With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google is putting everything it has on Google Now and its contextual services which means that the digital assistant needs to have a prominent place on any device. Apparently, the company thought the Dialer no longer deserved a place on the spotlight and has replaced its lock screen shortcut with one for Google Now. The problem is that many people will never use Google Now or at least have no need to access the service as fast as possible, making the dialer a more ideal option.
Get the lock screen dialer back
The dialer is not completely gone and you do not need to install anything in order to get it back. What you need to do is alter a single option in your Android settings.
- Open the Settings in your Android Marshmallow device
- Go to the Apps section.
- Tap on the gear icon at the top right corner and go to Default Apps > Assist & voice input.
- Tap on the “Assist app” item and choose “None”.
The default choice here is the Google App which is exactly why it shows up on your lock screen. The annoying thing is that altering this setting means you can no longer long-press on your Home button in order to bring up Google Now so the new “Now on Tap” features will not be immediately accessible.