10 tricks you may not know about Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Previously, I wrote a guide on how to manually update your first-gen Android One phone to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Then I followed it up with a how-to on moving apps to your SD card, which is perhaps the best reason to upgrade to the newest Android version, assuming your device allows it.

Today, I’ve put together a cheat sheet containing 10 tricks you probably didn’t know about. Here they are:

1. Optimize battery use for each app:

  • Go to Settings, then select Battery.
  • Click on the 3 dots on the upper right-hand corner.
  • Tap Battery optimization and then tap the downward-pointing arrow.
  • Choose All apps and select the applications you want to optimize for efficiency.

2. Access the hidden System UI Tuner menu in Android 6.0 Marshmallow:

  • Swipe down twice from the status bar to pull down the Quick Settings menu.
  • Press and hold the gear icon until it starts to spin fast.
  • Head to the Settings menu and scroll down to the bottom of the page to access the System UI Tuner menu.

3. Show the phone’s battery level (note: you need to unlock the System UI Tuner interface first):

  • Go to Settings and scroll down to System UI Tuner.
  • Tap the toggle labeled Show embedded battery percentage.

4. Hide icons at the top of the screen:

  • Navigate to Settings and then choose System UI Tuner.
  • Choose Status bar and use the toggles to enable or disable icons in the status bar.

5. Rearrange the Quick Settings shortcuts:

  • Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the Settings menu, then hit System UI Tuner.
  • Select Quick Settings.
  • Press and drag the icons to rearrange them.

6. Uninstall apps directly from the homescreen:

  • Long press the app you want to delete and drag it the trash bin labeled “Uninstall” on the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

7. Adjust the backup settings of your device:

  • Open the Google Drive app, then swipe towards the right.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Select Backup and reset under Auto backup for apps to change your backup settings.

8. Disable Google Now on Tap:

  • Long press the home button to bring up the Google Now on Tap interface.
  • Press the 3 dots on the right-hand side of the screen and select Settings.
  • Tap the Now on Tap toggle to turn it off.

9. Change the notifications and permissions settings for individual apps:

  • Go to Settings and hit Apps under the Device tab.
  • Select the app you’d like to disable notifications for or set new permissions for.
  • Tap either Notifications or Permissions to change the settings.

10. Find the Easter egg in Android 6.0 Marshmallow:

  • Open the Settings app, then select About phone.
  • Click on the Android version number several times.
  • Long press the Android Marshmallow logo that appears on the screen a couple of times.
  • Another long press will launch a Flappy Bird-type game, which is very similar to the one featured in Android Lollipop devices, except the visuals have been changed to match the new Android version.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.