Google will place the iconic Vibrate Mode icon back in the status bar of Pixel 4 phones and above
The icon not only appears in the status bar as a screenshot shared by “schrombear”But in the Sounds and Vibrations menu there is now a toggle for the setting that reads“ Always show icon in vibrate mode ”.
Tapping the Pixel volume slider opens a shortcut that quickly turns on Vibrate Mode on some Pixel models
Having a vibration icon in the status bar seems incentive enough for some Pixel users to join Android 12 QPR3, such as a Reddit user UserName. He writes: “Wow, now I’m going to update to the beta. I wanted it so badly. I have no idea why they removed the vibrate icon from the status bar. ”
The reason why users are upset is that without the icon displayed in the status bar, it is not clear if the user’s phone has vibration on or off. Why is it so important? If you’re attending a very important contract meeting with Anderson, you want to make sure your phone doesn’t start playing a ringtone (let’s say it’s Totally K ***** from the musical Spring awakening) loud and clear in a boardroom full of your bosses.
When you swipe down from the top of the screen, the vibrate mode icon will appear in the status bar, if enabled
Or let’s say you’re taking part in a hot new Broadway musical. You want to make sure your phone vibrates in case you need to quickly change that Anderson contract, but you don’t want to give a shit when the phone rings from its seat three rows back from the stage.
The vibration icon appears on the Pixel 6 Pro status bar
By the way, did you know that in the Pixel 6 series you can turn on vibration quickly? Just tap the volume button on the right side of the phone and the volume slider and bell icon will appear. Tap the bell icon and tap the vibration icon and viola! You’ve turned on vibrate mode. But the icon won’t appear in the status bar. Even so, there is a way to show that this feature was actually enabled.
If you are convinced you need to join the Android 12 QPR Beta Program, be aware that Google has yet to keep its promise to allow beta testers to return to stable and public beta updates without having to wipe your phone and reset your phone. It may be available soon, but not now.
Also, keep in mind that Android beta versions are not stable and if you are using the device as your daily driver you may not want to risk losing some features or deal with a reduced battery that can significantly limit your earpiece usage. It is best to wait until June 6 and install the Pixel phone every quarter of the June drop in the function on the same day.