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Android Marshmallow tips and tricks: over a dozen you should try

Android Marshmallow tips and tricks: over a dozen you should try

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is used by a significant portion of Android smartphone owners. But not everyone knows how to make the most of the operating system. Whether you just upgraded and have a basic understanding of Marshmallow, or you've been using it for months already, we've got tips and tricks in this list that will make you love your phone even more.

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Basic tips and tricks

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.

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

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You can now instantly uninstall apps from the home screen or app drawer. / © AndroidPIT

Grant app permissions individually

Granular app permissions was the holy grail of the Android Marshmallow release. We all hoped it would pan out but no one really believed it would. We had always been told that denying specific app permissions within a third-party app could break it.

Now, however, Android lets you manage app permissions individually, without developers having had to do anything, and everything seems to work swimmingly.

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You can view and toggle permissions for an individual app. / © AndroidPIT

To access app permissions, go to Settings > Apps and tap an individual app to see its permissions. Then simply flip the switch for the permissions you do or don't want to grant it.

You can also view a list of permissions to see which have been granted to which apps. Just go to Settings > Apps, then tap the overflow menu in the top right corner and go to Advanced > App Permissions.

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You can also view app permissions by permission type. / © AndroidPIT

Customize Quick Settings using System UI Tuner

To enable the System UI Tuner, bring down your Quick Settings menu (swipe down from the top of your phone with two fingers) and tap and hold the settings button (cog wheel) for five seconds. When you let go you will be asked if you would like to enable System UI Tuner. Select yes and you'll see System UI Tuner at the bottom of your Settings list.

In System UI Tuner, tap Quick Settings and you'll see a mockup of your Quick Settings shade. You can add tiles (press the + at the bottom), move the toggles around (tap and drag) or delete toggles (tap and drag to the bottom). Your changes will be reflected in the Quick Settings menu.

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The UI Tuner lets you rearrange your Quick Settings menu. / © AndroidPIT

Disable notification peeking 

Heads-up notifications, or 'peeking' as it is now referred to, is the feature that allows notifications to pop up over the top of your display. It was introduced in Android Lollipop, but since app developers now tend to enable peeking by default, Android Marshmallow gives you the power to decide if you want to allow it or not.

If these types of notifications bother you, you can go into Settings > Sound & Notifications > App Notifications, then select the app they're coming from, and switch off Allow peeking

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If notification peeking in a particular app is bothering you, you can disable it for that app. / © AndroidPIT

Activate Google Now from the lock screen

You might have missed this one, but the lock screen shortcut to the dialer has been replaced by Google Now. This is a welcome change; you can use Google Now to call someone just by speaking (along with plenty of other things), so you haven't lost out on functionality by losing the dialer shortcut.

Simply swipe from the bottom left-hand corner of the lock screen to get Google Now ready to receive your voice command.

Enjoy Google Now on Tap

Google Now on Tap is easily my favorite feature in Android Marshmallow. It brings Google Now functionality to every part of your phone or tablet.

There's no need to switch 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.

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Google Now on Tap can provide relevant content without even leaving the app you're in. / © AndroidPIT

Check out the Android Marshmallow Easter Egg

The Android Easter Egg is one of the most pointless but fun parts of any new Android version. You simply go to Settings > About Phone and repeatedly tap the Version Number to find it. In Lollipop you'd see a giant lollipop, and if you long-pressed it, you'd be taken to a Flappy Bird clone. 

In Marshmallow, tapping the version number, reveals a graphic of the letter M. When you tap it again, you get a marshmallow with android antenna.

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Tap once for M, twice for an antenna'ed marshmallow / © AndroidPIT

Get custom notifications sounds

One of our commenters wanted to know how to get custom notification sounds, apart from what comes on the phone. This is very easy to do with the app Zedge. Set different tones for each app's notifications, or separate ringtones for when certain friends call you.

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It's time to take a bite or two. / © AndroidPIT

Intermediate tips and tricks

Activate Developer options

Developer options are nothing new, but there are a few new ones 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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Enabling Developer Options is always one of the first things we do. / © AndroidPIT

Get to know 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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The new Memory section in the advanced app settings gives you a clear picture of RAM usage. / © AndroidPIT

Find your Downloaded, Running, All and Disabled app tabs

The RAM Manager is also effectively the new home for the 'Running' tab that was in previous versions of the Settings > Apps section. Unlike previous Android versions, Android Marshmallow doesn't break your apps list down into tabs for 'Downloaded', 'Running', 'All' and 'Disabled'.

The 'Running' tab now appears as RAM Manager; 'All' and 'Disabled' are now options in a drop-down menu, accessible once you've disabled at least one app. The default view in Settings > Apps is the 'All' apps tab. We'll have to wait and see how devices with SD cards display the information that was previously found in the 'SD Card' tab.

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On the right, we now have a drop-down menu for disabled and enabled apps. / © AndroidPIT

Automatically associate links

Android Marshmallow allows you to automatically associate specific apps with specific types of links. So if someone emails you a Twitter link, for example, you can set Twitter as the default app for opening such links, rather than picking from a list every time.

Although you could set certain apps as default apps before, the system didn't work all that well. Now you can associate specific domain URLs with an app of your choice. For example, all facebook.com links can be set to open either in Facebook, Tinfoil or another third-party Facebook app automatically.

To do this, go to Settings > Apps, then tap the overflow menu at the top right and go to Advanced > App Links, then flip the switch for the apps that you want to set to automatically intercept links from specific domains.

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Android Marshmallow gives you complete control over which apps handle certain domains. / © AndroidPIT

Ignore battery optimizations

Doze is pretty cool: it activates when your phone is left idle for a period of time, while unplugged and with the screen off. It will stop some CPU and network activity operating in the background for some Android apps, thus saving battery. 

You might not like it in every scenario though. Doze mode can interrupt the background activity of your apps in order to make these battery savings. So if you don't want this to happen to certain apps, you can disable Doze mode to keep these apps running. Follow the steps below to switch off the battery saving functionality of Doze.

How to disable doze in Android 6.0 Marshmallow

1. Head over to your phone's Settings.

2. Select Battery from the device list and select Battery optimization from the menu icon at the top-right of the screen.

3. Select All apps from the drop-down menu in the center of the display. Now you'll see all the apps that are Doze-enabled.

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Disabling Doze for particular apps isn't hard. / © AndroidPIT

4. You can now select any apps for which you'd like to disable Doze mode.

5. Select Don't optimize and then Done. Now you're set up.

Now the apps you've selected won't have Doze optimizations, just as you'd prefer. Let us know in the comments section if you see changes to battery life or app activity as a result of Doze, and if you think Doze is a good addition to Marshmallow.

Access the Marshmallow file manager

Did you know Android Marshmallow comes with its own built-in file explorer? Well it does. Go to Settings > Storage & USB > Explore to... er, explore it.

Marshmallow's solution might not be as in-depth and feature packed as something like ES File Explorer, but it's also less intrusive. Check it out for a clean, minimal interface for browsing files. 

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It might not look fancy, but this is a useful file explorer. / © AndroidPIT

Navigate better with Bluetooth

GPS isn't a perfect system and it can't always pinpoint your location. On Android Marshmallow, however, you can give your GPS a hand by using Bluetooth. 

Go to Settings > Location and tap the hamburger (3 dots) icon. Next tap Scanning  and on the following page enable Bluetooth scanning (and Wi-Fi scanning for even greater accuracy).

Once you've done that, tap the return or back button and tap Mode, then select either High-accuracy or Battery saving mode to make use of the new setting. 

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Use Bluetooth to boost your GPS accuracy. / © AndroidPIT

Advanced tips and tricks

Switch on multi-window mode

This final tip will need you to get your hands dirty with rooting and flashing, but we wanted to include it anyway. Multi-window mode lets you open a separate app in a new 'pop out' window, so you can run two at once.

This feature can already be seen on the Galaxy Note 4 and Note 5, but now you can get it on stock Android. 

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All you need to do is change a single field in "ro.build.type". / © AndroidPIT

Prerequisites

  • A rooted phone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • A root file manager with text editor (like ES File Explorer) or Build Prop Editor

How to enable multi-window mode on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

1. Open Build Prop Editor and scroll down to ro.build.type. Tap it and change the Property Value from user to userdebug.

2. Tap Save and then Yes to reboot your phone (this is necessary to apply the changes).

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Change the Property Value to "userdebug", save your changes and reboot. / © AndroidPIT

3. Once you've rebooted, go to Settings > Developer options > Multi-window mode and flip the switch. (If you don't already have Developer options enabled, go to Settings > About phone and tap Build number seven times until you see the notification.)

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Once you've edited the build.prop file, multi-window mode appears in Developer Options. / © AndroidPIT

Using multi-window mode on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

In your multi-tasking view (or recent apps list), you'll now see a square bracket in the upper right of each app card. Tap the target to choose the split-screen view you want: upper half, lower half or full screen. Note that top and bottom switch to left and right in landscape mode.

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You now have multi-window capabilities in Marshmallow. / © AndroidPIT

Once you've chosen your split-screen preference, the app will always appear in that view. So, for example, if you've chosen YouTube in top-half view then tapping YouTube in the multi-tasking list will always bring it up in the top half. If you want to go full screen you'll have to select that by tapping the square bracket in the top right of the app card again.

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In landscape mode, things go left/right, but occasionally you'll see some glitches. / © AndroidPIT

Multi-window mode on Marshmallow works surprisingly well for a feature that was left out. It's a bit clunky and occasionally you get weird overlaps, like as shown the upper left of the image above, but generally speaking, it works fine.

Unfortunately, you can't re-size the split-screen windows, but that's what you get from an unfinished developer feature. It's not perfect, but it is there and it is working – and that's half the battle.

Bonus: how to get Android Marshmallow features without Marshmallow

If you haven't received a Marshmallowy gift from your manufacturer or carrier, either because they're slow or your phone's too old, do not despair: you can get some Android Marshmallow features on your phone anyway.

1. Manage app permissions

Have you been happily clicking OK to every app’s permissions list and now worry they’re sending your personal information to God knows where? Android Marshmallow enables you to allow or deny permission retrospectively, so you’re not stuck with the decisions you make when you first download the app. It’s very useful but it isn’t part of Android Lollipop. If you have a rooted device, however, the excellent XPrivacy can bring the same features to your mobile or tablet today.

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Marshmallow doesn't make you stand by decisions you made ages ago.  / © AndroidPIT

2. Chrome Custom Tabs

Until Android 6.0 Marshmallow, clicking on a link within an application – such as a link you’ve been sent on WhatsApp or in an email – will automatically open the link in your default browser. And that’s fine, but a full browser has a hefty overhead that you don’t always want when you’re just investigating what the link is.

Chrome Custom Tabs in Marshmallow will address that by loading a stripped-back subset of Chrome that uses fewer system resources than the full Chrome browser. You can’t add it to Lollipop, but installing the ultra-light Link Bubble browser and making it the default will do much the same – no rooting required. What Link Bubble does is display a link in a little bubble, loading it in the background while you get on with what you’re doing.

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Can't get Chrome Custom Tabs? Try Link Bubble instead.  / © Google

3. Smart Link

Sticking with the subject of navigation, Smart Link is one of those little features in Marshmallow that you’ll soon wonder how you managed without. Instead of opening every kind of link in the web browser, Smart Link opens them in the appropriate app – so, for example, a link to a tweet opens in your Twitter app without opening the browser or asking you what app you want to use. On older versions of Android, you can get much the same functionality by installing the excellent TapPath.

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TapPath does a pretty good job of delivering Smart Link for app links.  / © AndroidPIT

4. Support for fingerprint readers for payments

In Android Marshmallow, the fingerprint sensor is supported throughout the OS, not just for unlocking your phone but for authorizing things such as payments. You can get similar functionality in recent Samsung devices thanks to PayPal and FIDO: go to Settings > Fingerprints > Pay with PayPal to enable the feature.

If you don’t have a fingerprint reader don’t worry: you can use ICE Unlock to turn your camera into a scanner, although it’ll only unlock your phone. That’s because while it works perfectly well as a phone unlocker, the camera can’t process the same level of detail as a dedicated fingerprint scanner, so the security isn’t strong enough to be trusted with your debit or credit card details. Still, it’s enough to keep your pals out without having to bother with long passcodes.

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Fingerprint unlocking and authorizing is really useful. / © AndroidPIT

5. Memory management

The Task Manager in Android Marshmallow has been significantly improved over previous versions and enables you to see what’s using the most or least RAM on your device. And it’s easy to get that on older Androids too: since Android first appeared, the Play Store has been packed with Task Manager alternatives including rogue app killers and app managers that can analyze what’s doing what on your device. Here are some candidates:

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Apps such as Network Monitor Mini can help you diagnose performance issues.  / © AndroidPIT

6. Reorder the app drawer

The app drawer, the bit of Android that shows all the apps you’ve got on your device, has been changed for Android Marshmallow to make it more organized. The first four icons are your most-used apps, and after that the apps are organised alphabetically. In this case Google’s actually playing catch up with the Play Store, where you’ll find stacks of very good and very customizable app launchers. You’ll find some of our favorites here:

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There are stacks of great app launchers, including Action Launcher 3 (pictured). / © AndroidPIT

7. Doze and battery improvements

Battery life remains the Achilles heel of most devices, and in Android 6.0, Google has introduced a raft of energy-saving improvements including Doze and the ability to charge really quickly via USB-C. Sadly you can’t retrofit a USB-C port to your device but you can employ a variety of tricks to improve battery life and charging. We’ve included the best ones here:

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You can't retrofit USB-C, but you can boost your battery life without Marshmallow. / © AndroidPIT

8. Clever SD card support

Android Marshmallow can treat SD cards as if they were internal storage, without the limitations that applied to external storage. That means goodbye to storage limits for app installations or data associated with heavy duty apps. If you’ve rooted your device, Link2SD does much the same.

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Marshmallow treats microSD cards like internal storage. Link2SD does pretty much the same.  © AndroidPIT

9. The Marshmallow boot animation

Customizing your boot animation will require root access and a ROM-based AOSP such as CyanogenMod or ParanoidAndroid. Once that's set up, here's what you need to do.

  • Download the APK provided by XDA Forum here.
  • Copy the file using Root Explorer or any similar application.
  • Go to System and select the Media folder.
  • Change the name of the 'bootanimation.zip' file (hosted in Media) to 'bootanimation.bak'.
  • Paste the new file in to 'bootanimation.zip'. 
  • Access the permissions of the new file and make sure that the options for read and write are set to owner, group and others. The option to run (execute) doesn't need be checked.
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Install your own boot animation on Android Marshmallow. / © AndroidPIT

The process is totally reversible. If you want to go back to the original animation, just change the file names back (i.e from 'bootanimation.bak' to 'bootanimation.zip'). 

Found any other hot Android 6.0 Marshmallow tips and tricks you can share? What's your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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  • I am foggy on exactly how to uninstall preinstalled Google apps


    • kgbme Jul 25, 2017 Link to comment

      Reboot to Safe Mode, to have the least possible running and Disable from Apps. It's the best we can do, unfortunately.


  • My tv box Entmate 6 has android 6.0.1. But it is not multitasking. I tried too much but the problem not solved. Please tell me some app which will change all the settings. Thanks
    Sayyed hasan
    Delhi, India
    9891540616
    sayyedhasan167@gmail.com


  • How can I disable the voicemail notification, I have it without having any messages. I can only find tips for previous Android versions and my service provider says they can't disable it in the system, any tips for me?


    • kgbme Jul 25, 2017 Link to comment

      Settings, Call settings, Calls, Voicemail, Setup, Voicemail number. It's the best I can think of. :)


  • After Android upgrade to 6.0, K3 Note Phone (Lenovo K50a40) under the Scheduled power OFF/ON, the phone gets power OFF at scheduled time but does not power ON at the scheduled time.
    Any solution ?


  • How can I enable multiwindow feature in my Lenovo A7010a48 k4 note explain it detail. Thank you


  • TAZ Nov 29, 2016 Link to comment

    que codigos usan los botones virtuales en build.prop
    kiero pone el cuarto boton que oculta la barra de botones virtuales


  • Since downloading marshmallow update I cannot get into messages, cannot open or send or receive any messages. BLU vivo xl


  • Here's a thought. Tell me what the heck it is before you begin describing why it is so wonderful. I have never heard of Android marshmallow. Couldn't there be a small sentence that says Android marshmallow, what the heck it is, will do blah blah blah?


  • Refer Trick #15....... The problem is that when multi-window is enabled, the black square bracket appears superimposed above the lock icon on app cards in the task manager. So I inadvertently end up locking the app instead of getting it in another window. How to disable the lock icon ? Can someone please help ?


  • Is there is any way to remove guest user (disable it) and keep restricted account ? i think this problem with Android Marshmallow ?!!!


  • Whenever i go to recent apps to use multi window it shows a lock icon over the square and after pressing the multi window mode it just lock the recent tab. But it dont go to multi window mode. Any help.


  • how to change call receiving style change in marshmallow?


  • I'm facing a problem in Intex Cloud Fame Marshmallow. It doesn't connect with WiFi. When I click on WiFi, it searches all available WiFi connection. After putting password it shows 'Saved'. Again when trying to connect, it comes on 'Off' position. Can anyone help?


  • I just recd the Marshmallow update on my Lenovo K4 Note. But my app tray still scrolls in the same old way. How do i switch it to the new vertical scroll..? And why is it the same anyway..??


    • In your homescreen go to preference -> drawer settings. It's pretty cool because we can choose between vertical or paged style, we can also change the background of the drawer.


  • How do I set a custom notification tone for my messaging? There no longer appears to be a way to add a sound, only the standard list is available. This makes me sadder than it should. #firstworldproblems

    Also, thanks for the excellent article. Bookmarking as I navigate this marshmallow world...


  • you've completely missed off if you press and hold the marshmallow it takes you to a game?!


  • DayNa May 19, 2016 Link to comment

    I got the marshmallow update on my LG tablet now my game apps keep closing out for no reason. I moved the app to the SD card and it still closes out I clear the data and forced stop but the app still keeps closing out. Anybody have any ideas?


  • Lollipop was lot better than this one in usage!!! Now my call recorder is not working.My wifi Hotspot too not working..!! It's really an headache..Need help!!!


    • You need to factory reset the phone..... take the backup first...... I have face same problem with my Lenovo Note 3...... after update with Android-6.0 ...... phone become toooooo slow... even hangs in call .... and I couldn't take the call .......... but after factory reset ...... amazingly .... only all apps and data gone... now OS is still Android 6.0 and I downloaded all the apps again (it's better coz they are new with new version)...... and now my same phone become a rocket speedy.....


  • Anne N May 12, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm using Note 5. Things I notice after the update.
    1- Before update my software I can use my flashlight together with camera, but after update if I turn on the camera, it will automatically switch off my flashlight.
    (I need flashlight for my camera... it give a better picture)

    2-my message no longer got bubble option (background still available.. hey but I love the bubbles ok)

    3-developer option no longer in setting

    Please advise.


  • I will definitely be referring to this article as I navigate my way around Marshmallow iOS 6.0 -- plenty of changes to adjust to, wonder if OS N will continue the same style of menu buttons ( triangle circle square )


  • I've noticed that once I've moved an app to my sd card if I do an update of that app it moves it back to internal storage and acts as if its been newly installed. Frustrated with this as apps keep updating all the time and I'm continually moving them back to my sd card (I'm on an LG G4) any HELP?


  • Frustrated! Ever since the 6.0 marshmallow update I can not use my visual voice mail or voicemail all I get is alot of numbers letters and symbols they have been trying to fix it for about 2 weeks now . Also ever since the update my flash light won't work HELP


  • Customize Quick Settings using System UI Tuner - is it available in Note 5?


  • Alex May 9, 2016 Link to comment

    My device still runs on lollipop and I have a cyanogen os Phone and I'm very happy about it !!

    kgbmeDeactivated Account


  • i'm using the nexus 6p. ya think that the marshmallow 6.0.1 is better or android n preview 3 is better when it releses? i've used the preview 2, the experience was great, except for the stuttering... but i don't think i can get out of the fantastic android n lol:)


  • The Marshmallow boot animation
    Customizing your boot animation will require root access and a ROM-based AOSP such as CyanogenMod or ParanoidAndroid.

    Why do you keep pushing AOSP type roms? There are plenty of TouchWiz roms that are better than those. I have a custom boot animation and boot sound on my Samsung S6 edge running CarHDRom v22.


  • In Messaging, after upgrade I can no longer send pictures, just text, why?


  • On the new update why will the notification sound not stop!!! I want one notification not a constant effing drone? There is nothing in the settings which let's the notifications repeat?? Or not!


    • Which Phone do you have?
      I have tried on my Note 5. The Path is Setting-Accessibility-Notification reminder. Keep it OFF.
      Check may it helps you.


  • Alex Apr 25, 2016 Link to comment

    I need an update now!!


  • After update my phone is extremwly slow, reboots CONSTANTLY without warning. Resets timers I set & after every reboot ( which is 6 to 12 times a day) it starts telling me to transfer my media to my sd card (which it is all already in!!!!) Or that it does not recognize that I have sd card in. Oh did I mention I have had to uninstall & reinstall apps I have never had any issues with before apps that I pay money to be able to use & cant! This update is JUNK! I am highly dissatisfied. I take care of every device I have ever owned and somehow it self mutilates itself with its crappy programming and updates with nothing but bugs.


  • Since the new update, my Note 5 text bubble option in settings is gone. I can still change the background but have no option to change the look of the bubbles. Any thoughts android lovers?


  • After Update Marshmallow i am not satisfied bcz i can't able to install my normal games at all hope soon new bug fix update release.


  • Help, after upgrading editing photos is completely different. How do I edit photos so they show up immediately in my gallery?


  • Hi, i like community issue resolve way so now today i am facing in my Lenovo A70000 Marshmallow i can't able to enable Customize Quick Settings using System UI Tuner, so can anyone tell me the problem?


  • Since installing Mushmallow, I have had one Particularly Annoying bug repeatedly show its ugly face.
    Whenever I am streaming an I Heart Radio program via Bluetooth to my OTAdapt Bluetooth receiver, my phone will periodically reboot/restart itself for no particular reason & without any initiating input from me. VERY Annoying, as it usually happens just when the person to whom I am listening is about to reveal something of particular relevance to the topic of discussion. And while the phone will complete the restart cycle within a minute or so and resume the program, the subsequent notification states the process completed in 10 mins & xx secs, just as it does/did after installing the update (sorry, I Refuse to call it an UpGrade).
    Any suggestions?


  • Hey is there anyway to stop the apps from setting to default. I actually find it handy to be able to select which app I use everytime since I use different apps @ different times.

    Thanks in advance.


  • Why is there no longer a microphone icon on the keyboard? I am not able talk to text/email without it unless I am missing something.


  • I've got an Android tip you can try...throw it in the trash and go buy an IPhone...#garbage.


  • Hey.. Sorry if you already know this but I found a way to remove Google Now from Lock Screen and put the Phone caller app back to the Lock screen!
    Setting>Apps>Click the 'Settings icon' next to the Options button>Default Apps>Assist & Voice input>Assist App>Select 'None'!
    That's it.. You're good to go!
    Thanks Guys..
    Thanks AndroidPIT! 😀✋


  • Upgraded my Lenovo k3 note to marshmello, now everytime I select something from the gallery to forward it gives me auto suggest of ppl I chat with the most I whatsapp. How do I stop that


  • I was looking at #5. Get to know RAM Manager and I don't see Manager in the settings. Trying to figure out how to delete RAM on my phone instead of getting a task killer app


  • So far i dont like the update. Why did the clock fon change? Before it had a shadow behind it that made it easier to see against the a photo background. Also what happen to the swife affect when unlocking the screen? It seems to have taken my s6 backwards.


  • If you do number 12 from this page. After the marshmallow appears wait a few seconds and move your finger around on it and it opens a little mini game where you're a little android man working your way through marshmallows.


  • Hi dudes I have upgraded my lenovo k3 note to Android 6.0 marshmallow but I can't disabling some of Google apps it's taking lots of RAM is there any solution for disabling in built google apps ???


  • Hi
    Last week I have updated my phone Samsung s6 to marshmallow but which is completely slowdown my mobile ... now it's getting completely slow even i can't open contacts and call history so pls resolve the issue or else suggest me to degradation the updated version


  • Hi,
    When the phone Lenovo K3 note came on after a Marsh mellows software upgrade , there was a pop asking whether I wanted to internalize the SD card. I clicked the no option as it said the SD card won't work on other devices as it will be formatted to integrate it into the phone. I wish to go with integrating the SD into phone. If it is possible please guide me how to do it. And also do tell me if the formatting in this case will wipe out existing content on SD.


  • Anyone else lose Miracast after the update to 6.0? It is now gone and I can't find anywhere in the settings. I'm on an LG G Stylo.


  • I thought it updated, but when it reset it came up with a "cannot be updated at the time, try again later" comment. Why won't it update?


  • Go to settings about phone then tap the android version till the m comes up. tap until marshmellow comes up tap a couple more times then hold down and the game will start. I have the note 5 Game is Floppy Marshmallow. but don't take my word on the name.


  • How do I move apps from the internal storage to SD card??? It's really frustrating when there's a pop up of storage being full..plz help


  • My audio went out on my Nexus 5 recently. I checked all my apps in Safe mode that didn't solve it. I factory reset it and that didn't solve it either.


  • I don't understand number 14: how does bluetooth helps the GPS? Why would I have a better localization with bluetooth on?


  • Everyone who is having problems with the update should try a factory reset. This tends to clear the system and forces you to re download apps to the latest (optimum) version.

    If your still having problems I'd try uninstall your apps and see then factory reset (or boot into safe mode) and see if this helps. You can then try adding apps gradually if the problem returns you know which app is responsible.

    Peace ✌


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  • I was aware of a few tricks,but the System UI... Does it work on ALL phones? My LG G3 would not bring it up..


  • Can you uninstall 6.0 update on HTC m9...hate hate hate it


    • No once an update to the system has been updated you can go back, unless you want to get into rooting, but I don't think you want to get into that. Just give it some time, and you might like it, or if you are having issues then you might just need to factory rest * make sure all your stuff is backed up though!*


  • I updated my phone today and all the info attached to my music has vanished. It still has the song titles but now nothing has an artist name or album name.


  • Grim Feb 12, 2016 Link to comment

    I was unfortunate enough to update to crappy marshmallow since doing it half my apps no longer work. I keep getting message saying turn on permissons. When I try I get another poxy message saying there's another App blocking my actions. Help I want my phone back I HATE CRAP UPDATES THAT BUGGER YOUR PHONE UP.


  • Since i updated my HTC One M8 - I am having following issue
    1 . Pull down Menu is not working
    2. Unable to close the Recent Apps - X button to close all the opened APPS as the top region on the HTC One M8 is not recognizing the touch
    3. Uninstall apps from your home screen or app drawer - This is not working on HTC One M8
    4. Find your Downloaded, Running, All and Disabled app tabs - This is not working on HTC One M8
    5. Auto Rotate Screen works only when we open any APP. this wasnt the case earlier.

    I am now struggle a lot on the Issue 1&2 - Pls advise if this is related to Device issue (or) Software update as i have the problem since update;


    • Have you tried to factory reset your device? Usually this will fix any little bugs after a update. It's recommended that you factory reset after the update has installed.

      Peace ✌


  • I am using Moto G3 and was having 5.1 lollipop. At that time i could watch a movie of 2.5 hr using headphone and the battery drained only 30%. Today i upgraded to 6.0 marshmallow and now the battery is draining by 20% on keeping the phone idle for 1 hr. I have not used my phone for this time not even a call or any app. What an optimization is this? I dont know what to do.


    • Bhai settings me jake battery status check kariye waha par dikhai dega ki kis app ne apki battery ko tabiyat se piya hai. Bas us app ko band kar dijijiye. Possibly Android core app jyada battery use karti hai


  • James Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Hello Kris! Thanks for the article. Android marshmallow 6.0 popped up on my phone, downloaded already. And it wasn't on wireless but used my cellular data. Now my questions please: how do I prevent it from upgrading next time? Some of my pictures are missing and other files like app, even in the file manager. Your help is greatly needed. Thanks.


  • here are some videos from tricks as welll youtu.be/9qunHEVgaRQ


  • There is a Marshmallow Flappy Bird game as well


  • Thought battery life was supposed to be better. It's worse. Have to charge 3 times a day now instead of once. I have made no other changes or use differently since installed this Marshmallow. Battery life is important to me so I despise this "upgrade"


  • Please go to the quick setting menu then press and hold the setting icon for few seconds then lift the touch then you will get the system UI icon in the main setting menu.


  • There is no system UI switch in developers options?
    Can't find #4 ?


  • Do not see any System UI in developers options? Where do you turn it on ? Can't find it?
    Update pull down notifications, then tap and hold the gear icon until it says Sytem UI enabled.


  • "Android Marshmallow gives you complete control over which apps handle certain domains."

    You can only turn on and off, you can't modify the domain list. So not actually complete control.


  • thnx


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  • The new nexus phones aren't out yet and I'm checking daily to update my n6 to marshmallow...
    Yet you're saying top things of it????
    How about actually waiting until you've got a phone with the official release before claiming things.
    All I'm hoping for is a more stable release


  • It seems Android Marshmallows has many good features and functions. But what users are more interested to know if their smartphone is included the units that can be upgraded to this newest Android OS.


  • triki Oct 8, 2015 Link to comment

    Did you bother to check that features are all there before posting? Dark theme is not an option in the official release, good job on copying and pasting what you found elsewhere!!


  • Did you just reprint this article from one of the Marshmallow previews? There is no dark theme in the final release and the RAM manager is under Memory in the Settings menu.


  • Just got the official OTA on my N5. But I had a bit of a doubt. Do I actually get to choose the app links? Or does Android do its own thing? Because I don't see flip switches on that pane. Anyone?


  • Can't find that switch to change the theme in developer options...


  • Hi there.. I think there was a unfinished flappy bird clone on Android L preview.. just enter those squares and do (now I dont remenber very well) tap; tap; long tap.. and you will be presented with the easter egg.. you maybe need to do it more than once before it happens.. If this doesn't work please try different combinations..


  • I'm confused about the ram issue. I've read in many other articles that Android does a fine job managing ram on its own and that we actually do more harm than good when we "Mess" with it..?? Please clarify. Thanks.


    • Yeah, my PERSONAL view on this is that you don't NEED to mess with it or change anything there, but it CAN be used as an indicator of malfunctioning / poorly performing apps


  • I've got an LG Nexus 5. Will the new android M give me mirror link? Loads of other phones have it.
    Thanks.


  • When my device OppoR8006 to update?


  • when android one get this update.


  • When would LG G3 get this update?


    • What version of the G3 do you have? I live in the USA. I have a international version (D855) from Singapore and I haven't received the Marshmallow update. I don't get it, because even carrier branded phones have received the update. I wonder what's going on?


  • Does YU yureka will get this update soon

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