How to Customize Android Marshmallow Quick Settings Tray

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 13 Oct 2015

Android’s Quick Settings tray isn’t new in Marshmallow. But tucked away in the bowels of the latest mobile OS is a hidden feature that lets you customize. What appears there. It’s a helpful tool if you don’t want certain items you’ll never use. Which are taking up space in the Quick Settings tray. Or, if you want to rearrange the icons, the shortcuts you use most often are in an easy-to-reach place. Getting to this feature takes trickery, but it’s still easy to find. First, you need to enable Android Marshmallow System UI Tuner. To do so, first swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notification drawer. Then swipe down again to open the Quick Settings tray, or swipe down with two fingers. Next, hold the gear icon in the upper right corner for a few seconds until the gear icon starts spinning. Release your finger and be presented with a message that System UI Tuner is up and running.


Android Marshmallow’s hidden System UI Tuner settings screen.

Open the Settings app if it isn’t already, scroll down, then tap System UI Tuner under the System subheading. Suppose this is your first time using System UI Tuner. You’ll get a warning that System UI Tuner features are experimental and may change, break, or disappear in future releases. Read dismiss the message, then tap Quick Settings.

You can quickly easily add, remove, or rearrange shortcuts that appear in the Quick Settings tray.

You can rearrange, remove, or add items to the Quick Settings tray quickly and easily. To mix things, drag them around. If you want to remove an icon. Drag it from its location in the Quick Settings tray to the Delete icon. If you want to add or re-add an item, tap Add tile. Then tap the name of the setting you wish to access quickly.
The Quick Settings customization tool works reasonably well, but it’s still rough around the edges. That said, it works well enough that I could see building it out a little more. Making it easier to access.