Android 6.0 Marshmallow is finally here, and it’s just as sweet as we all expected. The user interface is more like the Lollipop, but Google has packed in several new cool features. As some of its improved features may go unnoticed, we’ve done the hard work and put together a few Android Marshmallow tips and tricks to help you get the best from the new software. Here we go!
Uninstall apps from your home screen or app drawer
With the Android Marshmallow, you are now free to uninstall an app on your home screen or in your app drawer just by pressing it for a longer time. Check out the top of the screen, you’ll now see options to Remove or uninstall on the home screen, or App Info and Uninstall in the app drawer. All you need to do is drag the app icon to the one you want.
Activate Developer options
There is nothing new about the Developer options, but we have a few new ones in Android Marshmallow. To go to the Developer options, go to Settings > About Phone and tap Build Number seven times till you see a toast pop-up that will notify you that you are now a developer.
Back up a step and you’ll notice Developer options listed right above About Phone. This is where you will be able to enable OEM unlocking, USB Debugging, or Show touches, tweak animations or check out some other tips below.
Grant app permissions individually
Granular app permission is what I will call the holy grail of the Android Marshmallow release. We all thought it would pan out but no one really believed it would. We’ve always believed that denying specific app permissions within a third-party app could break it. Now, Android allows you to individually manage app permissions, without the need for developers to do anything. You now have the chance to view and toggle permissions for an individual app. To check out app permissions, go to Settings > Apps and explore individual app to see its permissions. Then just flip the switch for the permissions you do/don’t want to grant it.
System UI Tuner- Customize your Quick Settings
You need to enable the System UI Tuner. To do this- bring down your Quick Settings menu (use two fingers to swipe down from the top of your phone) and tap and hold the settings button for about five seconds. After releasing your hands, you will be asked if you would love to enable System UI Tuner. Press yes and you’ll notice a System UI Tuner at the bottom of your Settings list. In the System UI Tuner, select Quick Settings and you’ll get to see a mockup of your Quick Settings shade. You can as well add tiles (select the + at the bottom), tap or drag to move the toggles around or delete toggles. You’ll see your changes reflecting in the Quick Settings menu.
Get to know RAM Manager
Android Marshmallow has been giving us, even more, power over our beloved Androids with RAM a huge part of that. Press Settings > Memory > Memory used by apps, to check out the list of all your memory-hogging apps. When you tap an entry, you’ll be shown a detailed info with the option to force stop the app if necessary. You can take some time to get yourself familiar with this part of your Android – it is an awesome tool to help you understand what RAM usage is normal and what isn’t.