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Android 10: tips and tricks

Last September we were part of the official launch of Android 10, initially available worldwide for each owner of one of the Google Pixel phones.

The fact that this range of phones continues to guarantee the last update of the operating system, makes even the first generation of Pixel still accepted among mobile phone users, despite its somewhat outdated hardware.

So, whether you have the first Pixel in your possession, or the Pixel 3a, or you are going to buy the new Pixel 4, the software of handling be practically the same in all of them. That level of consistency between different generations only seems to be surpassed by Apple's iPhone with iOS 13.

Android 10 is the first full version of Google that does not have the name of a dessert or sweet. It is probably the best, since it is now a little easier to track what version you have without having to remember the name of some candy or cookies.

Google has focused on ensuring the best user experience, so that the new version gains usability and appearance. We review here all those intelligent functions and ways of use provided by Android 10 with our tricks and tips that we liked the most.

The latest update of Android presents a renewed design and new features. You can check our review here to see if Android 10 is worth installing on your terminal.

Dark mode

It is one of the main features of Android 10, and without a doubt, one of the easiest to activate. Dark modes have long existed in other phones, but Google has finally officially implemented it (known as Dark Theme) on Android 10, so that not all applications see them with a dark screen.

Vers that also does not obscure all Google applications. But since Pixel phones (and most other high-end Android phones) have OLED displays, the use of the dark mode is efficient with battery consumption, and not just a matter of aesthetics. The fewer bright pixels, the less energy to consume.

Go to Settings> Display> Dark theme to enable it. You also see a quick button on the drop-down screen.

Use the new navigation gestures

Android 10 has won integers with the adoption of gestures in navigation, replacing once and for all the navigation system composed of three buttons that appeared at the bottom, as well as the combined Android 9 Foot to slide, plunder and back button .

Although it sounds bad to say this, the full gestures are good, and they come to emulate the movements of iOS on the iPhone, but now with an improved experience, everything is said.

Vers that a swipe up allows you to return to the main Android screen; while an up and side slide takes you to an open application selector.

A swipe up from the home screen or up from another place takes you to the app drawer. Also a small swipe up from any lower corner, makes a call to Google Assistant.

Finally, while a swipe from any side of the screen horizontally allows you to go back (as it may be in web browsing), you can also slide your finger on the bottom bar of the screen to jump between applications.

It is surprisingly easy and we frankly prefer it to the three-button navigation. Congratulations on the evolution!

Go to Settings> System> Gestures> System navigation to select what you would like to use. If you use gesture navigation, you also have the possibility to select the sensitivity of the gesture when sliding backward, even if it is minimal.

Take advantage of the slide of the fingerprint sensor

It is a trick that, as you can see, applies to all generations of Pixel phones up to Pixel 3a, but it may not be a feature of Pixel 4 if it is the case that Google finally decides to dispense with the fingerprint sensor on the back.

But for all others, and for some other Android phones, Android 10 allows you to activate this option so that by sliding your finger down on the sensor the notification window can be displayed.

It is very useful to use with one hand and especially in the Pixel XL, 2 XL and 3 XL with larger screen, where it is difficult to reach the top with the thumb. You can activate it in Settings> System> Gestures> Pass the fingerprint for notifications.

Notification Settings

Each new version of Android tends to modify the way of displaying notifications and their appearance, and Android 10 was not going to be different. You can press and hold a notification to silence it, or deepen the granular notification types for certain applications.

Thus, you may only want to receive birthday notifications from Facebook and nothing else, for example. You can deactivate the notification types completely or keep them activated, for which they are indicated as 'silent' instead of 'alerts'. You will receive a notification, but no sounds or vibration.

When the mobile is in silent mode, you can also toggle if those notifications are minimized in the drop-down window in order to obtain a more discreet alert. You will find it in Settings> Applications and notifications> See all applications.

Rest mode

As part of Google’s digital wellness package, focus mode is a simple feature that blocks alerts and activity from the applications you consider. Therefore, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and anything else that takes your time are applicable here.

It offers in a simple way the possibility to completely silence all the applications that you know take time or divert your attention. You can have it active during the week and turn it off at the weekend. You decide.

Activate the Mode in Settings> Digital balance> Sleep mode> and mark the distracting applications in the list you want to block when the mode is activated. You can also add this mode to the drop-down screen for quick use.

Privacy options

Security and privacy are keys for Google and it is something that has been made clear with Android 10. And it is that the company is taking aggressive measures against the access permissions requested by third-party applications.

Thus, with Android 10, there is a Privacy tab in the settings menu. The owner of the phone, as an administrator, may grant or deny permissions to applications, from access to cameras, to call logs or access to GPS.

Go to Settings> Privacy> Permission Manager and then try to check or uncheck the Apps you consider. It is very useful to have this at hand since you will be surprised at the permissions you have granted to certain Apps so far.

Location Settings

As a continuation of the privacy section, we must highlight the control that Android 10 offers over the fact of sharing your location. After all, it is important enough to have your own tab in the setup menu.

Android 10 now offers you the option to activate, deactivate or allow access to the location only while using the specific application, so you can choose to allow only applications such as Uber, Google Maps or Deliveroo to access your location when you need

It means that you can block this access to applications that run in the background in order not to share with them this valuable information.

Some application developers collect this location data to know your habit profile and sell this data to third parties. It is not the case of all, but you must be aware that it happens. In this way, you can keep them at bay.

You will find it in Settings> Location and marking the application you want to monitor.

Configure parental controls

Google provides us with Android 10 Family Link functionality as part of its commitment to the healthy use of technologies.

With its configuration, you will be able to establish restrictions of use in the device if it is being used by a child or adolescent, from application time limits, limits of use out of hours, application blockages, or monitoring of its use.

You will have to download the Family Link application to use the function. Then, go to Settings> Digital welfare and parental controls and configure them to your liking. An assistant will guide you step by step during the process.

Share your wifi password

Another interesting feature of Android 10 is the possibility of sharing the Wi-Fi key with other users without having to enter passwords manually. For this, the new version offers a QR code that you can easily share associated with any Wi-Fi network to which you are connected.

Go to Settings> Network and Internet> Wifi and click on the Configuration logo next to the network to which you are connected. Verify your ID with the fingerprint sensor or your PIN, and then the QR code will be shown to you so that someone can scan it with the camera of your device.

If you are thinking of purchasing a new mobile with Android 10 or that guarantees you the update, check our list of the 10 best Android phones of 2019.

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