The Phone by Google app — as it’s officially named — is a key part of the Pixel experience, and home to a handful of Assistant and other smart features. Google is now testing a settings redesign in the Phone app to make everything more manageable.
Update 7/29: As of this week, Google Phone 67 with the settings redesign is widely rolled out for all users in the stable channel.If you don’t see it after updating, Force stop the Phone client from system App info.
Update 7/13: The Google Phone settings redesign is now more widely available for beta (version 67) users. Some section names and icons have been ever so slightly tweaked since last month. Make sure you’re on the latest update to encounter.
Original 6/30: This settings redesign in version 67 of the Google Phone app starts by having the long list of features grouped into three high-level categories. First is “Assistive” for “Hold for Me” and Spam and Call Screen.
“General” nearly encompasses everything else: Accessibility, Assisted dialing, Blocked numbers, Calling accounts, Display options, Nearby places, Quick responses, Sounds and vibrations, and Voicemail.
Lastly there’s “Advanced” with Caller ID announcement and Flip to Shhh.
Within each section, menus are arranged in alphabetical order after years of continual additions. Another key change is how almost everything is accompanied by handy, outline-style icons that help to visually break up the list. Some lines are missing matching graphics, but this could be due to the beta nature of the release.
Version 67 of the Google Phone app rolled out this week to those in the beta channel, but the settings redesign is not showing up for all users yet.
More about Google Phone:
- Google Phone app quietly switches font to ‘Google Sans Text’
- Phone app gains a quick way to message a business
- Google Phone gains Caller ID announcement feature to help you manually screen calls
Dylan Roussel contributed to this article
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