You can not beat Samsung’s hardware, but their software is still not for everyone. However, that’s the thing – software can be replaced. So if you’re more of a fan of Google’s vision for Android, but you can not get enough of Samsung’s beautiful screens and build quality, you’re just 11 steps away from getting the best of both worlds.
Do not feel bad about this. Your Galaxy Note 20 is still one of the best phones money can buy. But if you looked at a Pixel 5 before hitting the shutter button on a Note 20 because of its software experience, it’s actually very easy to replicate on a user interface ̵1; even without rooting your phone or using complicated tools like ADB.
Step 1: Apply an Android theme
Few things can make as much of a difference to the overall look of your phone as a theme. Hex Installer is a third-party app that takes advantage of the integration of Galaxy Themes (the built-in theme engine) to apply themes, one of which is almost identical to Android 10. It costs $ 1.99 for this theme level, but it’s worth it, even if you decide that the Pixel look does not suit you.
Use the tutorial linked below to apply the AOSP 10 Day / Night theme to your Galaxy Note 20. The Day / Night theme lets you switch between dark and light mode on your Galaxy Note while maintaining the same Pixel look.
Step 2: Replace the home screen
Now that you have the theme, the next home screen is. The home screen is what you interact with the most and often what many people judge when deciding whether they like a skin or not.
While you can always sideload Pixel Launcher, a faster and Easter alternative is CPL or Custom Pixel Launcher.
As the name suggests, this is the customizable version of the Pixel launcher and in many ways a better version. It has all the Pixel launch features, including Google Discover and the At a Glance widget, and additional features like customizable applause, folders, and gestures. Install the app and set it as the default launcher by going to Settings -> Apps, selecting the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and selecting “Default Apps.” Then select “Home App” and select CPL from the list.
Step 3: Get stock Android quick settings panel
Stock Android’s quick settings menu is a beauty if you like minimalist user interfaces. Thank you for Power Shade, a third-party app that replaces One UI’s drop-down menu with a simpler layered form. Follow our step-by-step guide below to get started.
An optional feature that you can enable is the new media controls for Android 11 quick settings, which Power Shade already supports. Enable this to enjoy a feature months before Samsung officially gets it in One UI 3.0.
Step 4: Activate Android 10 gestures
To enable Android gestures, navigate to Settings -> Display -> Navigation Bar -> Swipe gestures and then enable “Swipe from sides and bottom.”
Step 5: Replace the volume panel
Is it necessary to change the volume panel? No, but does it help make the phone more pixel-like? Yes. Best of all, it’s pretty easy to change. All you need is to download the Ultra Volume app.
Once installed, open the app and select “Skins” on the main page. Select “Android 10” and then select “X” in the upper left corner to return to the main page.
Select “Start” and then enable “Accessibility” to be redirected to the corresponding page in “Settings”. Select “Ultra Volume” from the menu, then activate the switch and select “Allow”. Your new Pixel volume panel now appears when you press the volume key.
To further customize the panel, tap “Settings” on the Ultra Volume main page and select “Bright Colors”. Configure “Accent Color” and “Accent Color 2” to one of the eight accent colors available on Pixel 4. Select “Dark Colors” and also configure both accent colors.
Step 6: Return to the power menu
By default, the “Side Button” takes up Bixby instead of the power menu. To change this, open Settings and go to “Advanced Features.” Select “Side Button” and then select “Shut Down Menu”. Now, when you hold down the side button, it opens the power menu, just like Pixel – and virtually every other phone on the planet that does not press a second digital assistant on its users.
Step 7: Change the background
If you go back right now and look at your creation, you can already see a lot of a user interface design starting to fade. Now it’s time for more details, like the background.
If you want Pixel Live Wallpaper you need to reload a modified version of Pixel Live Wallpaper APK from Pranav Pandey.
Once loaded, you will need to install the Google “Wallpapers” app from the Play Store.
After installation, open Google Wallpapers and select “Live wallpaper”. Here you will find all exclusive Pixel wallpapers.
If you prefer Pixel 4’s new wallpaper, check out the guide below.
Step 8: Remove Bloatware
In addition to the Pixel look and the camera, one of the reasons you want a Google device is the lack of inflated software. Meanwhile, Samsung is one of the worst perpetrators and has more than 20 apps that meet the technical definition of “bloatware”, many of which can not be uninstalled.
What you can do is disable the unwanted apps, which is very similar to uninstalling them except that the app will come back if your factory resets your phone. They do not appear in the applause, do not consume data or use your battery. The only storage disabling apps that address is the APK base file.
But this is not as simple as pressing the “Disable” button on the app’s system settings page – Samsung has dimmed that option for most of these apps. So you have to use ADB commands, which is a bit advanced. Fortunately, we have a step-by-step guide you can follow:
Step 9: Get “Now Playing”
“Now Playing” on Pixel devices detects music around you, even when the screen is off and the phone is in your pocket. It then shows the song title and artist name on it always on the display and as a silent notification. Sorry, you can not get this exactly on Galaxy Note 20.
The solution is very similar, but not perfect. The first minor issue is that it requires the third-party app Shazam. Secondly, it will use more battery than Now Playing, as it uses the internet instead of a local database. Finally, it takes longer to discover songs. But even though it has its drawbacks, it is the second best thing about the Pixel exclusive feature. Check out the link below on how to add this feature to your Galaxy Note 20.
Step 10: Enable RCS via Android notifications
For the unknown (you can learn with the link below) RCS is the development of SMS. RCS sends text messages to the post-iMessage world, so you can send messages using data. This opens up a variety of features, such as large group chats, write indicators, read receipts and so much more.
The GSMA Association, the organization behind the RCS specification, includes Samsung, which officially supports the standard on Verizon, T-Mobile and US Cellular, and unofficially on AT&T thanks to Google. By default, all Samsung devices support RCS via Samsung Messages, the pre-installed messaging application on your Galaxy Note 20 or 20 Ultra. But if you want a Pixel-like experience, you need to move to Android messaging.
Once installed, make it the default SMS app using the in-app prompt or by going to Settings and then going to “Apps”. Click here on the menu button with three dots, select “Default apps”, select “SMS” and then select the app “Messages” (the one with the darker blue icon).
Now make sure RCS features are enabled in Android messages. Open the app, select the three vertical dots in the upper right corner, select “Settings” and then select “Chat Features”. Wait until “Connected” appears next to Status, indicating that RCS is set for Android messages.
Step 11: Get even more Google Apps inventory
There are a number of Google-developed apps available in the Play Store. To finish the Pixel ization of your Galaxy Note, here are the ones you still need to install.
- Link to Play Store: Gboard (free)
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