Android Status Bar Disappeared (help!)

The Android status bar is an interface that appears on the top of the mobile screen and displays minimized notifications, time, battery status, etc. But sometimes, the status bar disappears from the screen top. So why does the Android status bar disappear?

The Android status bar may disappear from the home screen due to an error caused by Google Now/Google Feed if enabled on Android 7. It may also happen if your device is on Easy Mode, which minimizes screen options, or if your browser is hiding the status bar.

NOTE: Google Now is an old app that was present in older Android versions. The app is now integrated into the Google app as Feed.

How do I get my status bar back on the Android?

To get your status bar back on the Android, try disabling the Google Now or Google Feed application. If these apps are not enabled on your device, try turning off Easy Mode.

Read on for more about how to do the above in order to get your status bar back.

Bring back Android status bar: turn off Easy Mode

To turn off easy mode, follow these steps:

  1. Go to ‘Settings > Display’
  1. Tap on Easy Mode
  1. Turn the Easy Mode off using the toggle

Easy Mode will be turned off and your status bar will appear.

Bring back Android status bar: disable Google Now/Google Feed

To disable Google Now, follow these steps:

  1. Go to ‘Settings > Apps’
  1. Scroll down to find Google Now and tap on it
  2. Tap the ‘Force stop’ button

Google Now/Google Feed will be disabled.

Bring back Android status bar: change browser settings

If your status bar disappears while your browser is open, you can change a browser setting to make the bar visible even with the browser running:

  1. Open your browser application
  2. Tap the menu button (three small lines) > Settings
  3. Scroll down and tap ‘Layout and menu’
  1. Use the toggle to turn off the ‘Hide status bar’

Your status bar will stop disappearing when using the browser.

Why is the status bar missing on the home screen?

The status bar may be missing on the home screen if you are using a third-party launcher. It may also occur if Easy Mode is enabled on your mobile device.

An app launcher is a third-party app that overrides system UI settings to organize home screen and app icons.

If the status bar is missing due to a third-party launcher, you can bring it back by following these steps:

  1. Go to ‘Settings > Apps’
  2. Scroll down to find your launcher app > tap on it
  1. Tap ‘Storage’
  1. Tap on the ‘Clear data’ button > Confirm
  1. Go back to the previous screen and tap the ‘Force stop’ button

The third-party launcher data will clear and your status bar should re-appear.

You may also need to restart your mobile before seeing the missing status bar reappear.

The notification bar has stopped appearing when any app is opened although it works on the home screen?

If the notification bar stops appearing when an app is opened, it’s likely due to the app’s setting overriding the status bar. Some apps need full-screen coverage and hide the notification bar.

Whether it’s possible to unhide the status bar is app-dependent. Some apps provide the option to unhide the status bar through their settings, while others don’t.

To see if an app provides this option, open the app’s settings and look for an option related to the status bar.

If the app hiding the status bar is your browser, see the section “Using the browser settings” above.

See also: How To Remove Full-Screen Mode On Android?

How do I unhide the notification bar on Android?

The notification bar is just another name for the status bar. The bar that appears at he top of the screen contains both device status information (battery percentage, time, wifi, alarm status, etc.) and notifications.

The status is shown on the right side while the notifications propagate on the left side. You can pull down the status bar to view the notification details

To unhide the notification bar on Android, follow the same steps discussed earlier for hiding the status bar in the section “How do I get my status bar back on the Android?”..

The Youtube Music controls disappeared from the notification bar?

If your Youtube Music controls disappeared from your notification bar, you may have accidentally hidden them. You can unhide the control by going to the app’s settings and enabling playback notifications.

To enable My Youtube playback notification, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the ‘Youtube Music’ app
  2. Tap on Settings from menu
  3. Scroll down and tap ‘Notifications’ 
  4. Find ‘Playback notification’ > toggle it on 

Your Youtube Music controls should now appear again.

If you can’t find these settings in the app, you can also enable playback controls using your device setting:

  1. Go to ‘Setting > Apps’
  2. Find and choose ‘Youtube Music’
  3. Tap ‘Notifications’
  1. Toggle on all notifications 

Your Youtube Music controls will reappear.

The clock disappeared from the notifications bar after the update?

If the clock disappeared from your notifications bar after an update, it may be because the update has modified system settings, which is a bug.

While there’s no direct solution, here are some workarounds you can try:

1. Clear the data for third-party clock app

Your alarm clock may disappear due to a third-party clock app. You can clear that app’s data as follows:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps > [your third-party clock app]
  2. Tap clearing the data.

2. Restart your device

Long-press the power button, and restart your device. The restart will force-boot and refresh the system, which may resolve the bug and make the clock reappear.

3. Reboot your device

A last resort fix for many issues is often to your mobile:

  1. Turn off your device
  2. Turn it on and immediately press the power and volume buttons together
  3. Your device will enter boot setup
  4. Using the volume button, scroll down to reboot and select using the power button

Rebooting the device sometimes fixes the issue.

The alarm icon on the status bar disappeared?

The alarm icon on the status bar may have disappeared because of a third-party clock application you’ve installed. Another possible reason is if you’ve accidentally turned off your alarm.

If you are using a third-party clock application such as Google Clock, it can cause your alarm icon to disappear as this will override your device settings.

To make your alarm icon appear again, you can try clearing the third-party clock app data:

  1. Go to ‘Settings > Apps’
  2. Tap on your third-party app
  3. Tap on ‘Storage’
  1. Tap on ‘Clear Data’

Your third-party app will stop overriding your alarm and your alarm icon should reappear on the status bar.

If this does not solve the problem, check if you accidentally turned your alarm:

  1. Launch the Clock app
  1. See if the alarm is turned off. If so, toggle it on by tapping the alarm icon

Why can’t I pull down my notification bar on Android?

You may not be able to pull down your notification bar on Android due either a system update glitch, or to touch screen hardware issues. 

You should check if your device needs to be updated:

  1. Go to Settings > About device
  2. Tap ‘Download updates manually’
  1. Check if your device requires an update
  2. Update if available

If updating the device does not resolve the problem, you may need to get your device checked for hardware problems.

Can you disable the pull-down notification bar?

There is no built-in way to disable the pull-down notification bar or ‘shutter’. It is a built-in feature that cannot be disabled or stopped as it contains quick-access settings.

However, you can use a third-party app to customize the notifications as you wish. These are some popular examples:

How do I stop the notification bar from scrolling down when the phone is locked?

You can stop the notification bar from scrolling down when the phone is locked by disabling the notification bar on the lock screen.

This prevents the notification from shuttering down when locked. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications
  1. Tap ‘Lock screen notifications’
  1. Toggle off the ‘Open Notification shade on Lock screen’

Your notification bar will stop rolling down on the lock screen.

On a Samsung device, go to Settings -> Lock Screen and toggle off Notifications:

See also: How Do You Change Swipe Down On Android?