How to pull down the notification shade on Galaxy S7/edge/Note without stretching

How to pull down the notification shade on Galaxy S7/edge/Note without stretching
Hauling groceries in one hand trying to quick-reply to a text that popped in your notification shade, or turn on your cellular data? Today's big screen smartphones present plenty of challenges towards one-handed operation, and while plenty of manufacturers offer interface features to facilitate it, most of the big names are missing out on one great option.

We are talking about the ability to just swipe down in the middle of any homescreen, and pull the notification shade without having to stretch your thumb all the way up, trying to grasp a few pixels from the edge to bring it down. On bigger phones, like the Note 5, or maybe even the upcoming Note 7, that's very hard to do without readjusting the phone in your palm, or grabbing it with two hands.

It's not only TouchWiz that is the culprit here, as neither Sony nor LG offer this option, while most all of the Chinese overlays do, but TouchWiz is arguably the most ubiquitous interface to skimp on this boon for one-handed operation. What if you want to pull the notification shade down from right under your thumb, and don't want to install third-party launchers like Nove to it, though? Well, you actually can do it in stock TouchWiz, if you don't mind a small floating circle that will be visible on your homescreen, and it's been there for at least the last three TW editions. Here's what to do:

1. Go to your Settings app, scroll and tap to reach Accessibility > Dexterity and Interaction > Assistant Menu;

2. In the Assistant Menu, turn the switch to "On", and you will see a small blue circle will appear near the right edge of the display;

3. You can move the circle around until it fits the area closest to your thumb, and also edit which shortcuts will appear when you tap on it;

4. One of the default buttons that appear when you tap on the Assistant Menu circle, along with a virtual back key, is precisely a button that immediately drops down the notification shade, and it works like a charm.

That's all there is to it - granted, it's not the invisible slide-down gesture to pull the notification shade like in most Chinese UIs, plus there are third-party apps that offer such floating shortcut farms, too, but the Assistant Menu circle is something that is there by default in TouchWiz, and doesn't lag or crash like some others. Check it out.

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Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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16 Comments

1. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

For a site that is supposed to know about phones you are spewing a lot of BS. You said that LG doesn't have this option when in fact they had it for years. Since G2 you could add "Toggle Notifications" button to the control deck.

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1553; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I was thinking the same thing, they let you customize the on screen buttons. Not to mention the one handed mode on TouchWiz makes getting to the notifications easy.

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Not only LG but Sony can ease access to the notification bar. Just double tap the home on screen button. Works great with phones like T2 Ultra. PA is just BS, they never review thoroughly their phones. All they care about is blocking comments on users with adblockers

14. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I didn't know Sony had it too. Also HTC added the same option like LG on one of their flagships (M8 or M9) so all "big names" had the same function with slightly different implementation. As for ad blockers. I find it funny there is a "error in ad blocking add-ons" on desktop as PA puts it, but it works great for mobile users with AdAway.

10. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

This is Phonearena, what are you expecting from these dumbass.....

15. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I really don't think they are dumbasses, as you describe them, but I would call them really biased. For some reason they are not in sync with what their user base really want.

2. horsepower288

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Nova Launcher gestures. E.g. swipe down for quick settings, double tap for notifications and swipe up for app drawer. They're excellent for a phablet screen. And better than complicated TW controls and floating icons.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Better?! Subjective. But each device handles things differently. But you had to install a 3rd party launcher. That is why it said in the article, if you would like to accomplish this without 3rd party applications.

5. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I use Nova Launcher, Swiping down is a gesture that pulls down notification bar.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes I agree that is easier. The problem though, if when you tie to many things to a different gesture, it makes them hard to remember. Like for example, since using my iPad Pro, I have uncovered lots of hidden onscreen gestures. The problem is, sometimes I am trying to accomplish something else and then something just pops up out of nowhere and then I have to remember what I did or google the screen that came out to understand what gesture I accidently did to make the same result. The downside is, unless its something you use a lot, its easy to forget the gesture. The onscreen button is a nice reminder of a nice shortcut to this feature. Because its a Samsung phone, this type of indicator is very common as the older S models has this for a quick launch icon and the Note has one for the S-Pen features. So it keeps it similar in our case to what we are more use too. Nova Launcher is great I use it too.

7. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

This was posted in Sammobile about 3 days back. No other news around for PA today then! Android Police has few good articles if u need info on!

8. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Thanks a lot, PA! Been using my S6 for more than a year and reading all kinds of tips, but never knew that! In fact I was using a 3rd party app which does the same as I hate clicking on that home button! It doesn't hide away nor has different colors for the default icon and background color though, but since it's built in, battery consumption is negligible! Samsung should make the fingerprint scanner act as a capacitive button as well.

11. xocomaox

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Nova.

12. dimas

Posts: 3349; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Next articles will be about inserting sd cards and opening your phone.

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah, your momma could use a tutorial like that.

16. TheOracle1

Posts: 2225; Member since: May 04, 2015

I use ZenUI on all my stuff (and my Zenfone 2 of course) and it's there by default. It also allows you to change the function of the swipe down.

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