How to Use Nacho Notch on your Essential PH-1

The notch, popularized by Apple’s iPhone X, is slowly finding its way to an increasing number of smartphones and I bet that you are not at all thrilled by the idea. The feature was criticized by those who see it as being pointless, claiming that it caused an unsightly blemish on the screen and things are no different on your Essential PH-1.

When Essential launched its inaugural handset, the PH-1, it promised an edge-to-edge design, modular magnetic accessories, and near-stock home screen and apps, yet having a phone with a notch is no fun. You must be annoyed by having this black blob in the middle of a light-colored status bar most of the time, but you can use Nacho Notch on your Essential PH-1 and solve the problem.

Zacharee1 is the one who has developed this special app called Nacho Notch. In order to hide the notch, this app overlays a pitch black bar over the status bar. The overlay is below the icons, so be sure that the status bar icons remain visible. With this app, you don’t need to depend on OEMs and you can once again enjoy your Essential PH-1.

Experience this neat little app on your own handset right away:

How to Use Nacho Notch on your Essential PH-1:

  1. First of all, you need to take Nacho Notch — Notch Hider on your Essential PH-1;
  2. Install it;
  3. As you can see, this app does not feature a shortcut in the app drawer or home screen. I was surprised to see that the developer didn’t create an icon for the app, but he created a Quick Settings tile to make it easy to enable and disable the anti-notch feature and it’s OK like that too;
  4. Once installed, all you have to do is open the Quick Settings panel on your device;
  5. Then, just add the button named Hide Notch;
  6. That’s it, you can toggle the notch ON or OFF with the help of this simple button. Don’t hesitate to open up any app and you will find along the top a solid black bar that perfectly hides the notch that you hate (is it too much to call it hate? I don’t think so).

If you like this detailed guide, don’t hesitate to pass it along to your friends and leave a comment in the below area. The same goes for needing any help – that’s why I am here for in the first place. The Essential Phone was the first handset with a notch, but most phone makers have already started to copy the trend, so the problems continue on more and more devices.

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