Follow these useful tips and tricks for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Follow these useful tips and tricks for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

I think you’ll agree with me that the Google Pixel 2 XL is one of the best phones of 2017 thanks to some great features that make it one of the best phones of the year. Some of these features are its great performance, really amazing cameras and pure software made in Google.

In MediaTrends we have already offered a very complete review but we have some things left in the ink and you should know if you are thinking of buying it. These are the 10 best tricks and tips for the Google Pixel 2 XL. But first of all, we remind you all the specifications of the Google Pixel 2 XL.

Google Pixel 2 XL, features

  • Dimensions:  157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 175 grams
  • Display: 6 “OLED technology, QHD + resolution (2880 × 1440), 538 dpi
  • Screen function always active, protection Gorilla Glass 5
  • Android Oreo
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, (2.35 GHz + 1.9 GHz), 8 cores and 64 bits
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB of storage (no micro SD support)
  • 12.2MP main camera, f / 1.8, laser autofocus and phase detection with Dual Pixel technology + optical image stabilization
  • Front camera 8 MP f / 2.4
  • 4K video resolution at 30 fps
  • Sensors: rear fingerprints, proximity, Active Edge, barometer, accelerometer / gyroscope
  • Connectivity:  Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2 × 2 MIMO (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), GPS, Glonass, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, USB-C 3.1
  • Others: no FM radio, 3.5mm adapter, compatible with Google DayDream and 2 years warranty

Change the colors of the screen

We started talking about the screen, one of the most commented points of this Google Pixel 2 XL since the OLED panel is more than what we would like. But I do not want to talk to you about this, since we can take full advantage of the screen with various tricks. For example, if you do not like how it is calibrated, you can change the screen settings, with more saturated, natural or reinforced colors from the screen menu.

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How to activate the ambient screen

We continue with the screen because the second advice is to activate or deactivate, (according to what you want), the ambient screen, better known as Always-On-Display. We enter the configuration menu, screen and activate the environment screen.

Activate the “It’s sounding” function

Another trick that has to do with the screen environment is that I recommend that you activate the recognition of the native songs that equip the new Pixel, in the style of the Shazam app. They call it “Now Playing.” It recognizes 17,000 songs that are not few and you see the information in the screen Always-On-Display of this Pixel. How do we activate it? We enter the Settings menu>

How to make a screenshot with the Google Pixel 2 XL

More tricks on the screen. This is very fast. How do we make a screenshot? Well, we press the power button and the volume down button at the same time. Easy.

Unblock it with a double “tap” on the screen

And to close the screen theme, I remind you that this Pixel 2 XL has the function of double tap to unlock the screen and we have seen in other phones. It is a function that is not exclusive to this Pixel but for me it is very practical. How do we activate it? We enter the configuration menu, the screen menu and then the environment screen. Once there, you can activate this function.

How to display the percentage of the battery in the Google Pixel 2 XL

Another trick or rather advice is that you activate the percentage of the battery. By default it does not come so you must activate it. We do it from the battery menu, how could it be otherwise.

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Configure the Quick View Widget

As you can see, the Google Pixel 2 XL has the Quick Look widget in the Home that practically all smartphones equip. You can customize the information shown in this Widget by pressing for a few seconds on top of it.

Press Google Pixel 2 XL to access Google Assistant

One of the innovations we have seen in this Pixel 2 XL is Google Assistant, the virtual assistant of Google. We have 3 ways to activate it: the “traditional” way by saying “OK Google”, by pressing the Home button or by pressing the sides of the phone. In this way, we can access the assistant. By the way, we can configure the pressure we exert on the sides in applications and notifications, advanced settings, default applications, assistance and voice input and Active Edge. There we can configure the option to press the mobile how we want.

How to use Google Lens

Another great and very useful feature is the Google Lens feature built into the camera app. It is a tool that, thanks to Machine Learning and artificial intelligence, helps us recognize photos or any object. For example, I photograph a bottle of wine and Google Lens recognizes it and offers me information related to it. It is a very interesting tool to the style of Bixby and we can access by pressing the terminal. We can also configure the pressure we exert in the configuration, screen and sensitivity menu when pressing.

Enable smart storage

Another aspect that we commented on the review is the storage of the Google Pixel 2 XL because, although it has a good capacity, 64GB native, we can not expand them with a microSD card. But, we have a tool to get out of the way when we are just space: the smart storage that consists of the phone deleting all the photos and videos with backup with an age of more than 60 days. We enter the storage menu to activate or deactivate it as we wish.

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How to activate the notification LED on the Google Pixel 2 XL

On the other hand, one of the things that are not usually found in a high-end phone, which we do find in this Pixel 2 XL is the LED notification, a tool that many users continue to appreciate and many of us ask in the reviews. How do we activate it? We access the configuration menu, notifications and there we activate the blinking light option.

Price and availability

If you want to check the price and availability of the Google Pixel 2 XL, you can do it in Media Markt stores.

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