A lot of people love to customize the overall look and appearance of their devices. The great news is Android 12 is allowing its users to automatically fit their phone’s color palette related to wallpaper. So if you have the Android 12 OS running on your device, you can give it a try for sure.
We tried it out on a Pixel 3 using Android 12 beta, and the results were interesting. When we used the sample wallpapers supplied by Google and enabled the “themed icons” feature (which is supposed to let your icons match the style of your wallpaper), we got a new background color which appeared on the search field at the bottom of the screen, the Quick Tiles (the buttons you get when you swipe down from the top), and other elements.
We were not all that impressed by the “themed icons” feature — it basically changed some, but not all, of the icons on my home page into black designs against a hued background. Quite honestly, we think the normal multi-colored icons look much better, but it’s nice to have the choice.
Step by step guide to change your pallet color in Android 12
- First long-press on an empty part of your home screen until you see the pop-up menu.
- Now Select “Wallpaper & style.”
- Select “Change wallpaper.”
- Tap on one of the categories presented on the Wallpaper screen.
- Then select a specific image or tap on the top button called “My photos” to select one of your own photos.
- Once you select your image, it will display a preview of what it will look like on your home screen and lock screen. (Two buttons below the preview image let you toggle between the two.) If you’re satisfied, tap the checkmark in the bottom right corner.
- A pop-up menu will give you the choice of using the wallpaper on the home screen, your lock screen, or both. And you’re done! You’ll find yourself back on your home page with your new wallpaper.
- Choose a supplied image or pull one from your photos. You can use see what it will look like on your home screen and lock screen.
We also tried the new color palette feature with one of our own photos as wallpaper: a green lawn with a few purple flowers. It worked perfectly there as well. The quick tiles and themed icons were all assigned a pale green, as were the lock screen numerals and other elements.
(If you want to try the themed icons, or use a dark theme, go back to the “Wallpaper & style” page, scroll down a bit, and toggle on either or both)
Everyone has different wallpapers and you can choose your color theme accordingly. On the “Wallpaper & style” page, select “Wallpaper colors” and choose one of the color combinations shown. You can also tap on “Basic colors” if you want something, well, basic.
You can tweak your theme colors. Don’t worry about the performance of your device as these style combinations won’t affect your phone’s efficiency or performance. The idea that you can tweak the look of your screen to suit your taste or mood is rather nice.