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.

That’s all!

How to Show Navigation Bar On Screen of Android Marshmallow Smartphones?

To facilitate the users of Android smartphones and tablets, Android Marshmallow has added a new feature which may help the users to work, surf and move conveniently on the different screens. For the purpose, a newer feature, Navigation Bar, is not an active, all the time, feature but can be activated or deactivated at the option of users.

Once navigation bar is activated, a special purpose navigation bar is added at the bottom of the screen from where you may exercise following options at just 1 tap:

  • See all the currently running apps
  • Open Home screen
  • Back to previous screen

What you need to do to enjoy this feature is just activate ‘Navigation Bar’ with few taps. If you are facing some problems, see the instructions.

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 to the ‘Device’ section and tap the’ Buttons’.3: At the ‘Buttons’ screen, see; the ‘Show navigation bar’, the option to enable navigation bar, is not switched On. Tap it to activate it.4: See; immediately after the activation of the ‘Navigation bar’, the navigation bar is visible at the bottom of the screen of the Android Marshmallow smartphone or tablets.

Now, you may enjoy the full freedom of navigation on whole the Android Marshmallow with just one tap on the navigation bar.

That’s all!

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How to Enable Search Bar on Home Screen of Android 4.4.4 KitKat

Being internet intensive, Android 4.4.4 KitKat devices have the option to display the search bar right on home screen so that you may start surfing on Internet immediately after unlocking your Android device. You may display the search bar right on the Home screen of your Android device but at your own wish. If you don’t wish to display search bar at your home screen, you may hide it. But keeping its benefit of immediate usage for surfing online, search bar is preferred by majority of the Android users.

You may show or hide search bar on the home screen of your Android device in a few taps but you may see the instructions if something is not clear.

Instructions

1: Tap anywhere on the lower half of Home screen of your Android device for a while. It will open up the ‘Open / Close Menu’. Alternatively, you may use any of the configured Android device buttons to open up the ‘Open / Close Menu’, provided you have already done it for the purpose.SearchBarHome-22: Tap the lower part of the screen and drag it upward. It will open up the HOME SCREEN SETTINGS.SearchBarHome-33: See the current status of ‘Search Bar’ is ‘OFF’.SearchBarHome-44: If you want to switch ‘ON’ the ‘Search Bar’, just tap the ‘OFF’ and it will be switched ‘ON’.SearchBarHome-55: Back to Home screen and see the ‘Search Bar’ is displayed there. You may start using the ‘Search Bar’ right from this point – bur remember you need Internet access for the Online surfing.SearchBarHome-6That’s All!

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How to Hide Status Bar from Microsoft Next Lock Screen for Android?

Some people do not like to see the details of the Home screen, like status bar, on the lock screen of their mobile devices and want to see as minimum stuff as possible on it. Keeping the need of such people, Microsoft Next Lock Screen has introduced a specific feature, which when activated, hides the status bar on lock screen.

You may hide the status bar, easily, but if you feel any problem, you may see the instructions.

Instructions

1: Tap the icon of the ‘Microsoft Next Lock Screen’ app on the Home screen of your Android device to open the ‘Microsoft Next Lock Screen’.Microsoft-Next-LockScreen-Hide-Statusbar-12: At the ‘Microsoft Next Lock Screen’ screen, scroll down a little to the ‘PREFERENCES’ section and see the status of the ‘Hide status bar’ is ‘Off’. See also that the color of the switch is also Grey, indicating the ‘Hide status bar’ is disabled and not activated. It means, currently, the status bar is not hidden.Microsoft-Next-LockScreen-Hide-Statusbar-23: To see the actual status of the ‘Hide status bar’ on the lock screen, lock the Android device and power on to unlock it. See, at the lock screen, the status bar is visible, i.e. not hidden.Microsoft-Next-LockScreen-Hide-Statusbar-34: Back to the ‘Microsoft Next Lock Screen’ screen, tap the switch of the ‘Hide status bar’ and drag it to the right to turn it ‘On’. With the change of status of the ‘Hide status bar’ to ‘On, see the color of the switch is also changed to Green, i.e. it is enabled and activated. Now, the status bar is hidden on the lock screen.Microsoft-Next-LockScreen-Hide-Statusbar-45: To check the status of the status bar on the lock screen, lock the Android device and power on to unlock it. See the status bar is not visible, i.e. hidden. It means, ‘Hide status bar’ feature of the ‘Microsoft Next Lock Screen’ has hidden the status bar.Microsoft-Next-LockScreen-Hide-Statusbar-5That’s all!