If you choose Android over iOS, one reason for your decision may be the extra configuration and customization options you get with Google’s mobile operating system — and if you’ve installed the right apps, those options widen all the way to the status bar at the top of the screen.
Here we will guide you through some of the best apps to hack the status bar on your Android device, and what they can do for you. It is possible to turn the status bar into a volume controller, change the look and style of the icons, and even press a gradient or an image of your choice there, all with the help of third-party software.
These apps need some extra access permissions to get started, including enough of a privilege level to be able to view overlays on top of other apps, but you’ll be guided through all the setup steps you need to take when the apps themselves get them installed—and we have a few to choose from.
super status bar Free or $2 if you want to remove ads and access all their options. One of its smarter features is the ability to show your notifications in a bar style on the status bar, appearing and then disappearing without a big popup blocking your screen. From the opening screen, tap the cursor text, then flip the toggles for both Status bar text And the Disable alerts. You can customize the style of the cursor down further.
You can also turn the status bar into a brightness and volume control: Go to main slider From the opening screen in the app, you will see the various settings that can be controlled with a swipe on the status bar. They can be set automatically based on what’s happening on your phone (so swiping up while the alarm is ringing will change the alarm volume, for example).
There are plenty of other customizations available here as well. You can change the style of the status bar icons by going to Status bar From the opening screen: there are options covering colors, item arrangement, status bar height, and shape of the icons themselves – you can, for example, get outlines of shapes for access to GPS, Bluetooth connections, upcoming alarms, etc.
Then there is the rather strange title Status bar, custom colors and backgrounds. This app is capable of some really transformative effects, and it will replace your status bar with a strip of image if you want – so instead of the boring blank color behind icons and time at the top of your screen, you can enjoy a breathtaking sunset or a rolling hillside landscape.
From the opening screen that appears after launching the application, choose creative To start choosing your personalization. You can select a blank color from a palette, or choose one of the gradients or images provided with the app (including nature scenes and abstract designs). You may be surprised how different your phone can look and feel once you change the design of the status bar.
Back on the home screen, choose your picture to select one of your photos, or excellent To access a more advanced set of designs (you will need to answer a survey question to access it). You can use the custom notch and status bar colors and backgrounds for free, but you can also pay $4 to remove the ads scattered throughout the app and get all the available colors and frames.
Finally, we have PowerLine: Status Bar Counters, which is free to use for one or two indicators and $2 for the pro version if you need more. This implements a very specific Android status bar hack, giving you access to a number of real-time progress bars at the top of the screen: you can recall information about battery level, CPU and memory usage, cellular signal and wifi strength and phone usage.
All of this is highly customizable using the tools that appear within the app. Click on + (Plus) The button down in the lower right corner to add new indicators, then click on the indicators to access the wealth of options available. Everything from line color and thickness to the alignment and width of the indicator bar can be adjusted, so you can get everything exactly the way you want it (the bars can be positioned at the bottom of the screen as well as at the top).
There are a few fun indicators to play around with, including ones that show the range of the current day or week, and one that acts as a barometer. The app integrates well with Tasker as well for more possibilities. The app is very easy to use, and there is bound to be at least one or two progress bar indicators that you find useful in your daily mobile use.