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How to hide the notch in the new Android phones

Many of the newly released smartphones come with a notch on the front. This trend took off with the Apple introducing the top-notch display in its iPhone X last year.

One of the reasons why notch hasn’t yet molded perfectly in the smartphones is that not all apps are designed in a way to adjust with the notch. For example, if you use Instagram or Whatsapp, the notch blatantly hides the app screen behind it.

Worry not, there is a way to hide the notch in your phone to use your phone’s screen better. Well, we can’t remove the notch physically but it’s definitely possible to remove the notch internally by blacking out the top row of the screen to make the notch invisible. It can be enabled either system-wide or for specific apps. Once that is done, none of your content shall remain hidden because of the notch.

Steps to hide the notch

Step 1: Go to Settings. Then go to ‘Display and Brightness’ Tap the option called ‘Third-party app display ratio’

Step 2: Select the app you want. For example, WhatsApp. By default, it is full-screen. So select the option called ‘Safe Area Display’

Step 3: If you want to roll back, follow the step 1 and select the option ‘Full Screen’ for any specific app of your choice.

As Vivo X21 does not allow one to disable the notch system-wide, we use a third-party app called Nacho Notch.

Step 1: Go to Google Play Store and search for the app ‘Nacho Notch.’ Once discovered, download and install the app on your smartphone.

Step 2: Once the app is installed, you have to add it to your Quick toggle settings on a notification shade. These settings vary from devices to devices, depending on the custom skin.

Step 3: On Vivo X21, quick toggles tray can be pulled up from the bottom.

Step 4: Now all you have to do is enable and disable Nacho Notch to hide or unhide the notch system-wide.

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