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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 new features on the Pixel 2 camera is called Portrait Mode. Basically, it applies a heavy blur to the background and makes the foreground object pop. This create a very cool effect that makes the photo look like it was taken with a high-end camera. You can use it with the front and rear camera.

  1. Open the Camera app
  2. Tap the menu icon in the top left
  3. Select Portrait
  4. Tap on the subject to focus
  5. Tap the shutter button
  6. The photo will process quickly and be ready to view

For more, discuss Portrait Mode 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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