10 New Features About Android 13 You Should Know

Google’s new product is Android 13, which builds on the great Android 12. It builds on and expands the two most important parts of Android 12: the new “Material You” design system and the improved privacy and security controls. So, Android 13 gives you even more privacy protection!

New Features & Tips About Android 13 You Should Know

So, let me tell you about Android 13’s new and improved features and how to use them to get the most out of it.

Android 13, on the other hand, is more of an evolution than a revolution, so don’t expect big changes.


Experience “Material You”

Android 13 builds on Google’s Material You to give you more ways to customize and make your phone your own. One of its features is that it gives you more options for themes, such as more basic colors and more sets of wallpaper colors (16 of each instead of 4 in Android 12). The other thing is that more developers are supporting Material You, which means that more apps have the new look.

If you’re using Google Pixel, there’s nothing you need to do. If you have an Android device from a different company, you can download a popular app launcher that works with Material You.

Here are some well-known apps:

Experience Material You


Make it even more unique

Material You is now the default design system for Android 13. This means you have more ways to customize and personalize it, starting with more color sets and icons that are made to look like Material You.

Here’s how to get the themed icons to show up:

  • Tap and hold anywhere on the home screen that isn’t occupied.
  • Choose Wallpaper & style, scroll down, and turn on Themed icons by toggling the switch.
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  • You can also choose a Wallpaper color or a Basic color from this screen.
  • You can also click Change wallpaper » Come Alive on this screen to see the new “Come Alive” live wallpapers in Android 13.
come alive wallpapers


Look at the new privacy settings.

The privacy and security controls that were added to Android 12 have been improved in Android 13. First, previews of the content of the clipboard don’t show sensitive information. Then, there’s a new permission that lets apps search for nearby devices. Before, this was done with the location permission.

Also, unlike Android 12, there are new permissions for different types of media that are separate from each other. So, let me show you how to check what apps can do and what permissions they have:

Open your device’s Settings menu and scroll down until you see Privacy. Tap on that.

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Tap “Privacy dashboard” to see what permissions apps have recently used. The privacy dashboard in Android 13 also shows data from the last seven days.

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Use the new photo picker

In Android 13, a new photo picker is added to make things more private. Before, when you gave an app “media permission,” it could access all of the media on your device except for the media in a “private” or “safe” folder. Thanks to the new photo picker, which was inspired by iOS, this is no longer the case.

When you click on the media button in an app that supports it, the new photo picker will appear, as shown below. You can choose which photos or albums the app can access, and it will only be able to do that.

photo picker android13

Disable permissions for apps

The apps you’ve already installed and given permissions to will use the permissions you gave them before. In that case, they might be able to get to all your media files. So, you should look for apps that can access your photos and videos and turn them off by following the steps below. Then, according to Android 13, you can give the new permissions again.

Open your device’s Settings menu and scroll down until you see Privacy. Tap on that.

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Tap the Permissions manager to take away an app’s permissions. Tap one of the permissions again, like “Calendar” to see which apps are using it. Tap an app, like Android Auto, and then tap “Don’t allow” to turn it off.

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Choose which alerts you want to receive

In older versions of Android, every app you installed would automatically be given permission to send you notifications. This is different in Android 13. Now, when you install an app, it must ask if it can send you notifications, just like web pages do when you visit them. This new feature will stop apps from using notifications to show ads without your permission.

In the screenshot below, for example, you can see that apps want to send you notifications.

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Turn off app notifications

When you install apps on Android 12, they will all have the same default permissions for sending you notifications. In that case, you should look for apps that can send notifications and turn them off as shown below. Then, you can decide whether to let apps send you alerts or not.

  • Open your device’s Settings menu and tap on Notifications.
  • Tap on App settings, and then from the drop-down menu, choose All apps.
  • Last, turn off the apps that you don’t want to send you alerts.
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Configure App’s languages

Android 13 lets you set a different default language for each app instead of making all apps use the same system language. That means you can choose a different language as the default for each app. This is how you can set it up:

Scroll down in Settings, then tap System » Languages & input.

language input settings

Tap App languages then tap an app, then tap a language to make it the default for that app. You can choose one of the Suggested languages or All languages.

app languages android13

Confirm any copied content

When you add something to the clipboard in Android 13, you can now see a preview of it first. It lets you know that the content was copied successfully and shows you a preview of the copied content so you can see what it looks like.

It also shows you some quick things you can do with the copied content. For example, if it’s a link, it might show a button to open it in a browser, and if it’s a phone number, it might show a button to call it.

new clipboard manager

Use predictive back gesture

When you use the back gesture on the new Android, Android 13 shows you a preview of where you’ll end up or what will happen before you actually do it. So, you can see what will happen when you use the back gesture and decide if you want to go back or stay on the current screen or view of the app.

predictive back gesture

That’s all we know about the changes and new features that will be in Android 13. I know that these aren’t as big changes as Android 12, but they will make your experience with the Android OS better.

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