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Android 13: 6 settings to update immediately

Android 13 contains a wealth of new features and updates, but many of these require a little digging to find. Unlike Android 12, which introduced sweeping design changes, Android 13 focuses on refining these changes. So you’ll need to delve into your Settings app to find many of the new additions to the OS.



In this article, we walk you through some subtler changes in your settings introduced by Android 13 and where to find them. If you’re interested in the rest of Android 13, check out our breakdown of everything we know about Android 13.

Change your app language settings

This setting is a must-change for bilingual Android users. While you can already change your phone’s language, Android 13 introduces per-app language settings. This lets you use individual apps in a different language from the rest of your phone. This is helpful because while many popular apps work fine in any language, some are optimized for single languages, resulting in inaccurate translations.

To enable this setting, head to the App Info page of an app and tap the Language button.

Only apps with resource files defining languages offer this feature. This file is provided by the developer, so don’t be surprised if your favorite app doesn’t initially support per-app language settings.

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Use button navigation to enable Google Assistant

Android has been dutifully following in the footsteps of iOS when it comes to navigation buttons, shifting towards gestures as the standard method of navigation. However, for die-hard fans of the old three-button navigation bar, Android 13 now lets you activate Google Assistant by long pressing the Home button.

Here’s how to change this setting:

  1. Open
    Settings
    .
  2. Enter
    3-button navigation
    in the search bar.

  3. Tap the
    Settings
    button next to the 3-button navigation option.
  4. Toggle the
    Hold Home for Assistant
    slider to the
    on
    position.

Disable the lock screen’s double-line clock

When you are mercifully free of notifications, Android 12 changes the lock screen’s clock to an enormous double-line display. However, Android 13 introduces a setting to tuck it nicely in the upper-right corner of your screen. It’s the same way it would appear if you had a notification on your screen.

  1. Open
    Settings
    .
  2. Enter
    double-line clock

    in the search bar.
  3. In the search results, toggle the
    Double-line clock
    slider to the
    off
    position.

Control smart home devices without unlocking your phone

Android 13 removes the need to unlock your phone to use your smart home devices. However, it’s off by default, so you’ll need to head into your Settings menu to enable it.

  1. Open
    Settings
    .
  2. Enter
    Control from locked device

    in the search bar.
  3. In the search results, toggle the
    Control from locked device
    slider to the
    on
    position.

Just like per-app language settings, this feature requires app support to function. It may be some time before your smart home app supports this feature.

Enable Dark mode at bedtime

Android’s Dark theme could previously be scheduled to turn on at a custom time or at sunset. Android 13 introduces the ability to schedule it for your bedtime as set in the Digital Wellbeing app.

  1. Open
    Settings
    .
  2. Enter
    Dark theme

    in the search bar.
  3. Tap
    Schedule
    in the search results.
  4. Tap
    Schedule
    in the Dark theme menu.
  5. Tap
    Turns on at bedtime
    in the pop-up menu.

Update your vibration intensity

Depending on your phone, you may find its vibration setting to be too loud or too quiet. In Android 13, you can now change the vibration intensity for notifications, alarms, and media.

  1. Open
    Settings
    .
  2. Enter
    Use vibration & haptics

    in the search bar.
  3. Tap
    Use vibration & haptics
    in the search results.
  4. Move the
    Alarm vibration
    slider to change the intensity of your notifications and alarms.
  5. Move the
    Media
    vibration
    slider to change the intensity of your media.


Get the best Android 13 experience possible

Android 13’s focus on refining existing features rather than introducing new ones could mean a more stable experience for everyone. However, this does mean we’re waiting on substantial features that we hope to see in Android 14. If your phone isn’t getting Android 13, nevertheless Android 14, most of our top phone picks will get software upgrades for years to come.

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