Few things every Nexus 5X user must know
The Nexus 5X is Google and LG’s long-overdue follow-up to the Nexus 5. Android fans loved the Nexus 5 (and still do), but it was time for an upgrade. The Nexus 5X is released with new Android Marshmallow(6.0) right out of the box. If you’ve never used Marshmallow before there are a few new things you’ll want to set up right away. Here are the few things you should do
Set up Google Now on Tap
The new feature of Android Marshmallow is Google Now on Tap. It’s a completely new way to interact with Google search. The Nexus 5X is one of the first devices to take advantage of this feature. Now on Tap allows Google to scan your screen and provide information based on what it finds.
Now on Tap is something you’ll want to use. Here’s how to set it up.
- Open the Google app
- Swipe in from the left and tap Settings
- On the next page tap on Now cards
- Make sure Now on Tap is enable.
Enable finger print scanner
Another new feature of Android Marshmallow is support for fingerprint scanners. On the back of the Nexus 5X you’ll notice a recessed circle underneath the camera lens. This is the fingerprint scanner. You can use it to quickly unlock your phone, pay for items with Android Pay, and even log into apps. Here’s how to set it up.
- Open Settings > Security
- Tap on Nexus imprint > Add fingerprint
- Create a backup PIN or password
- Follow the on-screen instructions for scanning your finger
- After you’ve added your first finger you can add more or be done
Manage app permission
Why does the Twitter app need to know my location? Why does Facebook need to access my microphone? If these are questions you’ve asked you will love Android Marshmallow.
That’s only half of the new features. It’s also possible to choose which permission you’d like to deny. The new App Info page in the Settings has a section for permissions. You can simply deselect which things you don’t want an app to have permission to do. Here’s how to do it.
- Go to Settings > Apps
- Tap on any app
- Tap on Permissions from the App Info page
- Deselect any permission you wish
Edit the Quick Toggles
Most non-Nexus devices allow you to customize the toggles found in the Quick Settings. It’s nice to be able to organize the toggles to match how you use them. Google finally added this ability in Android Marshmallow, but it can only be accessed if you know the hidden method. Here is the method,
- Pull down on the notification shade twice, or with two fingers
- Long-press on the Settings gear icon in the top right for more than 5 seconds
- Remove your finger and a toast notification will tell you System UI Tuner has been added
- To customize the System UI go to Settings > System UI Tuner
Add battery percent indicator
Most of the devices show battery indicator, it can also be seen in Nexus 5x in notification bar. But to see that you always need to scroll that. Google has introduced another hidden way to make it visible on battery icon itself. Here’s how to do it,
- Open System UI Tuner unlocked in previous step
- Enable Show embedded battery percentage
Camera quick launch
In the past, Nexus phones have been hampered with poor cameras, but it seems they have finally came up with new functions in this generation. A good camera isn’t worth much if you can’t open it fast enough to take a snap. On the Nexus 5X you can double tap the power button to quickly launch the camera and volume down button to capture the snap. Never miss a moment again!