Android 6.0 Marshmallow
has many hidden features that can be very useful. System UI Tuner is one of them. After activating this menu, the user gets more options in terms of customizing the Android interface. In one of the articles on the Treshbox, we already talked about the activation and all the features of System UI Tuner
Some developers have already adapted System UI Tuner to the needs of ordinary users. For example, the Custom Quick Settings application
, which was available on previous versions of Android, uses the UI Tuner to add custom buttons to the quick actions menu, which pops up along with the notification shutter. The coolest thing is that on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, using Custom Quick Settings does not require root access.
How it works
First of all, you need to activate the very System UI Tuner menu, which only works on the stable version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Some preview versions of Android M have not received this feature. You can read about the activation of UI Tuner in our corresponding article, but if you don’t want to go somewhere from this material, then: fully open the upper “curtain” with quick actions and notifications, hold down the gear button for 5-7 seconds, which leads everything is in the settings menu, System UI Tuner is activated. Now the corresponding item has appeared in the general Android settings menu, but you will hardly need it. The Custom Quick Settings app does everything for you.
Next, install the Custom Quick Settings application itself, which is available for free, but with advertising. She is removed through domestic purchases - 99 rubles.
After installing the application, a custom button with an action in the top menu can be added with a couple of actions. By clicking on Plus Custom Quick Settings, you can select the name of the button, its action is to open any given web page, launch the application, go to some settings submenu or activate the module. You can select an icon for the button (a total of 1,200 standard items are available; custom ones are supported), as well as an additional action by a long press. For example, you can create a quick link to the Treshbox, and a long press will open our public VKontakte
or any other site - a very convenient thing.
You can also do a quick action that connects the device to a specific Wi-Fi, is present in the list of saved. Custom buttons with launching applications will be very useful - there is no need to switch to the desktop to open the desired program.
The possibilities in terms of creating quick actions are very limited - you can only set the connection to a specific Wi-Fi network or device with Bluetooth. Here everything rests on the functionality of System UI Tuner.
In the Pro version of the application, the addition of functional shortcuts with quick actions is available. There is IFTTT support. It is worth noting that all the custom buttons added using Custom Quick Settings do not work on the lock screen - they simply do not appear in the “curtain”, which is quite expected.
Recall that all these features are also available on Android 5.0 / 5.1, but this requires root rights
. The developer notes that Custom Quick Settings does not use additional battery power - the program runs only once when the system boots, and the custom buttons are updated only after the user does it.
It's nice to see how the Android operating system with each new version takes over functions that were previously only available with root rights. We hope that Google will not remove the System UI Tuner feature in a future update of Android 6.0.1 or 6.1. By the way, have you already upgraded to Marshmallow?