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How to hide or disable Top Notification Bar in Android?

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Updated: August 2021

Are you planning to give Android devices to your employees or use them as a kiosk in your store? For such deployments, using the Android device without proper lockdown might not be a good idea as this invites unnecessary activities on the device like gaming, unsupervised browsing, downloads, etc. This results in wastage of productive hours and inappropriate usage of the device.

In such situations, use SureLock to lock down your Android device and restrict the users to only allowed applications.

Restrict access to device settings by disabling Top Notification Bar in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above devices

In Android devices, a Top Notification Bar has been introduced (also known as Top Bar, Action Bar, or Status Bar). So now, users can use this bar to get quick access to device settings, updates, and notifications.

Disable Top Notification Bar

Here is how you can disable the Top Notification Bar in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above devices using SureLock:

1Install and launch SureLock.

2. Tap the SureLock Home Screen 5 times within 3 seconds to launch the password prompt. On the password prompt, enter the SureLock password.

3. On successful login, the SureLock Admin Settings screen appears.

4. On the SureLock Admin Settings screen, tap SureLock Settings.

5. On the SureLock Settings screen, tap Disable Status Bar.

6. Tap Done to complete.

Top Notification Bar on your device will be disabled now. The user cannot tap or drag it to access notifications or settings.

Hide Top Notification Bar

For Samsung/Signed devices and platform signed devices, it is possible to completely hide the Top Notification Bar.

To completely hide the Top Notification Bar, follow these steps:

1. Make sure either Samsung KNOX is enabled or Enterprise Agent (EA) compatible with the device is installed on the device. 

2. Tap the SureLock Home Screen 5 times within 3 seconds to launch the password prompt. On the password prompt, enter the SureLock password.

3. On successful login, the SureLock Admin Settings screen appears.

4.  On the SureLock Admin Settings screen, tap SureLock Settings.

5. On the SureLock Settings screen, tap Hide Bottom Bar.

6. Tap Done to complete

This completely hides the top notification bar and bottom bar making your application go full screen.

To know more about SureLockclick here.