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A handy hack for the Pixel’s new shortcut system


All right, Pixel pals: We’ve talked about plenty of buried treasures you can dig up on your oh-so-Googley phone, thanks mostly to Android 12’s arrival. But there’s one fancy new feature you can make even more useful with a quick bit of crafty customization.

I’m talkin’ about the Quick Tap system introduced on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro last month and also now available on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.

Quick Tap, in case you haven’t yet discovered it, is a splendid new shortcut system connected to physical presses of your favorite phalange. Once you set it up, you can simply tap twice on the back of your Pixel’s body to trigger a specific action on the phone.

Nifty, no? I sure think so. It’s a smart time-saver and a fantastic way to create your own fast-access shortcut to whatever function you want. The problem is just that the list of available options is annoyingly limited as of now, and what’d be the most practical and logical shortcut for that setup — especially for those of us with the new Pixel 6 models — is missing in action.

As with most things on Android, though, where there’s a will, there’s a way. And I’ve come up with a super-simple method for enhancing the Pixel’s Quick Tap feature and making it do the one obvious, impossibly helpful thing it won’t do now.

[Psst: There’s lots more Pixel magic where this came from. Check out my free Pixel Academy e-course to uncover tons of advanced intelligence lurking within your current Pixel phone!]

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