Google Pixel XL: 10 Killer Tips and Tricks That Most People Are Not Aware of

The Google Pixel XL has a lot of unexploited features.

    What do you check in a smartphone as soon as you purchase it? Perhaps you'll check the camera, see which apps come preloaded with the phone, read the spec list online, and check the standard features one-by-one.

    Google Pixel XL: 10 Killer Tips and Tricks

    If you happen to be a tech enthusiast, you may further move a step ahead and check the Settings.

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    What if the smartphone has a ton of nifty hidden features and you don't know where to look at? Well, this may be exactly the case with the recently launched Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

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    Priced at Rs. 67,000 for the 32GB variant, the Google Pixel XL is currently available on Flipkart for purchase. Apart from being manufactured by Google inside-and-out, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL tout an industry best camera, offer best Android experience, and pack a lot of useful features.

    Let's quickly take a look at 10 features you're most likely unaware of on the Google Pixel XL.

    Change the display size of icons

    The new Google smartphones allow you to set how big certain elements on the UI such as text or the app icons appear. To do this, head straight to Settings > Display > Display Size. You'll see a slider there which allows you to adjust the size of content on the display to your liking.

    Add folders in the dock

    Google, with the Pixel and Pixel XL, got rid of the traditional app drawer making room for another app in the dock. If this doesn't excite you enough, you can add folders on to the dock, meaning if you can create a right combination of folders, you may never have to swipe to different screens to access apps.

    Google Assistant is smarter than you’ve anticipated

    Google Assistant is one of the exclusive features the Pixel XL has to offer. Though you can get a sneak peak of it with the recently launched Allo app, you have to own a Pixel labelled smartphone to make the most of it.

    Speaking of which, it can come in quite handy in numerous situations. For instance, you can ask it remember a contact number, your Aadhaar number, or other details which you might want use later. And it remembers them all and reproduces whenever you ask.

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    Capture images with shallow depth of field

    Google Pixel XL's camera is touted to be one of the best camera's any smartphone has ever seen. Additionally, it has a good number of tricks up its sleeve. One such feature is the Lens Blur.

    To access this, open the camera app and click on the menu button located on the top left corner on your screen and select Lens Blur. This effect will give your photos a shallow depth of field.


    Manage storage space

    If you are running out of storage space on your Pixel or the Pixel XL already. Don't worry! Head straight to the Settings > Storage and click on the three dots on the top right corner to select Free up space.

    Use mobile-friendly reading mode on Chrome

    It's interesting to see a mobile friendly reading mode on the Chrome browser given the fact that Google largely depends on ads for income. Anyway, if you ever need this feature, just click on the "make page mobile-friendly" button available on the bottom. Do make a note that this works only for a few pages.

    Transferring data from your old phone is way easier now

    Google has made transferring the data from your old smartphone to Pixel phones easier than ever before. The company bundles the smartphone with a little adapter which lets you transfer data effortlessly. All you have to do is connect the Pixel and your other smartphone to the dongle. Everything else will be taken care of by the software wizard which appears on your smartphone.

    Turn on Night Light

    Similar to the Apple's Night Mode, the Pixel and Pixel XL allow you to turn on the Night Light to protect you from the harsh, blue light emitted by your smartphone especially during the evening or night. To turn it on, head to Settings > Display > Night Light and turn it on from there. You can also schedule it to turn on automatically during a particular time of the day.

    App shortcuts

    Another feature that Google borrows from Apple is the App shortcuts, something similar to Apple's 3D Touch technology. On long-pressing the app (stock) icon on your home screen, you'll see useful quick actions above the app icon much like the ones seen on iPhones. The search engine giant doesn't use a separate layer of display for this to work, though.


    Google Pixel XL has a separate option named as Moves in the Settings menu to control your smartphone via gestures. Under the Moves option, you'll find gestures like Swipe for notifications (to access notifications by swiping up/down on the fingerprint scanner), Jump to Camera (to open the camera from any screen by double tapping the power button), and Flip camera features.

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