This application allows you to easily hide status bar icons

We came across an app that lets you hide your status bar icons, even on Pixel smartphones. This option isn’t available on Google’s Pixel smartphones at all… and no, you don’t need root to run this app. The app is called ‘Tray Icon Mask‘.

You can now hide your status bar icon with this app

On Android, there are usually quite a few icons present in the status bar, depending on your settings, how many notifications you have, etc. On Google’s Pixel smartphones, you can’t disable these icons at all, except those for notifications. Some third-party Android skins offer this possibility, however.

Thanks to this application, this is now possible even on Pixel phones and other phones that do not offer this feature. This app actually acts as a shortcut that activates the System UI Tuner menu. This menu is completely hidden on Android at the moment.

So once you install and open it, you will immediately be thrown into the system UI tuner. You’ll see four menus there, including Status Bar, Do Not Disturb, Ambient Display, and Plugins. We’ll only focus on the first one, because it’s the only one that seems to work very well, and the only one we’re interested in.

There are a ton of toggles available, so you can make your status bar as simple as you want.

When you tap on it, you’ll see a bunch of options there, including auto-rotate screen headset, work profile, screen casting, hotspot, Bluetooth, and more. There is a toggle next to each of these options.

So, for example, if you turn off the “Bluetooth” toggle, you will no longer see the Bluetooth icon in your status bar. This goes for all other options. Personally, I disabled everything that was present in the status bar, except for the clock.

I would have turned off the clock as well, but when I do, the notification icons don’t show up in its place, but next to it, even though it’s invisible. So it ends up looking pretty weird so I wouldn’t recommend it. This is because the clock is on the left side of the status bar.

All other options, however, I managed to disable with no problem, and the status bar looks immensely clean now. I tested the app on the Pixel 4a running a stable version of Android 12, and it worked great. If you want to try, it’s free and you can get it from the link below.

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