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12 First things every Pixel 2 owner should do


The Pixel 2 isn’t as flashy as the Pixel 2 XL, but it may actually be the better Pixel device this year. We’ve already shared our battery life first impressions and a bunch of camera samples. Now, it’s time to get into the tips and tricks. If you just got the Pixel 2 or are thinking of picking one up, here are the first things to do!

One of the unique features of the Pixel 2 is the ability to literally squeeze the phone to launch Assistant. The sides of the phone are sensitive to pressure. It’s a very quick and easy way to talk to Google Assistant.

  1. Go to Settings > System
  2. The go to Language, input & gestures > Advanced
  3. Select Active Edge
  4. Adjust the squeeze sensitivity to your liking
  5. Toggle on/off Squeeze for Assistant
  6. Toggle on/off Allow when screen is off
  7. Toggle on/off Squeeze for silence

For more, discuss Active Edge at the Pixel 2 forum

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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