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Android 13 is still a few months away from release, but there’s still a lot to discover on Google’s current mobile operating system — Android 12.

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Do you own one? Pixel 6 Pro or a Samsung Galaxy S22Find a bunch of hidden settings and features on Android 12 that can completely transform how you use your Android device.

In this story, we’ll show you how to recover accidentally deleted notifications, use your phone with one hand, and more. Check out what Android 12 has to offer below.


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Android 12 keeps your notification history just a tap away

Ever delete a notification without reading it? I do that all the time. Android has offered device notification history for a while, but you either had to know where to look or install a third-party app to view it.

In Android 12, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of your notification bar, where you’ll see a new one story Button. Tap on it and you will see recently deleted notifications as well as alerts from the last 24 hours.

when you see Administer Instead of storythat’s because notification history is not switched on. Activate it by tapping Administerthen select notification history and slide the switch open On Position.

Notification history on Android 12

You now have quick access to your past notifications.

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Android 12 makes big phones look smaller

A new One-handed mode in Android 12 This might not be a standout feature, but it is one that could make a huge difference in how you use your phone. This is especially true if you’re using a phone with a large display like this Galaxy S22 Ultra.

The new one-handed mode shifts the top half of your screen to the bottom half, making it easier to tap a quick setting tile or notification. To use it, place a finger on the small bar at the bottom of your phone’s screen and swipe down. It may take a few tries, but once you figure out the gesture, it’s easy to reproduce.

However, before you can do that, you need to turn it on by going to settings > system > gestures > one-hand mode and slide the switch open On Position. Below the toggle to enable the feature, you have two choices: Drag screen within reach or Show notifications. Choose the first option and then close the Settings app.

Game mode on Android 12

Use the new game mode in Android 12 to boost performance or live stream on YouTube.

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Android 12 has its own gaming mode

If you play a lot of games on your Android device, you will be pleased to know that Google Android 12 has added a dedicated gaming mode. When it’s on, your phone will play doing things like automatically turning on Do Not Disturb at startup.

But you’d never know the mode existed unless you dug deep into your notification settings of all places. More specifically, go to settings > notifications > Do not disturb > time plans. From there, check the box next to it game mode to turn it on. Next, tap the Settings gear icon and toggle both items.

In my testing experience, Game Mode doesn’t work in every game (I’m looking at you, Asphalt 9). However, it works in Call of Duty Mobile. When it’s active, you can, for example, force your phone to optimize itself for gaming with a single tap, or see your device’s current frames per second.

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Android 12 app grid

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Android 12 has a new app layout option, but it might just be Pixel

The app grid on your phone’s home screen usually suffices for a 4×4, 5×5, or 6×6 grid (or similar combinations). However, in Android 12 on the pixels 5, there’s a new app grid option that’s downright funny at first glance – 2×2. I’m assuming this is limited to Pixel phones only, but hopefully other phone makers will adopt it as it’s a huge accessibility feature for those who need larger app icons.

Switch to the new 2×2 layout by long pressing and then selecting on your home screen Styles & Wallpapers > network > 2×2.

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