Google's operating system Android Pie 9.0 has slowly grown into more than just Google's Pixel ($ 316 at Amazon) since it was released last August. With an improved Do Not Disturb feature, gesture-based navigation, and smart recommendations, Android Pie has a lot to like.
After updating your phone to the latest and greatest Android operating system, there are some settings that you should change immediately. Settings that make the phone work for you, not the other way around.
Here's the usual limitation for Android: Some settings may differ from those shown here, depending on who's making your phone. I recommend that you use the search feature at the top of the app settings to find the appropriate setting if you have trouble finding it.
Starting with Android Pie, users have the option to override the traditional three-button navigation method and rely on gestures instead.
After installing Android Pie, you may be disappointed that the feature is not enabled on first launch. Instead, you have to go into the settings yourself and turn it on.
On Samsung devices updated to Android Pie, you must go to Settings > Display > Navigation Bar and select . Screen gestures . Google's Pixel 3 ($ 813 at Walmart) has a feature enabled by default. However, it is not possible to turn them off, but not for Pixel 2 ($ 460 at Walmart) and earlier you can go to System > Gestures > Click on the home button .
Android Pie is getting smarter and proposing apps and actions for the entire user interface. For example, if you drag the new Home button up on a Pixel device (with gestures turned on, of course), a set of five apps will appear at the bottom of the screen. These apps are suggestions based on your last use. You can also find buttons that can be activated in the main window of the application for the usual tasks. For example, opening an app in a particular section or starting a text message to your partner. (On a Samsung device running Android Pie, the latest app suggestions appear in the multitasking view.)
If you find the new features a bit scary, you can disable one or all of them.
For a Pixel phone, long press on your wallpaper, and then tap Startup Settings . On the Home Settings page, select Suggestions . Drag the appropriate Apps button, actions, and the ability to select text in the app preview in the last view, to the "Off" position.
Do Not Disturb
Part of Google's well-being program, which minimizes the distractions that cause users to use a phone, is to improve the Do Not Disturb feature in Android Pie.
Using Do Not Disturb for Android Pie not only blocks calls and notifications when the phone is idle, it also prevents the screen from turning on when you receive notifications. Google calls the new feature "visual disruption".
Notifications, however, offer more detailed options for things like app tags and indicator lights. In the list, select Custom, and then select the check boxes of the alarm types you want to disable when the screen is disabled and when it is on.
Google's initiative to draw attention to how much time we spend looking at our cell phones has slowly spread to Android Pie phones. Digital Wellbeing is a new feature that lets you control which apps you use, when you use them, and how long you use them. Have you ever wondered how many notifications you receive on a given day? Digital well-being will tell you.
The only downside is that Digital Wellbeing is currently not available on every single phone running Android Pie. Google has slowly added new devices to the program since its launch. At the moment, Google's Pixel Line, Motorola's G7 ($ 620 at Amazon) Samsung Galaxy S10 and Nokia's Android One all contain Digital Wellbeing.
Enable digital well-being in the Settings app. You can customize and customize various functions, including the Wind Down feature, which turns your display black and white and activates the Do Not Disturb feature to curb your phone pick-up late at night. Also, it's probably a good idea to set time limits for certain apps when you pick up your phone and scroll mindlessly through a social network.
Originally published on May 9th.
Update of April 24, 2019 : Digital well-being added.