Google’s Pixel Tablet has a lot going for it. It has a long list of tablet-optimized Android apps, a display that looks great, and speakers to match. Multitasking is fun and easy to use, and even apps that haven’t been updated for larger screens look good on it.
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By far, the feature that’s getting the most attention, and rightfully so, is the Pixel Tablet’s Hub Mode that’s triggered when the Tablet is connected to the included Charging Speaker Dock.
The dock does exactly what its name says, it charges the Pixel Tablet, while also adding an extra speaker with more volume and bass to the Tablet. It effectively transforms the Pixel Tablet into a Nest Hub when it’s docked.
Google is selling extra docks at $129 a pop, which adds up fast if you want to take advantage of Hub Mode in more than one room.
But, there’s good news. If you don’t really care about the added speaker that the dock provides or casting content from another device to the Tablet, you can enable Hub Mode on the Pixel Tablet whenever it’s plugged in and charging, forgoing the need for the dock to use Hub Mode.
How to use the Pixel Tablet’s screen saver whenever it’s charging
What you’ll need: You’ll, of course, need a Pixel Tablet and a USB-C charger and cable. You only need a few minutes to toggle a setting to use the Tablet’s screen saver whenever it’s connected to a charger, not just the dock.
Going forward, any time you plug a USB-C cable into the Pixel Tablet to charge it, the screen saver will be on full display after the display times out, and you’ll be able to interact with Google Assistant using your voice like you would when it’s docked.
A feature like this is exactly what the official Pixel Tablet case was made for.