5 ways to get more out of Android 11

Screen recordings are useful for presentations, demos, and troubleshooting. After years of third-party apps getting the job done, Android 11 now includes a Screen Recorder app.


To use it, swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers to open the Quick Settings box, and then swipe to the second settings page. Tap the Screen Record icon, activate the audio controls and screen touches (if necessary), and tap Start. To stop recording, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the red notification bar. The recording is saved in the movie library.

The Quick Settings panel is useful, but Android 11 adds another place to store commonly used controls: press and hold the phone’s power button until the power menu appears. Here, you have shortcuts to shutting down or restarting your phone, using Google Pay to buy things, and managing smart home devices. Install an application like Power Menu Controls or Tasker and you can add other system controls to the screen.

Credit…Google / Power menu controls

Another use for the power button? Quick press twice to go straight to the camera app for that quick snapshot.

Software developers have a history of inserting so-called Easter eggs into code, and Android has upheld this tradition for a long time. Android 11 revives a previous award: a hidden game that makes digital cats roam your phone. To play, go to the About phone section of the Settings and tap “Android version” several times. When a volume dial appears, turn it up three times until you see an “11” and a cat emoji on the screen.

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