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How to Enable System UI Tuner Settings on any Android Device – Android 9 Pie, Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow

System UI Tuner is the notorious hidden menu on the Android operating system that features various Status Bar tweaks. It usually comes under the System UI activities and termed System UI Demo Mode. This activity was first introduced in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. However, in later versions, the options were well hidden. System UI Tuner has been reintroduced in Android 9 Pie and easily accessible.

The basic System UI Tuner can help you enable or disable the Status Bar icons and DND options. However, the advanced app we have listed below gives you additional features and functionalities to tweak Android system without root. These include enabling or disabling Status bar icons, disable heads up notifications, quick tiles settings, and much more. So see how to enable Android’s System UI Tuner on any device running Android 9 Pie, Oreo, Nougat, Lollipop, and Marshmallow.

Enable/Disable Status Bar Icons on Android 9 Pie with System UI Tuner Settings

As we told you earlier, the System UI settings are hidden. All you need to do is enable it by creating an activity on your Android 9 Pie running device. For that, you will need to download a simple application called Nova Launcher or Quick Shortcut Maker.

  • Firstly, either download Nova Launcher app. Or any launcher that has access to Activities widgets like Action Launcher.
Nova Launcher
Nova Launcher
Price: Free
  • Now, keep Nova Launcher installed on your device. You do not need to apply the launcher. You can use your stock launcher as well.
  • Press and hold onto the home screen and choose “Widgets.”
  • Scroll and search for Nova Launcher widget.
  • Select the widgets.
  • Select widget called “Activities”.
  • Scroll and find the System UI option.
  • Select this option and choose “System UI demo mode” at the bottom.
  • An app activity will be created on the Home Screen.
  • Launch it and select “Status bar”.

You now have access to the

Alternatively, you can also download the Quick Shortcut Maker which does the same thing as activities in Nova.

QuickShortcutMaker
QuickShortcutMaker
Developer: sika524
Price: Free

Note: If you want advanced functionalities while tweaking System UI, see the tutorial below.

A lot of manufacturers seem to be disabling the built-in Android System UI tuner. System UI Tuner.

With the System UI Tuner APK, you get more tweaking options including:

– Customize the appearance of Icons in status bar.
– Customize Demo Mode
– Customize notifications.
– Enable hidden features on Android system.
– Toggle Immersive Mode
– Change Quick Settings options.
– Customize animation speeds

Note that, this app won’t work on MIUI ROMS, and Samsung firmware based on Marshmallow. TouchWiz on Android 7.0 Nougat may have some problems. However, Samsung Experience 9.0 Oreo firmware works perfectly fine!

Download SystemUI Tuner app to Tweak Android Oreo or earlier

This app is an advanced System UI Tuner. It not only enable the functionality to enable or disable status bar icons, but also help you change the grids and order of Quick Settings panel. However, this app requires special access (root privileges). These permissions can be easily enabled using ADB command on any Android device (root or non-root).

  • Download and install the SystemUI Tuner app from Play Store.
SystemUI Tuner
SystemUI Tuner
Developer: Zachary Wander
Price: Free+
  • Make sure you have Setup ADB and Fastboot Environment on your PC or computer.
  • Connect your Android phone to computer via USB cable.
  • Open a Command Prompt (cmd) or terminal on your computer.
  • Enter following commands in the terminal to enable the SystemUI Tuner app.

adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS

adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.PACKAGE_USAGE_STATS

adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.DUMP

Note: Simply copy paste these code in your terminal.

  • Once done, launch the app again.

Bonus: How to disable Heads Up Notifications?

  • Setup System UI tuner app from above. (Second tutorial)
  • Launch the app.
  • Go to Miscellaneous tab.
  • Toggle Heads Up Notifications to off.
  • Add the heads-up notification tile in quick settings.
  • Enable or disable it anytime from quick settings panel.

How to Enable System UI settings in Android Nougat, Lollipop, Marshmallow or earlier?

  • Enable Developer Options in settings. Go to Settings > About Phone > tap on Build Number 7 times.
  • To enable the System UI Tuner on Marshmallow,
  • Go to the Quick Settings panel. Swipe down from status bar.
  • Press and hold onto the settings icon (gear icon) on top-right corner.
  •  A toast message will appear saying System UI Tuner has been unlocked.
  • Go to settings and access the System UI Tuner option at the end.

Happy tweaking!