One of Android’s lesser-known features is the built-in screen saver. In addition to just showing a clock, you can have your Pixel 2 show photos, colors, and more. Here’s how to it all works…

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Steps to customizing your screen saver on Google Pixel 2 & 2 XL

  1. Set a screen saver
  2. Change when the screen saver turns on
  3. Launch the screen saver manually

1. Set a screen saver

If you didn’t know about the screen saver feature in Android, it’s probably because it’s hidden deep within the settings menu. So the first thing you need to do is pull down the notification tray and tap on the gear icon to open your device’s settings.

The next step is to select Display, tap on Advanced, and locate Screen saver.

Now that you’re in the proper section, you can set a specific screen saver. To do this, select Current screen saver. Here you can choose from Clock, Colors, News & Weather, Photos, and more.

Several of these options, such as the Clock, offer more customization. Back in the main screen saver menu, tap on the gear icon. From there, you can choose different styles, modes, and more.

Use the images below to help if you get lost along the way.

2. Change when the screen saver turns on

Now that you have customized your screen saver, you can dictate when it will turn on by selecting When to start. The available options are while charging, while docked, while charging or docked, or never. Select any of these to have the screen saver automatically launch.

3. Launch the screen saver manually

And if you just want to launch the screen saver, there’s a feature for that. After you get done setting everything up, you can just tap on Start Now.

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