Avoid Missed Calls With Google's New 'Ring Gradually' Feature For Pixel

In a perfect world, I’d leave my phone on vibrate all the time. Nothing against my fun ringtone; I just find it more pleasant to feel a buzz when someone is calling than get blasted with some song. Thanks to a new update from Google, however, I can have both—on my Pixel, at least.

According to Android Police, Google has quietly launched a new “Ring Gradually” feature that allows your Pixel to start vibrating whenever you receive a call. If you can’t feel it, or are ignoring it, your phone will slowly start to turn up your ringtone until you answer. It’s a tiny little tweak, but I love how it bridges the gap between these two worlds: those who want buzzing and those who want to blast their favourite 90s alt-rock song every time they get a call.

The only thing I’m uncertain about is which Pixels get to play with this new feature. It works on the Pixel 4, for sure, and I’ve seen it on my Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3a. I presume a Pixel 2 is probably out, but I haven’t been able to confirm that one way or the other.

To set up the feature, pull up your Pixel’s Settings app and tap on Sound. From there, tap on Vibrate for calls, which opens up to the following screen:

Screenshot: David Murphy

Tap on “Vibrate first then ring gradually” to do just that. It’s a simple little adjustment, but I can’t get enough of it.

This article has been updated since its original publication.


    I checked and it's available for my pixel xl. Thanks for the tip.

    The setting was right where you'd said it'd be on my Pixel 2 XL.

    This may be new to native/pixel but is a very common feature on MOST decent phones.

    About as far from a "feature" as you can get

      I have never seen this feature on any phone I've used.

      Which phones are you referring to?

        Should be in most any Android 7, 8 or 10 device unless your vendor "customized" it for some reason.

    Just set it on my pixel 2. Thanks

    Works on standard Pixel 2 also

    I am not sure if this works as advertised. I enabled this setting. The phone is in Vibrate mode, however, when a call came, the phone did not start gradually ringing.

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