Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Your Google Pixel 8a in 2024!

Google has done a fantastic job of bringing the best specs and features for excellent pricing with their all-new all-new Pixel 8a smartphone. It’s been almost two months since we got to see Google launching their new Pixel phone to the market, which brought a massive disruption in the market, especially when the tech giant brought a Pixel phone with impressive specs at such a lowered price, resulting in giving the best option for many camera lovers out there.

However, if you are someone who has been looking for a new upgrade or who already owns a Google Pixel 8a smartphone, then here we have got you covered with some fantastic hacks that you can follow to make your Pixel 8a work the best.

Best Hacks for Google Pixel 8a Users

Let’s now jump into the best tips and tricks you should know before buying the Google Pixel 8a or even if you own the Pixel 8a phone.

1. Tips to maximize the refresh rate usage

Tips to maximize the refresh rate in Google Pixel 8a
Tips to maximize the refresh rate in Google Pixel 8a Image Credits: Android Police

Bringing improved refresh rate displays to the Google Pixel 8a was one of the most significant upgrades Google brought to its A series lineup of Pixel phones.

The refresh rate display will make your phone operations a bit smoother! Moving ahead, Google has set the refresh rate to a lowered refresh rate (Hz) by default, but you also get the chance to increase the refresh rate to the maximum 120Hz.

So, let’s see how to maximize the refresh rate from the default settings

  • Go to settings
  • Selected Display
  • Tap on the Smooth Display settings and then turn it on

And here you have your Pixel 8a with the fastest 120Hz and smoother display. However, it’s worth noting that increasing the refresh does take a toll on the overall battery life of the Smarpthone as well.

2. Customizing the Home Screen to the next level

Customizing the Home Screen to the next level
Customizing the Home Screen to the next level Image Credits: 9to5Google

If you have been owning the Pixel 8a, by default, out of the box, you will see the Pixel home screen from the Pixel UI, but guess what? If you follow this trick, you can change your home screen, making your Pixel 8a different.

  • What do you need to do? Tap on the Pixel 8a home screen for a longer time, where you can select Wallpaper and Style.
  • Here, you get the option to change the wallpaper, and you can also tweak the material theme based on the applied wallpaper and even activate themed icons.

Use the AI Wallpapers, where you can also choose between different new AI wallpapers.

3. Using all-new Google AI Features

Google Pixel 8a smartphone’s major selling point was its new AI features making its way to launch, and with all new AI features making their way to these new phones, here we have got you covered with some of the best tips and tricks for your Pixle 8a phone through which you can use the Pixel 8a AI features to its peak.

3.1. Using Audio Eraser

Google Pixel 8a Audio Eraser
Google Pixel 8a Audio Eraser Image Credits: 91Mobiles

The first and foremost AI feature we saw was the new Audio Eraser making its way to launch this Google Pixel 8a smartphone.

With this new audio eraser, you can remove unwanted background noises from your videos. To use the audio eraser, you need to choose the option:

  • Go to photos
  • Selected on your video, you need to edit
  • Click on the Edit Button, and
  • Tap on Audio Eraser.

All you need to do is tap, and then, with the help of AI, the all-new Audio Eraser will do its work to identify the background noise, and even users can manually adjust the audio feature, too.

3.2. Magic Eraser

Google Pixel 8a - Magic Eraser Feature
Google Pixel 8a – Magic Eraser Feature Image Credits: Android Authority

Moving on to the next feature, we have the Magic Eraser AI feature! Magic Eraser is another powerful AI-based tool integrated into the Google Photos features. You can remove unwanted objects and even people from your photos, which can be done with a single tap on the photo.

  • Go to photos
  • Selected on your photos, you need to edit
  • Click on the Edit Button, and
  • Tap on Audio Eraser.

3.3. Circle to Search

Google Pixel 8a with Circle to Search
Google Pixel 8a with Circle to Search Image Credits: Tom’s Guide

Regarding taking advantage of all the AI features, Google has a Circle to search feature available to its Pixel line of smartphones.

All you need is to draw a circus around anything you see on your screen, and boom; the AI will do the magic to get the results related to whatever you circled on your screen.

3.4. Create AI Wallpapers and Apply it.

Create AI Wallpapers with Google Pixel 8a
Create AI Wallpapers with Google Pixel 8a Image Credits: Android Authority

AI-based wallpaper is the most significant feature update we saw with all new AI upgrades on the Google Pixel 8a smartphone.

To use it on the phone, all you need to do is long press on the home screen, which will enable the option for Wallpapers and styles, and after that, you can click for More Wallpapers, where on the top left, you will find the option for AI wallpapers, and that’s your way to go.

After tapping on the AI wallpaper, it will open up a whole new menu set where you can opt between soft focus and X-ray and give your prompt to create a new wallpaper, and that’s where the magic happens.

Also Read: 10 Reasons why you should wait for Google Pixel 8a

4. Using One-Handed Feature

Using One-Handed Feature
Using One-Handed Feature Image Credits: MobileSyrup

Although the screen size on the Google Pixel 8a fits well for the users, you are among the minor crows who prefer to use the phone one-handedly, so you can use the one-handed feature to reach the other end of the phone. To enable it, all you need to do:

  • Tap on settings
  • Search for One JHanded mode on settings
  • Toggle on the feature

5. Start Selfie Camera with a Flip

Start Selfie Camera with a Flip on Pixel 8a
Start Selfie Camera with a Flip on Pixel 8a Image Credits: Android Authority

If you love to take selfies a lot, then yes, this feature is the right choice. To take a quick snap, you can use the flip camera for a selfie feature, where you can get the selfie camera just by flipping your phone to yourself. To enable you can go to:

  • Settings
  • Selected the system
  • You need to tap on the gestures button
  • Toggle on the Flip Camera for Selfie

6. Enable RCS Messaging System

Enable RCS Messaging System om Pixel 8a
Enable RCS Messaging System om Pixel 8a Image Credits: Android Authority

RCS is the newest messaging system, an amazing replacement for our traditional messaging systems so far. The new RCS system gives the edge to send videos, gifs, and emojis from the messaging app, and lucky you, Google Pixel 8a does support this!

How to enable RCS? All you need to do is tap on the messages app, then move to your profile picture, and tap on the messages settings, after which you can find the RCS Chats box, toggle it on, and here you go! Now, you have the RCS feature enabled on your Pixel 8a phone.

7. Improving Call Quality with Clear Calling Feature

Improving Call Quality with Clear Calling Feature on Pixel 8a
Improving Call Quality with Clear Calling Feature on Pixel 8a Image Credits: Android Authority

Google added a Clear Calling feature to improve the overall call quality of the users. Here, the smartphone uses AI to help reduce the overall noise disturbances of the call you are having.

Note: It’s worth noting that this feature is only applicable if you have an active Wi-Fi connection or a good data signal.  

To enable it, all you need to do:

  • Go to settings tap
  • Tap on the sound and vibration
  • Selected the clear calling feature
  • Toggle on the clear calling feature.

Also Read: Google calculator to show fractions alongside with decimal results

8. Using the Pixel 8a’s selfie camera as a webcam!

Using the Pixel 8a's selfie camera as a webcam!
Using the Pixel 8a’s selfie camera as a webcam! Image Credits: NextPit

Have a low-quality web camera, or is your web camera from a laptop not working? Well, if you own a Pixel 8a, we have a solution for you!

Pixel 8a comes with support for using its selfie camera as a camera; all you need to do is connect the phone to your PC with the USB-C port, and then when connected, the phone will open a few options, which include the option to select an Android web camera option. Yes, you can tap on it, and you are all set.

9. Using the Tap Feature

Using the Tap Feature on Google Pixel 8a
Using the Tap Feature on Google Pixel 8a Image Credits: Android Authority

Like Motorola phones, even Pixel phones support the Quick Tap feature, which allows you to tap on the phone’s backside to enable apps.

It will help if you double-tap the phone’s backside, triggering the phone to perform the task.

To play around with the feature, you can go to the settings and system, after which you can go to Gestures and click on Quick Tab. Here, you can choose between taking screenshots, accessing digital assistant, and playing or pausing media; you can opt for any feature you like.

10. Using Live Translate

Using Live Translate on Pixel 8a
Using Live Translate on Pixel 8a Image Credits: Android Authority

If you frequently travel to other places, especially for users from India, you can use this handy feature.

Google Pixel 8a supports live translations, which can detect the language and translate it to the language you need.

To enable it, all you need to:

  • Go to settings
  • Tap to system
  • Tap to Lvie Translate and toggle it on.

Conclusion 

These are the best tips and tricks on your all-new Google Pixel 8a smartphone. Is there anything you sneaked out from your Pixel 8a smartphone? Feel free to share what you found in the comment section below.