Tweak Google’s Active Edge on your Google Pixel 3
I still remember when Google teased Active Edge for Pixel 3 in a quirky teaser video for Japan and I can only add that I am glad to see this feature making a return on the Pixel 3, with the very same main function of opening up Google Assistant. To be more precise, this tiny little feature lets you squeeze the frame of the device to launch Google Assistant and silence alarms, timers, notifications, as well as incoming calls.
I already know that it’s not as customizable as what HTC has to offer (after all, Active Edge was clearly influenced by HTC’s Edge Sense feature), but it definitely gets the job done. For those of you who are fans of the feature and bought a new Google Pixel 3, be sure that you’ll be prompted with the option to configure it during the phone’s setup process.
Have you missed it? It is OK as you can tweak the sensitivity at a later point too. You can also turn it off completely if you want to simply rely on pressing and holding down the Home button, or on tapping the Assistant icon in the Google Search bar, so make the changes that your heart wants and feel free to always change your mind:
Tweak Google’s Active Edge on your Google Pixel 3:
- Head to Settings;
- Go to System > Gestures > Active Edge;
- Here you can manually move the dot on the slider around to require a firm or light squeeze to activate Assistant and my advice is to adjust the amount of pressure required to activate the feature. I had to increase the amount of pressure more than once in order to prevent accidentally triggering Google Assistant. Give your Pixel 3 another squeeze as you adjust the sensitivity to test it out;
- You can even disable the feature altogether if you want so (it is placed just below), or to make it work even when the screen is off.
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