Android Nougat arrived last year, bringing a number of welcome improvements, such as fast app switching and a productivity-boosting split-screen mode. Now that it's 2017, the updated version of Google's operating system is showing up on more phones — Samsung's Galaxy S7 is the latest to get the update. So more Android users than ever before are ready to become acquainted with Nougat's additions and enhancements.
Credit: Jeremy Lips/Tom's GuideWe're here to help. Below you'll find hints and how-tos on many of the new features introduced in Android Nougat as well as some tutorials on features that have been brought over from previous editions of Android.
Speaking of which, if your phone still runs Marshmallow — or if you're buying a budget Android handset powered by Android 6.0 — we haven't forgotten you. Just below our Nougat tips, you'll find similar pointers for making the most of Android Marshmallow's features.
Nougat Tips, Tricks and How-Tos
These tips will introduce you to all the changes in Android Nougat and show you how to make the most of them.
Get an overview of what's new in the latest version of Android and how you can use these features to do more with your smartphone. READ MORE.
It's easier than ever to jump between two apps in Android. Here's how to use the Quick Switch capability added to Android Nougat. READ MORE.
Quick Reply isn't new to Android Nougat, but the feature gets a nice makeover that makes it more useful. READ MORE.
Google has made some tweaks to Now on Tap since its Marshmallow debut. Find out what's changed in Nougat and how to enable the feature. READ MORE.
Doze mode remains a core feature in Android Nougat. Here's how to manage which apps will still send notifications when your phone is in Doze mode. READ MORE.
Android Nougat refines the process of selecting Quick Settings and ordering them. Here's how it's done. READ MORE.
You can activate Google Now with either a touch of your finger or the sound of your voice. READ MORE.
Notifications got some polish in Nougat but they also added new functionality that makes them simple to use. READ MORE.
As with Marshmallow, Nougat gives you granular control over what an app can access on your phone or tablet. READ MORE.
Another Marshmallow feature that returns to Nougat, you can use RAM Manager to find apps affecting your phone's performance. READ MORE.
You can give paramedics access to your emergency contacts and medical conditions from your Android phone's lock screen. Here's how to set it up. READ MORE.
In Android Nougat, you've got several ways to block calls. Here's how to block individuals, report spam callers and send bothersome callers straight to voicemail. READ MORE.
Android Nougat lets you change the size of your display to make text and icons larger or smaller. Here's how to do that and why you'd want to. READ MORE.
Marshmallow Tips, Tricks and How-Tos
Is your phone still running Marshmallow? Not to worry: We've got tips on making the most of Marshmallow's features, too.
Marshmallow's marquee Now on Tap feature puts Google's searching strengths front and center on your smartphone. But to take advantage of Now On Tap, you've got to turn it on first and then learn a few tips for making the most of this new feature. READ MORE.
You can access Google Now more quickly with Marshmallow, as the OS lets you activate Google Now from your phone's lock screen. Here's how to set up Google Now to respond to your voice. READ MORE.
After Google Now, one of Marshmallow's biggest highlights is increased control over app permissions. Here's how to manage the new granular permissions used in the updated OS. READ MORE.
Marshmallow introduced a new memory manager that can reveal which apps are using up your phone's RAM. Here's how to use the memory manager to boost performance. READ MORE.
Doze Mode increases battery life by ceasing all but the most critical functions of your phone while it's at rest. Here's how to make sure notifications from your most important apps still get through. READ MORE.
In Marshmallow, the Do Not Disturb feature offers a great way to only be pinged with the type of alerts you specify. But Marshmallow introduced many different customization options you should learn about. READ MORE.
Here's a step-by-step tutorial updated for Marshmallow on how to create home screen icons for individual files such as MP3 files, Word documents or photos. READ MORE.
Google's mobile payment system is front and center with Marshmallow, letting you pay with your smartphone (and with a touch of your finger if you've got a phone with a fingerprint sensor). Find out where you can use Android Pay and how to add credit, debit and loyalty cards. READ MORE.
You can also use Android Pay when you're buying something within an app. Here's how to set up and use that feature. READ MORE.
Selecting your app of choice for browsing, messaging and more used to be a convoluted process in Android. Marshmallow streamlined changing your default apps to just a few taps. READ MORE.
Marshmallow also features a streamlined method for deleting apps from your home screen. We'll show you how it works. READ MORE.
The powerful Google Translate feature added the ability translate within any app that supports text selection in Marshmallow. READ MORE.
If you don't want to swipe, type or use a fingerprint every time you wake from sleep, you might just want to remove the lock screen altogether. READ MORE.
Android Marshmallow offers customization options through a menu called System UI Tuner. Here's how to use it to customize your quick settings, status bar and more. READ MORE.
The oft-overlooked Daydream feature can turn the display of your Android phone into a mosaic of images, news headlines or photos. Here's how to enable it in Marshmallow. READ MORE.
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