How to Show Taps on Google Pixel 7

This post will walk you through activating a preloaded advanced Android developer feature that makes visual feedback for taps visible on the latest Google Pixel smartphone. Here’s a quick guide to show taps on Google Pixel 7.

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Every Android smartphone has a hidden menu called Developer options or Developer mode. This menu contains a number of advanced features that are mainly designed for software development purposes.

Among the hidden features in the Developer Options menu is the one that shows on-screen touches. Such is a handy feature when screen recording using the inbuilt or a third-party screen recording software.

Depicted below is the actual process of activating the Android 13 Show Taps feature on the latest Google Pixel smartphone. Feel free to refer to these subsequent instructions when needed.

  1. First, open the Settings app by tapping on the gear icon from the Apps screen of your phone.

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    To access the Apps screen on the Pixel 7, you will need to swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen.

  2. While in the Settings app menu, scroll down and then System.

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    Another menu opens, with system-related features and services.

  3. On the succeeding window, scroll to find and then tap Developer Options.

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    If you don’t see Developer options in the System menu, then you will need to unlock the phone’s developer mode first. Once you’ve unlocked it, the Developer Options menu becomes visible and accessible through the System menu.

  4. While in the Developer Options menu, scroll towards the Input section and then tap to turn on the switch next to Show taps.

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    Doing so activates the Pixel 7’s system feature that makes visual feedback for taps visible.

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As a result, every tap or touch event you make on the screen will become visible. Such a feature is ideal when making screen recordings for tutorials and other relevant purposes requiring visual aids.

Benefits of Show Taps/Visual Feedback

With the Show Taps feature enabled, expect to see a small circle showing on the screen wherever your finger touches. This lets viewers see exactly where or which part of the screen you’re touching.

Apart from creating a screencast or screen recording of your phone for tutorials, enabling Show Taps is also useful for accessibility purposes as visual feedback on screen touches can help those who have difficulty with precise motion.

Aside from screen taps and touches, you can also tweak the system to show the pointer’s location. Doing so will show lines on the screen, particularly on the area where you’ve touched. Aside from the lines, you will also see that data about your inputs in the upper part of the display. 

Enabling pointer location usually comes in handy whenever there’s a need to scrutinize a problematic segment of your phone’s display.

If you no longer want your phone to display on-screen tap events, then you can just repeat the same steps to return to the Developer options menu and then turn off the Show Taps option.

And that’s how to configure the new Google Pixel 7 smartphone to display visual feedback for on-screen taps.

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