Earlier this year, Google released the stable version of Android 13. Codenamed Tiramisu, it brings several performance improvements under the hood and new features such as native Bluetooth LE Audio support, language per application, etc.
Soon after, device makers like Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus and others started updating their phones to Android 13. If you have already received the Android 13 update, here are some tips and tricks that you may have missed.
Material You themed icons
Android 13 builds on the Material You design language and adds several new color options. Although theme icons are still in beta, they work pretty well for many apps. To enable themed icons in Android 13, all you need to do is long-press on the home screen, tap “Wallpaper & Style,” and turn on the toggle labeled “Theme Icons.”
Change the language of selected apps
Another useful feature introduced with Android 13 is the ability to set language preferences for each app, which allows users to switch a particular app to their preferred language. Keep in mind that the feature is developer dependent, so it may not work with all apps.
If you want to set language preferences per app, go to the “Settings” page, tap on “System”, go to the “Language & input” submenu and you will find an option to set “App languages” . Here you will find a list of apps that support the feature.
Now tap on the app whose language you want to change and set your preferred language and you are good to go. At the next launch, it will be available in the selected language.
Toggle one-handed mode from quick settings
Even though one-handed mode was already available in the previous version of Android, you had to go through the device settings to use it. But with Android 13, Google added the ability to toggle one-handed mode from quick tiles.
To enable the feature on your Android 13 device, simply pull down the quick settings menu from the top of the screen. Once done, pull it one more time and you will see a pencil icon that allows you to change quick settings. Scroll down and you’ll eventually find a thumbnail named “One-handed” mode. Long press it and you can place it in the quick settings tile.
Scan QR codes without launching any app
If you find yourself launching the camera app on your smartphone to scan QR codes, this feature will come in handy. Similar to the one-handed mode toggle, Android 13 introduced a quick settings tile that lets you quickly scan QR codes without having to launch an app.
Adding the quick settings tile is as easy as it gets. Swipe down to the quick settings tile menu from the top of the screen, swipe it again and you’ll see the pencil icon that lets you change the layout. Now find the “Scan QR code” tile, long press it and you can move it. Drag it to the quick settings tile list and you’re good to go.
Check apps active in the background
If you’re experiencing battery drain on your device or just want to see which apps are consuming power in the background, you no longer need to dig into the battery settings and manually check the list.
Android 13 introduces a new feature that lets you easily check which apps are running in the background. To check this, swipe down twice from the notification bar and besides the settings app shortcut, you will find a text that says “X apps are active”. The active apps shortcut tells you how long apps have been running in the background and even lets you stop them.