How to clean up the status bar clutter on the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 edge


The major difference between the philosophies of iOS and Android can usually be spotted in the tiny details. Take the status bar (a.k.a. notifications bar) for example – on iPhones, the area is generally clean, with only a clock in the middle, carrier icon on the left, and battery icon on the right; Bluetooth and Do Not Disturb icons do appear when the services are turned on, though the icons are small and dimmed, not taking up a lot of real estate. On Android, the Status bar will display an icon for each pending notification on its left side, and pretty much everything system-related on the right – clock, battery icon and percentage, Wi-Fi and cellular status, Bluetooth, NFC, et cetera. Needless to say, an Android smartphone's status bar can sometimes get quite cluttered.

This pertains to Samsung's newest flagship – the Galaxy S6. Despite its UI being slimmed-down and simplified beyond TouchWiz recognition, the small issue with the notifications bar still stands, and it may sometimes annoy you. But don't worry, you are not alone here, as the clutter has been pointed out by many users online, and it doesn't really sit too well with some of us in the office, too. So, we came up with a couple of ways one can clean the status bar.

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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7 Comments

1. Scarambay unregistered

Some of the Touchwiz's icons look hideous, especially the battery icon and the network icon. I prefer iPhone's horizontal battery icon, and Sony's bar-like network icon.

2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Use theme.

3. waddup121 unregistered

That first image can be like my wallpaper.

4. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

As much as I like to defend iPhone, its status bar can get cluttered too. Try connecting a USB device and you'll get two battery indicators up there. Sync indication, BT, signal, wifi, GPS, time, roaming, do-not-disturb, and more. It does get cluttered.

5. Nathillien unregistered

Quote: "on iPhones, the area is generally clean, with only a clock in the middle, carrier icon on the left, and battery icon on the right" Meaning the NOTIFICATION BAR is more or less useles on iPhone.

6. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

On Xperia Z's there is one simple menu where you can enable and disable statusbar icons. I guess this is another examlpe how TW overcomplicates things.

7. adamvzwez

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

i like how the first thing it tells you to do is turn off location. If you lose it that eliminates any small chance you might have of finding with android device locator

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