Go Deeper With your Android Marshmallow

Team AndroGuru
April 21, 2016
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Android Marshmallow is quickly making its way to more devices and is steadily gaining a strong foothold in the tech world. I am a big Android Marshmallow fan myself and I often notice that the latest updates and improvements in it usually go unnoticed by most people and it really makes me sad-when you have a good thing you should use it to the fullest. This is why my write up for today is all about Android Marshmallow. With these tips and tricks you can get the most from the new software.

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Activate the developer option

Now you will probably just raise your eyebrow and say – what’s new in that? I do know that developer options are fairly old news but the Android Marshmallow has some new ones.  To get the Developer options you simply need to go to Settings>About Phone and tap Build Number (seven times). Once you do that a toast pop-up will inform you that you are a developer – congratulations.

Now you will take a step back and this is where you will get Developer options, which is listed right above About Phone. You can activate USB Debugging, OEM unlocking or Show touches right here. Moreover, you can also access tweak animations from right here.

Enabling

Enabling developer options – The first thing that you should do

Uninstall apps from app drawer or your home screen

One of the best features in Android Marshmallow is that you can uninstall an app from your app drawer or home screen just by long-pressing it.  With Android Marshmallow you will see the options on your home screen for Remove or Uninstall and in the app drawer for App Info or Uninstall. All you need to do is drag the app icon to the one you want. This is one way that can help you save precious minutes over uninstalling apps in older versions of Android.

This is a neat way to save a few seconds over uninstalling apps in older versions of Android.

Uninstall apps in a jiffy with Android Marshmallow

Use System UI Tuner to Customize Quick Settings

To activate the System UI Tuner all you need to do is bring down the Quick Settings menu– you will do that by swiping down from the top of your phone with two fingers and then tap and hold the settings button for five seconds. After you have done this you will be asked if you would like to enable System UI Tuner, you will now select yes and you will see System UI Tuner at the bottom of your Settings list.

Once you are done with all this you will go in System UI Tuner, tap Quick Settings and voila – you have the mock up of your Quick Settings shade. You are all set and now you can easily add tiles, delete toggles or move the toggles around easily. All the changes that you make will be reflected in the Quick Settings menu.

Rearrange your Quick Setting Menu with UI Tuner

Specifically Grant App Permissions

The Holy Grail of the Android Marshmallow release was undoubtedly Granular app permissions. Everyone of you as well as me were actually hoping that it will pan out but subconsciously knew that it was difficult. Moreover, whenever we tried to do it, we were specifically told that when we deny specific app permissions within a third party app we could break it.

The good news is that now Android allows you to manage app permissions individually, without any help from the developers. What is more – everything seems to work like a breeze.

Now toggle permissions for individual apps

In order to access permission you will simply go to Settings>Apps now tap a particular App to see its permissions. Now all you need to is flip the switch for the permissions you do or don’t want grant.

In order to see which permission has been granted to which app you can view a list of permissions. Go to Settings>Apps, tap the overflow menu in the top right corner and go to Advanced >App Permissions

View app permissions by permission type.

Know your RAM Manager

Android Marshmallow’s main aim has always been to give users maximum power over their Androids. RAM plays an important part for that kind of power. You will simply go to Settings>Memory>Memory used by apps. This will allow you to see the apps that are hogging all your memory.

When you will tap an entry, it will show you the detailed info and give you the option to force stop the app if necessary. It is a good idea to know this feature of Android a little better as it will help you understand RAM and what usage is normal and what is out of the ordinary.

Get a clearer picture of RAM usage

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