How To Hide Status Bar On Android Jelly Bean, But Still Expand It At Will

If you are an Android power user, you undoubtedly appreciate the ability to apply an unlimited amount of tweaks to your device and the operating system. This new easy-to-apply tweak will hide your Android status bar for good, making more room for your apps, while still allowing you to expand the notification area and access important information whenever you feel the need. This is a tweak especially developed for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

As it is by default, the Android status bar is rather small and unobtrusive, yet if you are interested in making your device look as clean as it can possibly be, what amounts to a string of numbers on top of a beautiful wallpaper, or your everyday apps, can be more of an annoyance than a useful resource. With this tool, you can hide the status bar altogether while still being able to swipe down and look at the notification drawer: it really is the best of both worlds!

This tweak uses Apktool in order to be applied, a tool that allows Android binaries, including system files, to be reverse-engineered and modified. For anyone with some background in customizing Android, this tweak should be rather easy to apply, requiring users to simply edit a few system files and rebooting the device. Once the tweak is fully applied, you will be able to enjoy the full functionality of the status bar whenever you fancy, by bringing up the notification panel. The developer recommends the use of this tweak alongside Notifier Pro, an Android app that adds enhanced capabilities to Android’s notification screen.

Android status bar jelly bean

This tweak should work with many ROMs, including CM10, CM10.1 and Paranoid Android, as well as many other custom ROMs. The tweak does not seem to work on any Samsung ROM, although we have not tested this ourselves. We will be sure to let you know should the situation change, meanwhile if you have any success applying this tweak on any other flavors of Android, please let us know in the comments!

(Source: XDA-Developers forum thread)

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