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To test the best new features of Android 10

If you own a Pixel or the Essential Phone, you probably have the full stable version of Android 10, which contains a number of interesting new features that are worth checking out.

But where do you find them? I installed Android 10 late yesterday on my original Pixel XL (yes, I still have the first version of the pixel – sue me), and apart from a few stylistic changes, the new features were not immediately obvious.

But you can easily find them if you know where to look.

Installing Android 10

Of course, you must first make sure that you have the new operating system installed. If you have not received a notification, you can easily find it:

  • Open your phone's settings
  • Select System> Advanced> System Update

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(Note: Before you install a new operating system, always make sure your phone is secure in any case Google has a feature that automatically backs up your phone. Go to Setup and select System> Backup If "On" is displayed under "Backup", you should be fine Tap "Backup" to see what and when was last backed up Update the apps Your mileage may vary .

Now that you have the new operating system installed, you should try some tricks.


For several Android generations, you have navigated using the three icons below n on the screen, including Back, Home, and the button to change the last used task. Google has now replaced this format with a gesture system similar to that of recent iPhones.

If you are the type who opposes changes, do not panic: Google has made the use of these gestures optional. In fact, the old icons were still there when my phone was upgraded to Android 10.

Regardless of your initial opinion on gestures, there's no harm in trying them out. To enable gestures:

  • Go to Settings> System> Gestures> 3-button navigation.
  • Choose from the three choices on the Gesture Navigation page. At the top of the page is a GIF for illustrating the different gestures you need to make; In our review you will also find a brief description of their use.
  • To the right of "Gesture Navigation" is a tuning wheel that allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the screen when backwashing. You probably want to leave this setting alone until you play with gestures for a while.


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Well, instead of the three icons, all for you At the bottom of the screen you see a black stripe with a white dash in the middle. (Or vice versa, depending on the background color of the page.) If you ultimately do not choose a gesture person, you can of course return and restore your phone to the old format.

Dark Mode

Dark Mode is very popular these days. It's supposed to help keep your battery running longer (since I did not test it, I can not say that), but I find it very useful to talk on my cell phone at night. While many Android apps have provided their own dark modes over the years, Android now has a universally dark theme. To turn it on:

  • Go to Settings> Display
  • Turn on Dark Theme. You'll get a pop-up that tells you that supported apps also switch to the dark theme.

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If you look in your quick settings menu (the one you get when you swipe from the top down), you can also access a dark mode switcher there. If you do not see the icon immediately, click the pencil icon in the lower-left corner of the quick-settings drop-down menu.

As mentioned in our review, it would be much more pleasant if the phone could automatically switch to dark mode at sunset. Maybe in a future iteration.

Focus Mode

Yes, I'm slightly distracted. For example, while writing this article, I found myself clicking an article in my Google drawer and had to force myself to remember that I had something to do. The focus mode – which was created to minimize distractions by interrupting certain apps – can be very useful, at least in my case.

Before I describe how to find the focus mode, here are some things to keep in mind: To be able to use it, you must be part of the Digital Wellbeing beta program. If focus mode is not showing in your Digital Wellbeing app, simply sign up for the beta and wait for the app to be upgraded to beta. it should only take a few minutes.


  • Go to Settings> "Digital Well-Being and Parental Control".
  • Scroll down to "Disconnect options".

Here are three ways to manage your distraction level. Tap each item to set it up.

  • Dashboard lets you set timers for specific apps to pause when they're past the set time. You can use the night light to color the screen in low light, remind the app that it's time for bed by scaling the screen gray, and, among other things, enabling Do Not Disturb mode.
  • Focus Mode (This option allows you to instantly pause apps like Facebook or Twitter so you can focus on what you're doing.

Dark mode also lets you find the focus mode in your quick settings menu.

Location permissions

Many apps Ask for permission to track your location In Android 10, you can now set this permission to only allow the app to locate your location tracking as it's being used, rather than all the time, to find out which of your current apps are authorized to track your location and change their permissions:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Apps & Notifications> Permission Manager> Location
  • Get a list of all apps that have permission to track your phone's location, followed by any apps you only have may be used while they are being used and by apps that have been denied the right to track your location. Tap the name of each app to change its permission to "Always allow," "Allow only while using the app," or "Decline."