Android 6.0 Marshmallow has a hidden System UI Tuner that allows customisation of the status bar. You can re-arrange and customise the quick settings and icons located in the status bar of your Android 6.0 Marshmallow using the hidden System UI Tuner. The System UI Tuner hides some cool options that may be used by Android power users.
In this page, you will learn how to enable this hidden system UI tuner so you could use it.
How to enable hidden System UI Tuner in Android 6.0 Marshmallow
1. Pull down the notification bar of your Android 6.0 Marshmallow powered phone or tablet.
2. Long press the little gear icon located between the battery indicator and user profile picture in the status bar.
3. Wait for 5 – 7 seconds while keeping the gear pressed, it will start spinning.
4. One the gear starts spinning, it will display a notification as “Congrats! System UI Tuner has been added to settings.“
5. This will add System UI Tuner in the settings application of your Android 6.0 Marshmallow powered device.
How to access System UI Tuner after enabling it
1. Once you’ve enabled System UI Tuner using the steps explained above, open the Settings app on your device.
2. Scroll all the way down and locate “System UI Tuner” and tap it to open it.
3. It will display you a warning messages as “Fun for some but not for all. These experimental features may change, break or disappear in future releases. Proceed with caution.”
4. Tap “Got it” and proceed.
Customising the Status bar
Now that you’re inside the System UI Tuner settings, you will find a number of options. Here’s what you can do with these options.
Quick Settings Tiles: You can make your desired quick settings tiles appear in the status bar using this option. You can also rearrange the tiles that appear in the status bar. You can also control the options that appear in the status bar such as battery percentage icon. After applying changes, you can enable a “Demo mode” to checkout your changes. In case you don’t like your applied changes and you want to reset these settings, you can simply tap the “Reset” button in quick settings tiles.
Status bar: Using the Status bar option, you can hide icons from your status bar. In case you don’t want the icons of Hotspot, Do not disturb, Work profile, WiFi, Ethernet, Cellular Data, Airplane mode, Bluetooth, Cast to appear in your notification / status bar, you can hide these buttons using Status bar settings.
Show embedded percentage option: This options helps you to modify the battery icon appearing atop of your status bar. For instance, if your device isn’t on charging, your device’s current battery percentage will be showing inside that little battery circle. You won’t have to pull down the notification bar to find out the remaining battery.
Demo mode: Demo mode wipes-off the status bar. It shows the full percentage for battery and full signal strength with time set to 6:00. Demo mode doesn’t seem to be purposeful as it only shows a wiped up notification bar.
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