10 awesome tips to get the most out of your Google Nexus 6P

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The Google Nexus 6P is probably the best Nexus phone ever, with its all metal body and pure Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Owners of Nexus devices are generally power users who want to know every little secret about their phone. That’s why we put together this guide to show you the stuff beyond the basics. These Nexus 6P tips and tricks will no doubt unlock the full potential of your phone and certify you as a master.

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Get the most out of the fingerprint sensor

The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are the first Nexus phones to feature fingerprint sensors, or as Google calls it … Nexus Imprint. The first thing to do is make sure that you are using it, since it’s the best way to secure your phone. If you aren’t, head into Settings and select Nexus Imprint.

We recommend that you set up both your index fingers, since the sensor is on the back of the device. The setup process for each finger prompts you to tap it on the sensor multiple times, so make sure to tap it at different angles because you’re not always going to tap the sensor at the same exact angle each time you unlock your phone.

Since you can save up to five fingers, you can set one finger for a significant other if they access your phone often.

Another tip is to actually record the same finger multiple times. For example, if you think you will use your right index finger most of the time, you might record it three different times as three different fingers, even though they aren’t. This will make Nexus Imprint even more accurate.

Use the fingerprint sensor to authenticate Google Play purchases

You already know that you can use the fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone, but did you know that you can also use it to authenticate Google Play purchases? Turn this feature on, and you will no longer have to type in your Gmail password when paying for stuff on Google Play. This not only makes buying things faster, but it’s also great if you have kids that might already know your password. Here’s how to turn this feature on:

  1. Open the Play Store app.
  2. Tap on the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) at the top left.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Fingerprint Authentication and check it. You will need to enter your Google password one more time, for the last time.

Use a different Camera app

The Nexus 6P has an amazing camera with fantastic low light performance. However, the Google stock camera app leaves a lot to be desired, especially for those who like to adjust a lot of settings.

There are several camera replacement apps in the Play Store that will give you a lot more control for capturing even cooler photos. You will be able to set ISO levels, exposure times, and so much more. You can also use these apps to save RAW images as well.

Our favorite camera apps include Camera FV-5 ($3.95), Manual Camera ($2.99), and ProShot ($2.99).

Choose a different Camera app for the quick camera launch gesture

In case you didn’t know it, you can quickly open the camera app by tapping the power button twice. This works even when the phone is locked. It’s great for when you want to capture a picture quickly, but you might prefer a different camera app (like the ones from the above tip) to open instead of the stock Google camera app. There’s an easy way to fix that.

  1. Make sure the camera app that you want to use is already installed on your device.
  2. Open Settings, and choose Apps.
  3. Tap on the app called Camera.
  4. Now choose Open By Default.
  5. Tap on Clear Defaults.
  6. The next time you double tap the power button, you will be asked to select a new default camera app.

Use the charger that came in the box for fast charging

The Nexus 6P has fast charging, but it’s not the same technology as Qualcomm’s Quick Charge feature that is on many other phones. Unfortunately, fast charging on the Nexus 6P only works with the charger that comes with the phone. Other Quick Charge compatible chargers will charge your phone, but it won’t be as quick as the Google charger.

As an example, we tested an Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 certified charger (with the USB Type-C to Type-A adapter) when the Nexus 6P was at 54 percent. After 25 minutes, it was at 73 percent. We did the same exact test using the Google charger, and it was at 84 percent after the same 25 minutes.

The bottom line is that if you want extra chargers that also quick charge your Nexus 6P, you’re going to have to buy them from the Google store. We recommend using one of your older chargers on your nightstand because it doesn’t matter how fast your Nexus 6P charges while you’re sleeping. Use the Google charger at the office or somewhere else that is more important to get fast charging. Unfortunately, there is no car charger that will rapid charge your Nexus 6P at that time of this post.

Next page: Five more Nexus 6P tips

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