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Here's the Android 12 Easter egg which is quite 'timely'
Android fans anxiously await the latest Easter egg surprise within the software every year. We saw many beta releases of Android 12, but the Easter egg was consistently missing. With the stable release, everyone with a device running stock Android 12 can find the Easter egg.
To find the Android Easter egg, go to Settings > About phone > Android version and tap on the Android version number multiple times.
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Editor’s note: We formulated these instructions using a Google Pixel 3 XL running Android 12. Some options may look slightly different, depending on the hardware and software you use.
How to find the Android 12 Easter egg
- Open the Settings app.
- Go into About phone.
- Tap on the Android version.
- Tap on the Android version number multiple times.
- Move the clock to 12:00 (for Android 12).
Unsurprisingly, the Easter egg involves Google’s design ethos known as Material You. When you activate the surprise, it will create a splash of color that connects with Android’s color scheme related to your wallpaper. That means it could look different for pretty much everyone.
Find the Android S Easter egg widget
There’s a secondary surprise for you! It’s a widget.
- Long-press any empty area on your home screen.
- Select Widgets.
- Expand the Android S Easter Egg section.
- Tap and hold on to the widget and drag it to your home screen.
- Drag the edges to expand the widget.
- Use the Home gesture (or button, if you still have one).
Essentially, it shows you all the colors Material You uses throughout your system to match your wallpaper. You can pick any of these colors and share them.
Hidden software features aren’t always welcome, but this Easter egg type has been a part of Android going back to Android 2.3. The Android 12 Easter egg isn’t a virus and won’t affect your phone.
You will not be able to delete or disable the feature without root access since it is a system app. Deleting system apps can cause problems, so we don’t recommend doing that. If you don’t want to see the Android Easter egg, it’s best not to activate it.