How to Access Android 6.0’s Hidden System UI Tuner

Ben Stegner 12-05-2016

Android Marshmallow has lots of cool features Android 6.0 Marshmallow: What It Is and When You'll Get It Android Marshmallow is here -- but why should you care? Read More , but aside from all the headline improvements, there are some little tweaks under the hood, too. The System UI Tuner is one such little secret — it’s easy to miss, but pretty interesting to mess around with and doesn’t require rooting The Best Android Tweaks You Can Make Without Rooting Android tweaks aren't only for tech geeks. Here's how to get the most out of your non-rooted Android phone or tablet! Read More .


First, slide your notification tray down (either swipe down twice or swipe down with two fingers) to open the Quick Settings part of the tray. In between the battery percentage and your user icon, you’ll see a little gear icon — press and hold that for several seconds.

After you let go, you’ll be alerted that the System UI Tuner is now available in Settings > System UI Tuner.

Side note: If this doesn’t work, try enabling Developer Options if you haven’t yet. To do so, just go to Settings > About Phone and tap the Build Number entry seven times to enable them. Be careful in this menu if you visit it, as there are settings that could cause your phone to behave strangely.

The UI Tuner menu doesn’t have many options, but what’s there is useful. You can rearrange your Quick Settings to remove tiles you don’t use or put them in a more logical layout. The Status Bar option lets you remove icons from the top-right of your notification area, so you can hide icons that just waste space like Bluetooth or the constant Alarm icon.


One of the best tweaks you can make here is showing the battery percentage right inside the battery icon. This lets you know exactly where you battery is at all times without having to open another menu; if it’s draining too quickly, check out our battery-saving Marshmallow tips 10 Proven and Tested Tips to Extend Battery Life on Android Suffering from poor battery life on Android? Follow these tips to get more juice out of your Android device's battery. Read More .

Do you use anything in the System UI Tuner? Let us know what you’d like to see added to this menu in the future!

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Related topics: Android Marshmallow, Android Tips.

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  1. Adam Tripp
    May 22, 2016 at 11:09 pm


  2. Sven
    May 22, 2016 at 11:01 am

    It works on SONY stock Android 6.0.1 so thanks for the information. :-)

  3. Matt
    May 16, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Please consider revising this article to include a list of supported and unsupported devices. I already knew about System UI Tuner and the fact that my LG G4 isn't supported. As far as I know, this only works on Nexus phones with stock, unthemed Android. But like a lot of people, I was frustrated when I first learned it didn't work for me.

    • Ben Stegner
      May 16, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      I didn't realize this was for stock Android only and thought it would work for any Marshmallow phone. I apologize.

      • Matt
        May 17, 2016 at 12:14 am

        Nevertheless, I still appreciate the work you did on your article, and for taking the time to respond to my and other's comments. Thank you :)

  4. Doug
    May 15, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Can confirm that it does work on my Nexus 7 (2013) tablet (not rooted, but OTA updated to 6.0.1), but as others have said, not on my Samsung Galaxy S7...

  5. Mark
    May 15, 2016 at 3:21 am

    LGG4 AT&T..... 6.0 not on mine :/

  6. TrillemDafoe
    May 15, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Works fine on my Samsung Galaxy s7 edge with Marshmallow 6.0.1

    • Phil
      May 16, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      What carrier do you have? I have Verizon and the same phone you mentioned yet I cannot get this to work. And dev option is always done first minute I get any phone.

  7. James Templin
    May 15, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Sounds like a good tool. Too bad it's a figment of this writer's imagination. Or maybe he doesn't research we hat he writes. Either way, it didn't work on my Note 5.

    • Ben Stegner
      May 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      It's not a figment of my imagination, I just didn't realize that it was only limited to stock Android. I apologize.

  8. Sam
    May 14, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    I have the note 5 on Verizon. The developer options are on but the system ui tuner doesn't show.

  9. Dan
    May 14, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Did not work on nexus 6 with 6.0.1.

    • Ben Stegner
      May 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      This surprises me more than any of the others, because it works on my Nexus 6P. I can't believe it wouldn't work on a Nexus device with stock Android.

  10. Kyle Dunn
    May 14, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Yea I'm running marshmallow 6.0 on my t-mobile LG V10 and can't find this feature anywhere. I'm not rooted yet but looking to do so soon. Was able to get the developer options by pressing the build number 7 times though, and the system ui tuner isn't there either.

  11. MathAppeal
    May 14, 2016 at 11:46 am

    It wouldbe nice if peoplewriting these articles would do their research first and included in their articles which devices their featured topic works on and which it doesn't.

    • Ben Stegner
      May 16, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      I didn't realize this was limited to stock Android; we almost always put a disclaimer at the top of Android articles that different manufacturers have different versions of Android and every tip may not work for everyone. I apologize.

  12. David Dickerson
    May 14, 2016 at 7:10 am

    I have a LG-V10 with version 6 on Verizon Wireless and this doesn't work. Perhaps it only works on Nexus devices?

  13. Ron G.
    May 13, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    No Bueno on my Note 5

  14. Anonymous
    May 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Does not work on any samsung galaxy device

    • Ben Stegner
      May 16, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      I'm surprised at this, but I suppose it only works on stock Android.

  15. Marc
    May 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Does not work on my Samsung Galaxy S6 edge plus

  16. Jay Frase
    May 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Yep, doesn't work on Droid Turbo 2.

  17. Anonymous
    May 13, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Using Xposed with Gravity Box doesn't help? Well unless you don't want root in the first place then nothing to do

  18. DSA
    May 12, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Yep, verizon LG go...

  19. bnjmn
    May 12, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Already done this on XperiaTabZ3C without this fluff

  20. Alan
    May 12, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    This is the 4th article I have read on tech sites in the past 3 weeks about this that all fail to realize that this is not available on many phones. Works great on Nexus, and on the HTC One M8 (at least on Verizon) but does not work on any Samsung or LG phone, or many others where the vendor has built their own Android skin.


    • Ben Stegner
      May 16, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      I didn't realize this was limited to so few phones. I apologize.

  21. Anonymous
    May 12, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Can't get it on my LG G4 running Marshmallow. First enabling method above didn't work, but became a developer by tapping Build Number 7 times. Still can't find System UI Tuner anywhere in my Settings.

    • Ronnie
      May 12, 2016 at 12:50 pm


      • Ben Stegner
        May 16, 2016 at 8:11 pm

        It seems as if this menu is only available in stock Android since it's still experimental. I apologize.