Android Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos for Nougat and Marshmallow

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.

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(Image credit: Jeremy Lips/Tom's Guide)

We'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.

MORE: Android Nougat Review: Little Improvements Make a Big Difference

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.

Our Favorite Android Nougat Features and Tips

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.

How to Use Android Nougat's Quick Switch Feature

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.

How to Use Android Nougat's Multi-Window Mode

Android Nougat adds multi-window functionality to the mobile OS. Here's how to switch into the new Multi-Window mode on your phone with additional tips for tablet users. READ MORE.

How to Use Quick Reply

Quick Reply isn't new to Android Nougat, but the feature gets a nice makeover that makes it more useful. READ MORE.

How to Use Now on Tap in Nougat

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.

How to Manage Doze Mode

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.

How to Customize Quick Settings

Android Nougat refines the process of selecting Quick Settings and ordering them. Here's how it's done. READ MORE.

How to Activate Google Now in Nougat

You can activate Google Now with either a touch of your finger or the sound of your voice. READ MORE.

How to Manage Notifications in Nougat

Notifications got some polish in Nougat but they also added new functionality that makes them simple to use. READ MORE.

How to Manage App Permissions

As with Marshmallow, Nougat gives you granular control over what an app can access on your phone or tablet. READ MORE.

How to Use RAM Manager

Another Marshmallow feature that returns to Nougat, you can use RAM Manager to find apps affecting your phone's performance. READ MORE.

How to Add Emergency Information

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.

How to Block a Call

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.

How to Change Text and Icon Size in Nougat

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.

How to Use Google Now on Tap

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.

How to Activate Google Now

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.

How to Manage App Permissions

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.

How to Use RAM Manager

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.

How to Manage Doze Mode

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.

How to Set Do Not Disturb

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.

How to Create a File Shortcut

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.

How to Set Up and Use Android Pay

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.

How to Use Android Pay for In-App Purchases

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.

How to Change Default Apps

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.

How to Delete an App

Marshmallow also features a streamlined method for deleting apps from your home screen. We'll show you how it works. READ MORE.

How to Translate Text in Any App

The powerful Google Translate feature added the ability translate within any app that supports text selection in Marshmallow. READ MORE.

How to Disable the Lock Screen

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.

How to Customize Android Marshmallow with System UI Tuner

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.

How to Set Up Android's Daydream Screensaver

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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