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Pixel 8 series automatically detects when a screen protector is put on or removed

One issue many people have with screen protectors on phones is that it can affect the touch sensitivity of the device. If you own a Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro, you’ll automatically get an alert when you add a screen protector to your phone. This alert will prompt you to enable Screen protector mode, which is designed to improve the touch sensitivity of your phone’s touchscreen.

Likewise, if you decide to remove a screen protector, you’ll receive a notification automatically, reminding you to disable the Screen protector mode. Here’s how to do it:

When you put a screen protector on your Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro, you will be reminded to turn on the Screen protector mode automatically. The notification will say “Enabling screen protector mode improves touch when using a screen protector.” Tapping the notification gives you three options to choose from; one button takes you to settings, one allows you to acknowledge the notification without disabling it, and the third one allows you to disable the notification.

If you decide to turn on Screen protector mode, press the first button which takes you to Settings. From there, tap on Display and scroll down to Screen protector mode. Toggle the feature on which will “increase touch sensitivity and improve touch when using a screen protector.”

When you remove a screen protector from your Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro, you’ll get a notification that reads, “Disabling screen protector mode improves touch when a screen protector is not used.” Tap on the notification and you’ll have the same three options you had when enabling the mode which is to go to Settings, acknowledge the notification but don’t dismiss it, and request that the notification be dismissed.

If you are removing the screen protector and decide to disable Screen protector mode, tap the first button, and from Settings, tap on Display, scroll down to Screen protector mode, and toggle off the feature. Again, this couldn’t be any easier.

While currently available on the Pixel 8 series only, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Google eventually add this feature to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 lines. While the 2021 and 2022 Pixel models do offer Screen protector mode, they currently don’t have the automatic notification reminder.

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