Google’shave specific features that you won’t find on other Android phones, which is what sets them apart. If you’re a new Pixel owner, you might not know exactly where to start.
Google currently sells three different Pixel models: the $449$599 and $899 . However, you don’t need the latest Google Pixels to use these features. Many of them also work on older devices. Note that some of these features may require a software update or an update to Google’s apps and services.
Whether you’re interested in enhancing old photos or having the Google Assistant monitor your calls, these tips will help you get the most out of your device.
Add subtitles to videos with Live Caption
Did you know your Pixel phone can automatically add captions to videos, podcasts, phone calls and more? Press the volume control and tap the live subtitles Icon that looks like a small text box to enable this feature.works in English on the Pixel 2 and above, so it should be available on every Pixel phone released in the last five years. According to Google, the subtitles are stored and processed locally and never leave your device.
You can also tweak certain settings, e.g. B. hiding profanity and adding labels to sounds like laughter and applause. Open Settings and select Live Caption to customize these options.
It’s also important to note that Live Caption can drain extra battery, so you might want to turn it on only when you need it.
Sharpen old pictures in your photo library
If you’re like me, you’ve got thousands of photos stored on your phone or in a cloud service from the past decade. And those photos don’t look nearly as sharp and crisp as those taken with today’s smartphones. Google has something that might help – although it’s only available on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. These devices feature Google’s new Tensor G2 processor, which unlocks a new feature called Photo Unblur.
As the name suggests, Photo Unlur sharpens photos that are out of focus to make the subject appear clearer. To use it, just open the Google Photos app On the Pixel 7 or 7 Pro, select the photo you want to edit and tap To edit press and select Tool. Then tap Blur.
Take better photos of the stars
Google’s Pixel phones have a feature designed just for you. It works on the Pixel 3 and abovebut you’ll need to adjust your zoom settings to at least 1x if you’re using the Pixel 4A 5G and up.
According to Google, the feature works best when photos are taken at least 45 to 90 minutes after sunset, away from city lights. You’ll also need a tripod or other stable surface instead of your hands for the best results.
Just open the camera appsupport your phone and make sure it is stable and Tap Night Vision to start. After a few seconds, a message should appear that says “Astrophotography On.” Press the record button and meLeave your phone alone until the photo is done.
Translate a screenshot into another language
You can translate screenshots with text in languages like Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian and morespecial feature. open that google photos app and select the screenshot you want to translate. Then tap the lens icon that looks like a camera and select that translate options. Google’s support page states that this feature should work on Android devices in general, not just Pixels.
Switch to the selfie camera without pressing a button
You don’t have to tap any buttons to switch between the Pixel’s selfiesand main camera. Just open the Pixel’s camera app and rotate your phone twice to switch between cameras. If you’re not sure what I mean by “twist,” Google has a helpful animation for you.
If you’re still having trouble, check your Pixel’s settings to make sure this feature is enabled. open that the settings App, choose system and select Flip camera for selfie.
Make Google wait for you
Nobody likes to wait in line. if you have one Pixel 3 or higher, you can make Google wait and notify you when an agent becomes available. This feature, called Hold for Me, only works in English for devices in the US, Australia, and Canada.
In order for Google to wait on hold, you need to do two things: enable the feature, and then enable “Hold for Me” during the call. For the first step, open the Pixel’s phone app and Tap on the three dots in the upper right corner. Then tap settingsand stop for me Tap the switch next to Hold for me to ensure this feature is turned on.
Note, however, that Hold for Me may not work in every situation, and you won’t be able to play music or other audio files while it’s active. You should also make sure your phone is not on silent or vibrate mode. When you’re on a call and you’re on hold, tap stop for me button and press beginning.
See how long you might have to wait in queue
Google can also estimate how long you may have to wait on hold when calling businesses in the US. It is available on the Pixel 3A and later and works in English. Just open the phone app, dial the number, and you’ll get an estimate of how long you might be on hold. The estimate may vary depending on the time of day.
Let Google display automatic phone menus on the screen
There are times when you might not want to listen to every single option on an automated menu when calling a company. if you have one Pixel 3A or higher, you can see these menu options on the screen, so you don’t have to remember them all. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro can also show certain menu options before they’re spoken on a phone call, Google says. I tested this by calling CVS and Allstate, and indeed, Google was able to transcribe the spoken menu options in real time.
Open an app or take a screenshot by tapping the back of your phone
Add a handy shortcut to your Pixel phone withspecial feature. This allows you to open an app, take a screenshot, play or pause media, or view notifications with just a double tap on the back of your phone. It only works on newer Google phones like this Pixel 4A 5G and above.
To enable Quick Tap and customize its actions, open the settings menu and choose system. Then select gestures and Type fast. From here turn Type fast and choose what action you want to take when you tap the back of your device.
Have your calls checked by Google
Tired of robocalls? Hopefully Google can help with thatwhich continues to work all Pixel phones. With this feature enabled, Google Assistant can answer an unknown call and ask who is calling and why. It will automatically hang up if it’s a spam call, but you can see how the caller answered and decide whether to answer if it’s a real caller.
Google doesn’t screen calls from phone numbers stored in your contacts, and your Pixel doesn’t automatically screen calls when you’re using headphones or connected to Bluetooth.
To set up automatic call monitoring, open the phone app and tap the three points in the upper right corner. Choose settings and choose Spam and call screen. Make sure the switch next to See Caller ID and Spam ID is on, then press call screen.
From here you can choose how Google monitors calls. For example, you can set it to check spam calls, possibly spoofed numbers, first-time callers, and private or hidden callers. Just tap on one of these categories and select it Automatic screen. Decline Robocalls option.
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