With a new settings menu toggle, Google has added the vibrate mode icon back to Android 12 QPR3 Beta.

When your phone is in vibration or silent mode, the status bar will display icons to assist you quickly determine whether it will bleep, vibrate, or make no sound at all.

Although this side beta has extremely limited functionality, it adds stability that the stable Android 12 update path has been somewhat missing. Strangely, the vibrate mode status bar icon was removed in the previous QPR Beta update, resulting in feature mismatch between Android 12 and Android 13 for this intermediate beta.

The vibrate mode status bar icon has reappeared, as was noticed a few days ago on the /r/GooglePixel subreddit with the most recent Android 12 QPR3 Beta update. Since it now has a specific setting under the Sound and vibration section of Settings, you might not notice it immediately away. You can enable or disable the new Always show icon when in vibrating mode toggle here according to your own preferences.

vibrate status bar icon toggle
vibrate status bar icon toggle

On a handful of 9to5Google’s test devices, the toggle at least appeared to be manually disabled, so if you want your smartphone to once again display the gorgeous status bar symbol, you’ll need to do that.

Although it’s unclear if this was done on purpose or by accident, the toggle’s presence may be a sign that it will be included in a future Pixel Feature Drop update. Alternately, before Android 13 becomes stable, the vibrate mode status bar icon toggle might appear in a later edition of the beta version.

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