Samsung Galaxy S10 users can hide the front camera cutout

Samsung Galaxy S10 users can hide the front camera cutout
Samsung is pretty proud of the Infinity-O displays found on the Galaxy S10 series. But, as it turns out, the company also recognizes that not everyone is a fan of the front-facing camera cutout. Because of this, an option to disable the design feature has been hidden away within the settings menu.

Like the notch, the alternative to having a visible camera cut-out is an artificial upper bezel that, in this case, is pretty thick due to how low the display hole is with respect to the actual bezel. Nevertheless, the darkened display area is still useful.

Rather than being deactivated entirely, the area simply adopts a black background. This means that, while apps no longer extend to the very edge of the display, things such as app notifications, network signal, the battery percentage, and other useful information is still shown within the artificial area.

Punch hole front cameras

Punch hole front cameras

Front cameras hidden

Front cameras hidden


Naturally, activating the feature won’t be for everyone. But for people encountering compatibility issues with certain apps – in certain cases information is being displayed behind the camera cutouts – this ‘Hide front camera’ mode is a temporary solution until apps have been updated with support for Samsung’s latest flagships.

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25 Comments

1. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Good to know. But after seeing it first hand, I actually kind of like it.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30831; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hide it for what? I don't hide the notch on my iPhone, and won't hide the cam hole on my Note 10.

12. dimas

Posts: 3286; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Aye, used it yesterday in the showroom, I forgot the holes after 15 minutes.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30831; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrr. Right on.

3. dimas

Posts: 3286; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Hey samsung, why are you only giving philippines the white, black and emerald green options? My wife wants the flamingo pink and my other relatives want the blue. Don't tell me that we still have to pay extra charges just get them? For years, this is not what I don't like with you samsung and this is the same reason huawei, oppo and the rest of chinese phones are winning in asian markets. You're a big company and you can't even ship a few new colors in my country.

7. niteiknight

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

Can we trade for emerald green? The US never gets green phones and I don't understand why.

11. dimas

Posts: 3286; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They always limit the color for each country, must be company's inventory color coding. If you like green, you have to buy from asian online markets. If I want other colors I have to buy from US amazon. Samsung may not notice but most Filipinos especially women go for bright colors.

13. phljcnth

Posts: 550; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'm wondering if you're actually expecting Samsung to respond on PhoneArena.

18. dimas

Posts: 3286; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I know this sounds conspiracy but the easiest way for companies to gather consumer opinions is to go to websites with comments. Those surveys about keeping the headphone jack or if you like apple's latest UI? Yup, they read it, alright. I was searching yt for s10 reviews and 5 out of 5, I get huawei ads mocking them with "face facts, you can't bank on 2d." Trust me, I feel it in my bones.

19. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

wag kanang umasa masasaktan kalang

4. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Would definitely hide it. The asymmetry is just wonky design. Cameras on the back can be off to the edge, the front (whether notch, teardrop, or hole) should be dead center.

5. Rocket

Posts: 626; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Good news, thx PA!

6. Rocket

Posts: 626; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Can you make the navigation bar black too?

8. KParks23

Posts: 719; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

How is this any different than a notch?? Lol it's the same damn thing!

9. wickedwilly

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It is very different to a notch (not including the teardrop design. It takes up less screen area, does not look unsightly and will allows for bought information to be shown in the status bar.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It is definitely different then the notce.

10. dmdzordilla

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

I hope that Android developers would adopt to all notch designs, how about an ombre effect going black to the top to hide a teardrop, a notch, and all infinity O-V-U whatever Samsung calls it.

14. Mrmark

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

I am going to get the Galaxy Fold when it hits FIRE SALE

15. Greenmule

Posts: 128; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Other than the S10 is in the shape of an oval and my LG v20 is in the shape of a rectangle, what's the difference between my cutout/status bar an S10 cutout/status bar?

20. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Except that the V20 is the bezel king compared to S10.

24. HarysViewty

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

LG implementation was better. Best ever. LG should stick with secondary screen

21. middlehead

Posts: 447; Member since: May 12, 2014

Notches are stupid, but this is even uglier. If it's going to eat that much space, should've just left the bezel intact and made the phone a little bit taller.

22. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

Not what I was expecting from Samsung. On LG phones I've tried, you can hide the notch in a similar fashion, but the notification bar will still be in line with the notch, just white on black instead of black on white (normal). Samsung should have done that, with their method they essentially create dead space next to the camera, unlike LG who still utilized it. Not hating on Samsung, I just think that was a poor decision lol.

25. HarysViewty

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

This is like Google implementation. It's bad.

23. warrenellis93

Posts: 539; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Or you could just not buy it

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