15 Things You Can Do in Android 11 That You Couldn’t Do Before

Android 11 is officially rolling out today after months of betas, first to Pixel phones and devices from OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, and realme before a wider How long you’re going to have to wait will depend on which manufacturer made your handset.

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No problem with the new Notification history screen in Android 11, which you can get to from Apps and notifications and Notifications in Settings—there is the option to enable or disable the feature as you prefer.

In addition to being able to turn it on and off manually, or to match your local sunrise and sunset times—which Android 10 can now do, too—you can also set custom times of the day and night for it to be automatically enabled and disabled, via Display, Dark theme and Schedule in Settings.

The Overview screen—the gallery of recently used apps that appears when you drag up from the bottom of the screen and hold—has a couple of new options in Android 11.

Here’s another Android 11 trick for managing your various chat conversations more easily: You can prioritize them by long pressing the relevant notification in the notification shade, then choosing Priority from the menu that appears.

Tap the three dots button on the menu itself, or System, Gestures, Power menu from Android Settings to customize it.

Android 11 follows iOS by letting you grant permissions to an app just once, joining the usual slew of options on the permission request screen.

Open Sound then Do Not Disturb from Settings in Android 11 and you’ll see everything has been moved around and the options have changed slightly.

Media player controls appear in the Quick Settings panel by default, so you can quickly take control of your playlists and even switch the audio to a different connected device (like a Bluetooth speaker) by dragging two fingers down from the top of the screen.

You can tap Screenshot to capture a screenshot of one of the apps, or Select to select text inside an app (text selection is actually possible in Android 10, but now it’s much easier).

The menu that appears when you long press the power button gets tweaked in Android 11.

From Settings, choose About phone, then Android version, then repeatedly tap Android version—when you see the dial, turn it up to 11.

Speaking of notifications, Android 11 now groups messaging alerts together, depending on which app they came in through, so you can see at a glance how many messages you’ve got from WhatsApp and how many from Hangouts, for example.

There is at last a native screen recorder in Android 11, though it’s not quite as fully featured as some of the third-party alternatives.

This feature is based on the apps you’ve been using most often, and it’s similar to the row that already appears in the app drawer, only now it’s available on the home screen as well.

If you’re able to upgrade, here are 15 new tricks you can try that aren’t available on devices still running Android 10 or older.

Android 11 is officially rolling out today after months of betas, first to Pixel phones and devices from OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, and realme before a wider launch.

The update adds links to smart home devices connected to the Google Home app, as well as your Google Pay cards (which also show up in Android 10).

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