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+:
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.