Looking at the same status and notification bar can be annoying at times. Exclusively for those Andro-Fanatics who love to do quick mods to get a certain feel out of their powerful devices. Most of the hard-core modifications would require a root at times. But as the development continues, folks are working hard to make it easier for all users to adjust and customize their device as per their needs.
In this post, we will review this unique application available from Google Play which allows users to customize their status and notification bar as per their standards and requirements. Super Status Bar, allows user to customize Android status bar using its full potential and make adjustments to any tiny-bit possible i.e. change the look, feel and position of status bar icons, add a background image, choose a color, adjust font face and size etc. Let’s get into more details on how one can achieve this! To make it more user-friendly and easily configurable for any level of Android users, keep on reading.
Note: Download Super Status Bar to make it more easier. Super Status Bar is available in two versions, free and premium. (like most good apps). Premium pack has no ads, access to downloadable themes, and widgets. After downloading, navigate to System Settings on your device and turn on Accessibility Service for Super Status Bar. This is important to make tweaks to the notification panel.
How To Customize Android Status Bar
Open Super Status Bar. On main screen, three tabs would be visible including settings, feedback and information. Ignore these tabs, and hit the on/off button to instantly enable / disable modifications. Once you tap turn on, new customized (default) status bar can be visualized instantly. Click General under settings, to make adjustments to background of status bar. User can either select a custom image from gallery / SD Card or simply choose a color. Other settings include start on boot and static notifications. Navigate back to settings and tap Elements. This allows you to configure icons on status bar such as battery, clock, notification, date, carrier, panel, toggles, and weather.
Further settings can be obtained by doing a quick tap on each icon’s name. i.e. tap Battery and later customize text visibility, icon visibility, juice visibility, font face, text color and MIUI bar activation. Each icon would have different settings and adjustments based on its nature. i.e. once you tap clock, adjustments can be done to clock format, font, font color and AM/PM color.
To reposition elements on status bar, select Advanced from Settings. Tap Custom Layout. Users who have rooted their device can hide original (default) status bar from Advanced screen as well. The app comes with auto wizard assistants called MixMyBar classic and DragDrop. From Advanced screen, check MixMyBar classic box and tap Config. Activate edit mode by sliding it to ON. Check on groups required to activate and tap drop-down to select elements which are to be visible in each group. At the end, move the slider to OFF to exit edit mode.
Secondly, user can also use MixMyBar drag and drop feature. Check MixMyBar DragDrop and tap Config. This screen allows you to drop and drop elements to desired location on status bar. Once completed, make sure to save changes. User can also set custom carrier images and use 3rd party text font. (Only .TTF).
Drop images to:
Update image by selecting carrier element and select use SDcard image.
Drop fonts to:
Select text font from settings and custom font should be visible.
How To Customize Android Notification Panel
To Customize Android Notification Panel, Navigate to Settings and tap Elements. Enable by doing a quick tap on the button on right side. User can select custom background in terms of images and color. Same can be done for the bottom bar (present in notification panel). Recent tabs can be added in the notification panel to view most recent used apps.
This app was tested on Galaxy Note, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S.
Problems / drawbacks: No support for lock screen and crashed several times on Nexus S running Jelly Bean. Hopefully these fixes can be seen in coming updates. It is still in beta and developer appreciates feedback from the application to have decent fixes in upcoming updates.
To purchase premium version which includes themes and widgets. Tap Premium from Settings and purchase!.