7 essential Google Pixel 7 settings you should change now – Android Police

7 essential Google Pixel 7 settings you should change now – Android Police

Get your new Pixel 7 running at its best
The latest iteration of Google's Pixel lineup offers powerful hardware and excellent software. Whether you recently picked one up or are still deliberating between the Google Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, you'll want to know what to expect when you turn it on for the first time.
The Pixel 7 phones work great out of the box, but you should update some key settings for the smoothest experience. After that, try these Pixel tips and tricks to see everything the phones offer.
Hold for Me might be the best hidden Pixel feature around. It's a game changer for people who make regular calls to businesses. When activated, it allows you to go about your day while you're waiting on hold. Your Google Pixel 7 notifies you as soon as a person connects on the other end. It's only available in the U.S., Australia, and Canada. If there's one feature you must activate from this list, it's this one.
Checking your notification history lets you find the notifications you dismissed without checking apps one at a time. It's best to turn it on as soon as you start using your new Pixel 7, as it can't recover notifications that came in before it was activated.
To check your notification history, swipe down from the top of your screen to open the Quick Settings menu. Then, tap notification history in the lower-left corner of your screen.
Hold for Me isn't the only feature to improve your time on the phone. Call Screening asks people calling from unknown numbers or suspected scammers to identify themselves before you answer. It's odd that Google doesn't enable this feature by default, as it drastically reduces the number of spam calls you'll answer.
Material You has been in public hands since Android 12. Android 13 rounded out the experience with dynamic-themed icons for third-party apps. This feature is available across all phones with Android 13, but you'll receive updates to it first with a Pixel phone.
To try out Material You's dynamic icons, open the Wallpaper & Style menu by long pressing on your Pixel 7's homescreen. Then, toggle the Themed icons switch to turn it on.
Google Assistant is a powerful tool, especially when paired with compatible smart home devices. However, it can become a chore to say "Hey Google" when issuing simple commands. Quick Phrases skips the activation phrase for simple instructions (for example, stopping a timer or answering a call).
Depending on your smart home devices, you may be able to access more Quick Phrases. Tap the Other devices tab from the Quick Phrases menu to browse your options.
Thanks to some fetching widgets and Material You, your Pixel 7's homescreen has the potential for a stunning layout. However, Google sets the default grid size for the Pixel launcher to 4×5, so to utilize your homescreen to its fullest potential, you'll need to resize your app grid.
Open the Wallpaper & Style menu by long pressing on your Pixel 7's homescreen. Then, tap App grid to browse your options (we recommend 5×5).
Left: 4×5 grid Right: 5×5 grid
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro owners have access to Google's VPN for free. While this VPN is lackluster compared to the best VPNs for Android, it's an adequate way of protecting your device. All you need is the Google One app to get started.
A key icon appears in your Status Bar when the VPN is running.
If you're a proud new Google Pixel 7 Pro owner, you may want to add a wearable to the mix. The Google Pixel Watch sports good looks and some awesome health and wellness features. It also works best with a Pixel phone.
While you’ll still need to change some settings out of the box, the Pixel 7 is a splendid update. Refinements over the Pixel 6 will please all Pixel fans.
The Pixel 7 Pro is an excellent phone that offers everything you would expect from the price and more.
Jon has been a freelance writer at Android Police since 2021. He primarily writes how-to guides and round-ups, but occasionally covers news. His favorite Android device was the Pixel 2 XL, and he regards the three-month period where he owned an iPhone as a time of the utmost shame. Jon graduated with a History degree in 2018, but quickly realized his writing skills were better put to use writing about tech rather than essays. He started writing and editing for startups shortly after graduating, where he did everything from writing website copy to managing and editing for a group of writers. In his free time, you can find him fiddling with computers and spending his entire paycheck on vinyl records.


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