Double tap your status bar to quickly turn off the screen on any Android – No root needed “Android :: Gadget Hacks

Several popular custom ROMs and root mods allow you to double-tap the status bar at the top of your screen to put the phone to sleep. It pairs perfectly with the double tap to wake up gesture that you’ll find on just about any Android phone. But if you are not rooted, you will be happy to know that you can finally do so by installing a simple app.

This new app is from Tom Bayley, the developer of Bottom Quick Settings. Once it is properly configured, when you touch the status bar twice in a row, the screen turns off. It’s not faster than the power button, but it’s virtual touch interaction rather than a mechanical click, so it’s more similar to how you normally interact with the device and there’s less wear and tear on your phone.

Step 1: Install the super status bar

Super Status Bar is a free app on the Play Store that allows you to customize the status bar in a way that was previously only possible through root and custom ROMs. Use the link below to install the app on your phone.

Step 2: Activate permissions

When you first open the app, after going through the initial setup pages, you get to the main menu with a “Start” button. Press this button to begin the application activation process.

On the “Permissions” page, select the first toggle, and on the new page, choose “Super Status Bar” and enable the toggle. Do the same for the second rocker. When finished, on the main page of the application, the “Start” button will be replaced by “Stop”, indicating that the application is running.

Step 3: try the feature

By default, the app enables this feature, so go ahead and test it by double-tapping the status bar! The screen should turn off and you are good to go.

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But as you may have noticed, this is a much more robust app than just a gesture activator. You can completely theme the status bar and change any icon, you can add brightness adjustment gesture, and you can even bring back the Android 4.4 KitKat days notification ticker.

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