Setting up Shanling M6

Setting up Shanling M6 – No matter if you are complete beginner when it comes to modern operation systems, iOS user being slightly confused by Android, or experienced user just looking for few advanced tips, we hope this setup guide will be helpful for you.

First step – Quick Start Guide
Quick start guide comes with each M6, you can find it in small box in rear part of packaging, alongside screen protectors. We recommend to read it first, mainly part regarding “Gesture/Floating Ball Operation”, which will teach you how to move around Android system.

First Power On
To turn on M6, press down volume wheel and hold it until Shanling logo shows up on the screen. Now you will need to set three basic settings:
– Language
– Wi-Fi connection
– Virtual key mode setting

Note: All these settings can be changed at any time in main system settings.

Firmware update
Before you start setting up all menus and installing apps, we strongly recommend to firstly update firmware of your M6. Especially if your unit comes from first run with firmware V2.62. How can you find out which firmware are you currently using? Go to Settings (grey gear icon), scroll all the way down to “About device” and there you can see current firmware version under “Build number”.

M6 supports over-the-air (OTA) updates and it’s the recommended way how to perform updates.
1. Open “Support” app (purple light bulb).
2. Tap on Update (might be Upgrade in older versions or in some other languages).
3. App will find new firmware update for your M6. You can choose from one of two servers and then proceed with downloading.
4. When fully downloaded, confirm installation and wait until system finishes its automatic update. After device restarts, everything is ready for you.

Note: If you will be facing any problems with OTA update, firmware update file can be downloaded directly from our website, including How-to-update guide.
Note: All following information are based on firmware V2.7.

Installing Google Play Store
Due to some licensing issues, M6 comes without Google Play Store pre-installed. But it already includes all needed Google account systems and getting in Play Store is simple tast and only takes few minutes.
1. Open “APKPure” app, search for “Google Play Store” and proceed to install it.
2. Open newly installed “Google Play Store” and sign in with your Google account.
3. From now on you can install and update apps directly through Google Play store.

Note: On your Google account, M6 will show up as device named “Gionee M6”. It’s some error on Google’s side and we are currently not sure how to adjust it.

Installing apk files
If you wish to install apps from previously downloaded .apk files, you can use pre-installed “Files” browser on M6. You only need to copy .apk file onto Micro SD card (internal memory can’t be used for this) and then access this file through “Files” browser.

Quick access menu
Swipe down from top of the screen to access:
– Brightness settings
– Wi-Fi settings
– Bluetooth settings
– Headphone / Line-Out switch
– High / Low gain switch
– Audio settings shortcut
– Airplay mode

Transferring files to M6 from computer
When you connect M6 to computer with USB cable, as default it will only start to charge. You need to swipe down from top of the screen to view Quick access menu and there you will see Android System notification about USB charging. Tap on this notifications and switch to “Transfer files”. Now both internal memory of M6 and inserted Micro SD card will show up on your computer as “MTP USB Device”. Simply copy there all you needed audio and other files.

Some key settings
Settings > Bluetooth >
> Bluetooth Amp Mode – Activate to use M6 in Bluetooth receiver mode with smartphone or tablet.

Settings > Display >
> Sleep – Set period after which M6 turns of screen (15s – 30m).
> Virtual key mode – Switch between gestures and floating ball controls.

Settings > Audio >
> Lowpass filter mode – Switch between different digital filters, affecting sound of M6.
> Boot volume – Set default volume that will be set when M6 turns on.
> Max volume – Set limit on volume, to prevent any accidental volume rise.
> Wireless playback quality – Set which Bluetooth codec will be used when connecting M6 to Bluetooth headphones and speakers. This setting has no effect on Bluetooth receiver mode.

Settings > Scheduled power off >
> Sleep Poweroff – Sleep timer, sets time after which M6 will automatically turn off. ( 1-120m)
> Idle Poweroff – If M6 is not being used, it will automatically turn off after set time ( 1-50m, can be turned off completely).

Settings > Languages & input >
> Virtual keyboard – Switch from default Chinese keyboard to other languages.

Shanling Music App
Default pre-installed music player of M6. To start playing your music, you need to firstly perform “Library Update”, it’s the first item in menu. It will scan all audio files for their tags and sort them into library, accordingly to Album, Artist, Genre, etc. Files can be also accessed through basic “Folders” browsing, even without need to perform Library update. This can be helpful if you are often switching between different Micro SD cards and don’t want to wait for library update.

How is it with Android’s Sample Rate Conversion on M6? Does it affect apps I install?
We customized Android on M6 to avoid any sample rate conversions and its negative impact on sound quality. All audio played on M6 will be output at its default sampling rate, including all High-Resolution files. To make sure it’s working properly, currently used sampling rate is displayed in status bar. Same applies to any app you will install on M6, all of them will completely avoid sample rate conversion and output audio files in their original form.
How to enter Android Recovery menu? / How to perform factory reset?

If you will be facing some system breaking issues, it’s always possible fix them with help of Android Recovery menu.
1. Turn off M6.
2. Hold down volume wheel and top left button at the same time, hold until Shanling logo appears. If performed successfully, image of green robot and “No command” text will appear.
3. Hold down volume wheel and while holding it down, turn it one step clockwise.
4. Now you entered Android Recovery menu. Use volume wheel up/down to go through menu and press volume wheel to confirm. Wipe data/Factory reset option can be found in the middle.

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