Google will return the iconic vibration mode icon to the status bar of Pixel 4 and newer devices
Not only does the icon appear in the status bar as a screenshot shared “schrombear“displays, but in the Sounds and Vibration menu there is now a switch for a setting that reads:” Always show icon when in vibration mode. “
Touching the Pixel volume slider opens a shortcut that quickly enables vibration mode on certain Pixel models
The vibration icon in the status bar seems to be enough of an incentive for some Pixel users to join Android 12 QPR3, such as a Reddit user UserWithoutANname. He writes, “Wow, I’m going to update to the beta now. I wanted this so badly. I have no idea why they removed the vibration 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 whether the user’s phone has vibration enabled or disabled. Why is this so important? If you are attending a very important contract meeting with Anderson, you want to make sure that your phone does not start playing your ringtone (say totally fucked up from a musical Spring awakening) loud and clear in a meeting room full of your bosses.
Swipe down from the top of the screen to display the vibrate mode icon in the status bar if enabled
Or let’s say you’re attending a hot new Broadway musical. You want to make sure your phone vibrates just in case you need to make some quick change to the aforementioned Anderson contract, but you don’t want to mess around by having your phone ring from a seat three rows away from the stage.
The vibration icon appears in the Pixel 6 Pro status bar
By the way, did you know that on the Pixel 6 series you can quickly enable vibration? Simply tap the volume key on the right side of the phone that opens the volume slider and ring icon. Tap the ring icon and tap the vibrate icon and viola! You have enabled vibration mode. But the icon will not appear in the status bar. Still, there is a way to show that the feature is indeed enabled.
If you are convinced that you need to join the Android 12 QPR Beta program, just remember that Google has yet to fulfill its promise to allow beta testers to return to stable and public beta updates without having to wipe the handset and reset your phone. It could be available soon, but not now.
Also, keep in mind that beta versions of Android are not stable and if you use the device as a daily launcher, you may not want to risk losing the ability to use certain features or dealing with a reduced battery that could significantly reduce your headset usage. It’s best to wait until June 6 and install the June Quarterly Pixel Feature Drop on your Pixel phone the same day.