After several months of beta testing, Android 11 is officially available on a handful of already compatible smartphones, including of course Google Pixel smartphones.
Although major, this update to Android offers relatively few new features and focuses mainly on improving existing features. After testing Android 11, here is a quick tour of the tips and hidden features to master to take full advantage of the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
1. Activate or deactivate speech bubbles for all conversations
Inaugurated with Facebook Messenger, conversation bubbles can now be used with all your messaging applications. Activated by default for all applications, it is possible to completely deactivate this function by going to the Settings from Android. Then go to Apps and notifications, access the menu Notifications, and enter Bubbles. You can then deactivate the function.
You can also choose to manage the use of chat bubbles on a case-by-case basis for the various messaging applications installed on your device. For this, always in the Settings from Android, in the menu Apps and notifications, enter the detailed information of an app, then go to the section Notifications. Then press Bubbles and set your preferences for chat bubbles. You can choose to activate the bubbles for all conversations, or for certain conversations only.
2. Control media playback from the quick settings panel
Android 11 introduces a multimedia control module that is integrated directly into the notification center. Capable of handling current playback, this widget is also capable of recognizing the latest media apps in use so you can control them all from one place.
To switch between the control modules from one application to another, simply scroll the displayed player to the right or left to go to the next.
3. Record your smartphone screen
Now you can make a video recording of your Android smartphone screen without going through a third-party app. This new function, integrated in Android 11, is activated from the notifications pane, within the quick settings panel.
Tap the pencil icon to change the organization of the icons. Then locate the icon Screen recording and drag it to the top pane to add it to Android Quick Settings.
You will then just have to press this icon and then the button Start to start recording a screencast on your smartphone. You can also choose to include or not the audio content, as well as the points touched on the screen
4. Control your connected objects from the ignition menu
Connected objects in your home can now be managed without you having to open the Google Home app. By pressing the unlock button on your smartphone for a few seconds, you should bring up the classic restart page of your phone.
But you will also have quick access to connected objects saved in Google Home and will be able to control each element from this screen.
5. Take a screenshot and select text from multitasking
This function will undoubtedly appear anecdotal to many users, but it is now possible to take a screenshot, or to select the text displayed in an application from the Android multitasking menu or a button Screenshot and a button To select have appeared.
6. Use wireless debugging
In principle reserved for developers, the Android debugging function is often used by hackers to access certain advanced functions. If until now it was necessary to connect the device via USB to a PC, it is now possible to use wireless debugging.
To activate it, go to the Settings, then in System, deploy the advanced settings. Then enter the Developer options (which you will have activated beforehand by tapping 7 times on the Android build number from the section About the phone), and scroll down to the section dedicated to Debugging.
You should find there, in addition to USB Debugging, an option Wireless debugging which will require you to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network on your smartphone and your computer.
7. Change the shape of the icons
With Android 11, fans of customization will be served. Google’s mobile OS now offers more options to change the appearance of Android, especially when it comes to the shape of icons.
To modify them, open the Settings, enter the section dedicated toScreen, and enter the menu Style and wallpapers. You can choose from 4 predefined styles, and even have the option to create your own custom styles.
8. Display suggested apps on the home screen
If you frequently use the same apps, you can let Android display a bar with suggested apps displayed based on your usage patterns.
To do this, do a long press on the home page of your smartphone and enter the Home settings. Then enter the section Suggestions and activate the function Suggestions on the home screen.
Then validate by selecting Activate suggestions. A new row of suggested app icons should appear at the bottom of the screen.
9. Give unique permissions to applications
As Apple previously did on iOS, Google offers Android 11 users the ability to give temporary permissions to the apps they use.
For example, you can choose to allow an application to use location ” Only this time At the moment you use it. Once closed, the permission given disappears and the application will have to ask you again for your permission to access it.
10. Use the notification history
Android 11 lets you never miss notifications again. The new version of Google’s mobile OS includes a notification history, which must be activated manually to take advantage of it.
Open them Settings, enter the menu Apps and notifications then go to the section dedicated to Notifications. Then enter Historical notifications and activate the function. All notifications from your device will be logged there.
You can then access it quickly by deploying the notifications panel and then pressing Historicalat the bottom of the list of notifications received.
11. Manage the sensitivity of gestures Previous / Next
If you are a fan of navigation by gestures and cannot always achieve what you want because of the screen protection installed on your smartphone, know that you can now adjust the touch sensitivity of the navigation gestures.
To do this, open the Settings, access the menu System, and finally go to the section dedicated to Gestures.
Then enter System navigation then go to the settings of the Gesture navigation by pressing the star wheel icon.
You can then customize the sensitivity of the backspace gesture for each edge of the device.