Tips to switch to a Pixel phone
If you used an iPhone, Samsung, or other phone, here are some tips for using your phone after set-up.
Download & find apps
- Download apps: Go to the Google Play Store. You'll find most iPhones apps for your phone, too.
- Find recent apps: From the bottom of your screen, swipe up to the middle of your screen.
- Find all your apps: From the bottom of your screen, swipe up to the middle of your screen twice.
Quickly find common settings & silence your phone
- Find most common settings: From the top of your screen, swipe down twice. Learn how to change common settings. To see all your settings, tap Settings .
- Silence your phone: Press the volume button. Then, at the top of the slider, tap the icon until you see vibrate or mute . Learn about sound settings.
- Use Do Not Disturb: To mute sound, stop vibration, and block visual disturbances, use Do Not Disturb. You can pick how most types of interruptions act, like alarms, notifications, calls, and messages.
Find or take photos & screenshots
Your photos are automatically saved in Google Photos.
- Find photos: Open your Google Photos app . See an interactive tutorial about finding photos.
- Take photos: From any screen, press your phone's power button twice.
- Take screenshots: Press your phone's power button for a few seconds. Then tap Screenshot.
- Get info about things around you: With your Camera app open, use Google Lens to get info on what you see. (For example, about a landmark or how to buy an item.) In the camera view, use your finger to touch and hold an object. Then tap the circle icon.
You can take different photo types, like augmented reality photos and photo bursts. Learn how to use your Camera app. You'll get free, unlimited storage for photos and videos. Learn how unlimited storage works.
Find contacts & SMS messages
- Find contacts: If your contacts are saved to the Google Account you're using on your Pixel, they'll be in the Contacts app. You can also import your contacts. See an interactive tutorial about contacts.
- See text messages: You can find your messages in the default Messages app and send text messages. See an interactive tutorial about messages.
- If you had an iPhone: On your iPhone, make sure you turn off iMessage. If you're in any group chats with friends who have iPhones, start new group chats to get those text messages.
Talk to your Google Assistant
Turn on your Google Assistant to ask questions or do actions for you, like:
Keep in touch by email or video
- Check email: Download any email app, like Gmail. Sign in to each of your email accounts separately to see your inboxes, instead of seeing all your mail at once.
- Video call: To video call your friends across Android and iOS devices, use Google Duo . Your calls are encrypted, which means they're private to you and the person you're calling.