Android Marshmallow was first released around October 2015 and brought with it a number of new features such as a revamp of the way the operating system handles app permissions. It has now been a few months since it has been released and many of us are probably quite familiar with the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system. Or so you believe.
Today I will introduce to you a hidden gem that you may not have discovered over the period that you have been using Marshmallow. We will be covering System UI Tuner which requires minimal effort to be enabled but adds much appreciated customization options to your arsenal.
System UI Tuner
System UI Tuner allows for customization of the status bar and notification center. In order to enable System UI Tuner, swipe down from the status bar of your android device with two fingers. After doing so you will notice that a gear icon becomes visible. You will need to long press the gear icon until it starts to spin. Keep holding it and a message will eventually pop up saying “Congrats! System UI Tuner has been added to Settings.”
Tap the icon and you will be led to the Settings app. At the bottom of the page you will notice System UI Tuner for the first time.
From within System UI Tuner, you will be able to edit a few things. Firstly there is Quick Settings.
Accessing this option allows for the editing of the positions of the quick settings icons that are accessible in the notification center when a 2 finger drag from the status bar is carried out. Based on your preferences, you can set your desired order.
Next up is Status Bar. Clicking on this brings up a list whose entries are accompanied by an on/off toggle. Each entry corresponds to a possible Quick Settings icon. Set the toggle to on and off depending on whether you want the corresponding icon to be visible.
Show embedded battery percentage is the option that toggles. There is an accompanying on/off toggle. Setting it to on allows for the current battery percentage to be visible within the status bar battery icon.
Finally Demo mode removes all other icons except fake Wi-Fi, network and battery icons as well as a clock icon, from the status bar. This allows for screenshots to be taken which aren’t cluttered with icons in the status bar. Guess who doesn’t have this option enabled.
If you choose to use Demo Mode please keep in mind that these features may change, break or disappear in future releases. You should proceed with caution. This is outlined within the System UI Tuner menu as an important caution to potential users.
These features can be quite useful. Quick Settings helps individuals adjust icon positions according to their preferences. Adjusting the status bar settings can actually help to alleviate clutter and displaying the battery percentage can only be a good thing. Battery life monitoring can almost be an obsession since we never want our beloved smartphone batteries to die.
So there you have. That’s System UI Tuner folks. If you want to get in that extra degree of customization, please give this a try!