A couple of months ago, Google released a hidden menu for the Android Marshmallow operating system. Named System UI Tuner, the hidden menu has lots of interesting small tricks and tweaks, such as hiding the icons on the status bar or letting you see the battery percentage. But let’s have a more in-depth look at it and see what’s it good for.
The Android System UI Tuner may not bring some huge changes, but it has little adjustments that help you customize your phone more and more. Keep in mind that this hidden menu is only available for Android Marshmallow or newer versions. If you’re already using one of these OS and want to turn on the menu, you should proceed as follows:
- First thing, you should pull down the notification menu on the phone. Go to the Quick Settings menu.
- Tap the gear icon found at the top of the screen and hold your finger on it for around 5 seconds. Then, you will see a message that appears saying that you have added the System UI Tuner to the Settings menu.
- When you will open the Settings app on the phone, you will need to scroll all the way down to the bottom and you will find the new system there.
Remember that these steps may vary a little if you’re using a version of Android with a skin. Now that you’re all set with the system, let’s see what you can do with it!
- Making the phone show you the Do Not Disturb Mode when adjusting the volume. Everybody knows that the Do Not Disturb mode is really useful when you want to work on something and don’t want to be contacted on your phone or simply when you want to sleep. On most phones, you will find the option of turning Do Not Disturb mode on if you press the button for volume down when the phone is on silent. However, the System UI Tuner allows you to put a more obvious toggle in the adjusting volume menu.
- Show the battery percentage on the status bar. For many people it can be confusing to just see the level at which the battery is full, without any numeric indicator of how much you have left. Thankfully, you can change this with the hidden System UI Tuner on Android. Simply go to Settings and make it only show the percentage when it’s charging or all the time if you feel like it.
- Take out the icons you don’t need in the status bar. If you’re a regular user, most likely your status bar is full of icons and surely you don’t need to see all of them at once. For example, you don’t need to see the Bluetooth icon all the time. It would be much easier to check the notification shade instead of having the icon there. With the help of the menu, you can permanently disable the icons for Bluetooth, mobile data, airplane mode, Wi-Fi or the Do Not Disturb mode.
- Customize the Quick Setting Icons. The Quick Settings menu in Android is intelligently guessing what settings you want to change often and adds them automatically. However, it’s not always accurate, so you can use the System UI Tuner in order to manually add, remove or rearrange any shortcuts in this particular menu. For the Android N preview, the feature is included in the regular version of the OS, so you don’t need the hidden menu.
- Enable Night Mode and choose dark themes. Though people doubted it, the Night Mode thing is still available in Android N. If you’re now testing the developer preview, use the hidden System UI Tuner to activate the Night Mode. The phone will automatically see what time it is and it will adjust the color temperature plus it will use dark themes for the apps it can.