Tips & Tricks: 26 hidden or little-known Android 5.0 Lollipop features

Tips & Tricks: 26 hidden or little-known Android 5.0 Lollipop features
Yesterday Google finally released the Android 5.0 Lollipop factory image for a few modern Nexus devices (how to install them), and we wasted no time flashing our resident Nexus 5. In truth, we had already spent quite some time with the latest Android platform update – even before we were sure that it'll be called Lollipop – thanks to the publicly-available developer previews. Over time, those became more and more alike to the final piece of code we now have loaded on the aforementioned Nexus 5, but, obviously, nothing beats having the real, final thing.

Despite having had access to Android L for months on end, however, most people still recognize Lollipop for the so-called "Material Design" overhaul, and hardly much else. But there's so much more to the latest update that we felt compelled to fire up our now Lollipop-touting N5 and go through the near entirety of the system – prodding, looking, searching. Before long we knew that despite its efforts of simplifying the Android Lollipop UX, there were still a number of features whose operation (or even existence) wasn't obvious. We took notes and we are now bringing them to you so that you can get the most out of Lollipop whenever it lands on your device.

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Last updated: 02.18.2015



1. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

No.8: You can do that even on Jelly Bean

5. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

I think that the idea is that you can easily access it. Keep in mind that they are talking about the stock Android

2. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

When I reboot, I usually want a clean slate.

3. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Which is why Google should finally add a kill-all button to the Recents menu. I hate having to kill off 50 apps manually.

6. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

>I hate having to kill off 50 apps manually. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

8. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Read my previous answer

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Kill all button will be useless. And killing manually applications is as useless: they are killed by the system when not needed after a while or they restart themselves via a service. What is needed is a way to stop the services you don't want so they don't start applications you don't want constantly running.

12. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

When I want to kill off background apps it's not because I'm thinking "Hey, this just might help performace" (it doesn't), it's because Android Lollipop's Recents tab can get extremely cluttered and fast. For example, Lollipop creates separate entries for different settings if accessed from different places (e.g. one from the Settings app, another from a toggle), and, of course, Chrome now spawns its own tabs, too. It probably won't be long before 3rd party devs also jump on the bandwagon. Not a fan personally.

16. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Then your post was unclear, you don't really want a "kill all button", what you actually one is a "clean all the latest accessed applications" button, which it is not exactly the same.

20. MrOrage

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

If you did not already know, Chrome tabs getting individual tasks can be changed and turnd off in Chrome browser settings.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That plus a faster way to uninstall apps with one click, a home button for the play store, and a few other simple tweaks that Google seems oblivious to.

17. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The "Clear All" button and the ability to long press an app in the recent view to get to the app settings are two things I always forget are not in stock Android. Not really a fan of them still in the background after a reboot since I'm normally rebooting to get a clean slate. Being able to uninstall from the launcher instead of the app draws is also nice. Will they ever include anything other than "Power Off" in the power menu? A reboot option would be nice too...I'm lazy and don't want to hit the power button again to turn it on.

24. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

There is a faster way to uninstall apps. Go to your app drawer, press and hold on an apps icon. You'll get 2 options at the top of your screen, "uninstall" and "App info". Drag the icon to uninstall and hit ok on the confirmation box and it will be uninstalled.

4. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

Keeping the running apps after reboot sucks. It was the only way to be sure that I've killed some annoying battery sucking app

11. durrav

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

A lot of people has apparently missunderstood this. The apps aren't still opened after a reboot. It's just the shortcust card that's still visable. When you click on the card the app opens just as it would if you clicked its icon on the launcher or drawer.

15. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It'd still be nice to have a "clear all" option.

23. Psykotik_Dragon

Posts: 85; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

touchwiz on Samsung still incorporates the clear all button as well as the task manager pie chart

9. av911 unregistered

4. Quick access toggles For me, Samsung does it right for this function. Quick toggles and notification with one-finger swipe...ONCE. There's no need for an additional swipe or additional button to tap or two-finger swipe.

10. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Tap & Go - Finally the one I have been looking for. Nice features.

18. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I know, almost makes Titanium Backup unneeded. I like how you can pick with apps you want and from which device and date. Very nicely done by Google there.

13. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

no 18 feature is on miui.....really handy and i lovr it

19. Selina

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Everything is nice, but unfortunately Camera again does not work (it makes me angry). I had this issue on Android 4.4: high CPU usage of the 'mm-qcamera-daemon' process and can’t connect to the camera. On April 2014 Google promised fixes of this in the next maintenance update. No such a fixes were made. Today I updated to Android 5.0 and again – Camera does not work. Only difference that in running processes there is no 'mm-qcamera-daemon'. Anybody knows is there any solution of this?

21. rangoj

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Lollipop is incredible! Finally, android have nicer interface then IOS.

22. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Android l sucks, kitkat is way better. I regret updating my m8. My phone now continously lags heavily and always force closes

26. rithulr

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Do a clean install of the OS and there won't be any lags or force closes. You might have installed over KitKat and sometimes the installation doesn't go smooth.

25. RajuSesharaj

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

That camera thingy is just for the flagships that too now only implemented in Nexus devices i think none of the manufacturers implement the new camera api's in Mid range devices since it would weaken their flagships

27. jimmybo

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

20 of these do not work on the T mobile S5. 3 out of the 5 remaining doesn't matter and the other 2 had it on kit kat


Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I know the feels.. Really disappointed that T-Mobile Lolilipop didn't give me the full experience...


Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

No. 10 - My Notification Panel is still the same as before the update for 5.0

30. Hellouser

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

wrong one my bad

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