android 6.0 marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow may be packing a number of useful new features, but some early adopters are a little unhappy that the ability to display a battery percentage in the status bar or configure the Quick Settings panel are still absent from stock Android. Especially as many other OEM skins have made these features available. However, it turns out that these settings are actually hidden away within Marshmallow, under a secret System UI Tuner menu.

Enabling this hidden menu is actually rather simple. All you need to do is swipe down on your notification panel to bring up the Quick Settings menu and then long press on the Settings icon until a little notification pops up and takes you to the settings menu. The control panel is then located at the bottom.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow System UI Tuner crop

In this new settings menu there is an option labelled ‘Quick Settings’ at the top. Here you can switch the various tiles on and off to save some space on the panel. Status icons can also be toggled from a separate option in the menu, which allows you to switch off the likes of the WiFi or Bluetooth icons if you so desire. All of these are enabled by default.

Also inside the System UI Tuner you will bfind a little check box marked “show embedded battery percentage”, which you can use to display your remaining battery in the status bar. It’s as simple as that and a lot easier to interpret than the regular percentage-less icon. If you want to get back into the UI Tuner, just head back on into settings via the Quick Menu. The Settings icon should now have a little wrench hovering next to it to show that the UI Tuner has been enabled.

Have you spotted any other nifty little tricks hidden away inside Marshmallow?

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
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