10 tips and tricks to get the most out of Android 9 Pie

These will be the first phones to update to Android 9 Pie

Android 9 Pie is already among us. The new version of the operating system has already reached Google's Pixel devices, and a very broad list of mobile devices will soon receive the update. Android version 9 includes new improvements with artificial intelligence, a new gesture navigation bar and many other interesting features. I have already been able to test the final version of Android Pie on a Google Pixel 2 XL, browsing and experimenting I have been able to see the most curious tricks . Next, I detail 10 of them that you should know.

Easter egg

Android Pie's new easter egg is a bit different. It is a psychedelic background that changes as we play it . Also, on some devices you can enter a kind of Paint.

To activate it, go to the settings, enter the System section and click on phone information. Click on Android version, and when the floating window will appear, click several times on the number 9 . The easter egg will automatically appear. This background will change color, and we can make it bigger or smaller by making a pincer gesture.

Change the navigation bar


It is one of the main novelties of Android 9 Pie. The classic navigation bar has been replaced by a new one. The button to open recent apps disappears and changes to a general gesture control. Of course, the back button is still there. And what about the previous navigation bar? No, it has not been removed, at least not yet. You should know that you can change and choose if you want the classic bar, or the new one.

To do this, go to the system settings. Enter system or system information and click on the gestures option. Look for the section that says "Swipe up on the start button . " If you have the old navigation bar and want to change it to the new one, just activate the option. Otherwise, disable it. The bar will appear instantly.

Gesture control

The truth is that the new navigation bar does not only change its design. Gesture control is also added to practically the entire interface. It works with the starter pickup. For example, if we want to switch between recent applications, swipe from right to left in the lower area. If you want to open the app drawer directly, scroll up the screen.

Change the topic


In Android P you no longer need a dark background for the interface to change to a dark theme . An option has been set in the system settings. To activate it, go to Settings, Display and click on the "Advanced" option. Now, find "Device Theme" and change it to Dark. You can also set it to automatic if you want it to change with the wallpaper, or just clear.

In case you have activated it in dark, you will be able to see the changes in the quick settings of the upper area , application drawer and Widgets control. Unfortunately, the applications continue the design in shades of white.

Activate Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing is a feature that arrives for selected mobiles, where we can control the time we spend with the Apps and activate different settings to avoid excessive use. This feature is in beta and not on devices yet. But there is an option to activate it.

Go to the Digital Wellbeing beta program, log in with your account and click on the link, which will take you to the Google Play Store. Now, install the service. Done, the option will appear in the system settings . Remember that this is a beta, and it may not work properly.

Time to go to sleep


One of the features of Digital Wellbeing is the go to sleep feature. Here we can select the time at which we go to bed and get up . In addition to choosing what we want the terminal to do. One option is to change the colors to grayer tones and the other to activate do not disturb mode. We can also activate the two options.

Mute the terminal

Android Pie has a new interface in the volume bar. It also has a shortcut to silence the terminal . Click on the volume bar and tap the bell twice until it is scratched. That means the device is silent. Do not disturb mode will not be activated.

Adaptive battery, how to reset it

One of the best features of Android Pie is the adaptive battery. This function learns from our uses and prioritizes autonomy for those applications that we use the most. But it is possible that one day we will use an application a lot. For example, a game that we are testing . The system recognizes it and gives priority to that app. Fortunately, there is a way to reset it.

Enter the system settings, in the system section and click on the Advanced option. Head to Recovery Options and click erase all data. This means that the terminal will be completely reset , including accounts, apps etc. Unless we have made a backup. Another option is to deactivate the adaptive autonomy settings, but you should know that you will notice the increase in battery consumption.

Automatic rotation? No thanks


Does automatic rotation bother you? Yes, it is very tedious. Above all, when we are lying down, or in a position that the device does not detect correctly. My advice? Leave the automatic rotation option disabled, since in Android Pie there is a much easier and more practical way to rotate the screen.

Deactivate the automatic rotation option and enter any application. You will see that a new button appears in the navigation bar in the shape of a retweet. If you press it, the screen will rotate, but the option will remain disabled. To rotate again, put the device in a vertical position and press the button.

Activate development options

Either by changing the speed of the animations or by fiddling with the internal settings (be careful with this) we will show you how to activate the development options.

Go to Settings, System and phone information. Go all the way to the bottom where it says Build Number . Now, press several times until the activation message appears. Enter the pin, go back and click on Advanced, there you will see the options for developers.