How-tos

Android 10 tips & tricks


September 2019 saw the free release of Android 10 for every Google Pixel phone in the world. The Pixel line might not sell particularly well but the fact even 2016’s first generation got the update shows that Google is serious when it comes to fulfilling (and in this case overdelivering) its promise of two years of Android OS updates.

Whether you’ve got that first Pixel, the recent Pixel 3a or are going to buy a Pixel 4, the software is practically the same – that level of software consistency across generations of phone is only beaten by the iPhone.

The best part is, even though it happens slowly, these Android 10 features should filter down from the Pixel line to many other Android phones from the likes of Huawei, Samsung, Sony, Oppo and the rest.

Android 10 is the first full version of Android not to be named after a dessert or sweet treat. It’s probably for the best as it’s now a bit easier to track which version you have without having to remember the name of some candy or biscuit. Thankfully Google has put its full attention into making the core Android experience even better in some meaningful ways.

We fully reviewed Android 10 and although it’s an incremental update it brings thoughtful, clever new features and ways to use your phone that we love. Here we show you how to get the most out of Android 10 with our favourite tips and tricks.

Dark mode

Use the new navigation gestures

Swipe the fingerprint sensor

Notification settings

Focus Mode

Privacy options

Location settings

Set up parental controls

Share your Wi-Fi password

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