You can learn how to manage apps, settings, photos, contacts and more on your new Pixel phone.
Download and 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 and silence your phone
- Find most common settings: From the top of your screen, swipe down twice. Find out 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, such as alarms, notifications, calls and messages.
Find or take photos and screenshots
- 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. Learn how to take different types of photos.
- You'll get free, unlimited storage for photos and videos. Learn how unlimited storage works.
- Take screenshots: Press and hold the Power and Volume down buttons at the same time for a few seconds. Or take a screenshot with gesture navigation. Learn how to take screenshots or record your screen.
- 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.
Find contacts and SMS messages
- Find contacts: If your contacts are saved to the Google account that 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 that 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 perform actions for you, for example:
- Control your home: Learn how to turn on compatible smart home devices, like lights, switches and thermostats.
- Plan your day: Get help with your daily routines, create calendar events or get personal updates.
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 that they're private to you and the person that you're calling.