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Google Assistant's Ambient Mode turns your smartphone screen into a smart display when it's being charged. It's incredibly useful and fun. Here's how to use it.

Google calls its Ambient Mode: "Android's proactive Google Assistant." Announced in November 2019, Ambient Mode on Android turns your phone into a digital photo frame, controller for your music or other smart home devices, and much more. At the time of its launch, Arvind Chandrababu, Product Manager for Google Assistant, said that the goal of Ambient Mode was to "help you get things done faster, anticipate your needs, and accomplish your tasks as quickly and as easily as possible".

The feature originally debuted at IFA 2019 on Nokia devices, but now it is rolling out to OnePlus smartphones too. It is also available on Sony Xperia, Transsion and Xiaomi phones, and select Lenovo tablets, running Android 8.1 or above.

Ambient Mode comes to OnePlus smartphones

In partnership with Google, OnePlus now offers Ambient Mode by Google Assistant on OnePlus devices, from the OnePlus 3 onwards.

OnePlus also created a quick way to activate Ambient Mode. To activate this function, the OnePlus device must be connected to a charger. Then, simply click on your Notifications and follow the instructions to complete the setup process.

How to activate Ambient Mode on Android

To turn on Ambient Mode, you need to head over to the Google Assistant app. From there, follow the steps below:

  1. Press the Compass icon to access Settings.
  2. Tap on your avatar, then Settings, then Assistant.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select Phone/Tablet.
  4. Scroll down to Personalization.
  5. Toggle Ambient Mode on.

Once you have activated it, Ambient Mode will automatically turn on when you connect your smartphone to a charger.

Have you tried Ambient Mode on Android? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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David McCourt

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David enjoys staying abreast of the latest technology and newest Android apps. Outside of the office, he can be found playing snooker and writing bad 00s indie songs.

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  • Sourav maity Jun 13, 2021 Link to comment

    Oppo a9 2020 ambient mode option nahi mila hai kya kare

  • Paulo zOiO zuLLu Feb 12, 2020 Link to comment

    I had it installed on my Mi A2 with Android One. Yesterday I exchanged Android One for MIUI 11 and I got a surprise. Ambient Mode works like a charm with MIUI too!

  • marco sarli
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    Feb 12, 2020 Link to comment

    Out of curiosity I tried to enable it as I have a very recent Xiaomi phone but it was not possible

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