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How to test Google’s phone app on your non-pixel Android



Illustration for article titled How to Try Google Phone App on your Android that is not Pixel

Photo: David Murphy

Tired of your phone … phone app? You do not have to keep using it if you do not want to, now that you can probably try the Google Phone app – formerly limited to Pixel phones – on your Android.

Google is currently testing its beta app and has opened the availability of this beta for many different mobile phones. There is no guarantee that yours is compatible, but it takes a full minute to check, if so, so why not check? Proceed to this link to sign up for the Google Phone App Beta Program:

Illustration for article titled How to Try Google Phone App on your Android that is not Pixel

screenshot: David Murphy

While Google claims that “It may take some time for you to get the update”, I do not have to wait more than a few minutes for beta updates of Android apps to hit Google Play. Here’s how to install it by the way: drag up the Google Play Store, click on the burger icon, tap “My apps and games” and install the phone app. If that does not work, you can return to Phone app page on Google Play and see if there is any download button you need to use.

Once you have done that, you have a brand new phone app to play with. I do not have an Android that is not a Pixel, but my assumption is that you will be asked if you want to make the Phone app your default dialing app when you launch it. If not, and you think you like it after the first time you use it, you can set it as default dial Ideas by visiting your Android Settings> Apps & Notifications> Advanced> Default Apps. (That path may vary depending on the Android you are using, but this is usually how you can set your device’s default apps.)

Illustration for article titled How to Try Google Phone App on your Android that is not Pixel

screenshot: David Murphy

Since this is a beta, do not expect to experience the full functionality that Pixel users get on their phone apps – namely call screening. A beta is a beta, unfortunately; but here hope the stable version packages in all other fun phone features, especially those that make it easier for you to combat annoying spam and robocalls.


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