Finally! Pull down the Note 8 or S8 notification bars from anywhere on the screen

We have been whining about the lack of a pull-down notification bar gesture from anywhere on a Samsung phone screen for a while now, but this fever reached a crescendo mode with the big and tall Galaxy Note 8 or Galaxy S8+

For some reason, Samsung decided that it is a good idea to introduce swipe up and down gestures anywhere on the home screen, but these did the same thing - pulling the app drawer - as you can see in the short GIF here. To bring down the notification bar, you had to stretch all the way up to the top of the screen, which, on a large handset like the Note 8, involves palm gymnastics, or engaging both hands.

The latest Experience UI update for the Note 8 and the other flagship Galaxies, however, changes the pull down gesture to unroll the notification/status bar shade from anywhere you swipe on the homescreen, hooray! Here's what you need to do to get this welcome change to Samsung's newest interface on your Galaxy Note 8, or S8/S8+:

1. Download the newest TouchWiz Home screen app update, if it hasn't hit your Note 8 yet, and install it, giving the "unknown sources" permission if you haven't already;

2. Go to Settings>Display>Home screen, and turn on the "Quick-open notification panel" option;

3. Go to the home screen, swipe down anywhere your thumb actually reaches to pull the notification bar, then swipe once again to unfurl the second layer;

4. Swipe up to roll the status bar back at the top.

That's it, you can thank us later, but the mind-boggling omission of this extremely useful gesture that any Chinese interface already has, is seemingly a history for Samsung, and we only have the above-mentioned whining from users and the tech blogosphere to thank for its introduction on Samsung's storied interface.

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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25 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Just how hard is it to put a pull down button on the nav bar?

6. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's not just sideloading, you need a pc to do adb commands for it. And it does not support pull down notifications action.

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

My bad, there is pull down action.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Late to the party, as custom launchers have been doing this since ages. What took Samsung so long?

13. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

This is a feature Samsung's phones has had for years as well. iPhonearena has apparently just started exploring what Samsung phones can do the last couple of weeks and has decided to share their "new" discoveries on here. I'm pretty sure I already did this on my old Note 4. Wouldn't be surprised if it's a feature even older than that on the old TouchWiz. I definitely do this every day on my GS7.

20. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I can't do it on my Note 5. Do you mind showing me in settings where to enable this? Thanks

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I just long press the home button to show the notification shade. This way it works in every single app and not just the home screen.

11. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It activates Google Assistant.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not on my phone, Google assistant is activated by long pressing the back button.

4. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You're 2 weeks late PA, I had this on my S8 and now S8 Plus for a while now.

5. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Any chance this will work on S7?

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

With an update, yeah it should work on the S7.

8. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Download the apk from sammobile and as long as you're updated to Nougat, it will work flawlessly. I already sideloaded it on my wife's S7 Edge and my father's S6.

10. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Thanks. I confirm the APK works. No quirks so far, swipe down for notification is here as well as hiding app drawer icon (swipe up to open app drawer). Is there any other new features we can take advantage of?

16. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's about it, just make sure you don't have the animations completely disabled, as this could trun off the quick menus you get when you long press on an icon in the home screen. And you won't find any issues with it, it has been super stable on all the devices I have installed it on.

17. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Kindly paste the direct url to download it on my S6 edge

18. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

19. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Just got this. Thanks One more thing, do you know how i can use my screen as flash when taking selfies?

22. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Unfortunately, you don't have that feature on the S6 Edge. It was introduced to the Galaxy lineup for the 1st time with the S7.

9. ern88

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 29, 2017

Swiping down on the fingerprint sensor...?

21. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Very good. iP X won't be so thrilled to open their notifications/control panel.

23. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I have bxActions installed on my Note 8. I remapped my Bixby button to get my notification down. No big deal with the update

24. Shaytoon

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 22, 2017

After i came across this feature few days ago by coincidence I started to think that the stupid finger print gesture feature will be trashed.

25. brendenlyle

Posts: 1; Member since: May 19, 2018

Work s on s7 Eddy also.

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