Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL Hidden Features, Tips, and Tricks

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a die-hard Android fan, or are coming to Google for the first time: the Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL are fantastic phones and you’re going to have a blast using ‘em.

But are you getting the best from your expensive new pocket brick?

Maybe not – unless you follow our top tips and uncover all of Google’s hidden menus, features and little extras dotted throughout Android 9.0 Pie. We’ve done all the digging, so you just have to scroll down and follow our easy instructions. You lucky thing, you.

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1. Configure the At a Glance widget

Right at the top of your home screen is a Pixel-exclusive At a Glance widget that shows weather details, upcoming calendar appointments, and more.

You get a limited number of customization options with this widget. Long press on a blank part of the home screen then choose Home Settings and At a Glance, where you’ll find options for calendar events and traffic information. Unfortunately, you can’t turn it off for now or reposition it, or really do much with it—unless you install an alternative launcher.

2. Uncover the hidden dark theme

It doesn’t matter if you went for the oversized, Pixel 3 XL, or the smaller, more familiar Google Pixel 3 XL both come with OLED screens. They have a big advantage over LCD, because they don’t sap any power when showing completely black backgrounds. Good job Android Oreo comes with a built-in dark theme, then, isn’t it?

There’s no way to force the dark theme on through the Settings screen, but you can activate it by changing your wallpaper to something a bit darker. Tap and hold anywhere on the home screen, tap Wallpaper, then choose something very dark or black. Google has a few built-in to the phone, or you can download one yourself.

Once you hit save, the notification tray will switch from white to black, which should be easier on the eyes at night – and use less battery in the process.

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3. Turn off the always-on display

The always-on display feature that the Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL phones boast is neat but not necessarily welcome all the time—and it has an impact, albeit slight, on battery life.

You can have the monochrome widget only show up when you lift up your phone, or switch it off altogether. Go to SettingsDisplayAdvanced, and then Ambient display—there are options here for displaying info when you lift your phone, double-tap the screen, and when new notifications come in.

Toggle all of the switches off to turn the always-on display into an always-off display. You can still see notifications with a tap on the power button.

4. Show Notification with A Swipe

It’s less of a problem on the Google Pixel 3 , but the or Pixel 3 XL is a pretty lanky smartphone. A lot of people will struggle to reach the top of the screen with one hand, making it tricky to pull down the notification tray. Luckily you can use the fingerprint sensor on the back to get the job done instead.

Head to Settings > System > Languages, input and Gestures, tap on Advanced, and hit “Swipe Finger for Notifications”. Flip the switch, and now any time you swipe down on the fingerprint sensor (while the phone is unlocked, duh) the notification tray will expand – no finger yoga required.

5. Take control over HDR+

The secret sauce inside the HDR+ mode on the Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL is what makes its camera stand out from the crowd, but if you think you know better than Google’s algorithms, you can disable the feature or set it to activate manually.

Maybe you don’t like the effect HDR+ produces, or maybe you want to create a particular look for your photos without software help—from the Camera app tap the menu button (three horizontal lines, top left), then Settings, then Advanced. Toggle the HDR+ switch to On to get an HDR+ option on the camera shutter screen.

Tap that new button and you can manually turn HDR+ off or on for each picture. The option labeled “HDR+ on” is actually an auto mode, while the “HDR+ enhanced” forces the HDR+ tech to be used.’

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6. Switch in A Split with Multi-Tasking

Android pretty much lets you do your own thing, whether that’s customizing the look and feel of your home screen, loading whatever apps you want, or running multiple apps side-by-side. Actually activating split-screen view isn’t all that obvious, though – especially if you’re coming across from an iPhone.

Basically that hardly little Recent key in the bottom navigation bar (the square on the right side) also doubles as a multitasking view, and can quickly swap between open apps as well.

Give it a double-tap and you’ll jump between the two last apps you had open. Press and hold it, though, and it’ll carve the screen in two horizontally, pushing the open app to the top and letting you pick another app (that’s already running in the background) to run underneath it. Press and hold the icon a second time to go back to full-screen. Not all apps work in split view, mind.

7. Disable Motion Photos

Speaking of photo tricks on the Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, you’re going to want to have a play around with the Motion Photos feature, which captures a little bit of video around each snap (just like Apple’s Live Photos).

If you tap the Motion Photos icon at the top of the camera shutter screen (it’s the circular one in the middle) you can set the feature to on, off, or auto—presumably that last option only captures a clip if the conditions are right, though we haven’t been able to definitively figure this out one way or the other.

View these images in Google Photos and you get a low-res video clip alongside your high-res image. Tap the motion button at the top to enable or disable video playback.

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8. GOOGLE ASSISTANT is just A Squeeze away

Google’s Assistant is one of the Big Three digital helpers, along with Siri and Alexa (sorry Cortana, you’re a distant fourth place) – but this is the only AI that lets you activate it with a squeeze.

Both the Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL have Active Edge, pressure-sensitive side panels along the bottom half of each phone. Grip ‘em tightly and Google Assistant will activate, no spoken trigger word required.

Or rather, it will if you’ve turned the feature on. Head to Settings > Languages, Input & Gestures > Advanced > Gestures. Flip the switch, then set how much pressure you need to apply, and you’re good to go.

9. Replace the Google Assistant

If you’re a Pixel user then you’re probably a Google Assistant user, launching the Assistant app with a squeeze on the sides of the device or a long press on the Home button.

You can opt to use a different assistant if you want—specifically Cortana, though other apps might be added to the list in the future. Once you’ve installed Cortana, go to SettingsApps & notificationsAdvancedDefault apps, and Assist & voice input. Tap the Assist app button to select your Microsoft or Google helper.

This disables the Active Edge (squeezable sides) launcher but means Cortana comes up when you long press the Home button, ready to answer your questions.


If You’re a Pixel 3 XL Owner and don’t like its top-notch head, you may want to look for an option to hide it. Currently, the option to hide the notch is hidden deep inside the settings so follow the steps below.

  • Go to Settings > About phone > Scroll to the bottom where you’ll see Build number.
  • Tap on the build number until you’re prompted to enter your device’s passcode, which then unlocks Developer Options.
  • Press the back button to leave the About phone section and then tap on Advanced on the System page.
  • Next, select Developer options and then scroll down until you find Display Cutout under the Drawing section.
  • Tap on Display Cutout and then select Hide to Hide or unhide the Notch.

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