The Pixel 5 is the first regular phone with perfectly symmetrical thin bezels. Most other “bezel” phones have a disproportionately large bottom bezel, and while the sides and bottom of the iPhone are symmetrical, there is a massive notch in most of the top bezel. The downside to the Pixel approach is that it has a pretty large screen cutout for the front camera.
The cutout itself isn’t bad, but the way Google has organized it into software UI elements is a bit of an issue. The top of the punch hole is approximately 2mm below the top edge of the phone. So for the sake of symmetry, Google has expanded Android’s status bar to about 2mm below the bottom of the selfie camera. This made the status bar twice the size of the Pixel 4. Fortunately, there is a Magisk module that can fix this.
: Download the module
This mod was made by developer Tulsadiver and there are two different versions of it (technically six, but I’ll get to that later). One version makes the status bar 36 pixels high and the other 24 pixels high. Check them out in the GIF below and tap one of the links to download the version you want.
As I said, there are actually four more versions of this mod, but they not only shrink the status bar, they also move the status bar clock. If you are interested in this, or if you are viewing this article in the future and the mods linked above no longer work, check out Tulsadiver’s release thread on XDA.
Step 2: Flash the module in Magisk Manager
After downloading the mod, open your Magisk Manager app and tap the puzzle piece-shaped icon on the floating menu bar at the bottom of the page. This will take you to it Modules tab, where you need to tap “Install from storage”. Then select the mod file in your Downloads folder and Magisk will start installing it. When it’s done, tap on ‘Restart’.
Step 3: Simulate a waterfall view crop
For this part you need unlock developer options if you haven’t already.
When you get up again, open Settings, tap “System” and choose “Advanced”. From there, select ‘Developer options’ and then scroll about halfway to it Drawing section. Tap ‘Show recess’ at the bottom of this section, then choose ‘Waterfall recess’ from the pop-up window.
Step 4: Enjoy a smaller status bar
At this point you are ready to go. Depending on which mod you chose, your status bar should now be about half as high as before. Yes, the virtual padding around the front camera is no longer symmetrical, but you can see more content on the screen in most apps.
If you ever want to undo this mod, head over to it Modules section in your Magisk Manager app and turn off the toggle switch next to it. Then change “Display cutout” in Developer Options back to the “Default” setting and restart your phone.
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