December 20, 2014

Tip: How to hide the notification bar on Nova Launcher

nova launcher

Installing Nova Launcher opens up a whole load of customisation possibilities for your Android device; first we explained how to use Nova Launcher gestures to quickly activate Google Now, and now you’ll see how to hide the notification bar.

Hiding the notification pane on your device can change the look of your home screen entirely, for the better – not only do you get more screen space, but you don’t have a solid black bar spoiling your nice new minimal wallpaper.

The requirement is that you’ll need to be on KitKat 4.4, or any phone that supports transparency in the navigation bar, of which includes:

  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (on Android 4.3)
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Sony Xperia Z
  • Motorola Moto X
  • HTC One (rooted)
  • Any Android 4.4 device ( Nexus 5)

You’ll also need the Beta release of Nova Launcher to get the option to hide the notification bar. To get the Beta, simply join this Google+ community, then head here to opt-in to the beta.

Then to activate the transparent notification bar, head into Settings -> Look and Feel -> Transparent Notification Bar.

And that’s all there is to it. Enjoy.