1. PowrDroid's Avatar
    I really liked the squeeze the sides of my Pixel 2XL to open the Google Assistant. It was a quick, non-verbal way of opening Google Assistant. (No need to say “Hey Google” or to tap your screen.) I kind of missed having this feature when I got my 5a.

    I’ve since found a new feature on my 5a that I didn’t have on my 2XL—Quick Tap. I’m now using this to open Google Assistant. Two quick taps to the back of my 5a and Google Assistant opens. This is very similar in function to the squeeze for Google Assistant on my 2XL.

    You can use Quick Tap to do things other than open Google Assistant. You can use it to open an app, show notifications, take a screenshot, play/pause media, etc.

    This feature can be found by tapping Settings > System > Gestures

    Give it a try!
    12-06-2021 12:52 PM
  2. THEPRFCT10's Avatar
    I really liked the squeeze the sides of my Pixel 2XL to open the Google Assistant. It was a quick, non-verbal way of opening Google Assistant. (No need to say “Hey Google” or to tap your screen.) I kind of missed having this feature when I got my 5a.

    I’ve since found a new feature on my 5a that I didn’t have on my 2XL—Quick Tap. I’m now using this to open Google Assistant. Two quick taps to the back of my 5a and Google Assistant opens. This is very similar in function to the squeeze for Google Assistant on my 2XL.

    You can use Quick Tap to do things other than open Google Assistant. You can use it to open an app, show notifications, take a screenshot, play/pause media, etc.

    This feature can be found by tapping Settings > System > Gestures

    Give it a try!
    Does it work with a case on? Curious how sensitive the tap feature is, have you noticed any false activations?
    12-06-2021 09:30 PM
  3. PowrDroid's Avatar
    Does it work with a case on? Curious how sensitive the tap feature is, have you noticed any false activations?
    Yes, it works with a case on. I have not noticed any false activations. If there were false activations, there is a sensitivity setting to adjust the amount of force needed to invoke the action.
    12-06-2021 09:39 PM
  4. mustang7757's Avatar
    What about press and hold the power button?
    If You Miss Squeeze Sides of Pixel to Open Google Assistant, There's a New Method on 5a-screenshot_20211206-230839.jpg
    12-06-2021 10:09 PM
  5. PowrDroid's Avatar
    What about press and hold the power button?
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    That one is news to me.
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    12-07-2021 09:32 AM
  6. mustang7757's Avatar
    That one is news to me.
    It's on my pixel 6pro so I'm assuming it's available on other pixels .
    12-07-2021 09:34 AM
  7. PowrDroid's Avatar
    It's on my pixel 6pro so I'm assuming it's available on other pixels .
    Yes, I found it in the Systems > Gestures menu.

    I just checked my old Pixel 2XL and it does not have this feature. Maybe it's an Android 12 feature?
    12-07-2021 10:16 AM
  8. mustang7757's Avatar
    Yes, I found it in the Systems > Gestures menu.

    I just checked my old Pixel 2XL and it does not have this feature. Maybe it's an Android 12 feature?
    Yeah i think so
    12-07-2021 10:22 AM
  9. livetovacation60's Avatar
    I miss the squeeze.....had it on my 2xl and 3a xl.
    12-07-2021 10:53 AM

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