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 double tap on navigation bar to sleep the Windows 10 Mobile in few steps

If you are one of the Windows Mobile owners who have the double tap to wake on their Windows Mobile devices then you might also want to use the double tap to sleep your Windows device. Microsoft has added a very useful option to double tap on the navigation bar of your phone to put it to sleep.

Simply follow the instructions below to enable the double tap to sleep on your Windows 10 Mobile device.

Before proceeding to the instructions, you will need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • You would need at-least second generation Windows Phone device which have the on-screen navigation bar instead of the hardware buttons.
  • You must be running the latest Windows 10 Mobile build either in stable release or the Insider Program to use this feature. Windows Phone 8.1 doesn’t support this feature.

Instructions:

Now, let’s proceed to the instructions

  • First of all, open up ‘Settings’ app. Here navigate to ‘Personalization’ > ‘Lock Screen’.
  • Once in ‘Lock Screen’, navigate to the end of the page. Here you will see the ‘Double-tap the navigation bar to turn off the screen’. Enable it by moving the slider switch to right.
  • Now, whenever you double tap on the navigation, your phone’s screen will turn off and your phone will go to sleep.
  • That’s all!

Here is a quick video showing the steps of the enabling the double tap to sleep.

You may visit our Windows 10 Mobile Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Windows 10.

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