Want to play hide the notch? Nacho Notch is at Google Play

Want to play hide the notch? Nacho Notch is at Google Play
Notcholicious phones are growing like nuclear mushrooms left and right, now that the Android tribe embraced the top screen cutout. Love it or leave it, the notch is here to stay, at least until Apple decides to get rid of it, and everyone ditches it again. We kid, but the proliferation of the screen horns allows manufacturers to brag with some amazing screen-to-body ratios without breaking a sweat.

The thing is, however, that you can't use the screen area where the notch is (duh), and pinching to expand a YouTube video to watch on the whole screen will incorporate it in a rather annoying manner. Thankfully, even before Google reacted by providing native notch support in Android P, Huawei has given us the option to "hide" it in its latest Emotion UI edition that is on the P20 and Pro. "Hiding" involves painting the status bar in the horns in black, so as to fuse with the bezel's protrusion at the top. It doesn't work as well on LCD displays as on OLED ones, but is still mimicking a phone with a regular rectangular aspect.

What if you don't have Emotion UI, and your notch-y phone doesn't provide an option to hide the cutout in its settings? Fret not, because enterprising developers are here to help. Enter Nacho Notch, a funky name for a useful app that paints the status bar in notch black (yes, it's a hue now). The best part? It automatically adjusts for the height of your screen cutout, and only needs to be added as a tile in your notification center.

Download Nacho Notch from Google Play

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17 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

It's nice and all but... I don't think I'm ever going to buy an iPhone X clone with a notch, period. So, what's the point.? The notch is doomed since day 1, like Blackberry 10 and Windows Mobile. It'll take some time but we shall get there... Eventually! G'Day!

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Your wrong. The notch is not a design feature but necessary to have a front camera and stuff. Untill it’s figured out how to put all that behind the display it’s not going anywhere. Pluss your not losing screen your gaining screen for small pieces of info. To you all that did not think android phone makers wouldn’t follow apples lead well duh don’t look so surprised.

9. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Apple's lead? Bitch, Essential did it first.

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Essential first to announce, and Sharp the first to release.. But either way, Apple isn't the first.

2. midan

Posts: 3010; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

There's zero reason to hide the notch, just use it few days and you will forget the whole notch, i can't believe we still talk about the notch, in 5 months i have had zero problems with notch Android people will see this exact same thing when they actually own one.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Don't speak for other people. Good for you that you have zero problems with the notch, but don't expect everyone to have the same feelings about it. I know I will never buy one with a notch because it will annoy the cr@p out of me. Even in 5 months. Besides, hiding it doesn't take away the fact that it gets in the way and can't be hidden in certain full-screen apps/games. Also one of my coworkers bought the X and it's still bugging him in certain cases

11. midan

Posts: 3010; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"I know I will never buy one with a notch because it will annoy the cr@p out of me. " Well this tells it all. This is exactly what many X users also told, and after few days they said how wrong they were and how the notch just disappears. If most of upcoming phones are coming with notch, haven't you thought that maybe people behind those phones know little bit more about the subject than someone who have never used one?

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Most phone manufacturers are copying the ones that are really successful. And I don't care if many or even most people think it's a good idea or it will vanish from your view (which I believe is horsesh!t and just justification of it). I will never like it and if I listen to the coworker with the X, he will never like it as well. The only reason he is dealing with the notch, is because the rest of the phone is very good. Would he prefer the same phone without the notch, or with slightly bigger bezels? In an instant. So don't tell me Android people (meaning every Android user out there) will see this the exact way. People are different and we don't all share your opinion, thank god.

16. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"Well this tells it all. This is exactly what many X users also told, and after few days they said how wrong they were and how the notch just disappears." Yeah they're so wrong that they pick iPhone X, so they return it and get other phone, and that's how the notch dissapear.

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

This trendy notches, you have excellent taste.

14. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I can never get over a notch because I consume a lot of media on my phone.

3. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

i think LG first come with Notch V10 on the left of screen, apple just moved it to centre of the screen.

5. Cyberchum

Posts: 1093; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This just takes you back to the pre-kitkat days. Before transparent status bars became a thing. Whatever works for one, however!

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

My phone doesn't have a notch. And it has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

10. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

this is only way I can love the NOTCH ! If I can hide it when watch videos or play games

12. midan

Posts: 3010; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Notch doesn't reach to videos, that's why those long aspect ratios are there.

17. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

but when you want to use all the screen to watch the videos it will cut them and with new games and videos 18:9 aspect ratio will always cut them and this is very annoying for me but with the option to hide when watch videos or play games will be so useful for many users ! and many users will accept the notch

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