How to Set Up User Profiles

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Even though most tablets and smartphones are usually used by just one person, the portability and ease of these devices makes passing them around and sharing super easy. Unfortunately, sharing devices means that sometimes things might not work the way you expect or are located where you expect them. Google thought of this when designing Android Lollipop (also known as Android 5), and built in profiles. Each user of the device can create and customize their own profile to make things look and work how they want. Here’s how to set up and use User Profiles on the Nexus 6:

 

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  1. When your Nexus 6 was first set up, two user profiles were created: the default or owner profile, and the guest profile.
  2. To view the list of profiles currently on the phone, and to add a new one, open the Settings app.
  3. Open the Users menu under the Device section.
  4. Here you see the list of profiles, and an option to Add user.
  5. Tap on Add user. A popup is displayed describing how user profiles can be customized. Each new profile can have their own apps and app folders, wallpapers, widgets, settings, and more.
  6. Tap Ok. You are then asked if you want to set up the user now, or wait to set up later. Tap either Not now, or  Set up now.
  7. Once you tap on Set up now, your phone will launch into the new user profile at the lock screen.
  8. Unlocking the device brings you into the setup flow. At the welcome screen, you are informed that while user profiles are almost completely independent, the device owner can still uninstall your apps, or even remove your profile altogether.
  9. Your new profile is set up. You can now customize, arrange, and tweak to your liking.

 

Switch Profiles

  1. When your phone is locked, or when you are viewing the notification panel, you will see a small person icon in the top left corner. This icon corresponds to the current user profile.
  2. Tap on the icon to show the user switcher.
  3. Tap on the profile icon you wish to switch to.

 

Customize & Delete Profiles

  1. In addition to many of the phone’s settings and customizations that can be changed for each user profile, the profile image for each user can also be customized for easier switching.
  2. Return to the Users menu in the Settings app.
  3. Tap the user icon next to You (the currently active profile).
  4. On the popup, you can change the name, or tap the icon to either Take photo, or Choose photo from Gallery.
  5. Choose or take a picture for your profile image, then tap OK.
  6. Log in and repeat the process for any additional accounts you wish to customize.

To delete a user profile:

  1. Switch to the owner user profile on your Nexus 6.
  2. Return to the Users menu in the Settings app.
  3. Tap the Gear icon next to the profile you wish to remove.
  4. Tap Remove user, then confirm that you wish to delete all associated apps and data for that user by tapping DELETE.

How to Factory Reset your Nexus 6

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At some point, you might want or need to make your phone as clean as the day you got it. Whether you’re selling or giving your device away when upgrading, or you just want to start fresh, here’s how to reset your Nexus 6 to factory settings:

  1. Before factory resetting your phone, make sure you have backed up or downloaded any data you want to preserve, such as photos and videos.
  2. Open the Settings app, then tap on Backup and Reset.
  3. In addition to the backup settings in this screen, you will find a Factory data reset option towards the bottom.
  4. Tap on Factory reset data.
  5. You will see a list of the items that will be deleted when you reset your Nexus 6 to factory settings.
  6. Tap Reset Phone, then Erase everything after being told “You can’t reverse this action!”
  7. Your phone will complete resetting then restart, where you will be greeted with the same launch sequence as when the phone was turn on for the first time.

How to Switch Launchers on Nexus 6

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One of the benefits of Android phones is that there are a lot more options for customization than other types of phones. Even the way we navigate through the phone and launch apps can be altered to fit our preferences by installing and using launchers other than the one supplied with our phone.

The Launcher on Android phones is downloaded like an app, but it controls the functions of the home screen, including apps, widgets, pages, and more. Different launchers provide different features that you often don’t find in the pre-installed launcher, and is a great way to tweak and customize your device. Here’s how to install and use alternate launchers on the Nexus 6:

  1. Download a new launcher from the Google Play Store. Here at StateOfTech, we like Action Launcher for it’s flexibility and speed.
  2. Once downloaded tap Open on the app page in the Play Store, or find the Action Launcher app icon on your home screen.
  3. You will be guided through a short set up process.
  4. After the launcher is active, the next time you return to the home screen, Android will ask which launcher you wish to use. Select the new launcher.

To switch or remove launchers:

  1. Open Settings and then open the Home menu.
  2. Here you see a list of the currently installed launchers, and the selected launcher is the currently active one.
  3. Select any launcher you wish to use, or:
  4. Tap the Trash can icon next to any launcher to delete it from your phone.

How to Get the Most From Your Nexus 6 Battery Life

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While the Nexus 6 is perfectly suited to be incredibly capable under heavy usage and multitasking, sometimes you want to eke out every minute you possibly can from the battery. Thankfully, the Nexus 6 includes lots of settings and features to help your battery last as long as you do. Here are some tips and tricks:

 

The Screen

Usually the biggest battery hog on any modern touchscreen device is the screen itself. It takes a lot of juice to power all those thousands of individually lit pixels with different colors and brightnesses, and the Nexus 6 is no slouch in the pixel count department. The biggest boost to your battery is to simply keep your screen off as long and as often as possible. When not possible, however, make sure to turn down the screen brightness, or use the automatic brightness setting that sets the screen brightness for you based on available environmental light.

  • Turn down your screen’s brightness level through Quick Toggles by dragging down the Notification Drawer, then lowering the brightness slider.
  • Keep your screen from using too much battery by keeping the Screen Timeout set low. You can edit this setting by going to the Settings app, tapping the Display menu, then picking a time limit in the Sleep menu.
  • A darker wallpaper will help your battery life as well. More pixels at a lower brightness means less power is being used. To learn how to change your wallpaper, check out our article Nexus 6 Home Screen Tips & Tricks.

 

The Radios

The latest and greatest devices come equipped with the latest and greatest wireless technologies. That’s what makes it a cell phone, right? Unfortunately, with every new kind of wireless connectivity, you also add a new drain to your battery life. Bluetooth, EDGE, 3G, 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS are all amazing and useful tools, and they all use power.

  • Turn off unused network modes. If your carrier doesn’t use LTE, then neither should you: it’s a battery hog. Unless you’re doing something data intensive like downloading photos or watching videos, it’s safe to keep LTE off. To turn off LTE on your Nexus 6:
    • In the Settings app, tap on More under Wireless & networks.
    • Tap on the Cellular networks menu.
    • Tap on Preferred network type and select 3G or Global (selection depends on your carrier).
  • Wi-Fi uses less battery than LTE (the highest speed data connection carriers provide at the moment), and there’s generally no need to have both on at the same time.
  • Keep Bluetooth and NFC turned off unless actively using them. You can turn off both using quick toggles in the Notification Drawer. Check out our article How to Use Quick Settings on the Nexus 6.
  • Unless you’re getting navigation directions or playing a game that requires your exact location, GPS can also be turned off using quick toggles.

 

The Apps

The next biggest battery drain on your Galaxy S6 is simply doing stuff, and doing stuff generally involves using apps. Unfortunately, apps are often running even when you’re not actively using them. Usually they’re working in the background, downloading or listening for changes, or doing some other kind of process. You can help rein in background power consumption of apps with a couple tricks.

  • Get a list of currently running apps by tapping on Apps under the Device section of the Settings app, then tapping on Application Manager and swiping over to the Running page. This shows a list of currently running tasks and applications, and and overview of the RAM currently being used. As a general rule (although not always the case), apps using more RAM are also using more power.
  • You can close currently running apps by opening up the Recents carousel by clicking the square navigation icon at the bottom of your screen and swiping the app away to the left or right.
  • Another potential battery hog is notifications. The more apps that use and send notifications, the more battery is used, from both getting the notification itself, and new notifications turning on the screen when it’s off. Check out our article How to Manage Notifications on the Nexus 6.

 

Extra Measures

If all the previous measures aren’t enough, the Nexus 6 brings one more feature to help you get the maximum from your Nexus 6’s battery life:

To help improve battery life, battery saver reduces your device’s performance and limits vibration, ambient display, location services, and most background data. Email, messaging, and other apps that rely on syncing may not update unless you open them.

Battery saver turns off automatically when your device is charging.

To turn on Battery Saver mode:

  • Tap on the Battery menu in the Settings app. Here you see an overview of your battery life over time and usage by feature or app.
  • Tap on the menu icon (three dots) in the top right of the screen, then tap on Battery Saver.
  • You can turn on Battery Saver manually using the toggle to the right, or you can tap Turn on automatically to set Battery Saver to automatically disable at a specified battery level.

 

How to Use Google Now on the Nexus 6

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Voice recognition and artificial intelligence has progressed so far in recent years that we now have what can be accurately called “digital assistants” right in our pockets. Many smartphone hardware and software manufacturers are now utilizing these advances in technology to increase the functionality and speed of their devices. You’ve probably heard of these digital assistants; Apple’s Siri on the iPhone, S Voice on Samsung Smartphones, and Cortana on Windows phones. One of the fastest and most accurate, however, is Google’s offering called Google Now. Here’s how to use Google Now on your Nexus 6:

  • By default, the Google search bar widget is placed on your main home screen. To have Google Now begin listening for commands, either tap the microphone icon on the right of the search bar, or say “OK Google” whenever you can see the widget.
  • The “Ok Google” keyword can also be used whenever you are using the Google app.
  • After starting Google Now, you can then say a voice command. Voice commands can be used to start a Google search, ask for information like weather updates, sports scoresmath answers, and general facts, and can even operate phone functions like opening apps, starting phone calls, and toggling settings like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • To alter the settings of Google Now, open the Google Settings app (by default, you can find it in the App Drawer), then tap on the Search & Now, then Voice. From here, we have a few different options we can change:
    • Languages will, of course, change the language that google will listen and search for.
    • The “Ok Google” detection menu gives you the option to enable or disable the “Ok Google” detection from within the Google app.
    • The Hands-free menu lets you enable Google Now detection whenever you have a bluetooth or wired headset plugged in.
    • Speech output toggles voice feedback after using a voice command.
    • The “Block offensive words” toggle will hide offensive words in the text copy of your voice command and search results.
    • And turning on the “Bluetooth headset” toggle will use the microphone on your Bluetooth headset or device for listening to voice commands.

How to Change Keyboards on the Nexus 6

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You might have noticed that you can download third party keyboards on your Nexus 6 but how do you turn them on, and how do you switch between them? Check out how to install, enable, and switch between keyboards on the Nexus 6:

  1. In the Settings app,  tap on Language and Input in the Personal section.
  2. All available keyboards are shown under Keyboards and Input Methods, including those downloaded using the Play Store.
  3. To change the keyboard that shows up by default in any text or input form, tap on Default Keyboard and select from the available keyboards.

How to Avoid Interruptions on the Nexus 6

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Having your phone buzz in your pocket or on your bedside table from all the calls, messages, and app notifications can be one of the most annoying parts of having a smartphone. Luckily, the Nexus 6 provides a set of features to help curb the (sometimes constant) stream of distractions flowing from your device. Here’s how to avoid intrusive interruptions on your Nexus 6:

  • In the Settings app, open the Sound & notification menu.
  • Tap on the Interruptions menu.
  • Here, you can customize what calls and notifications you receive and when.
  • The first menu, we select When calls and notifications arrive from three options:
    • Always interrupt
    • Allow only priority interruptions
    • Don’t interrupt.
  • Next, we can select what kind of interruptions are considered Priority. We can individually toggle Events and reminders, Calls, and Messages.
  • If Calls are selected as a priority notification, we can then select calls from which contacts are considered priority. Calls from: Anyone, Starred contacts only, or Contacts only.
  • Next, we can customize our Downtime. Downtime is a specified part of the day where we can choose to receive no notifications or priority notifications only.
    • Tap on Days to select the days of the week that Downtime is active.
    • Start time sets when Downtime will begin.
    • End time sets when Downtime will end.
    • Lastly, we can select the Interruptions allowed: Priority only, or None.

How to Use Quick Settings on the Nexus 6

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There’s more to the notification drawer than just notifications. In fact, you can control a lot of the most commonly changed settings from anywhere on your phone! Lets go over how to find and use quick settings in in the notification drawer of your Nexus 6:

  • Open the notification drawer by swiping down on the status bar at the top of the screen.
  • This opens the notification drawer, from here, swipe down again to reveal the Quick Settings section.
  • Screenshot_2015-06-26-15-07-27The toggles give you fast access to lots of the functions of your phone.
    • Tap on most toggles to turn them on or off.
    • Drag the slider next to the sun icon to change the brightness of your screen.
    • Tap the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth icons to turn connectivity on or off. Tap the arrow by the toggle name to view and connect to available networks or devices.
    • Tap the Cellular Data toggle to turn off your phone’s ability to use cellular network data. This is useful if your mobile plan has a limit on your data usage.
    • Tap the Airplane mode quickly turn off all wireless networks modes (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, cellular).
    • The Auto-rotate toggles your phone’s screen rotating based on orientation for apps that support rotation.
    • Tap the Flashlight toggle to turn on your camera’s LED flash bulb to use as a convenient flashlight.
    • The Location toggle turns GPS and cellular positioning on or off. Navigation and location-based apps use this to determine where the phone is physically located.
    • Finally, the Cast screen toggle lets you select a Chrome Cast receiver to mirror your phone’s screen to.
  • Tap the Gear icon at the top left to jump to the Settings app.
  • Swipe up to dismiss the Quick Settings panel.

How to Uninstall Apps on the Nexus 6

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It’s easy to install all kinds of apps on your phone, but what happens when you no longer need them, or you want to clear off some space on your phone? Here’s how to uninstall apps from your Nexus 6:

  1. From the home screen, open the Apps drawer (placed by default in the bottom row of icons).
  2. Tap and hold on the icon of the app you wish to uninstall.
  3. Drag to the top left of the screen where you see a trash can icon and the word Uninstall.
  4. Confirm that you wish to uninstall the app.

Apps can be deleted using the Play Store as well:

  1. Launch the Play Store app.
  2. Open the app menu using the menu button at the top left and tap on My Apps.
  3. Tap on the app you wish to uninstall, then tap the Uninstall button below the banner. Repeat for any other apps you wish to uninstall.

How to Quickly Take Photos on the Nexus 6

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Our smartphones have become the first, and sometimes only, camera we reach for when taking a photo. So it’s often useful to know the quickest method of taking a photo with your phone. Luckily with the Nexus 6, snapping a pic quickly couldn’t be easier. Check it out:

  • The fastest way to take a photo with the Nexus 6 is via the lock screen shortcut:
    • If your phone’s screen is off, click the power button to wake the screen up and view the lock screen.
    • While using the phone, you can quickly get to the lock screen by double-clicking the power button.
  • From the lock screen, swipe left from the right screen edge to launch the camera.

Using the lock screen shortcut to take a pic, even with no practice, is likely quicker than finding and launching the camera app. So go ahead and capture the moment, even when your camera isn’t ready to go right this second.

How to Manage Notifications on the Nexus 6

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Notifications can often be one of the most annoying aspects of using mobile devices, but there are plenty of ways to wrangle notifications into submission on the Nexus 6. Check out how:

 

Managing Notifications

You will see notifications in two places on your Nexus 6; in the notification drawer (and a corresponding icon in the status bar) that’s accessible by dragging down from the status bar, and on your lock screen. You can double tap on any notification to take you to whatever app the notification is from, and swiping the notification either to the left or the right will dismiss it both in the notification drawer and from the lock screen.

Some notifications give you additional options as well. For example; after saving media or taking screenshots, you are given the option to share it directly from the notification.

 

Changing Notification Settings

There are a number of ways to change what notifications you get and how you get them.

Each app has at least two settings specific to the notifications it sends: Block Notifications, and Set as priority. You can access these settings by opening the Settings app, tapping on Sounds and Notifications, then App Notifications. Tap on any app to access and change either settings. Block notifications will prevent the app from sending you any notifications, and Set as priority pins the notifications from that app to the top of the list of notifications on the lock screen and notification drawer.

The behavior of notifications on the lock screen can also be adjusted. In the Sound & Notification menu, tap on the When device is locked to choose between Show all notification content or Don’t show notifications at all.

Although some apps use a specific tone for their notifications, general notifications use the same default tone. You can change the default notification tone in the Sound & notification menu by tapping Default notification ringtone, selecting from one of the tones available, then tapping OK.

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