How to Automatically Match Your Status Bar Color to Current Apps on Your Galaxy S3 « Samsung Galaxy S3 :: Gadget Hacks


The status bar is an ever-present force on our Samsung Galaxy S3s; always there to give us that vital information about battery life, date and time, Wi-Fi access and much more. But there’s just something about that default black bar that’s so… annoying.

When Google launched Android KitKat, they tried to alleviate our boredom with transparent status bars. Unfortunately, our GS3s are not there yet, but with Tinted status bar by a renowned developer Mohammad AGwe can automatically change the colors of the status bar to blend in with the current apps (like in KitKat) or give them any custom color we want.

Before you begin, make sure you are rooted, have “unknown sources” enabled, and have the latest version of Xposed Installer installed on your device.

Step 1: Install Tinted Status Bar

We can find Tinted status bar looking for it in To download section of the Xposed installer. The app is still in beta, so be sure to download and install the latest version.

Once we have downloaded and installed the module, we must activate it. Go to the Modules section in Xposed Installer and check the box next to Tinted status barthen restart your device.

Note: If the mod is not working after restarting, you may need to uncheck your other mods as they can sometimes interfere with each other causing issues.

Step 2: Using the Tinted Status Bar

The mod will be “enabled” after reboot. Just open an app and you should see the status bar automatically change to match the color of the current app.

Some apps blend better than others, as you can see below.

It’s not necessarily a problem; not all apps are designed to use this feature, whether you use this mod or natively through KitKat.

Step 3: Create your own colors

If you’re not satisfied with the default color blends, you can create your own for individual apps or system-wide.

Change the color of an individual app’s status bar by selecting it from the Tint Status Bar app list.

Once an application is selected, another list will populate. This list shows the different steps, or activities, where the color of the status bar can be changed. With Pandora, for example, I chose to change the status bar to the “Now Playing” screen, because that’s the page I see the most. After selecting the activity, it’s time to set a color.

You can also choose colors for the icons. I chose white for the taskbar and gray for the taskbar items because the default white would have been invisible. Check out the before and after:

If you want a more specific color than the one provided by the color wheel, you can enter the Hexadecimal color code in the text field.

Now that you have your stunning status bar, be sure to check out our softModder guides for more great info. Xposed soft Mods.




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