Android Marshmallow tips and tricks
15 Android Marshmallow tips and tricks you must try

It’s been quite a while since the hyped Android Marshmallow made its way among the customers. It is spreading to more and more devices every day. Given so, a few of its major improvements might go unchecked or unnoticed, so we’ve come up with 15 best Android 6.0 Marshmallow tips and tricks.

These Android Marshmallow tips and tricks will help you get the best out of your new software. From enabling multi-window mode, to getting Marshmallow features on old devices, the list takes in all aspects.

Let’s get started with 15 best Android Marshmallow tips and tricks for a better experience:

  1. Uninstall apps from app drawer/home screen

Uninstall apps

Android Marshmallow lets you uninstall an app on your app drawer or home screen just by a long-press at its icon. Options to Remove or Uninstall will be displayed at the top of the home screen, or App Info and Uninstall in app drawer.

Just drag the desired app icon to the one you want. It’s simple and clean way to spare some seconds on uninstalling apps in older versions of Android.

  1. Activate developer options

Activate developers options

You are already familiar with developer options, yet you might be missing out a few new ones in Android Marshmallow. If you wish to access developer options,

  • Go to Settings
  • Select About Phone
  • Tap Build Number 7 times until a toasts popup displays notification saying you are now a developer.

Come a step back, you will find Developer options listed right above About Phone.

You can disable USB Debugging, OEM unlocking, Show touches, adjust animations, and access some additional tips as well.

  1. Grant app permission separately

Grant app permissions

When Android Marshmallow released, granular app permissions were its holy grail. Everyone hoped it to pan out, but no one really believed it would.

Deny specific app permissions within a third-party app, and you break it!

Over time, now you can manage app permissions separately, without having developers to do anything. Everything works simply.

  • To access app permissions:
  • Go to Settings
  • Select Apps
  • Tap a specific app to see its permissions
  • Flip the switch for the permission you want or don’t want to grant it

preview app permissions location

You can also view a list of app permissions to check which have been granted to which apps. For this,

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Apps
  • Tap the overflow menu at the top right corner
  • Go to Advanced
  • Select App Permissions
  1. Personalize quick settings with System UI Tuner

Personalize quick settings with System UI Tuner

Another in the list of best Android Marshmallow tips is using the UI Tuner. You can enable System UI Tuner from Quick Settings menu (swiping down phone’s screen from top to bottom direction). Tap and hold settings button (wheel icon) for a few seconds. When you release, it will ask you if you would like to enable System UI Tuner. Select Yes and now you will see System UI Tuner at the end of your Settings list.

By tapping Quick Settings in System UI Tuner, you will see a copy of your Quick Settings shade. Add tiles (by pressing + at the end), move the toggles around (just tap and drag), or delete toggles (tap and drag to the end).

All changes will be reflected in the Quick Settings menu.

  1. Knowing RAM Manager

RAM Manager

Android Marshmallow comes with the ability to offer much more power to your Android devices, and RAM is an integral part of that whole concept.

Go to Settings<Memory< Memory used by apps, to see the list of all memory-hogging apps.

Take time to understand the options and terms, it will help you get a better hand at your RAM usage, different tools, and other related info.

  1. Find downloaded, running, disabled, and all tabs

Find downloaded, running, all and disabled tabs

The RAM Manager you discussed above is also new home to Running tab that was in the previous versions of the Settings<Apps section. Unlike that, Android Marshmallow doesn’t breaks down your app’s list into tabs for different categories.

Running tab is now the RAM Manager, All and Disabled tabs are now options in a drop-down menu. You can access the options once you have disabled at least an app.

The default view in previous Android versions is now all apps tab. This is one of the most sought after Android Marshmallow tips as it lets you get familiar with your device’s Ram properties easily.

  1. Associating links automatically

Associate links automatically

With Android Marshmallow, you can easily and automatically associate particular apps with specific types of links. Now if someone emails you a Twitter link, you can set Twitter as your default app for opening such links, instead of selecting from a list every now and then.

You could already set some apps as default apps earlier, but the system did not use to work well. Now with Android Marshmallow, you can associate particular domain URLs with certain app of your choice. Like, all Facebook.com links can be set to open wither in Facebook, Tinfoil, or other third-party Facebook app automatically.

You can do this by:

Settings<Apps<tap the overflow menu at the top<go to advanced<App links<flip the switch for apps you wish to set automatically intercept links form specific domains

  1. Avoid battery optimizations

Doze mode

Doze mode is quite cool! It activates when your phone is idle for a fixed period of time, while unplugged and screen off. It stops CPU activity and operating in the background up to an extent for certain Android apps, saving your battery.

BUT…you might not like it every time. Doze mode can disturb the background of your apps to make the battery saving processes work. So if you don’t want such a situation to come, you can easily disable Doze mode to keep the apps running.

Follow some simple steps mentioned below to turn off the battery saving feature of Doze:

  • Go to phone’s Settings
  • Select Battery from device list
  • Select Battery optimization from the menu icon at the top-right of the screen
  • Select all apps from the drop-down menu in the centre of your screen.
  • Once done, you will see all apps that are Doze-enabled.
  • Select any apps you like to disable Doze mode for
  • Select Don’t optimize and then Done.

And you’re done!

From now, the apps you have selected won’t show Doze optimizations, just as you like it. All credit to Android Marshmallow tips!

  1. Activate Google Now from lock screen

Activate Google Now from Lockscreen

Most of you might be missing out this one for sure. Lockscreen shortcut to the dialer is replaced by Google Now. Now this is a new change, you can use Google Now to call up anyone just by speaking and some few more things. The functionality still remains the same.

Just swipe from the bottom-left edge of lockscreen to make Google Now ready to receive your voice command.

  1. Google Now on Tap

Google Now on tap

Google Now on Tap is one of the best features in the new Android Marshmallow. The version brings along Google Now features to your entire Android device. You don’t need to switch apps or copy/paste phrases anymore, once you have enabled the option, launch Google Now from any app, just by selecting text and then long-pressing the Home button.

  1. Disable notifications peeking

DIsable notifications peeking

Heads-up to notifications…or “Peeking”, that is what it is referred to now. The feature lets notifications pop up over your display. It was released with Android Lollipop, but as app developers seem to enable peeking by default, Android Marshmallow offers you the ability to allow it or not.

If you get annoyed with such notifications, go to Settings<Sounds & Notifications<App Notifications<Select the source app< turn off Allow peeking.

  1. Android Marshmallow Easter egg

Android Marshmallow easter egg

Android Marshmallow’s Easter egg is among the most pointless, yet interesting things of any Android version and of course one of our favorite Android Marshmallow tips. Simply go to Settings<About Phone<Tap repetitively Version number to find it.

In Android Lollipop, you will see a giant Lollipop icon; long-pressing which will take you to a Flappy Bird clone.

In Marshmallow, tapping the version number brings forth a graphic of letter M. Tapping it again displays a marshmallow with an android antenna.

  1. Accessing Marshmallow file manager

Android Marshmallow File Manager

Very few of you know there’s a built-in file explorer in Android Marshmallow. Yes, it does have it!

Go to Settings<Storage & USB<Explore to xyz.

It might not be something as in-depth like ES File Explorer, BUT, it’s also less intrusive. You can give it a shot for a simple, minimal interface while browsing files.

  1. Navigate with Bluetooth

navigate better with Android Marshmallow

Of course GPS is useful, but it isn’t a perfect system to pinpoint your exact location. Though, with Android Marshmallow, you can improve your GPS functionality with Bluetooth. Go to Settings<Location<tap the hamburger (…) <tap Scanning<enable Bluetooth scanning and Wi-Fi scanning (for better accuracy).

Once done, tap the back button and then on Mode and select either High accuracy or Battery saving mode, to use new settings.

  1. Switch to multiple windows

multi-window mode

At long last, the final among Android Marshmallow tip and tricks is to get your hands on with some rooting and flashing. You can open a separate app with multi-window mode in a new pop-out window, allowing two windows at once.

You must have seen the feature already on Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5, but now you can access it on stock Android as well.

Requirements

  • A rooted device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • A root file manager with text editor, for example ES File Explorer, or Build Prop Editor

So these are 15 best Android Marshmallow tips and tricks you should be trying if you haven’t so yet. We hope our list will come handy to you. Drop us your feedback and suggestions in the comments section below.

Read more about Android at: 5 things Android phones could have done better

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