tapping the Screen Recorder button within the Quick Settings panel. Stop the recording by tapping the pink bar within the Notifications record.Credit…Google

To use it, swipe down from the highest of the display with two fingers to open the Quick Settings field after which swipe to the second web page of settings. Tap the Screen Record icon, activate the controls for audio and display faucets (if wanted) and faucet Start. To cease recording, swipe down from the highest of the display and faucet the pink notification bar. The recording is saved within the Movies library.

Use Your Power (Button)

The Quick Settings panel is helpful, however Android 11 provides one more place to stash generally used controls: Press and maintain the telephone’s Power button till the Power Menu seems. Here, you will have shortcuts for shutting down or restarting the telephone, utilizing Google Pay to purchase stuff and managing good dwelling units. Install an app like Power Menu Controls or Tasker and you may add different system controls to the display.

If you don’t have any good dwelling units to add to the Android 11 Power Menu, third-party apps like Power Menu Controls allow you to add system capabilities to the menu.Credit…Google/Power Menu Controls

Another use for the Power button? Quickly press it twice to go proper to the Camera app for that fast snap.

Herd Cats

Software builders have a historical past of sneaking so-called Easter eggs into code, and Android has lengthy upheld this custom. Android 11 revives a earlier prize: a hidden sport that units digital cats roaming round your telephone. To play it, go to the About Phone part of the Settings and faucet “Android version” a couple of instances. When a quantity dial seems, crank all of it the way in which up thrice till you see an “11” and a cat emoji seem on the display.

After you activate the Easter egg, digital cats start to pop up in your notifications and dialog bubbles — the place you possibly can title them and add them to your assortment.Credit…Google

Next, maintain down the Power button to get to the Power Menu. Tap the three-dot More menu to choose Add Controls. Select “See other apps” on the backside of the display, choose “Cat Controls” and add the water dish, meals bowl and cat toy to your Power Menu. Tap these controls and digital cats will start to seem in your notifications or in floating bubbles, prepared to be named and saved into your onscreen kitty corral. It’s not a fancy sport, however it’s a approach to spend the time till the ultimate model of Android 12 arrives this yr.