Use Overview Selection in Android Pie

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Android Pie offers an excellent variety of new features such as Digital Wellbeing, Feature Flags, New Gestures, and Screenshot Editing to name a few.

One highly useful new feature is the ability to select both text and images while viewing your recent apps in overview mode. This is great for copying a line or block of text from apps that don't allow it. Also, when you need to grab an address or phone number displayed in an open app, you can do so without having to maximize it. Sharing images via overview mode will help cut down on navigating between open applications, keeping your mobile experience smooth and snappy.

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In the following guide, we used a Google Pixel running Android 9.

***Please Note*** Overview selection is currently only available on Google Pixel devices.

Use Overview Selection to Copy, Search, and Share Text on Android Pie

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    Tap the recent apps icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
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  2. 2
    Swipe horizontally to center the app you wish to select text from.
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    Long-press the text until the selection cursors appear.
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    Use the selection cursors to highlight a single word or block of text, then tap either; Copy, Search, or Share.
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  • Copy: This will copy the selectd text to your device's clipboard.
  • Search: Tap this and Google will perform a search on the text selected.
  • Share: This will launch your sharing options.

Use Overview Selection to Save or Share an Image

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    Tap the 'recent apps button in the bottom right corner.
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    Swipe through your recent applications, then long-press the image you wish to share until the action toolbar appears.
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    Tap Lens or Share.
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  • Lens: Tap to use Google's own image recognition tool.
  • Share: Will display your device's sharing options, such as social accounts, messaging apps, email apps, etc.

Disable Overview Selection in Android Pie

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    Long-press a space on your home screen, then tap Home settings.
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    Tap Suggestions.
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  • 3
    Tap the Overview selection toggle switch to disable the feature.
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