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 Android notification bar on their devices 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 users to customize the Android status bar using its full potential and make adjustments to any 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 easier. Super Status Bar is available in two versions, free and premium. (like most good apps). The 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 the 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 to turn it on, a new customized (default) status bar can be visualized instantly. Click General under settings, to make adjustments to the background of the status bar. Users can either select a custom image from the 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 the 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 the status bar, select Advanced from Settings. Tap Custom Layout. Users who have rooted their device can hide the original (default) status bar from the Advanced screen as well. The app comes with auto wizard assistants called MixMyBar classic and DragDrop. From the 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. In the end, move the slider to OFF to exit edit mode.
Secondly, users can also use MixMyBar drag and drop feature. Check MixMyBar DragDrop and tap Config. This screen allows you to drop and drop elements to the desired location on the status bar. Once completed, make sure to save changes. Users can also set custom carrier images and use 3rd party text font. (Only .TTF).
Drop images to:
Update image by selecting carrier element and selecting use SDcard image.
Drop fonts to:
Select text font from settings and a custom font should be visible.
How To Customize Android Notification Bar
To Customize Android Notification bar, Navigate to Settings and tap Elements. Enable by doing a quick tap on the button on the right side. Users can select custom backgrounds in terms of images and color. The same can be done for the bottom bar (present in the notification panel). Recent tabs can be added to the notification panel to view the most recently 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 the coming updates. It is still in beta and the developer appreciates feedback from the application to have decent fixes in upcoming updates.
To purchase the premium version which includes themes and widgets. Tap Premium from Settings and purchase!