Mastering Google Pixel 2

How to Master Your Google Pixel 2

The Google Pixel 2 is one of the hottest phones available today. Coming in a standard an XL version, its sleek look and 12.2 MP rear facing camera, it’s hard to not want to get your hands on this great device. This only begins to scratch the surface of what your new Google Pixel 2 can do. In fact, your phone has some features even Google isn’t telling you about.

You’ve probably taken care of the most important part when buying a new phone, protecting it with a case and accessories, so we can move on to unlocking the full potential of the Pixel 2.


HDR plus is one of the most overlooked features of the camera. This feature allows your phone to actually stabilize the image while filming. This means no more jittery footage in the car or at a concert. The effect is truly something to view, and if you tinkering with the settings you can get it just right for any occasion. You can adjust it by going to “Settings” then “Advanced”.

Motion Photo

Your Pixel has even more in store for your pictures. Like Apple’s “Live Photos”, your Pixel 2 can capture a small amount of video around every picture you take with it. This will allow you to view a mini video of the moment around when you took the shot.

You can toggle this on by tapping the “Motion Photos” icon at the top of your camera shutter screen.

Dark Mode

Hidden within the Pixel 2 is the option to set your UI to a dark mode. This features your standard black bars and features that replace Google’s usually white aesthetic. If you want to activate this feature, you’ll need to apply a dark wallpaper. Your Pixel 2 will automatically adjust itself to it.

Now Playing History

Probably the biggest hidden gem on the Pixel 2. The “Now Playing” feature of the phone allows it to listen for music at all times and show you the song and artist on your lock screen. With the Pixel 2, it’s possible to simply have to glance at your phone at any time to figure out what that catchy tune is.

The “At a Glance” Widget

At the top of the screen on every Pixel 2 is an exclusive widget known as “At a Glance”. It shows you weather details, calendar updates and a slew of other context and Google account related things.

You can customize this widget to your liking by holding on a blank part of the screen, going to “Home Settings” and then “At a Glance”.

Turning Off the Always On Display

A cool feature of the Pixel 2 is the ability to always see the time and alerts on your screen, even when the screen is turned off. While this is useful, it does drain some extra battery power.

If you want to turn this off, go to “Settings”, then “Display”. From here hit “Advanced” and the final go to “Ambient Display”, you should see the option for displaying information always when the phone is lifted, or turn it off altogether.

As you can see, there is quite a bit the Google Pixel 2 has to offer outside of the main features they are advertising. Taking the time to get acquainted with everything your phone can do will allow you to enjoy it fully. Another great way to boost your enjoyment of, or protect, your new device is to invest in some great Android-based accessories. As the Pixel 2 runs on Android, it will be compatible with most of these items.

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