Kit Guide: Google Pixel - using it

In this guide, we're going to explore the essentials of your phone. We'll cover everything from making calls and sending texts, to some extra tips that'll help you make the most of it.

Google Pixel User Manual

if you need to read the manual, you can see it here.

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1. Making phone calls

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Your phone can do a lot of impressive things, but making calls is still one of the core features you'll use day to day.

 
 
 
 
Google Pixel making calls 1
 
 
 
 
Google Pixel making calls 2
 
 
 
 
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Google Pixel making calls 4
1.

Open the Phone app from the Home screen.

2.

When the app opens, you'll have these options:

  • Favourites: shows you any contacts that have been set as a favourite.
  • Recents: shows you recently placed, received and missed calls.
  • Contacts: lists all the contacts and numbers that are saved on your phone.
  • Keypad button: brings up the keypad, so you can dial a number.
3.

When you have a number onscreen, tap the green phone icon to call it.

2. Sending texts & multimedia messages (MMS)

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In this section of the guide, we'll go through how to send texts and attachments (like pictures).

 

Sending texts

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.

Open the Messaging app from the Home screen.

2.

Tap the new message icon in the bottom-right, or tap a person's name to reply to them.

3.

If you're writing a new text, tap the To box, and start typing a person's number or name. You might get suggestions showing from your contacts as you're typing - tap one to choose them.

4.

Tap the Write message box, and type your text.

5.

Press the arrow next to the message box to send it on its way.

Sending attachments & multimedia messages (MMS)

 

To send an attachment, first follow steps 1-4 above to get the message ready, then go through these steps.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.

Tap the paperclip on the side of the message box.

2.

Choose the type of thing you want to attach - a camera picture, a voice recording etc.

3.

Go through the phone to find the item you want to send, and tap it.

4.

Press the arrow to get the attachment sent.

Deleting a message thread

 

A 'message thread' is all the messages sent between you and a contact. To delete one:

 

1.

Open the Messages app.

2.

Press and hold the thread until a tickbox shows next to it.

3.

Tap the bin icon at the top.

3. Sending emails

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Before you can send emails, you'll have to have added an email account to your phone. If you haven't, read through our Google Pixel set up guide to see how.

 

Sending an email

 
 
 
 
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Sending email from your Google Pixel 2
 
 
 
 
Sending email from your Google Pixel 3
 
 
 
 
Sending email from your Google Pixel 4
1.

Open the Gmail app from the Home screen.

2.

Tap the new email button in the bottom-right.

3.

Tap the To box, and start typing a person's email address or name. You might get suggestions from your contacts showing - tap one to choose them.

4.

Type a subject for the email.

5.

Type your message into the box at the bottom.

6.

Tap the arrow in the top-right to send the email.

Adding an attachment

 

Go through steps 1-5 above to get your email ready, and then follow these steps to add an attachment.

 
 
 
 
Sending attachments from your Pixel 1
 
 
 
 
Sending attachments from your Pixel 2
 
 
 
 
Sending attachments from your Pixel 3
1.

Tap the paperclip in the top-right, and tap Attach file.

2.

Go through your phone and find the item you want to send, and tap it.

3.

With it attached, tap the arrow in the top-right corner to send it.

4. Setting alarms

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The Alarm app on your Pixel lets you set more than one alarm, so you can have one for work, home, weekend or school. We'll go through how to set one, and change the options for it here.

 
 
 
 
Setting alarms on your Pixel 1
 
 
 
 
Setting alarms on your Pixel 2
 
 
 
 
Setting alarms on your Pixel 3
1.

Open the Clock app from the Home screen.

2.

Tap the alarm icon in the top-left corner.

3.

Tap the + button at the bottom.

 
 
 
 
Setting alarms on your Pixel 4
 
 
 
 
Setting alarms on your Pixel 5
 
 
 
 
Setting alarms on your Pixel 6
 
 
 
 
Setting alarms on your Pixel 7
4.

Use the clock to set the hour and minute you want the alarm to go off, then tap OK.

5.

Tap Repeat, then choose the days you want the alarm to go off.

6.

Tap Default ringtone to change the sound it'll make, and tick the box for Vibrate if you want the phone to vibrate when it goes off.

7.

Tap Label to give the alarm a name, like 'work' or 'school'.

5. Tips

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Once you've learnt the basics of your phone, these tips will help you to get a little bit more out of it.

 

Using Google Assistant

 

Google Assistant is a service that runs on your phone and can keep you up to date with the latest news and information on your interests. You can also ask it questions and it will try and find the answer for you.

 
 
 
 
Using Google Assistant 1
 
 
 
 
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Using Google assistant

Press and hold the Home button for a few seconds to open Google Assistant. When it opens, you can ask a question like "how's the traffic", or "what films are out this week". You can also ask it to do tasks, like "send a message to Mum".

 

Using your phone as a battery

 

If you have any other bits of kit that are running low on battery, you can use your Google Pixel to provide power to it. You can plug a USB C cable directly from your Pixel to your other USB C device, or you can use the USB C adapter that came in the box to charge other accessories and kit.

When you plug in another device, swipe down from the top of your Pixel, and tap USB mode, then choose Charge this Device.

Hopefully, that should be everything you need to use your phone, but if you'd like some extra help from our Team Knowhow Experts, you can get in touch here.

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