Android 6.0 Marshmallow – Tips and Tricks for the New OS Version

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Google recently released a new OS version, Marshmallow. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is not just any other version but an enhanced Lollipop version, with multiple bug fixes and changes.


Here are some of the most important tips and tricks to use Android 6.0 Marshmallow:

Uninstalling Applications From Home Screen

Applications can now be uninstalled from home screen or even directly from the app drawer, by long-pressing it. There are two options to do that: Remove/Uninstall, or go to the App Info and Uninstall. One can drag the app icon directly to the option that you want.

Granting App Permissions

In Android Marshmallow, users can deny specific app permissions and manage each of the app permissions individually. Users can tap on each one of the applications from Settings > Apps, and then assign permissions or remove them. Users can know which app is accessing the system and is permitted to do that.

Activating Developer Options

Developer options can be activated by going to Settings > About Phone and then tap on the Build Number 7 times. A toast pop-up will notify users that they are developer options. Here, the users will be allowed USB Debugging, OEM Unlocking and the like.

Activating Google Now

Google replaced lock screen shortcut for dialer with Google Now and this feature can be used to call several numbers from the phone book. Call out the name to call and Google Now will perform the job. Users have to swipe from bottom left corner of the screen to activate voice control.

Disabling Notification Peeking

Google introduced notifications in Lollipop that pop up over the top of the display. In the new Android Marshmallow, users can turn off this feature by just going to Sound & Notifications, within App Notifications, where one can switch off “allow peeking”.

Customizing Quick Settings

When enabling Developer Options, with the UI tuner, users can switch for Show System UI Tuner through Developer Options and Quick Settings. In Quick Settings, the users can add tiles using the plus symbol or even delete or move toggles.

Exclude important apps from going into Doze mode

Doze mode allows the smartphones to save on battery juice and extends its life by ‘dozing’ the device when the system is idle or physically stationary for a long period of time.

But one would not receive any notifications unless any app is configured to ignore Doze mode. If you want key apps for seeing notifications, you can manually exclude them from getting affected from Doze mode.

Tap on Battery Optimization, go to tap Not Optimized, tap All Apps, and then select the apps that you want to be excluded from Doze mode.

Get instant, contextual info with Google Now

Google Now on Tap is contextually aware, so now you can look for any sort of information from just about any app from any part of the screen.

If there is a name in the messenger app, that you need to see the location of, you can press and hold the Home button and get to Google Now for direct map links, driving directions, menus, contact info and even check out the reviews of the place.

Or you can get info about the word from reference apps like Wikipedia or find a related video on YouTube, and other sites.

Use Google Translate with other apps

If you have Google Translate, you can translate text from other sources and translate the same in the popup menu. You do not need to copy and paste the same on Google Translate manually.

Find memory-hungry apps and kill them to boost your phone

If your Android Marshmallow based device is slow, kill down the apps that are hogging memory. Go to Settings > Memory to see the apps that are consuming RAM in the recent hours on an average.

One can delete, or update memory-hungry apps and thus solve the problem.

Share stuff using direct share

The traditional share menu can help users to share content through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and the like. Now one can share content directly with people without the need to go to another app. Tap Share for sharing the image via a Hangout conversation or other modes since there is third-party app support, and developers are start adding this to future app updates.

Set up the Quick Settings menu just the way you like it

With Marshmallow, one can customize Android’s Quick Settings menu, but first you need to unlock the System UI Tuner. Launch the Quick Settings menu, tap and hold the Settings icon to add System UI Tuner to Settings. Now use System UI Tuner’s Quick Settings and tap the tiles to reorganize them or tap Add Tiles for adding back tiles.

View the exact percentage of battery left

Android by default shows the battery icon for battery charge and one needs to gauge the battery left depending on the indicator drop. For better precise info, one can get the exact percentage of battery life left. The System UI Tuner can help show the exact percentage with the Show Embedded Battery Percentage option.


Vishal Gaikar

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