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Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos

How to Set Up the Pixel Stand

The Pixel 3 is the first Pixel that can charge wirelessly. Because of that new capability, Google has created a $79 wireless charger to sell along with its latest flagship phone. It’s called the Pixel Stand, and thanks to its proprietary 10-watt charging technology, it’s the only wireless charger that can top up the Pixel 3 and 3 XL at their fastest speeds. (Right now, third-party chargers default to 5 watts, though Google will approve new fast wireless chargers from other companies that will work with the Pixel 3 at 10 watts.)

However, the Pixel Stand can do so much more than recharge your phone. When the Pixel 3 is docked on it, your phone will automatically switch to a Google Home Hub-style interface that puts the Google Assistant front and center. The assistant will serve up contextual suggestions on your screen based around the time of day, common actions, calendar appointments and reminders. And your phone can even become your bedside alarm clock, thanks to a Sunrise feature that subtly glows before it goes off to help you start the day comfortably.

The Pixel 3 is the first Pixel that can charge wirelessly. Because of that new capability, Google has created a $79 wireless charger to sell along with its latest flagship phone. It’s called the Pixel Stand, and thanks to its proprietary 10-watt charging technology, it’s the only wireless charger that can top up the Pixel 3 and 3 XL at their fastest speeds. (Right now, third-party chargers default to 5 watts, though Google will approve new fast wireless chargers from other companies that will work with the Pixel 3 at 10 watts.)

Here’s how to set up your Pixel Stand and take advantage of those features.—Adam Ismail

1.Place your Pixel 3 on the Pixel Stand.

2. The Pixel Stand will walk you through the setup process. To continue, tap Next.

3. Enable your Google Assistant if you haven’t already by tapping Continue.

4. For Pixel Stand to work as intended, you’ll have to allow it to show personal information on the lock screen when your phone is docked. To enable that functionality, tap I Agree.

5. You can set your Pixel 3 up so that it cycles through your Google Photos library when it is idle on the Pixel Stand. To enable this, tap Continue.

6. You can also make it so that your Pixel 3 automatically goes into Do Not Disturb mode when docked. To enable this, tap Turn On.

7. Finally, the last step of the setup process is deciding whether you want to enable Sunrise Alarm, which gradually brightens your phone’s display with warm colors starting 15 minutes before your next alarm is scheduled to go off. To enable this, tap Turn On.

8. Your Pixel 3 is now set up to work with your Pixel Stand. At the bottom, you’ll see dynamic suggestions listed in a bubble that will change throughout the day. You can tap these suggestions to launch them, or say “Ok Google,” followed by the prompt. To the right of the suggestion, there’s a circular button that will bring you to the Google Assistant home screen.

If you wish to change any of the settings you addressed during the setup process, tap on a blank part of the screen and then tap the gear icon that appears in the upper-right corner.