Useful Secret Features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Google announced it on 28th May and has finally unveiled Android 6.0 marshmallow. 6.0 Marshmallow was first launched only for google devices like Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. As the parent company for nexus phones, Google reserves the right to launch all new advancements for its primary users first. However, it is finally in the process of being gradually rolled out

Android marshmallow features have been changed / upgraded in many ways from the previous android lollipop. For example – you can now uninstall unwanted apps directly from your home screen. You have to simply keep your fingers placed on the app, wait for the uninstall icon to appear and drag and drop your app into the trash. You can also activate developer mode in some phones with a few simple steps; Go to Settings > About Phone and tap at least seven times until you see a screen pop up that show you that now you are in Developer Mode.

Features of Android 6.0

Access Built-in File Manager

Stock Android has been panned for not featuring a file manager but Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes with one, although it’s hidden deep inside the settings. To access the file manager on Android 6.0, go to Settings->Storage & USB->Internal storage and scroll down and tap “Explore“.

The built-in file manager is pretty basic with the usual features like copy, move, delete etc. If you don’t want a third party file manager app, this should work just fine.

Play Android Marshmallow Easter Egg

Like last year’s Lollipop Easter Egg, the Marshmallow Easter egg is a Flappy Bird lookalike. 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.

Direct Sharing

You’re likely already familiar with Android’s sharing menu, one in which you can can share information from one app with a number of different apps. With Marshmallow, Google has implemented the ability to use this same sharing menu to share content with other people. This means if you want to send a picture to a friend, you merely tap Share while looking at the picture and select your friend’s Hangout conversation to do so. This is much easier than sharing it via the official Hangouts app. Sadly, there are no apps that currently support the feature, but we expect developers to jump on board quickly.

Android marshmallow features

Doze mode

Doze is Android Marshmallow’s new battery-saving feature and extends your smartphone’s battery life by ‘dozing’ you device when the system senses it has been idle or physically stationary for an extended time.

In a ‘dozed’ state, you won’t receive any notifications unless an app, like Gmail or Hangouts, is specifically configured by an app developer to ignore Doze mode.

However, if you have key apps you want to keep seeing notifications for, even when your phone is idle, you can manually exclude them.

Go to Settings > Battery > tap the three dot menu (top right) > tap Battery Optimization > tap Not Optimized > tap All Apps > select individual apps you want to exclude from Doze mode.

Smart Lock for Passwords

Few things are more annoying than searching out various alpha-numeric characters from your hard-to-guess password on a touch-screen keyboard. A new Marshmallow feature allows you to avoid much of that hassle via a new "Smart Lock for Passwords" feature.

You can access this feature via the aforementioned Google settings menu by going to Settings > Google > Smart Lock for Passwords. Here, you can turn the "Smart Lock" on, which allows "the passwords for your Android apps to be saved to your Google account." This will allow you to store your app passwords on the cloud in a secure central location, which you can access whenever you move to a new device.

On the same page, you'll have the ability to toggle on/off the "Auto sign-in" feature, which will "automatically sign in to apps and websites connected to your account." A little further down the screen, you'll notice a "Never save" area, where you can add exceptions to this rule (that's a good place for your banking apps, for example).


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