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Here's the Android 12 Easter egg which is quite 'timely'

As one would expect, the Easter egg centers on Material You theming and looks different for each person.
April 2, 2022

Android fans anxiously wait for 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. But with the stable release, everyone with a device running stock Android 12 can find the Easter egg.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Android 12


To find the Android Easter egg, go to Settings > About phone and tap on the Android version number multiple times.


How to find the Android 12 Easter egg

Go to the Settings menu from either the app drawer or tap on the gear icon in your notification shade. Scroll to the bottom of the list and find About phone.

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Find the Android version number (the location could be different depending on which phone you have) and tap on the number repeatedly until the Easter egg starts.

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If you do everything correctly, you should see a layout similar to the screenshots below:

You get the Android 12 logo to appear by moving the clock hand to 12:00 (for Android 12). Check the video below if you’re having trouble.

Unsurprisingly, the Easter egg involves Google’s new 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.

Our background here is red, which is why that’s the color scheme of the animations. If the background were blue or a photograph, it would be a whole selection of different colors. Change your wallpaper and then run through the steps again to see a different result.

Find the Android S Easter egg widget

There’s a secondary surprise to find once you’ve gone through the initial steps of seeing the Android 12 Easter egg.

Head to your home screen and long-press on an empty space. Tap on Widgets and find the new Android S Easter Egg widget. Add it to your home screen, and it gives you a color-picker based on your background colors. Essentially, it shows you all the colors Material You is using throughout your system to match your wallpaper. You can pick any of these colors and share them.

Read more: When will my phone get Android 12?


Is the Android 12 Easter egg a virus?

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.

What are the older Android Easter eggs?

Not many phones run Android 12 right now, so if you don’t have a new phone, you are likely on Android 11 or older. Every Android version comes with its own Easter egg, from interactive images to games. Check out our guide about every Android Easter egg from Android 2.3 Gingerbread onwards.

Can I delete or disable the Android 12 Easter egg?

You will not be able to delete or disable the Android 12 Easter egg 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.