After several beta iterations, the Android 13 easter egg has been released for qualifying phones – and let us say now that if you love cats, it’s our pleasure. This update finally gives us our first look at the strange addition that Google has rolled out in its latest OS update.
Google always adds Easter eggs to Android, sometimes several per update – many of them involve cats, like Android 11’s Cat Collection game.
Android 12 had a color dot so you could work the background colors on your phone, and also a clock-based one that filled the screen with bubbles in the Material You theme of your choice.
Android 13’s Easter egg follows the second, including the way you activate it, but instead of bubbling up on the screen, it fills it with… emoji. Yes, your screen quickly looks like a group text full of people over 50.
For a few generations, Android’s easter egg was a little game, like Android 10’s nonogram, but that hasn’t been the case for some time now.
If you want to see what the emoji apocalypse looks like, we wrote this quick guide on how to see the Android 13 easter egg.
How to see Android 13 easter egg
Remember, before starting this guide, you need to use a phone that has Android 13 beta installed – if you don’t know whether or not you probably don’t, as it’s something you have to install yourself.
Once you’re on Android 13go to the Settings app and scroll down to about phone, which you must press. then find the Android version option that, again, you must press. You’ll know you’re on Android 13 if the main option now says… well, 13.
Next, play this 13 a few times until the settings app closes and you’re back to your phone’s home screen – except with a giant clock taking up most of the screen. drag the minute hand addition 24 hours a day a few times until the time is set to 1 hour.
This is a reference to Android 13, as in 13:00 or 13:00.
Now the clock will turn into the Android 13 logo, and lots of dots will appear around it – congratulations, you’ve just triggered the… Android 12 Easter Egg (well, save the ’13’ instead of ’12’ in the middle).
What you need to do now is pretend the minute hand is still there, and drag your finger in a circle around the ’13’. After doing a full rotation, the dots will turn into emoji in a certain theme – making more circles will change the emoji.
Some of the themes include monkeys, cats, astrological symbols or space, and aliens – there are 14 in total, which seems like too many for obvious reasons.
You can’t keep this theme visible on your phone while doing other things – it’s purely a fun little emoji surprise. Given its similarities to Android 12’s first easter egg, we might see another when Android 13 has its full release later in the year – we’ll just have to wait and see. And at the very least, this is a fun way to make Android 13 distinct from the otherwise similar iOS 16.