6 Tips and Tricks to get the most out of the Pixel 3:
1. Call screening
Whenever you get a call and you don’t know the number or can’t answer, tap on the Screen Call button. Google will answer the call on your behalf, and let the caller know you’re using a screening service and ask the caller to identify him or herself. You can then use prompts to ask more questions or label the caller as spam.
2. Camera shortcut
Out of the box, you can double-press the power button to launch the camera app at any time. It doesn’t matter if the phone is locked or streaming a YouTube video, the camera will open.
3. Selfie camera shortcut
New to the Pixel 3 this year is a shortcut that allows you to switch from the rear camera to the front camera without having to fiddle with any onscreen buttons.
The feature, called Flip camera, will switch between the two cameras with a quick double-turn of your wrist when the camera app is open. Enable the feature in Settings > System> Gestures > Flip Camera.
4. Gesture navigation
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL now rely solely on gesture navigation. That means you will need to learn how to get around your Android device without much help from the navigation buttons that have been present for years.
Here’s a quick cheat sheet:
- A short swipe up from the bottom reveals app shortcuts and the multitasking view.
- A longer swipe up opens the app drawer.
- A quick swipe to the right on the home button (looks like a pill) switches to the previous app.
- Drag the home button to the left to move between previously open apps
If you prefer to have rotation lock enabled, you can still selectively rotate the contents of your display to landscape mode with the tap of a button.
Each time you rotate your phone, a rotation toggle will show up next to the home button. Tap on the button to rotate the display, and then once again when you’re ready to go back to portrait mode.
The Pixel 3 lineup now supports wireless charging of speeds up to 10W. That means you can quickly charge your device on Qi-enabled wireless charging pads, which includes Google’s own Pixel Stand that adds a few tricks of its own.