Google will bring the iconic Vibration Mode icon back to the status bar on Pixel 4 and higher phones
The icon does not appear in the status bar only as a screenshot shared by “Schrumber’, but in the Sounds and Vibration menu, there is now a toggle for a setting that reads, “Always show icon when in vibrate mode.”
Tapping the Pixel size slider opens a shortcut that quickly enables Vibration Mode on certain Pixel models
The presence of the vibration icon in the status bar seems to be enough of an incentive to get some Pixel users to join the Android 12 QPR3 program like Reddit user UserWithoutAName. He wrote, “Wow, I’m going to update now to the beta version. I wanted it so badly. I have no idea why I removed the vibrate icon from the status bar.”
The reason for users’ anger is that without the icon appearing on the status bar, it’s not clear if the user’s phone has vibration enabled or disabled. Why is this so important? If you’re attending a very important meeting about Anderson’s contract, you want to make sure that your phone won’t start playing the ringtone (let’s say that Totally F ***** of music spring awakening) loud and clear in a conference room full of your superiors.
Swiping your finger down from the top of the screen will show the vibrate mode icon on the status bar if it’s enabled
Or let’s say you’re attending an exciting new Broadway musical. You want to make sure your phone vibrates just in case you need to make some quick change to the aforementioned Anderson contract but you don’t want to make yourself ring by ringing your phone from your seat three rows from the platform.
Vibrate icon appears on the Pixel 6 Pro’s status bar
By the way, did you know that on the Pixel 6 series you can quickly enable vibration? Simply tap the volume button on the right side of your phone which shows the volume slider and bell icon. Press the bell icon and tap the vibrate and viola icon! You have enabled vibration mode. But the icon will not appear on the status bar. However, there is a way to show that the feature is already enabled.
If you’re convinced that you need to join the Android 12 QPR Beta program, just remember that Google didn’t deliver on its promise to let beta testers go back to stable and public Beta updates without having to wipe and reset your phone. This may be available sometime soon, but not now.
Also, keep in mind that Android beta versions are not stable, and if you use the device as a daily driver, you may not want to risk losing the ability to use certain features or dealing with a dwindling battery that can sharply reduce phone usage. Your best bet is to wait until June 6 and install the Quarterly Pixel Feature Drop on your Pixel phone for that particular day.