If you own the iPhone X and can no longer tolerate looking at the notched display, there are a couple of ways to hide it.
When Apple launched the iPhone X back in November there was a lot of chatter about the notch that sits at the top of the phone’s display and houses some of the device’s key components.
While many iPhone X users have learned to deal with the notched display (we barely notice it anymore), some people still hate the design. If you fall into the latter group, you’ve probably thought about ways to get rid of the notch.
The only way to truly get rid of it is by trading the iPhone X in for another iPhone. Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus don’t have a notch, neither do the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple’s rumored iPhone 11 (iPhone X2, iPhone X Plus, 6.1-inch LDC iPhone) is supposed to have a notch as well so you won’t be able to upgrade to avoid it.
If you don’t want to switch phones, there are some elegant ways to hide the iPhone X notch in a matter of seconds.
How to Hide the iPhone X Notch
If you search for “notch” on the App Store you’re going to discover a fairly long list of apps promising to hide the notch on your iPhone X. Many of them are $0.99 or more. Well, there’s no reason to pay when you can download an app that does the same thing for free.
There are a few free options, but the best app we’ve come across thus far is called Notcho.
Notcho provides you with a few ways to hide the iPhone X’s notch. You can use stock wallpapers that come with app or you can import your own images and use them to hide the notch. There are a couple of caveats though.
The app creates watermarks on the wallpapers, but those can be removed with a one time $1.99 fee. There’s also no way to hide the notch when you’re using apps. The notch is only hidden when you’re on the lock screen or home screen.
If you don’t want to deal with apps and the App Store, you can also hide the notch by downloading high resolution wallpapers from the internet.
Designer Shivam Sinha has released an amazing notch-less wallpaper for the iPhone X and it comes in a variety of colors including Orca, Sunskit Dark, Midnight City, and Deep Space. You can download all of them right here.
Once you get them saved to your iPhone X, you’ll want to:
- Head to your Settings app.
- Go to Wallpaper.
- Tap Choose New Wallpaper.
- Tap Camera Roll.
- Select your new wallpaper.
For easy access we recommend favoriting the colors you like the most. To do that, head to your Photos, select the wallpaper, and tap the little heart symbol located on the bottom-middle of your screen.
Install iOS 11.4.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 15 patches for potential security issues. If you value your security, you should think about installing it today.
iOS 11.4.1 also comes with a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad if a device hasn't been unlocked or connected to a computer using a passcode within a certain amount of time.
The new setting is located in Settings > Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode. There you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. It's toggled off by default.
This provides an added layer of protection and prevents the use of cracking tools like GrayKey.
If you skipped iOS 11.4, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security. This makes it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users.
If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with a lot more.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your version of iOS 11.4.1 comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're currently exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.4.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.4.1 right now.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.4.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.4.1 update will come with even more security-related features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to the latest version of iOS. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.