As you might already know, every version of the Android operating system (since Gingerbread) comes equipped with a fun little Easter egg that developers hide within the settings app. On phones with Android Nougat, you are able to collect virtual Android cats by setting out bait and luring them to your phone. When I discovered this, I was *super* excited. I love cats, and have two of my own (so naturally I’ve already named two of my Android kitties after my cats at home). The Easter egg is called Android Neko and is reminiscent of the popular app Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector.
Current compatible Republic phones:
|Moto G4||Nexus 6|
|Moto G4 Plus||Nexus 6P|
|Moto G5 Plus||Nexus 5X|
|Google Pixel||Moto Z|
|Google Pixel XL||Moto Z Play|
If you’re using Android Lollipop or Marshmallow (versions 5.0 or 6.0), don’t worry: you still have a fun Easter egg of your own, “Flappy Android”! Learn how to play here.
Check out the steps below to learn how to start collecting your very own Android cats.
Open your app tray and tap Settings. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and tap About Phone.
Rapidly tap Android version times. This will open a screen featuring the Android Nougat N.
Rapidly tap the N five or six times, and then long-press the N. You should see a little cat emoji appear below the N. [Note: if it doesn’t work, try tapping and long pressing again].
Swipe down your menu settings from the top and tap EDIT.
Drag the cat icon that says Android Easter Egg up to your main menu, then hit the back button to save it.
You’ll see a new icon that says Empty Dish in your Settings menu. Tap the icon and you’ll be given four options to add bait for your cat.
Now, you wait! It can take a little bit for an Android cat to appear. Some come faster than others, but the good news is you’ll know the moment you’ve found one! A push notification will appear alerting you of your new cat.
If you want to see your entire cat collection, just long press the settings icon. You can even rename your cats by tapping on them in this menu, or you can share them out to your friends and followers by long pressing on a cat.
Happy collecting! Feel free to share your findings with us on social media or in the comments below.