How to remove any icon from the status bar on your Galaxy S8, S9 or Note 8 “Android :: Gadget Hacks

Samsung has reintroduced its well-regarded Good Lock app, so now you can change parts of your Galaxy’s interface without the need for rooting or other labor-intensive mods. Thanks to an awesome add-on, you can even tidy up your phone’s status bar – so if you’ve ever wanted to get rid of that pesky NFC “N” icon or other indicator at the top of your screen, now you are just a few clicks away.

QuickStar is the add-on app that works in conjunction with Good Lock to give you the ability to change many system settings on your phone’s TouchWiz user interface. Chief among these is a cool feature that lets you remove any icon from your status bar to make it look sharper.

Step 1: Install Good Lock

Note that Good Lock and QuickStar will only work on Galaxy devices that are running Android 8.0 Oreo. If your phone is updated, you will need to install Good Lock to get started. So go to the Galaxy Apps store (you will find it in your app drawer), then find and install Good Lock. For more help with this, check out our full tutorial on Good Lock below.

Step 2: Activate QuickStar

Then open Good Lock and select “QuickStar” from the main menu. This will take you directly to the QuickStar download page in the Galaxy Apps store, so press “Install” to activate the add-on.

Step 3: Customize your status bar

Now go back to Good Lock and press “QuickStar”, then select “Simple Indicator” on the next page. From there, tap the toggle directly under “Simple Indicator” to activate the feature.

With the single indicator on, just tap the toggles next to any of the indicators you want to turn off – NFC, alarm, battery, etc. Exit Good Lock when you’re done and enjoy your new clutter-free status bar.

QuickStar can do more than just turn off status bar icons – you can actually theme the entire Quick Settings panel and add functionality to your notifications. So dig around and see if there is anything else you like while the app is open.

Thanks to Good Lock, Samsung makes it easy to customize our Galaxy devices on the fly – features like these were previously exclusive to custom ROMs or rooted users. As always, let us know how you like QuickStar by posting in the comments section below.

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