Stop apps from using up your data with this quick trick
You may not realise this, but various apps are leeching on your mobile internet connection, resulting in greater data and battery use.
Android has a built-in tool to prevent you from exceeding your network limit, and if you’re not using it already, you really should be. Open Settings>Data usage to get started, and tap the switch to enable monitoring for mobile data.
Don’t have Marshmallow yet? You can still make sharing sleeker with these handy tricks
Android Marshmallow brings a bunch of useful new features, including a streamlined sharing menu that makes sharing your favourite pages and articles so much easier. Whether you’re sharing via email, showing friends on Facebook, Twitter or logging the link in a reader service such as Instapaper, the new sharing menu is worth taking a look at.
However, if Android M isn’t available to you, then you’ll need to find a way of refreshing the sharing menu into a usable tool. While apps like Fliktu: Share Fast are a strong option for replicating the Android M look, the key thing about the new sharing menu is how it optimises by the apps you regularly share.
This quick trick will let you check your exact battery percentage at a glance
How much battery have you got left on your phone? 75 per cent? 50 per cent? Perhaps 10 per cent? Without opening the notification area, finding out with a quick glance is simply out of the question.
While Marshmallow owners can enable this in Settings>System UI Tuner>Show embedded battery percentage, and rooted users of older versions can employ the Xposed Framework to add a percentage battery label, those of you without root or Android 6.0 may feel left out.
The popular trigger/action app Tasker can also change your kernel settings
A number of CPU tuning apps let you set up profiles based on common conditions, to tweak your processor settings dependent on device status. Integrating with an application such as Tasker takes this to the next level, as it includes a huge number of custom triggers and is also very extensible with third-party plugins.
Aside from simple use cases, Tasker can be used to create much more complex scenarios than would be possible otherwise: for example, you could use Tasker to switch to a conservative governor when using a specific low-power app (such as Amazon Kindle or similar) or you could even monitor CPU states and switch governor or clock speed based on the utilisation of the processor. With Tasker, you are limited only by your imagination.
Still waiting for the official rollout of Marshmallow on your Nexus device? Jump the queue by installing manually
Marshmallow’s rollout is so far typically slow, but Nexus 5, 6, 7, 9 and Player owners can upgrade manually. Before you get started, make sure that you’ve backed up your device and that you’ve got all of the necessary kit and software tools. You’ll find the tools you need and instructions on how to use them in the links below. Follow the instructions carefully!
Begin by searching XDA-Developers.com for Minimal ADB and Fastboot, then download and install on your PC.