5 Cool Things You Can Do With the Pixel 6

Back of the Pixel 6
Justin Duino

If you just got the new Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, you’ll want to take advantage of all the cool new features it has to offer. The Pixel 6 Pro is Google’s best phone yet, with a bigger 120Hz display, triple rear cameras, and a slew of neat software features you’ll love.

Both smartphones come with several upgrades over previous models, new cameras, the Google Tensor chip, and Android 12. Plus, there are several cool features you won’t find on other phones. And while some of these are only on Pixel, many are exclusive to the new Pixel 6 line, and you’ll want to try them right away.

With that in mind, here are five cool things you can do with the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.

Magic Eraser & Motion Mode Camera Tools

Pixel 6 Google Photos Magic Eraser tool
Justin Duino

While Android 12’s Material You design and colors are great, the first thing we want to mention is the new Magic Eraser and Motion Mode camera features. The Magic Eraser tool is integrated into Google Photos on the Pixel 6 and makes photoshopping unwanted objects or people out of photos a breeze.

With the Pixel 6 and Magic Eraser, you’ll no longer need sophisticated software tools, fancy photoshop skills, or a bunch of time to get the best photo. Instead, open up an image in Google Photos, tap edit, and launch the Magic Eraser. From here, quickly circle that power line or bird in your shot or a photobomber person, hit erase, and let Google’s software do its magic. There’s even a new “Face Unblur” option that’s pretty amazing, too.

Pixel 6 Motion mode action blur
Google

Speaking of camera magic, you’ll also want to fully take advantage of the new Motion Mode inside the camera app. Get amazing images of a moving car, waterfalls, sporting events, and more without spending thousands on a fancy lens and DSLR camera. Instead, fire up motion mode, follow the instructions, and let Google’s Tensor chip and the Pixel 6 help you create stunning photos for the Gram.

Call Screen, Hold For Me, & More

A picture of the Call Screen dialog on Pixel 5
Cameron Summerson

If you’re one of those people that still answers calls and talks on the phone, instead of texting like the rest of us, you’ll love all of Google’s AI smarts built into the Pixel series. While the cameras are great, the real Pixel superpower is phone calls.

Whether that’s dealing with spam calls, sitting on hold to refill a prescription, or scheduling an appointment, all the phone call features on the Pixel 6 are life-changing. Of course, we’re talking about Call Screen, Hold for Me, and everything else integrated into Pixel’s phone app. 

Instead of answering that unknown number calling you, let the Google Assistant do it. You’ll see a live transcribe of the conversation, and if it looks real, take over and talk yourself. If you get put on hold, let the Assistant take over, which again will transcribe anything it hears. Then, when a real person gets on the line, you’re ready to go. The Assistant even lets the person know, so you don’t get hung up on and have to call back and start over. It’s a time and life-saver.

Oh yeah, don’t forget about visual voicemail either, because it’s fantastic.

Battery Share (Reverse Wireless Charging)

Pixel 6 battery share wireless charging
Justin Duino

This next feature isn’t unique to the Pixel 6, but many people don’t know it exists, and it’s super handy. We’re talking about reverse wireless charging, which Google calls Battery Share. Yes, you can share your battery and top off a friend’s phone or recharge your Pixel Buds A while you’re out and about.

Dig into the quick settings menu and turn on Battery Share, and it’ll reverse the wireless charging coil inside the phone. Flip your Pixel 6 screen down on a table and put another phone on its back, or drop some earbuds on it. It’ll instantly start sharing that big 5,000 mAh battery power to other devices — no cables required. You can wirelessly charge your headphones and more from the power inside the Pixel 6.

Now Playing (Song Recognition)

Now Playing on Pixel
Google

In case you didn’t already know, Pixel phones are pretty smart. Google uses the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to do all sorts of things. From the cameras, phone calls to listening to music playing in the background.

If you’re like me and constantly want to know what song is playing at the bar or in a friend’s car, turn on the ‘Now Playing’ feature in settings. Then, whenever music is playing anywhere, your Pixel phone will display a small pop-up at the bottom of the lock screen telling you the song and artist.

You can find this in Settings > Sound & Vibration > Advanced > Now Playing. Your Pixel 6 will even keep a list of songs it recognizes in history. That way, you can look back later and find your jam. This happens automatically, with all the sounds and music data staying on the device. Google doesn’t need to send the sounds back to a server to recognize them. It might sound scary to have your phone always listening, but once you enable this feature, you’ll love it.

Quick Launch the Camera 

Pixel 6 cameras
Justin Duino

Google’s new Pixel 6 phones have excellent cameras to help you capture life’s best moments. But as we all know, pets and kids never hold still long enough for us to unlock the phone, open the camera, and snap that perfect photo. That’s why Google added a “Quick Launch” camera shortcut to its phones.

This feature is by no means new, but I’m constantly showing friends or family members that don’t know it exists how to use it. It’s easy, too; double-click the power button on the side of the phone, and the camera will instantly open and be ready to go. It’s that fast and that easy.

You can double-click the power button whether the phone is off or if it’s on and you’re scrolling through Twitter or TikTok—it doesn’t matter. Just quickly hit the power button twice, and you’ll immediately be ready to start taking photos.

Now that we’ve told you about these excellent features, make sure you can enjoy them for as long as possible and get yourself a Pixel 6 case from our roundup.

The more you know, right?

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Based in Las Vegas, Cory Gunther has been writing about phones, Android, cars, and technology in general for over a decade. He’s a freelance writer for Review Geek covering roundups, apps, and news. He's previously written for GottaBeMobile, SlashGear, AndroidCentral, and TechRadar, and he’s written over 6,000 articles. Read Full Bio »

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