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.

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How to Rotate Screen in Android 6.x Marshmallow Direct From Home Screen?

Sometimes, the Android uses have to rotate screen of the Android 6.x Marshmallow smartphones or devices in order to perform some of the specific tasks or to take the camera snap from the horizontal position. If you require this activation of screen rotation, rather quickly, you may just perform this job, right from the Home screen of your Android 6.X Marshmallow device. To enable the screen rotation right from the home screen is an easier job, which require just few taps of the buttons.

You may also activate / enable the screen rotation but if you need some guidance, just go through the instructions.

Instructions

1. Tap anywhere on the Home screen of your Android 6.X Marshmallow smartphone or device. It will open up ‘Launcher Menu’.screen-roatate-marshmallow-12. Tap the ‘Settings’ button on the launcher menu to open up the ‘Settings’ screen of launcher menu.screen-roatate-marshmallow-23. At the ‘Settings’ screen, see the ‘Allow Rotation’ switch is ‘Off’.screen-roatate-marshmallow-34. Tap the ‘Allow Rotation’ button to switch on the rotation.screen-roatate-marshmallow-45. Now, go back to the Home screen and rotate your Android device. See, the screen of your Android device will rotate in all directions.screen-roatate-marshmallow-5

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How to Remove Icon of Apps from Home Screen of Android 6.0.x Marshmallow?

If you have added too many icons of the app on Home screen of your Android 6.0.x Marshmallow smartphone or device, one day you will feel the need to vacate some space for the further icons of apps.

Cleaning the Home screen is a typical matter which is so simple in nature that you may do so, easily. But, you are not understanding the process, see the instructions.

Instructions

1. Select the icon of app which you want to remove from the Home screen of your Android 6.0.x Marshmallow device and tap it for a while. It will become unstable and is ready to move it.MarshmallowAppIconRemoval-12. In addition to it, see; at the top of the screen but below the status bar, 2 buttons will appear; ‘Remove’ and ‘Uninstall’.MarshmallowAppIconRemoval-23. If you are willing to remove the icon of the app, drag this app with your finger upon the button, ‘Remove’. The color of the icon will change to red or any other color – depending upon your device – and the icon will be removed from the Home screen of your device.MarshmallowAppIconRemoval-34. And see the icon of app has been removed from the Home screen. MarshmallowAppIconRemoval-4Similarly, you may remove many unwanted or unnecessary icons of apps from the Home screen of your device.

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How to Set Apps from App Drawer on Home Screen of Android 6.0.x Marshmallow?

You don’t need to download many useful necessary apps which are almost vital for smooth and normal functioning of the Android 6.0.x Marshmallow smartphone and devices. These apps are a part of the Android operating system and are placed in the OS in the app drawer. What you need is; just drag them and place their icons on the home screen of your Android device. But, if you are willing to use them for just one time, you may use them right from the app drawer.

It is easy to drag the apps from the app drawer and place their icons on the Home screen of your Android device but if you are feeling any problem, just see the instructions.

Instructions

1: Tap the icon of the ‘App Drawer’ at the center of the bottom row of Home screen of your Android 6.0.x Marshmallow smartphones and devices to open up the ‘app Drawer’.MarshmallowAppHome-12: At the ‘App Drawer’ screen, choose and select any app which you need for your Android functioning. Tap it for a while and see; it has become unstable and ready to be relocated.MarshmallowAppHome-23: Drag the selected app from its present place to the left of the screen – but out of the ‘App Drawer’ screen. It will make and icon of the selected app and the newly made icon will be moved to the Home screen of you your Android device.

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Just tap the icon of the app at the ‘App Drawer’ screen for a while and it will be placed on the Home screen of your Android screen.MarshmallowAppHome-34: Set the icon of the app at the appropriate place at the Home screen.

5: Now, tap any place on the Home screen and see the menu opener will vanish and the icon of the app will be available to be applied to open up the app.MarshmallowAppHome-4Similarly, you may choose other apps to be placed on the Home screen of your Android device.

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How to Show Large Icons on Home Screen of Android 4.4.4 KitKat

Size of icons on the Home screen depends upon the choice of the user. Some users like smaller icons with minimum number of icons on the Home screen and like more and more vacant space on the Home Screen. While, on the other hand, many other users like large number of icons and yet bigger ones on Home Screen. Likeness of size of icons on Home screen also depends upon the eyesight of a person which changes in proportionate to the age of the person. So, one can say that aged persons like icons with bigger size.

Understanding the difference of age and eyesight level between users, Android has included a feature in the KitKat 4.4.4 to show bigger icons if liked by the users.

You may also use bigger or smaller icons on the Home screen of your Android device but if you need, I suggest you to see instructions.

Instructions

1: Tap anywhere in the bottom half of the Home screen of your Android 4.4.4 KitKat device to open up ‘Open / Close Menu’. Alternatively, you may tap the pre-configured Android button to open ‘Open / Close Menu’. BiggerIcons-12: Tap and drag the shadowed part of Home screen upward to expose the HOME SCREEN SETTINGS screen.BiggerIcons-43: See; the status of ‘Larger Icons’ on the HOME SCREEN SETTINGS screen is ‘OFF’, i.e. currently, smaller icons are being displayed on the Home screen.

4: Back on the Home screen – see the smaller icons are displayed on Home screen.BiggerIcons-55: If you want to show larger icons on the Home screen, just tap the ‘Larger Icons’ on the HOME SETTINGS SCREEN, and its status will be changed to ‘ON’.BiggerIcons-66: See; now the icons on the Home screen are shown a bit larger. BiggerIcons-7That’s All!

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How to Show / Hide Icon Labels on Home Screen of Android 4.4.4 KitKat

By default, all icons are displayed with icon labels under them. Icon labels play an important role in the smooth functioning of any operating system as they provide recognition to the different apps. The icon labels are not only important for the new users of OS but are equally important for the seasoned users as they have to use many many newer apps with differing and strange icons.

But for few people icon labels may be annoying as many people don’t like congested Home screen. So, Android has designed newer versions of KitKat to hide or show the labels of icon but at the discretion of the users.

You may also show or hide the labels of icons but you need a little guidance, please do not hesitate to see the instructions.

Instructions

1: Tap anywhere on the lower half of Home screen of your Android 4.4.4 KitKat device to open up ‘Open / Close Menu’. Alternatively, you may press any pre-configured button to open up this menu.HideIconLabels-12: Now, tap and drag the lower part of ‘Open / Close Menu’ upward to expose HOME SCREEN SETTINGS screen.HideIconLabels-23: See at the HOME SCREEN SETTINGS, the current status of ‘Icon Labels’ is ‘HIDE’.HideIconLabels-34: Back to the Home screen – see the icon labels are hidden.HideIconLabels-65: If you want to show the ‘Icon Labels’, tap the ‘Icon Labels’ on the HOME SCREEN SETTINGS and its status is changed.HideIconLabels-56: At the Home screen – see the icon labels are shown under the icons.HideIconLabels-4That’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 Avoid Poor Wi-Fi Connection in Android 4.4.4 KitKat Phone?

Quality of Wi-Fi signals depends, largely, upon the quality of the Wi-Fi connections for communication in Android 4.4.4 KitKat phone. Sometimes, Android phone may detect Wi-Fi connections which have weak and poor signals, resulting in the distorted signals and poor communications. But, remember this may be due to the fault of the smartphone but it is primarily due to the quality of the signals. The best practical approach for the Android phones is to catch the signals which are strong or refuse to catch the weaker signals, at all.

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You may set the Android 4.4.4. KitKat phone to contract only strong connections and avoid the poor connections. This is possible if the following instructions are followed.

Instructions

Command Line: Settings > Wi-Fi – WIRELESS & NETWORKS > Wi-Fi Screen > Wi-Fi SETTINGS BUTTON > Advanced Wi-Fi > Avoid poor connections.

1: Follow the Command Line to open Wi-Fi screen.

2: Tap the ‘Settings’ button, available at the bottom left corner of the Wi-Fi screen. It will open up a settings popup menu.

3: Tap the ‘Advanced’ in the settings popup menu. KitKat-Weak-Wi-Fi-Signals1

4: At the ‘Advanced Wi-Fi’ screen, see the ‘Avoid poor connections’. Its instructions are: Don’t use a Wi-Fi network unless it has a good Internet connection. This option is not checked and disabled. KitKat-Weak-Wi-Fi-Signals25: Tap ‘Advanced poor connections’ to check it and enable it. KitKat-Weak-Wi-Fi-Signals3Now, your Android 4.4.4 KitKat phone will check the quality of the signals of the Wi-Fi networks. If the signals are poor and of lower quality, i.e. coming from weak Internet connection, your Android 4.4.4 KitKat phone will not receive it and will avoid it. KitKat-Weak-Wi-Fi-Signals4That’s all!

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How to Switch ON Wi-Fi App by 4 Different Ways in Android 4.4.4 KitKat Phones?

Importance of Wi-Fi for the modern era smartphones is so big that Android 4.4.4 KitKat has introduced 4 different options to switch on Wi-Fi. These 4 different methods to switch on Wi-Fi are so introduced to make it comfortably easier to switch on Wi-Fi at any time and at any stage of operations of the Android phone.

See the four different methods to switch on the Wi-Fi.

Method 1 – Switch ON from Status Bar

1: Tap at the top Right / Left (depending upon the settings of the Notification Drawer) of the status bar of the screen or Android 4.4.4 KitKat phone and drag it downward. See the Wi-Fi button is disabled. KitKat-WiFi32: Tap the Wi-Fi Icon button at the status bar and the Wi-Fi will be switched ON. KitKat-WiFi4Method 2 – Switch ON from Notification Drawer

1: Tap at the top Right / Left (depending upon the settings of the Notification Drawer) of the status bar of the screen of Android 4.4.4 KitKat phone and drag it downward to open up the Notification Drawer. See the Wi-Fi button is diabled. KitKat-WiFi12: Tap the Wi-Fi Icon button present in the Notification Drawer and the Wi-Fi will be switched ON. KitKat-WiFi2Method 3 – Switch ON from Settings Screen

1: Tap the ‘Settings’ Icon on the Home screen of the Android 4.4.4 KitKat phone to open up the ‘Settings’ screen. KitKat-WiFi52: See the ‘Wi-Fi’ switch under the WIRELESS & NETWORKS’ is OFF.

3: Tap and drag the Wi-Fi button to right to switch on the button. When the switch is moved to the left on ON, its color will be changed to sky blue which is the indication that the Wi-Wi is ON.KitKat-WiFi6

Method 4 – Switch ON from WI-Fi Screen

1: Tap the ‘Settings’ on Home screen of Android 4.4.4 KitKat phone to open up the Settings screen. KitKat-WiFi72: Tap the ‘Wi-Fi’ under the WIRELESS & NETWORKS to open the ‘Wi-Fi’ screen.

3: See the ‘Wi-Fi’ is OFF. Tap and drag the switch to ON to run the Wi-Fi. When the color of the switch is changed to Sky Blue, it is indication that the Wi-Fi is ON. KitKat-WiFi8That’s all!

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How to Display Battery Status on Status Bar of Android 4.4.4 KitKat Phone?

To keep an eye on the consumption of battery of Android 4.4.4 KitKat phone, it is better to display battery status on status bar of the screen of the phone so that its consumptions and usage can be managed easily. You may set the battery status to ‘Hidden’ or displayed. It is easy to manage the display of the status. Just follow the instructions.

Instructions

Command Line: Settings > Status bar – PERSONALIZATION > Battery status style.

1: Follow the Command Line to open up the ‘Status bar’ screen.

2: See the status of ‘Battery status style’ which is ‘Hidden’. See also the battery status is not displayed at the status bar on the top right corner of the Android phone screen.

3: Tap the ‘Battery status style’ to set / change it. It will open up a prompt named; ‘Battery status style’. KitKatBatteryStatus1

4: See the ‘Hidden’ status is selected and enabled as the radio button is selected. KitKatBatteryStatus25: Select and tap any of the 4 other statuses, such as, Icon portrait, Icon landscape, Circle & Text. I selected the first one, i.e. Icon portrait. It will take you, instantly, back to the ‘Status bar’ screen where the ‘Battery status style’ is changed to ‘Icon portrait’. KitKatBatteryStatus3

6: At the same time, see the battery status is now displayed on the status bar of the Android phone at the top right corner of the screen. KitKatBatteryStatus4 KitKatBatteryStatus5

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