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That will be probably a little advert, but if you want to customize navigation bar in way of it looks - I have made lately an app to do that.
Try navbar apps (free) - set some solid color (or better changing one) on navigation bar and that should help preventing burn in. I've used that on two 6Ps and S8 and none of these have burn (while friends S8, which does not use my app, do have one).
Disclosure: I am developer of that app but hey, it helps.
I would recommend Navbar Apps for doing this.
It is free app to download and you can pick any color that you want (and it works in most apps (unlike Samsung version) even with detection of app color which looks super cool), you can select different color for opened keyboard, you can add some graphics or info and so on.
Oh, it works on any phone too.
Disclosure: I am author of this app. If you need any help - contact me!
I use navbar apps for this purpose. Sometimes the color from one app gets "stuck" but for the most part I like how it looks and the ability to add a thin line at the bottom for battery percentage.
Something I've used with the OG Pixel XL and Pixel 2 XL (and soon Pixel 3 XL) is Navbar Apps. It's an app that allows the system to detect what main color the app is using and make your navigation bar the same color. It makes android feel more consistent for me because the status bar would change to match the app but the navbar would stay black.
It's super customizable and you can white list certain apps that maybe don't automatch well like I do. But it also helped a lot with avoiding screen burn in issues on the Pixel 2 XL. Anyway it's pretty awesome, and recommend giving it a try :)
DISCLAIMER: I am not the dev nor am I associated with the dev. It's just a great app.
Check Navbar Apps, it can do that for you now and its free :)
Disclaimer: I am author of that app
I already use Navbar apps which has a community page where you can get pixel style backgrounds, and this app also has some other great features like a battery gauge on the navigation bar and a music visualiser; any plans to include anything else than drawing pixel style buttons?
> The navigation bar is white and it is like this across many apps. And there is nothing much I can do about it.
Did you try Navbar apps? If it's compatible to your phone then you have the solution. If it's not compatible then try to sideload it. Apkmirror link for navbar apps
My brother hated default navigation bars on his old Moto G3 and this app solved the problem.
Using a nav bar app on my S8+ and you can choose any colour as the background on a per app basis or even have it transparent if you want.
I think it looks good, I don't personally have a problem with it, but I like the darker bar as well.
I'm take this opportunity to plug Navbar Apps, an app that colors your Navbar to match the color of the action bar. It really makes the UI look more cohesive and the Navbar seem less like dead space. You can also customize the color or disable it per app. Here's an example.
this app colors your navbar to match the open app's color. i think it looks great and should help with the navbar burn-in
There is a pretty good app that does this system wide, and you can get it to automagically set the bar the same as another colour from the app in focus. Called Nav Bar Apps I think.
Oh great. Because I'm actually using an app to get it. The colour of the nav bar will change according to the app, usually follows the notification shades. But also can be customised per app and can change colour when keyboard is opened. Before this, I find the blackness of the navigation bar is a complete waste of space and makes the bottom bezel bigger than how it is. I'm sure you'll be happy to use it.
If you have a navbar there's this app
Doesn't do quite what you want but it animates the music into waveforms in the navbar area
Go on the Play store and look up Navbar Apps. It changes the color of the nav buttons on each app to match the notification tray. It works wonders and not even a trace of burn in
Here it is
> the white navigation bar is annoying in dark apps
It's annoying everywhere, IMO. Why is it even a thing?
I use Navbar Apps to theme it black in apps that make it white (Google Photos on Pixel, for example). Sad that it's even necessary.
> The white nav bar adds to it too, but I'm assuming that can be changed by the user.
You already can.
At least, it works on my N6. Navbar changes color dynamically to match a given apps color scheme. Or you can set the color for an app if you don't like what it chooses. Or you can set a static color of choose from some included backgrounds. Ideally it should work with Samsung's implementation too.
if you are talking about nav bar then yes they used to have black color before but due to some burn-in issues they had to remove it but you can get it via this app
I used <strong>Navbar Apps</strong> by Damian Piwowarski. Applying this specific 'pixel bar' image requires the 'unlocked' version of the app, but I would say it's well worth it. Doesn't require root, and the other aspects of the app are very neat (its main purpose is to change the background colour of the navbar to match the active app's theme).
Install this. On pretty much everything but chrome it colors the nav bar so it isn't black, so all the pixels' backlights decay at roughly the same rate.
Home button: I love the fingerprint scanner on the back. I came from the iPhone 5s before, and having it on the back is so much more natural. I can have the phone securely unlock by the time I take it out of my pocket because the scanner is right where my finger rests when I pull it out. I don't even care about the on screen buttons as much as I thought I would. I like the clickiness of having a physical button, but taptic feedback works quite well in its place. You can even customize the bar using something like navbar apps.
Cases: there's already some great ones out by LifeProof, OtterBox, rhinoshield, spiegen and plenty others, with more likely on the way. There's also simple plastic ones on Amazon for pretty cheap. Personally, I'm waiting for my Google live case to get here.
Non expandable storage: not (really) a problem. The OTG adapter for USB c to USB type a allows you to plug in a flashdrive. Additionally, you could also use any usbc flashdrive and plug directly in. Also yes, free unlimited storage is a godsend.
Stuff I wish I knew: I wish I waited for black Friday. Verizon is selling it for $10 a month over 24 months, sooooo $240 instead of the $440 or so I'm paying for it. Oh well. At least this way I get the daydream.
Sounds like OLED "burn-in" where your display hardware itself ages (get dimmer) in different spots at different rates (due to different pixels being used)--in your case everywhere except your nav bar has aged to be slightly dimmer. There are apps like Navbar Apps that can help make it better in general.
There's also an image floating around somewhere of a black screen with a white strip at the bottom that you can open and display at full brightness for a while to even out the display aging. An app like this might work too, though I haven't tried that one specifically.
If you're not rooted this app may satisfy you.
If you're rooted then tinted colored bars or whatever it's called is absolutely amazing. Developers really need to start taking advantage of the nav bar coloring in marshmallow onward
This might be what you are looking for.
If you mean changing the buttons, I don't think its possible without root.
Not sure about making the nav bar transparent, but there is an awesome app called Navbar Apps that makes it match the color of any apps you open. Essentially it makes it feel like part of the app instead of just a black bar wasting space.
The developer has mentioned he's working on transparency, I'm not sure when that's coming though.
I use Navbar Apps. It changes the color of the navbar to the color of the status bar in apps so its never black, looks prettier also imo.
I also use immersive mode in any app that supports it, such as Slide for Reddit.
Navbar Apps allows you to customize the Navbar, such as my Google colored lightbar.
You download Navbar Apps
You pay the microtransaction to unlock the pro version
Look for the Lightbar texture on the custom bar texture
I'm a big fan of Navbar Apps. It changes the color of your chunky LG navigation bar according to whatever app you're currently using, all without root.
I like nav bar apps in play store. Themes Nav bar to what ever app your in. I have it cut off for nova launcher and the Nav bar is transparent.
Themes: Black_Edition_V2 from Samsung Themes (still notifications will be with the white background, but since there is a lot of colored notifications overall it's not so bad).
app-way — Navbar Apps. Nice tool, but even without animations there is still white flash before black navbar appears, if your navbar isn't fixed.
adb-way — run adb and push 3 commands:
> adb shell settings put global navigationbar_color -16777216
> adb shell settings put global navigationbar_current_color -16777216
> adb shell settings put global navigationbar_use_theme_default 0
This will be reseted, if you try to change navbar via system settings, but there will be no white flash in floated-mode.
No, I am not rooted, and with the new update it apparently will block you from signing in if it detects a Magisk folder anyway
This is what I did. You need adb to do it.
I also use this app to keep that black color when the keyboard is opened, and for even better control, I donated to the developer which lets me use custom images, imported a black square .png and told it to always show my image on the navbar.
So basically three different tweaks making that bar black at all times.
Use Navbar Apps.
Can be a bit buggy at times, but it does usually keep the Navbar black.
Should look like this.
Download the NavBar from the playstore, it lets you customize it with different colors or images (pro version I think)
You can try NavBar Apps. The issue is the white on the black background. With this app I have the bar change colors based on the app. You can set a custom color based on the app too. On Relay for Reddit I have the background a dark gray to match the night mode theme. Same for my other apps that let you change the theme.
Try Navbar Apps from the Play Store, it makes the nav bar match the current app's color instead of just leaving it black. I've had it on since launch and there is zero image retention or burn-in, on my Nexus 6 I already had burn-in two weeks in. I'm not taking any chances with my Pixel's screen, it looks pretty neat too.
My little app called Navbar Apps. With it you can change how your virtual bar look like on a phone. For free.
It is so simple, yet adds so much colour in "natural" way to your phone that you think later why it wasn't there before.
That's because sometimes it changes colour based on the app you are in. Try installing this. It works for me: [link]
When installed, choose the "Static Color" option. Which selects 1 color across all apps.
Disable the background color in settings Settings > Display > Nav Bar > Background Color
Then use this app with its static color option [link]
There is an app for navigation bar visualization. Works for any kind sounds , like notif and music.
There used to be a xposed module for the same,I.e., for navbar visualization.
Is there a way to keep the nav bar black? I used Navigation Apps but it messed up my keyboard and made it hide app buttons & selection etc.
I downloaded Navbar Apps from the play store and now my NavBar changes colors to the default color of the app I'm in. It's not transparent like I want it to be, but it's definitely better than any of the other options. No more black navbar on a white app or a white navbar on a black app.
Only thing I would change is to have the navbar icons change to white.....or have Samsung give us the option to go transparent again.
Navbar Apps does this. Not sure about other apps. Would be worth checking XDA to see what you can find.
I tried the setting in Navbar Apps and it's really hard to see the icons with some of teh lighter app colors, so I'd strongly recommend getting alternative navbar icons, as well. (Not sure how to change them.)
Check out NavBar Apps in addition to the tips others have. It makes the Navbar transparent on Nova, and makes it color match the current app anywhere else.
Here'show it makes my nova and reddit sync look:
Why do you want to hide your navbar?
If it's to prevent burn-in, I recommend this app that's supposed to help with that:
Have you tried Navbar Apps? 8t let's you change the colours of the navigation bar, system wide or on a per app basis, it doesn't need root.
I have noticed this too but I don't plan on not using it anymore. I've installed this app in order to combat burn-in along with the fact that I like the way it looks. Pretty damn accurate too.
Aye, however when you open your keyboard it reverts back to white. I believe I read this app (Navbar Apps) can fix that. Haven't tried personally.
While you wait for each app to add this, you can do it yourself with this app.
I've been using this for a while now and it is an awesome app. Definitely reduced screen burn in drastically over the lifetime of my phones.
best .99 cents i've spent so far, and that was just to support the dev. You can change it white or whatever you want per app.
I've actually set mine to black by default and told it to not change on apps that are white so it matches.
Download 'Navbar Apps' from the play store.
You can either set a single colour to the navbar or have it match the colour of the current app you are using. I use the latter, it doesn't work for all apps but they can be manually set which is great.
Some people will argue that using the adb method is better but can never explain why. For me, using the app is much quicker and easier and does the same thing.
Been looking for same apk. From what I've gathered Oreo 8.0 does not allow overlays. Or something like that.
I think the nav bar isn't leveraged enough: it's a dynamic, always present bar for buttons! Yet we really only ever see the system navigation buttons.
There are Xposed mods like Xtended Nav Bar that gives you a sliding bar of system, music, and settings toggle buttons. But I think app contextual buttons would be nice. I'm a fan of the button bar of actions instead of a FAB in apps. If you have something like Nav Bar Apps then you can set the nav bar to blend in with the bottom bar, and it looks great.
Maybe having a UI flow like notifications in iOS would be interesting:
> I don't like that the navigation button background doesn't change from white to black depending on your keyboard color. (swiftkey)
You can change this with this app. It can change the navbar depending on the app, but you can disable this feature and chose to only change the colour when the keyboard is activated in the settings. I took this quick screenshot so you can see that it works.
navbar apps can fix this. it's not perfect (there wasn't an option to use white for certain apps) but it works fairly well. if you don't care about having a white nav bar with white apps, it'll do the trick for you.
That's the exact reason I went with the black. However, if you root and install exposed then Flat Style Colored bars could make it look sexy
Edit: [link] doesn't require root and could work well for you
That's how Slide is too. I wish more apps took advantage of changing the nav bars. It spices up the whole experience. Here is an app that fills in the gaps. It requires a little effort to get everything how I like it, but it works well enough.
I had the same issue with the black nav bar standing out too much but Nav bar Apps mostly fixed it for me. I set it to dynamically change the background color to match the current app. It doesn't get it right 100% of the time but it's much nicer than having it always be black.
There is an app called "navbar apps" on the playstore. It changes the navigation bar colors based on the app you're using. You can also choose custom color too. Also, I think certain themes change the navigation bar icons. You will have to go to the app settings and switch everything on, because miui kills it in the background. Also, I've heard that on certain phones it eats through battery life.
I use Navbar Apps for just a black navbar. You'll be surprised how well black looks with all my apps cause it blends in as a phone with bigger bezels. Lol
Try Navbar Apps. You can basically theme the navbar, and if one doesn't already exist you can ask someone on the Google+ community to make one for you!
Navbar Apps is a cool little app that lets you skin the navigation bar, and they just updated with some cute Christmas themes.
You can also something like https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.damianpiwowarski.navbarapps
There you can either let it set a color matching the open ap, or choose your own color (e.g. black)
Thanks for the suggestion, I'm using the one below, but the nav bar still turns white after a while. What did you choose for the nav bar color under phone settings? Do you have a theme other than the stock one applied? I'm using one of the AMOLED stock ones from the Samsung store.
Doesn''t make it transparent, but Navbar Apps from the Play Store can at least help bring some life to the nav bar and make certain apps feel more immersive.
Edit: don't --> doesn't. I normally do English good, I swear.
Hit up the one /u/binaryvisions linked to. I use it just as they do, and aside from using adb on a computer one time to allow the secure toggles, it works awesome.
Combine it with Navbar Apps for when the navigation bar isn't hidden, and I think it goes a long way to mitigating the burn-in/burn-out/uneven wear.
Try this app. Its primarily for changing the color of the bar to match whatever app you're in, but it does allow transparency for some apps. Worth a shot.
Ever heard of navbar apps or muviz?
Navbar apps allows a few different features including battery bar, I'll let you discover the rest
Muviz nav bar allows a customizable, theme-able, music visualizer to appear on your navigation bar, it's quite nice, check it out
If you don't have a nav bar, these still work, and don't necessarily look bad, I especially love the music visualizer without a nav bar, I know you said status bar but the one I was going to suggest was already linked
If we talk about the same thing, you can install navbar apps from here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.damianpiwowarski.navbarapps
And then set a static black color and the thin bar disappear except when keyboard is triggered.
You are a life saver - I had no idea this app existed before now. I've played around with it and it really does seem like it can help ease the pain from the recent navbar updates. You have to pay to use custom images but there's a setting that changes the navbar color only while the keyboard is open which is like 90% of my complaint anyway. I'm still testing the free version but so far $0.99 seems worth it!
Link to app: [link]
You can try Navbar Apps
Edit: it seems the transparent option does not work as intended for now.
Alternatively you can search for themes, which have a transparent navbar.
Navbar Apps is really good. You can also set custom colors for each app and there's a bunch of neat features. I used to use it alot, but got bored of it. I believe it was recently updated for Android Pie.
download Navbar Apps and globally set it the colour to black.Loads of cool features hidden in the settings of it too. I've whitelisted apps such as the launcher so the Navbar stays transparent
You can change the color of the Nav bar with Navbars apps, and even have it so It changes the color to the color of your keyboard when you pull it up. Just made sure to find the color of your keyboard with a HEX number finder then simply input that number into the app
Nav bar apps completely changed the user experience for me. You can set individual app colors, auto app coloring based on icon, nav bar coloring when the keyboard is present, etc.
ELI5 how to make icons white once i've installed WhiteIconNavbar.apk
Also, how are you getting the navbar black in the first place, Navbar Apps?
Pretty much as described in OP for the buttons, and Navbar Apps set up to change the bar colour based on whatever app is being used (I've set it to override the selected colour on certain apps).
Use this. Go into the settings and choose to have a black navigation bar when using keyboard. This will fix the navigation bar while using the keyboard.
I wouldn't worry about it. If you do end up getting screen burns within 2 years, they'll replace it for you.
I do use Navbar Apps ([link]) and Custom Navigation Bar ([link]) though. They're pretty cool (especially Navbar Apps).
Figured I would share what I've been using since I got my 5T: NavBar Apps. No issues and get me that perfect AMOLED black. Even has a music visualizer if you want it.
This is a solution that works without root too: Navbar Apps
You do need to pay $1 for the premium, but check the G+ community and there should be some good ones.
Yep, used to use it on lollipop but iirc it didn't work mm+. Now there's navbar apps, so I would assume this would be possible, at least to the extent of displaying useful info on the navbar, but idk if an interactive widget would be possible.
Would be cool though.
navbar apps will change it to black if you want.
I kinda like the white with light themed apps and black/matching with anything not white. it was a LOT of work to get perfect though and I just live with it now...which is not great.
but if you are OK with black all the time, that app will work fine.
or a better method like one of the substratum mods that introduce more nav bar colors. you should also consider hiding the nav bar through phone settings and using One Hand gesture app from GoodLock suite by Samsung:
Turn it blue, make it red - anything you want. Select cool image as background or match color automatically to fit it to running app. Whatever you choose, it will be awesome! And then add some data, like battery level. All of that with Navbar Apps!
you can actually have it do that by using the above app found here [link] and root is not needed
Also, I would recommend an app that I've created called Navbar Apps (free, [link]) if you want to add some graphics/background/features under it.
NavBar Apps lets you customize it a bit (without rotting) (battery percentage, custom image, different colors it even fix's the white navbar when using the keyboard)
Just checked out the app you mentioned. Has some nifty features, but I can't see how this does anything for navbar burn in as all it does is change the background color of the navbar (normally unlit anyway). What's going to cause burn in are the always-on white navbar icons, which this app does not affect at all.
I'm guessing an app would need root to change those on the stock launcher.
I found this app and it works: [link]
No idea if it has any effect on battery life yet
Edit: nvm, android system is giving persistent notification of screen overlay, way to annoying. So I'm still looking for a solution so it seems..
I use navbar apps to change the nav bar colour when the keyboard opens, not sure about the message field though.
I've been using this Navbar Apps since day one... Not because I feared burn in, but because it looks cool..! It feels like you are using 100% of the screen at all times, make the screen look bigger.
I made the buttons completely transparent so they wouldn't burn in on the screen with that app,.
I'm not sure how you would get the whole thing transparent. This app can do any color you want though. It combines with the above app too, I'm using both. I thought it would do transparent too but guess not. I see Nova does it but that's only for launcher screens.
You could check Navbar Apps, little app to add colour to your navigation bar :-)
Google play: [link]
Realistically, and also a workaround (because I couldn't figure it out either) is to change the amount of time it updates. Or have each with an animation instead set to random times. Either way as you know, it'll only simulate music bars.
I just gave up and used Navbar apps to have the bars over my status bar.like this.
Navbar Apps - Android Apps on Google Play
Ah, thanks makes sense.
This app is able to set the color and background, maybe there's a way to use Tasker to leverage it?
This might not be exactly what you're looking for but I use this app: [link]
It allows you to change the color of the navbar manually.
Try Navbar Apps on the Play store. The moment I got my replacement Pixel I installed it and the screen still looks as fresh as it was when it came out of the box. (the app)
That's why I'd never buy a phone that has both AMOLED and soft keys. I don't think I'm going to purchase another AMOLED phone again, the pretty colours just aren't worth the anxiety.
I recommend Navbar apps to reduce the burn in, plus it looks pretty cool.
One of the updates limited your options. Search navagation bar in in your settings. There are like 6 light colors to choose from. Nav Bar Apps is the app from the playstore to choose whatever color you want. [link]
I found a fix.
You have to disable any app that acts as a layer (for example, the NavBar app) then restart the device for it to work.