Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL tips and tricks: Master your pure Android Oreo phone

Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL tips and tricks: Master your pure Android Oreo phone. Google has improved its method of software updates. Android os 7 Nougat and Google android 8 Oreo both experienced considerable general public betas, so people that have compatible devices (Nexus and Pixel devices) could test the program through its development until it struck final release.

This provided us a feeling of what organic Oreo would end up like, with the 2016 Pixel devices supplying a straight-shooting Android os experience clear of the tinkering and clutter of other devices. In addition, it intended that Oreo appeared on more devices before the unveiling of Google's 2017 flagship Pixel 2 devices than any earlier version of Google android.
Whether you're a Pixel owner or you have the new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, we have been through Google android Oreo to enable you to get an in depth guide to get the most out of your brand-new phones.
Some of these tips and tricks you might know, but some are essential for running a clean phone, so read on and enjoy.

Google Pixel 2 general tips and tricks

Oreo cleans up a lot of areas and although the general running of Android is the same as it was in Nougat, things have been moved, fiddled around with, or relocated

Get pop-up/floating navigation: You can get Google Maps to give you a floating navigation map, so you can be browsing Twitter while you follow walking directions, saving you from constantly switching apps. Just start your navigation in Google Maps and hit the home button and Maps will shrink into a floating live window you can place where you want on the screen.

Get the Oreo dark theme: This isn't really a dark theme, it's just something that happens when you pick a dark wallpaper. Pick a black wallpaper and the quick settings shade and apps tray also turn dark. It suits the Pixel 2 display really well.

Check for Android updates: You want the latest version of the software, so head into Settings > System > System updates. Here you can manually check for any updates that haven't been pushed. There probably won't be anything, but at least you know how to check.

Enable developer settings: To turn on the developer settings, head into Settings > System > About phone. Scroll to the bottom and repeatedly tap on the Build number. After a number of taps, you'll unlock the developer options.
Turn off the developer options: There's no magic tapping for this. Once you've unlocked those options, a new section appears in the Settings menu. Open it up and there's a toggle switch at the top. Here you can turn it off, and that menu option vanishes.

Unlock System UI Tuner: This is a clever hidden setting that offers a range of options you can't otherwise get to. Swipe down the Quick Settings and press and hold the settings cog at the top next to the battery. After a long press, the System UI Tuner will be unlocked, and a new option will appear in the Settings > System menu. There's not a lot on offer here, but you can customise the status bar at the top, removing icons you might not want.

Disable System UI Tuner: If you decide that you don't want it unlocked anymore, head into the System UI Tuner menu and tap the menu button top right. Here you can remove it again.

Find the Android Oreo easter egg: Oreo's Easter Egg is a weird octopus thing that you can drag around the screen. It doesn't do much, but if you want to find it, head into Settings > About phone. Then tap the Android version repeatedly until it changes to the Oreo screen. Then tap the O logo a few times then press and hold and you'll be underwater with the Android Octopus.

Search settings: Rather than rooting through everything, you can search the settings. Just open up the Settings menu and hit the magnifying glass and type what you're looking for. This can basically surface any setting on the phone, so it's really easy.

Find the Google Settings: There was previously an app to handle Google-specific settings, in Oreo this is in the main Settings menu. This is where you'll find settings for accounts and services, backup, and transferring content to a nearby device. It's an odd collection and there's a lot of duplication, so you'll find many of these settings in individual apps too.

Turn off the Google App news page: The Google App lives to the left of your home screen, serving up news based on things that you like. Google knows all - this used to be part of Google Now. If you don't want that page, long press on the wallpaper to open the Home Settings menu. Here you'll find the option to "display Google app". If you don't want it, turn it off.

Google Pixel 2 storage tips and tricks

The largest difference between Pixel and Nexus mobile phones and other Android os devices is the fact that those non-Google mobile phones will provide you with a microSD greeting card slot, providing you much more versatility. However, the Pixel offers you unlimited photography storage, as the Pixel 2 provides you unlimited photography storage until 2020.

Automatically clear backed-up images: There's a good Storage area option in Oreo that will automatically clear space on your telephone by removing image and training video backups. For the Pixels you have free unrestricted storage space for these in Yahoo Photos, so eliminating that duplication from your mobile presents no issue. Head into Options > Storage area > Smart Storage space. Here you can established the timeframe for removal - 30, 60 or 3 months, or you are able to do it immediately.

Free up space for storage: Oreo makes this quite simple. Head into Options > Storage and you will see a major button expressing "release space". That may then offer you a set of things you could remove, like downloads you may no more need, or programs you never use. The second option are arranged in proportions and dates which means you may easily tick the container and struck delete.

See which programs are using the most storage area: If storage space is getting to be always a problem, go to Settings > Storage area and touch on App storage space. This will highlight how much storage space applications are applying. If you discover something that appears higher than you'd expect, it's well worth checking out. By way of example, if you have downloaded lots of Amazon Video tutorial shows you've viewed, you can take them off.

Use the local file explorer: There are a record explorer in Android os. Check out Settings > Safe-keeping and faucet on Data files. Here you will discover documents and folders you can't gain access to through all of those other Storage space options, for example, your sent WhatsApp videos you've removed from the app, but remain seated on your mobile phone.

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL camera tips and tricks

The camera is arguably the most important part of a modern smartphone - it's where the consumer experience gravitates, often a good camera is the top priority for anyone buying a new phone. These tips specifically refer to Google's own Camera app and we've included a section specifically for the Pixel 2 camera below.

Quick launch the camera: Double press the power/standby button to quick launch the camera. The settings for this control live in Settings > System > Languages & input, where you'll find Moves (or Gestures on the Pixel 2). Here you can turn on "jump to camera" to allow quick access from any screen.

Swipe between photos and video: You can swipe from photo to video capture, which you might prefer to hitting the buttons at the side of the camera viewfinder. Simply swipe up or down the screen in landscape, or left and right in portrait and you'll switch from photo to video capture.

Instant zoom: If you want to instantly zoom in on something and you've only got one hand free, just double tap anywhere in the viewfinder and the camera will jump to 2x zoom. This is great if you don't have a free hand to use the slider.

Use volume to take photos: If tapping the display isn't going to work for you (perhaps you're wearing gloves or have suncream on your hands?), then the volume button can capture images for you. Press and hold will capture a burst too. You can switch the volume to zoom in the camera settings if you prefer.

Turn off the shutter sound: That noise is pretty annoying, right? From the camera app, open the menu on left-hand side, and tap settings at the bottom. Here you can turn off the noise.

Take burst photos with automatic animation (on Pixel): Google Photos has a great auto-animate feature which uses bursts of photos and turns them into animation. It's great for capturing not only a photo of some action, but all the activity that surrounded it. First, head into the camera menu > Settings > Burst settings. Here you'll find a toggle for "auto-generate creations" on the older Pixel phones. Bursts can be captured by pressing and holding the shutter button, but you'll then also find automatic creations in Google Photos. It's the easiest way to great gifs.

Adjust the exposure compensation: Exposure compensation lets you lighten or darken a scene when the automatic metering doesn't quite get it right or produce the results you want. For example, an illuminated subject on stage in a dark theatre will often automatically over-expose. Dial down the exposure and the dark part of the room will darken, returning to a more dynamic picture. Simply tap on what you want to focus on (your subject) and then on you'll see the brightness scale appear on screen. Simply drag this up or down accordingly to get the result you want.

Lock the exposure and the focus: This is a trick used by photographers to make sure that the camera locks onto the correct exposure and focus for a subject in the frame and keeps that until the photo is taken. It's useful, for example when there's a lot going on that the camera might focus on instead, perhaps things moving elsewhere in the frame. On the Pixel, just press and hold on the point you want to lock and you'll be told the AE/FE is locked. You can also do the same with video, but you have to start the video before you can make that selection. On the Pixel 2, when you tap to focus, there's lock icon at the top of the exposure slider - tap this to lock. 

Google Pixel 2 Quick Settings tips

Quick settings were good before, now they're even better. There are more options and there's far greater customisation. And remember that dark theme tip we've give you above if you want things to look really slick.

Manage Quick tiles: In Android 8 you can manage the order of the quick settings tiles by dropping down the usual shade from the top of the screen and hitting the pencil icon to edit. Now you can re-order, add or remove new quick access toggles.

Enable data saver: Just like above, you can add the data saver toggle to your quick tiles. In essence it helps you limit how much of your data the phone consumes by limiting how much data apps use in the background.

Quickly select a Wi-Fi network: Swipe down for Quick Settings, then press and hold the Wi-Fi icon. This will go directly to the Wi-Fi settings.

Quickly manage Bluetooth: The same applies to Bluetooth. Swipe down the Quick Settings shade and press and hold the Bluetooth icon. If you're failing to connect to your car, you can instantly see what's going on.

Turn on torch/flashlight: There's no need for a separate app, just tap the button in Quick Settings to turn on your flash as a torch. Or just say "Ok Google, turn on torch/flashlight" and it will turn on.

Cast your screen: Want your Android device on your TV? Just swipe down and tap Cast screen and it will be sent to your Chromecast. If it's not there, add the Cast tile to your Quick Settings using the method mentioned above. Not all apps are supported though.

Google Pixel 2 keyboard and language tips

Typing should be easy and individually tuned to your preferences, and with Oreo, that's even easier because of the capability to support multiple dialects and customise the computer keyboard.

Add multiple dialects: Head to Settings > System > Dialects, suggestions & gestures, touch dialects and then "put in a language". You will discover dozens of dialects open to use (including Welsh).

Change your key pad theme: Check out Adjustments > System > Dialects, suggestions & gestures > Electronic keyboard, then choose Gboard near the top of the site. Select theme and choose one of the available colorings or maybe add your own image as a history.

Enable one-handed function: Once the key pad is onscreen, touch and contain the return key. Choose the icon that appears like a hand having a phone. Transition the keyboard left area of the display screen by tapping the chevron on the still left side.

Change keyboard elevation: Once more in the digital keyboard settings, choose the Google key pad and choose Choices. Find Keyboard level in the list and adapt the slider before keyboard reaches your required elevation.

Switch off vibrations on keypress: This may slow the key pad down. Enter the computer keyboard preferences (as thorough above) and you will find the choice to carefully turn off audio on keypress.