Technical advice from last week Collected in this column are some iOS 14 tips for iPhone users and many Google phones Android 11 the operating system has similar controls – for example, the ability configure quick settings box or change the synthetic voice of the assistant… And once you start digging into Android 11, you will find tons of other useful features.
Here are just a few of them. These tips should work on Google’s latest Pixel, but keep in mind that other phone manufacturers often use their own modified versions of Android, so the features and menus may differ.
Let Google wait for you
If you are selected in Google Assistant as a virtual assistant and use the current version of google Telephone calling app, you can combine them with Hold on to me a feature for solving one of the most annoying tasks of modern life: waiting for a customer service representative. (You will also need at least a Pixel 3 or other compatible phone.)
To turn on Hold Me open the Phone app and tap the three dots More menu to go to settings. Select “Hold for Me” and then press the button to enable this feature.
When you dial a toll-free number and are idle, press the on-screen button to activate Hold for Me. Google Assistant takes over listening to the person and displays a “Don’t hang up” notification. When a customer service representative receives a call, Google Assistant changes the on-screen message to “Someone is waiting to talk to you” and highlights the “Return to Call” button. The phone records the sound and transcript of the conversation, and you have the opportunity share data with google to help improve this feature.
Configure guest access
Lending your phone to someone is risky – especially if you lend it young someone who wants to watch the video, but can also go to your email and contact list. To keep the peace and keep your personal files safe, you can use Longtime Android Multi-user setup… With it you can customize guest account or a separate user account on your phone.
Open the Settings app, select System, then Advanced and Multiple Users. Click the On button and then Add User to create a new account or use a guest account. You can switch accounts here, or by swiping down from the top of the screen with two fingers to open the quick settings window and tapping the User icon.
Record your screen
Screen recordings are useful for presentations, demos, and troubleshooting. After years of running third-party apps, Android 11 now includes Screen recording attachment.
To use it, swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen to open the quick settings window, and then swipe down on the second page of settings. Tap the Screen Recorder icon, enable sound and screen touch controls (if necessary), and tap Start. To stop recording, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the red notification bar. The recording is saved in the movie library.
Use your strength (button)
The quick settings panel is handy, but Android 11 adds another place to store commonly used controls: press and hold the phone’s power button until the power menu appears. Here you have shortcuts to shutdown or restart your phone using Google pay to buy things as well as control of smart home devices… Install an app like Power menu controls or Tasker and you can add other system controls to the screen.
Other uses for the power button? Fast press twice to go straight to the Camera app for that quick click.
Herd of cats
Software developers have a history of sneaking up on so-called Easter eggs into the code, and Android has maintained for a long time this is a tradition. Android 11 revives the previous prize: a hidden game in which digital cats roam your phone. Play it, go to the “About phone” section in the settings and tap “Android version” several times. When the volume scale appears, turn it all the way three times until the number “11” and the cat’s smiley face appear on the screen.
Then press and hold the power button to go to the power menu. Tap the three-dot More menu to select Add Controls. Select See More Apps at the bottom of the screen, select Control Cat, and add a bowl of water, a food bowl, and a cat toy to your food menu. Tap these controls and digital cats will start popping up in your notifications or floating bubblesready to be named and saved in the on-screen kitten pen. This is not a difficult game, but it is a way to pass the time until the final version. Android 12 arrives this year.