Nokia 6.1 Plus regains the notch hiding feature in the Android Pie update

By | 6th November 2018
Nokia 6.1 Plus android pie

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a strange beast in HMD Global’s phone lineup. It’s decidedly a mid-range phone—and a pretty solid one at that—sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset with up to 6GB RAM, an FHD+ IPS LCD 5.8″ display, 16 MP + 5 MP dual rear camera sensors, and a decently sized 3,060 mAh battery. But what’s polarizing about this mid-range device is its display notch. It’s a rather small one in that its comparable to the one on the OnePlus 6, but it’s joined by a thick bottom bezel with the Nokia logo. Like most phones, you had the option to hide it, at least until it was inexplicably removed in an update. With the recently released stable Android Pie update, though, the option is back just as HMD Global had promised—but not in the way you’d expect. It’s actually hidden away this time around.

To hide the notch on the Nokia 6.1 Plus after the Android Pie update, you’ll actually need to go to Developer Settings. The procedure is pretty simple, however:

  1. Enter the Settings app and scroll down to System > About phone.
  2. In the “About phone” menu, look around for the “Build number” option.
  3. Tap on the Build number seven times. If you have a password or PIN, it may ask you to unlock it.
  4. After a pop-up saying “You are now a developer!” appears, you’ll have enabled developer settings successfully.
  5. Enter the developer settings menu, and look for the “Full bezel” option.
  6. Enable it. The status bar should be blacked out now.

Hiding the Nokia 6.1 Plus’ notch on Android Pie. Credits: NokiaPowerUser

The procedure is pretty similar to how to hide the notch in the Google Pixel 3 XL. In our opinion, though, HMD Global should make this a user-facing option, since many people share the opinion that display notches are aesthetically unpleasing and turn to apps like our Nacho Notch to hide them.

Via: NokiaPowerUser