How to See Currently Inactive Apps in Android Marshmallow Smartphones?

To configure the apps, installed in your Android Marshmallow smartphone or tablet, it is better to see the apps which are inactive at the time. When the inactive apps have been identified, you may treat them by configuring them or otherwise working upon them, accordingly.

Identification of inactive apps is necessary due to the reason that this process may help to force stop some of the apps which are creating hindrances during the normal functioning of the Marshmallow operating system.

The feature to see the inactive apps has been explained by us with the help of the illustrated screenshots which are placed in the tutorial. You may see them if need be.

Tutorial

1: To open up the ‘Settings’ screen, just tap the icon of the ‘Settings’ app, which is placed at the bottom-right corner of Home screen of my Android Marshmallow smartphone.2: Scroll down to the ‘System’ section, at the bottom of ‘Settings’ screen and tap the ‘Developer options’ to open up the developer section.3: Again, scroll down to the bottom of the ‘Developer options and tap the ‘Inactive apps’.4: At the ‘Inactive apps’ screen, a long list of the apps, which are not active at the moment is given.From here, you may identify some of the apps which are inactive at the moment. If you need, tap any app to toggle.

That’s all!

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How to See All Currently Running Apps with 1 Tap of Navigation Bar in Android Marshmallow?

Sometimes, you may feel the need to see all the running apps, with just one touch or tap of finger in Android Marshmallow smartphone of tablet. There are some hardware buttons which may be configured to perform this action but you may do the same with the help of the Navigation Bar as well, a new feature of the Marshmallow operating system. To see all the running apps with one tap of finger, what you need to do is to activate the navigation bar, at the bottom of the mobile device screen.

In navigation bar, three buttons are placed at the bottom of the screen which are configured to work for the following:

  • To see all the apps, currently running in your Android smart device
  • To open up the Home screen of your Android device
  • And to move to the back screen.

The navigation bar works if the hardware buttons of the Android mobile device are not working. You may apply these navigation bar buttons to operate some of the functions of Android Marshmallow device.

Note: Navigation bar is not a built-in feature but may be activated at any time by the users to work with.

We have placed some of the steps, required to activate the navigation bar and then to see the currently running apps in your Android mobile device, in the tutorial. These may be helpful for you to understand the process as this tutorial is equipped with illustrated screenshots.

Tutorial

1: To open up the ‘Settings’ screen of Android Marshmallow smartphone, tap the icon of the ‘Settings’ app, placed by me at the bottom-right corner.2: At the ‘Settings’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Device’ section and tap the ‘Buttons’ to open up the interface to work with the buttons, available in your Android phone.3: At the ‘Buttons’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Keys’ and see the ‘Show navigation bar’ switch is not set to ‘On’. It means; this option is not activated at the moment.4: To activate the navigation bar, tap the ‘Show navigation bar’ switch to put it to ‘On’.

5: See; immediately after the activation of the navigation bar, a bar at the bottom of the screen will become visible with 3 buttons in it.6: Now, to see all the currently running apps, just tap the first button, available at the bottom-right corner of the screen. It will instantly display all the apps which are currently running in the Android device.7: You may also see and operate this function, from all the screens, even from the Home screen.That’s all!

How to Open Home Screen with 1 Tap of Navigation Bar in Android Marshmallow?

The Home screen of the Android Marshmallow smartphone or tablet is the key to almost all operations and functions of the Marshmallow operating system. During the normal working, you may be needed to open up the homes screen, again and again, which is a cumbersome process, keeping in view the hardware buttons to perform this function. If due to excessive usage or some other technical reason, the home button become inoperable, the Marshmallow functioning may become troublesome. In such situations, the soft button, provided in navigation bar, is the only rescue available to the users.

The introduction of the navigation bar is the result of all such complaints from the users. This is a software based feature which is built-in in the Marshmallow operating system and can be activated by the users at any time. After the launch of the navigation bar, 3 options will be available to the users, right at the bottom of the screen.

We have placed the illustrated screenshots about the process in the tutorial for you to work upon.

Tutorial

1: To open up the ‘Settings’ screen, tap the icon of the ‘Settings’ app, placed by me at the bottom-right corner of the Home screen of my Android Marshmallow smartphone.2: At the ‘Settings’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Device’ section and tap the ‘Buttons’ option to open up the interface to work with the buttons, available in your Android phone.3: At the ‘Buttons’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Keys’ and see the ‘Show navigation bar’ switch is not set to ‘On’. It means; this option is not activated at the moment.4: To activate the navigation bar, tap the ‘Show navigation bar’ switch to activate it.

5: See; immediately after the activation of the navigation bar, a bar at the bottom of the screen will become visible with 3 buttons in it.

6: Now, to open up the home screen, just tap the middle of the navigation bar and it will take you instantly to the Home screen.  7: You may also see and operate this function, from all the screens.

That’s all!

How to Go Back to Previous Screen with 1 Tap of Navigation Bar in Android Marshmallow?

During the normal working of the Android Marshmallow smartphones and tablets, a function which is repeated again and again is the back to last screen. This step is performed with the help of some soft and hardware keys but if these keys are not working or are disabled due to some reason, the same process to go back to the back screen can be performed by a key which is part of the navigation bar.

The navigation bar is a feature which is, when activated, can be configured by the users at any time. When it is activated, it can perform the three different functions:

  • Show all the running apps
  • Go to home screen
  • Go back to the previous screen

We have placed a detailed tutorial with illustrated screenshots about the action to go back to the previous screen with navigation screen. If need be, feel free to see it.

Tutorial

1: To open up the ‘Settings’ screen, tap the icon of the ‘Settings’ app, placed by me at the bottom-right corner of the Home screen of my Android Marshmallow smartphone.2: At the ‘Settings’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Device’ section and tap the ‘Buttons’ to open up the interface to work with the buttons, available in your Android phone.3: At the ‘Buttons’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Keys’ and see the ‘Show navigation bar’ switch is not set to ‘On’. It means; this option is not activated at the moment.4: To activate the navigation bar, tap the ‘Show navigation bar’ switch to put it on.

5: See; immediately after the activation of the navigation bar, a bar at the bottom of the screen will become visible with 3 buttons in it.

6: Tap the button, placed at the bottom-left corner of the screen, and it will take you back to the previous / last screen. The same process can be performed at any screen or app.

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How to See Total Internal Memory & Used Storage of Android Marshmallow smartphones?

It is a good idea to regularly check the used storage and the total internal memory of the Android Marshmallow smartphones and tablets before installing any app, before downloading some photos or videos. In case of lack of the enough storage capacity, the installation of the app or the downloading of the photos, docs or videos can be refused, bluntly, by the Android operating system.

In addition to that, you must always keep maximum available storage space in the internal memory for the smooth functioning of the Marshmallow operating system.

We have captured screenshots of the different steps of the process to see the total available internal memory and the storage used by the different apps, docs, photos and videos. These captured and illustrated screenshots are placed in the tutorial for you, so that you may understand the process.

Tutorial

1: To open up the ‘Settings’ screen, tap the icon of the ‘Settings’ app which is placed at the bottom-right corner of the Home screen of my Android Marshmallow smartphone.2: At the ‘Settings’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Device’ section and tap the ‘Storage & USB’. It will open up the storage and USB screen.3: At the ‘Storage & USB’ screen, see; under the ‘Internal storage’. As mentioned here, 820 MB of the storage has been used by the apps and other such docs. On the other hand, there was 1.26 GB total Internal storage available in the Android mobile device.That’s all!

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How to See Internal Storage, Used by Apps in Android Marshmallow Devices?

Due to shortage of internal memory in your Android Marshmallow smartphone or tablet, it may slow down or refuses to download some of the apps, docs, photos or videos. This is a good idea to be careful about the availability of the internal memory by keeping closer eye upon the storage, being used by the apps.

Now, decide to continue the functioning of the specific apps and correlate them with its usefulness for the overall performance of the smartphone or tablet. If the utility of specific app is not on the better side, make hard decisions about it.

It is easier to check the internal storage, used by the individual apps. This is just a few steps process and we have placed the tutorial about it with illustrated screenshots in it. If you are feeling any need, feel free to see the tutorial.

Tutorial

1: To open up the ‘Settings’ screen, tap the icon of the ‘Settings’ app, placed at the bottom-right corner of the Home screen of my Android Marshmallow smartphone.2: At the ‘Settings’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Device’ section and tap the ‘Apps’ to open up the interface screen for the apps.3: At the ‘Apps’ screen, see a list of apps which are installed in your Android Marshmallow smartphone or tablet. See also the Internal storage, being used by different apps.Inspect each app, its utility and the internal storage, being used by each app. If the utility of individual app is low, it may be discarded or vice versa.

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How to Turn On Battery Saver Automatically at 15% in Android Marshmallow?

Battery saver is a typical feature of Android Marshmallow as has been in all previous Android OS versions. This feature allows the Android to shut all the unnecessary functions of smartphones or tablets when battery level reaches at a specific level. This is done to save some of the last resources of battery for the emergency and essential usages. With the turning on of this feature, operating system stops all those functions which can be postponed till the availability of the enough battery level and tries to save the battery only for the necessary calls or messages.

In Android Marshmallow, this features of batter saver starts working at the level of battery, set by the Android user. Then, the battery tries, strictly, to manage the battery and tries to avoid the wastage of the battery. In Marshmallow, you may set the three levels of battery usage which are:

  • Never
  • At 5% Battery Level
  • At 15% Battery Level

This is essential feature for your Android smartphone and if you have not configured it, just do it now. Our guiding instructions are here to help you.

Tutorial

1: Tap the icon of the ‘Settings’ app, placed at the bottom-right corner of the Home screen of your Android Marshmallow smartphone or tablet to open up the ‘Settings’ screen.2: At the ‘Settings’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Device’ section and tap the ‘Battery’.3: At the ‘Battery’ screen, tap the 3-dotted settings button, available at the top-right corner of the screen, but immediately below the status bar. It will open up a popup menu.4: Tap the ‘Battery saver’ in the popup menu.5: At the ‘Battery saver’ screen, see; the current status of the ‘Turn on automatically’ is ‘Never’. It means; for the time being, this feature is disabled and not working. The battery saver will not start until the end of the battery.

To change the current status, tap the ‘Turn on automatically’ and it will open up a popup menu.6: Popup will offer 3 options:

  • Never
  • At 5% Battery Level
  • At 15% Battery Level

I opted the 15% level as it provides the enough safe margin for the battery usage till the end of the battery or till the recharging is arranged.7: See; the ‘Turn on automatically’ status is changed to 15% battery.From now, your smartphone will start working very cautiously to save battery for your emergency usage.

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How to Enable Time on Lock Screen Clock of Android Marshmallow Smartphones?

The display of clock on the lock screen is a typical feature of Android Marshmallow. Here, in this feature, you may display either the clock, date & day, weather or alarm on the lock screen or any or all of these features may be selected to display on the lock screen – again depending upon your choice, need or requirements.

The configuration of the clock on the lock screen is easier to set but if you feel any problem, just have a look upon the instructions.

Instructions

Command Line: Settings (Home) > Lock Screen – Interface (Settings) > Enable – Clock On/Off > Clock / Date / Alarm

1: Just wake up your Android Marshmallow smartphone or tablet to see the lock screen where, currently, only date and day of the week is displayed but no time is visible there.  2: To display the Clock, tap the icon of the ‘Settings’ app, placed at the bottom right corner of the Home screen of your Android Marshmallow smartphone and tablet to open up ‘Settings’ screen.3: At the ‘Settings’ screen, scroll down to the Interface section and tap the ‘Lock Screen’.4: At the ‘Lock screen’ screen, see the Clock switch is already switched On. If this is not switched on, tap the button to switch the ‘Clock’ On.5: Now, see; the ‘Display time’ is not checked, i.e. the clock is not configured to show the time on the lock screen.

6: To show the ‘Display time’ on the lock screen, tap it to activate this option.7: Now, go back to lock screen and see; the time is also being shown at the lock screen along with the day of the week, date and year.8: Now, sleep your Android phone and wake it up again to see the lock screen where the time is also displayed.That’s’ all!

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How to Set Power Menu Actions in Android Marshmallow Smartphones?

Power menu button is a very important button of any Android Marshmallow smartphone as this is used as life line to switch On / Off any mobile device. In Android devices, this button is designed to provide many other services and options, in addition to power On / Off. Depending upon the choice of the users, many other options may be added to the power menu which may be made available, just by tapping the power button.

Some of the options / actions, which may be added to power menu are:

  • Power
  • Reboot
  • Lock
  • Settings
  • Airplane mode
  • Screenshot
  • Screenrecord
  • Users
  • Voiceassist
  • Silent mode
  • Do not disturb

You may add or remove some or all the above mentioned actions in the power menu. Only few taps are required to add or remove the actions from the power menu. See the instructions, given below, to understand the process to add or remove actions from the power menu.

Instructions

1: Tap the power menu button to wake up your Android Marshmallow smartphone or tablet as see the power menu actions button, added there currently. If you want to change them, remove or add more action buttons over there, follow the procedure.2: Tap the icon of the ‘Settings’ app, placed at the bottom-right corner of the Home screen of your Android Marshmallow smartphone or tablet to open up the ‘Settings’ screen.3: At the ‘Settings’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Interface’ section and tap the ‘More’.4: At the bottom of the ‘More’ screen, tap the ‘Power menu’ to change the actions shown in power menu.5: At the ‘Power menu’ screen, see a list of all the 11 actions which may be added to the power menu. Currently, 4 actions are switched On and are added in the power menu.If you want to see the power menu with the 4 actions, press the power menu for a while and see the 4 actions, added currently, to the power menu.6: If you want few more actions to add or remove from the currently active actions, tap the switch buttons to add or remove the action from the power menu.

7: I selected only 2 action to be added to the power menu.8: Now, press the power menu for a while and see; now, there are just 2 action buttons are available on the power menu.That’s’ all!

How to Set Dark or Light Theme in Android Marshmallow Smartphones?

For the convenience of the users, Android has also added a feature in Marshmallow, its flagship OS for the mobile devices, to choose between the dark or light colored themes for the mobile devices. Some people prefer light-colored-themes while others like dark-colored themes as this is a personal matter of likeness. But, this is also a matter of ease and comfort for some of the people. Android users, who work in the well-lit environment, normally, prefer the dark themes but for the other users, the light color is liked. Similarly, at the night time, the light-colored themes are used and in the daylight, the dark-colored themes may be the choice of other people.

One more aspect of choice of dark or light colored themes is the eye sight effects. People with eye sensitively, may be advised by the physicians to use dark, light combinations or so on.

Keeping the convenience of the users, Android offers a feature to choose between the dark or light-colored theme and activate it by just few taps of fingers on screen smart devices. But if you feel some guidance, do look upon the instructions, given below.

Instructions

1: Tap the icon of the ‘Settings’ app, placed at the bottom-right corner of the Home screen of your Android Marshmallow smartphone or tablet to open up the ‘Settings’ screen.2: At the ‘Settings’ screen, scroll down to the ‘Device’ section and tap ‘Display’.3: At the ‘Display, screen, see; the current ‘Theme’ status is ‘Light’, i.e. light-colored theme is being applied. This is also evident from the current screen color which is white or light colored but the images and inscriptions / writings are made with black or other colors. 4: If you want to change the color of the theme, just tap it. It will open up a prompt, named; ‘Theme’. Here, see; currently, the ‘Light’ is activated. The other option of color is ‘Dark’. 5: If you want to change the theme color, just tap the radio button of the ‘Dark’ and see; immediately, the color of screen will change to dark color. The change will take you, immediately, back to the ‘Display’ screen.5: At the ‘Display’ screen, see; the status of the ‘Theme’ is also changed to ‘Dark.That’s all!

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