How to add a scrollbar to your favorite Android apps so you no longer scroll aimlessly

How to add a scrollbar to your favorite Android apps so you no longer scroll aimlessly
Does scrolling down a seemingly endless webpage or in-app menu ever drive you crazy? That's because there is no scrollbar to give you any idea of how long you must twist your thumbs before you finally reach the end. Yes, Android is like that - a scrollbar is a rare sight within the land of the robot, even though the OS has a smooth, sleek fader built within.

Well, suffer no longer! If you have your Android device rooted and tricked out with the Xposed framework, you can easily add an extension that will introduce a scroll bar to your favorite apps - but only those you select yourself. We'll show you how to accomplish this in the slideshow below.

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9 Comments

1. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 452; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

This is my single biggest complaint with Android. iPhones have a feature where you if you just tap once at the top of your screen it'll scroll all the way to the top. I REALLY don't understand why this hasn't been implemented into Android.

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

1. I think it's a double tap on the status bar rather than a single tap. Would've cause a lot of trouble if that were the case. 2. The most probable reason that I've found could be that Apple has copyrighted this functionality, hence it cannot be reproduced in any OS, including Android.

5. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Is so hard for you to swipe down?

7. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

It was both a good and bad thing on iPhone. I liked being able to scroll to the top with just a tap, but it would also accidentally happen if I'm trying to pull down the notifications.

8. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

Some Samsung phones have it. And I think Apple sued over that or something. Single tap is really annoying with accidental touches. I think dragging the scroll bar to the top is just as good, as long as the app shows the bar. There are other concepts for a scroll-to-top function but they seem too interfering with the UI in my opinion.

2. waddup121 unregistered

Xposed haha

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Dammit it's bad enough that Xposed is still in alpha on Android 5.0+

6. palmguy

Posts: 965; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Yep. 4.4.4.4.4... with a Verizon 2013 Moto X. It will be a while. Long while. Vz is doing a 2,000 page open book, 138 hr test on the Lollipop update Motorola gave to them last month. :(

9. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

dammit put a [root] tag in the title

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