How to remove screen recording icon from Android 11 status bar “Android :: gadget hacks

After teasing the feature in Android 10, Google finally added a native screen recording suitable for Android 11. But when you start a capture, you will see a little red indicator in your status bar while the recording is in progress. course, which can really distract from your video. Fortunately, it can be pulled off with a little ingenuity.

When launching a screen recording in Android 11 (or similar skins), a countdown timer will appear on the right side of the status bar. After reaching zero, a red dot will appear, indicating that your screen is recording.

Fortunately, there is an app that can remove this red dot. To properly use the application, you will need to run ADB commands. If your devices are already configured for ADB, you can skip to step 5.

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  • Windows, macOS, or Linux computer
  • USB data cable

Step 1: Download Google Platform Tools

First, download the platform tools from Google on your computer. The files are free and there are versions for each of the three major desktop operating systems.

Step 2: extract the ZIP

Once downloaded, extract the ZIP. This can be done using the native archive extractor or with a third-party option such as 7-Zip. To make things easier, move the extracted folder to the desktop for convenience.

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Step 3: Open a prompt in the Platform-Tools folder

Now, if you are on Windows, open the Command Prompt by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard, then typing “cmd” and pressing Enter. If you are on Linux or Mac, open the Terminal application from your Applications case.

Now type the following, then press your space bar once to add a single space, but do not press enter yet.


With the command line saying “cd” now, drag the platform-tools folder from your desktop and drop it just above the command window to automatically populate its location. Once you see the full platform-tools file path, go ahead and hit enter.

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Step 4: Enable Developer Options

On your phone, enable developer options by opening your Settings app and going to “About phone”, then tapping “Build number” seven times. You will need to enter your lock screen password and then a toast message will notify you that you have unlocked developer options. You can find the new menu by going back to the main settings page, selecting “System”, then “Advanced”.

Step 5: Allow USB debugging

Now open Developer options and turn on the toggle next to “USB Debugging” and then confirm your choice when prompted.

From there, connect your phone to your computer with a USB data cable. A prompt will appear asking you to “Allow USB debugging”. Check the box next to “Always allow from this computer”, then press “Allow”.

If you don’t see this prompt, type the following command into your computer’s command line tool, then the pop-up should appear on your phone:

adb devices

If you receive an error after submitting the above command, place a “./” before each ADB command throughout this article:

./adb devices

Step 6: Install SystemUI Tuner

On your phone now, install SystemUI Tuner from developer Zachary Wander. You could normally do this through the app’s Play Store page, but from version 300 the auto-detect feature no longer works in SystemUI Tuner.

So for now you will need to load an older version of the app. The most recent version with this working feature is v288, which you can find at the link below.

Download the APK, then open it. You may need to tap “Settings” when prompted, then turn on the switch next to “Allow from this source” and hit the back button. From there, just hit “Install”.

Step 7: Grant permissions

Open the app and follow the instructions of the initial setup prompts. You will eventually see a page listing three ADB commands that the app wants you to send in order to give it the elevated permissions it needs to change your status bar and remove the screen recording indicator.

Leave the app on this screen and connect your phone to your computer with a USB data cable. Back in the command line tool on your computer (which should always be redirected to the platform-tools directory), copy and paste the following commands one at a time and press Enter after each:

adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.PACKAGE_USAGE_STATS
adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.DUMP

If you are on Mac, Linux, or Windows PowerShell and the above commands return a “command not found” error, add a “./” at the beginning and return them (as follows):

./adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
./adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.PACKAGE_USAGE_STATS
./adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.DUMP

Step 8: Hide the recording icon

After sending these commands, tap the check mark in SystemUI Tuner and the app will close. Open it again and press “For settings”.

On the main page, choose “Status bar”, then “Automatic detection”. After a second or two, the app will display a new page with every status bar icon available on your Android 11 device, including the hidden screen recorder icon. Turn off the toggle next to the “screen_record” option and you’re good to go!

Step 9: Hide the notification icon (optional)

Now when you save you will no longer see the red dot on the right side of your status bar. You will also lose the animated countdown when you start a recording (three seconds after pressing “Start”), but you will know when the recording has started because you will see a notification icon (white circle) to the left of your bar. state.

If you want to remove this icon as well, just be aware that you will have to manually count those three seconds from the time you press “Start” at the prompt until the system actually starts recording.

If that’s okay with you, go to Settings -> Apps & notifications -> Notifications -> Advanced, then turn on the toggle next to “Hide silent notifications in status bar”.

From there, start a recording, then expand your notification shade and long press the recording notification. Select the gear icon that appears, then choose “Screen Recorder” and set it to “Silent” on the next screen. Now you will still get the stop recording notification, but you won’t see any icon in your status bar!

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