Android Marshmallow Tips,Tricks & Hidden Features

The latest generation of android-Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings many new updates,features,bug fixes and changes.However,as everyone can’t dig deep to find all those hidden features here we have exposed them.Go through these tips,tricks and hidden features and let us know what you think about them.

RAM Manager

Android Marshmallow is all about giving us even more power over our beloved Androids, and RAM is a huge part of that. Go to Settings > Memory > Memory used by apps, to see a list of all your memory-hogging apps.

Tapping an entry will show you detailed info and give you the option to force stop the app if necessary. Take some time to familiarize yourself with this part of your Android – it’s a great tool to help you understand what RAM usage is normal and what’s out of the ordinary.

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Unlock developer mode

Developer Options are nothing new, but there are a few new developer one in Android Marshmallow. To access Developer options, go to Settings > About Phone and tap Build Number seven times, until a toast pop-up notifies you that you are now a developer.

Back up a step and you’ll see Developer Options listed right above About Phone. This is where you can enable USB Debugging,OEM Unlocking or Show Touches, tweak animations, or access some of the other tips below.

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Google Now on Tap

Google Now on Tap is one of the best features in Android Marshmallow. It offers quick information on whatever you’re looking on your smartphone. There’s no need to close apps or copy and paste phrases anymore. Once it’s enabled, you can bring up Google Now on Tap from any app, simply by selecting text and long-pressing the ‘Home’ button. If you’re looking for this feature, go into Google Now -> Settings -> Now cards and you can enable or disable ‘Now on Tap’.

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Grant App Permissions Individually

App permissions is another top features of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The new feature lets users manage each of the app permissions individually.To access app permissions, go to Settings ->Apps and tap an individual app to see its permission. Change the switch for the permissions that you want to grant or revoke the permission. You can also view a list of permissions to determine whether you have granted particular apps. Just go to Settings ->Apps, then tap the overflow menu in the top right corner. Now go to Advanced App Permissions.

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Switch your default Browser,SMS and Dialler

As usual, Android Marshmallow lets you switch out core parts of the Android experience for third-party ones. It’s not proud.

The top bits you can change are the texting app,the browser,the phone app and the keyboard. There are loads of each kind available for free from Google Play, but a few worth checking out are Chomp SMS,Dolphin browser and the Swype keyboard.

To alter the SMS/phone/browser defaults, go to Settings > Apps > Settings (cog icon) > Default Apps. Want to switch the keyboard? Go to Settings > Language & Input > Current Keyboard. Make sure you’ve installed a third-party keyboard before trying this, though, or there’ll be nothing to switch over to.

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Play Android Marshmallow Easter Egg

Like last year’s Lollipop Easter Egg, the Marshmallow Easter egg is a Flappy Bird look-a-like. This time, though, Google has added a multiplayer feature. To open it, go to Settings -> About Phone. Then tap the Android version repeatedly until you see the Marshmallow (M) icon appear in the center of the screen. Tap on the “M” logo to turn it into a Marshmallow with antenna. Then press and hold on the Marshmallow until the game screen loads.

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Enable System-UI Tuner

System UI Tuner is a hidden feature in Android Marshmallow 6.0 that allows you to customize quick settings and status bar shortcuts. You can also turn on demo mode of the device with system UI tuner.

To enable the System UI Tuner, pull down the notification panel and long-press the cog at the top next to the battery indicator. Hold it down until it begins to spin and a message will pop-up saying “Congrats! System UI Tuner has been added to Settings.”

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Show Battery Percentage in the Status Bar

Android Lollipop has enabled you to show the battery percentage on the status bar using a third-party app. With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google has tweaked things a bit and no longer requires the use of a third party app to enable this hidden battery percentage. Instead, it has tucked the option inside the hidden System-UI tuner. Just tap ‘System UI Tuner’ from the main Settings page, and toggle the switch of ‘Show Embedded Battery Percentage’ to turn the feature ON.

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Exclude Certain Apps from Doze mode

Doze is a new feature in Marshmallow that is designed to increase your battery life by putting your device to sleep when it has been idle for a certain amount of time. The feature is fully automated and you can’t decide when to turn it On or Off. But you can exclude certain apps from the Doze feature.

To do it, open ‘Settings’ app and select ‘Battery’. Then tap the ‘three dots’ in the top right corner and tap ‘Battery optimization’. Tap the ‘downward-pointing arrow’, then tap ‘All apps’ from the menu that appears. You can now select the apps that you don’t want optimized for Doze mode.

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Disable Notification Peeking

Android Lollipop introduced a new type of notification called “heads-up notifications” or “peeking”. Instead of showing a scrolling message in the status bar, the heads-up notifications allows notifications to pop up over the top of your display

This feature is enabled by default in Android Marshmallow, but you can choose to disable the heads-up notifications on a per-app basis. Just open the ‘Settings’ and tap ‘Sound & notification’, then Tap ‘App notifications’. Tap the name of the app you no longer want to see heads-up notifications. Next, toggle ‘Allow peeking’ to OFF.

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Uninstall Apps from Your Home Screen or App Drawer

In Android Marshmallow you can now uninstall an app on your home screen or in your app drawer simply by long-pressing it. At the top of the screen you’ll now see options for Remove or Uninstall on the home screen, or App Info and Uninstall in the app drawer. Simply drag the app icon to the one you want.

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See your battery percentage: Open Quick Settings with a two-finger swipe. Your battery percentage is displayed here. Or enable it through the System UI Tuner, as detailed above.

Time till fully charged: Charge time is displayed when connected to a charger. Look at the bottom of the lockscreen and in the battery status screen, but it takes a little while for Android to calculate how long charging will take. If you’re fast charging, it will say “charging rapidly”

See what’s eating battery: Swipe down Quick Settings, tap the battery icon. You’ll go to the battery status page and see how long you have left and what apps are eating your battery.

Turn on power saver: In the battery status page, tap the menu button, select power saver. You can elect to have to automatically switch on at 15 per cent or 5 per cent battery. The system bars turn orange when it is on.

Limit what users can see: Create a restricted profile by tapping Settings > Users > Restricted profile. You can then limit what your children can access, for example.

Guest profile: In the same area (Settings > Users) you can create a Guest profile. While it is setup, you’ll get the option to access as a guest from the lock screen.

See how much storage they’re using: If you want to know how much space is being used up by another profile, head into Settings > Storage. At the bottom of the list it says how much other profile and the guest is using.

Instant lock: In Settings > Security there’s the option to lock the device as soon as the screen goes to sleep. You’ll find the option to lock as soon as you press the power button too. These are old settings, but really useful.

Manage fingerprints: Head into Security >Nexus Imprint and you’ll be able to add or remove fingerprints that will unlock your device. A pro tip is to register fingers on both hands so you can unlock your phone with whichever hand you have free.

Bluetooth unlock: Again in Security > Smart Lock, you have the option to nominate trusted devices, so your Android will unlock when connected to something else. You can nominate Bluetooth devices (like your smartwatch or car Bluetooth) or select an NFC tag.

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