How to Customize the Display of the Notch in Mobile Apps

The notch has become a common fatigue companion on our mobiles, it is always visible on the screen of our mobiles, regardless of the shape it may have. The most common today are in the shape of a drop, or a black dot that hides the front perforated camera. This way it can be hidden when running apps .

Many users do not mind seeing a notch or a perforated camera on the screen of their phone, as long as it does not have the large dimensions that we usually find, for example, in the iPhone, which have a large size. But if so, many manufacturers offer us the possibility to avoid it with a native function.

With or without notch, that is the question

This is something quite subjective, and the reality is that depending on the person we can receive one or the other answer, as usual. But in many cases, especially when we watch videos, or we are playing a colorful title, we would like the notch to be hidden from the screen. The current drop-shaped or perforated camera notches , which in some cases may have the appearance of a pill as they have a dual front camera, are much smaller than the ones we met two or three years ago, and which were common on the market. We have known many apps that have allowed us to eliminate the notch by adding a black bar at the top of the screen, which in practice has hidden it.

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But over time, manufacturers have also added their own methods to hide the notch, or even the other way around, to take the screen to the extreme, with the aim that the notch is displayed on the screen allowing a portion of it to be gained for what we are seeing, even though the notch is displayed. There is no foolproof method, and in fact some manufacturers like Samsung have removed the functionality to hide the notch. Although it has added a function that we find in other mobiles, such as hiding the camera or not when a certain app is running.

How does this feature work?

This has been added to various layers of software from different manufacturers, and its function is basically related to the camera, and therefore to the notch that it can generate on the screen due to its shape. Normally, apps, by default, usually show their interface up to the same point where the camera is located, in such a way that it does not influence its display, be it an application or a game. If we have a mobile with a hole in the front, the app interface will end just below the camera , and the rest will be filled with a flat color, according to the rest of the interface.

If this is not the case, and we choose the other option, that of taking the interface beyond the camera , we will obtain as a result a visualization to the extreme of it, to the very edge, so the entire screen will be used. We will therefore have the opportunity to enjoy a larger view, but in exchange for the front camera being seen in between. Let’s see what options the main manufacturers offer us to be able to show or not the camera, or what is the same, the notch.

So it can be activated and configured


Samsung mobiles, as we mentioned, eliminated with One UI 3.0 the function that allowed to hide the notch with a black band, which expanded the size of the border to hide it. But in return they introduced a function similar to what we have seen in other mobiles. This is called Full Screen Apps, and it consists of enlarging the applications so that they go beyond the camera of our phone, and take advantage of all of it.

  • Enter the settings
  • Access screen
  • Select “Full Screen Apps”

notch apps

Here you simply have to select the apps that will use this functionality. Those you select will take your interface to the extreme, although the camera may be above some element of it. Although as they warn from Samsung, not all apps are compatible.

Realme and OPPO

As you know, both Realme UI and Color OS are sister raw software layers, and they offer us many similar features. And this is no exception. In these layers we will find a feature called ” Screen display ” that allows us to choose how it is going to behave according to the app that is running. To do this, you have to do the following:

  • Access the settings
  • Enter “Screen and brightness”
  • Select “More”
  • Click on “Screen display”

notch apps

Here we can choose two options, ” Front camera display by application ” or “Full screen display by application” the first one shows the notch, and the second hides it. Once we click on any of them, we can choose which apps will show one of the two methods, or if it will be chosen automatically.

Xiaomi, Redmi and POCO

In the case of mobile phones from the Chinese firm, we have the same options at our disposal, although of course each of the manufacturers houses it in a different place. In this case we can access like this.

  • Access the settings
  • Select “Display”
  • Click on “Full screen mode”

notch apps

Here we will directly access the list of installed apps, to choose which of them is shown to the end of the screen, and therefore it is merged with the notch, although it is above the interface.


In the case of these Lenovo-owned firm phones, we have the same feature available. This works in the same way, and we can configure it as follows:

  • Enter the settings
  • Click on “Screen”
  • Select “Full Screen”

notch apps

Once inside, we find ourselves with the list of installed apps. By clicking on the slider next to each of them, we will activate the mode that takes the interface beyond the camera, or what is the same, beyond the notch of the phone itself , or perforated camera. As with other mobiles, this function will not always work as we expect, so we will have to test with some and other apps.