How to bring the brightness slider back at the top of the S7/edge status shade on Nougat

While the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge bring plenty of exciting new features and a visual overhaul to the Samsung UX on those puppies, they also taketh away. 

The one everyday necessity that is gone now, is the default placing of the brightness slider and autobrightness toggle in the notification shade. It is now in the second layer of the panel, and you have to pull down the status bar once, then slide it down again to reach the rest of the toggles, where the display brightness settings are, all the way at the bottom, as you can see in the screenshots below.

It's a Nougat thing, meaning it's a Google thing, borrowed directly from stock Android, and it's pretty annoying if you are used to having the brightness slider first thing in the notification bar like with TouchWiz on Marshmallow. Well, another annoying thing is that you always have to reach the top of the phone to pull it, instead of just slide down on any empty screen area like on so many Android overlays, but that's a topic for another discussion. Fret not, though, as there is a way to bring this slider puppy back where you are used to seeing it. Here's what you need to do:

1.Pull down the notification shade once to display the quick toggles, then another time to show all the settings, including the brightness slider at the bottom;

2. You'll see a small down arrow on the right hand side of the slider, tap on that one;

3. The brightness settings should reveal a "Show control on top" toggle, switch it on, and your slider will now always be visible first thing you pull down the notification shade. Victory.

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1. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

I think the whole status/notification bar should be at the bottom.

4. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Good idea. Considering how large phones are getting, it really would make much more sense to pull up from the bottom so you don't have to extend your thumb all the way to the top of the display.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no need to go all the way up just swipe down anywhere on icon area and it will bring down notification shade (depend on the UI obviously)

11. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Yeah but then the shortcut buttons and slider would still be at the top.

10. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I agree somewhat, I think the ehole bar being at the bottom would be annoying and get clicked on a lot, I like the info and time being at the top, but there should be a gesture or something to pull it down without having to actually reach all the way to the top

14. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

use asus zenui launcher

7. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I like it at the top, but can also see were some would like it at the bottom. To bad they would have made it were we could have are choice , top or bottom.

2. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Neat, didn't know about it

3. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

VERY silly to not be enabled by default. Has a decent effect on consumers opinion of Samsung/Android. Casual phone users may never find the option and it will irritate them that they can't change their brightness quickly. Completely idiotic move.

5. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

It's how stock android does it. I think doing this was a right move to make touchwiz more cohesive with stock android, while also giving the option for users who want it the old way.

8. raerae unregistered

This is my very first thank you to PhoneArena so thank you to you guys.

13. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

why are you thanking them for having a ad invested website?

9. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Funny thing is in on nougat and never noticed it.(stock) My thumb reaches the right side so it pulls it down eliminating the need for a second pull.

12. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

WTF google... and better yet WTF sammy for going along with it

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