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 LCD 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 12.4.3 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, this is one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.3.
If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.3 in the near future because it brings important security patches for your device. You can read about them (when Apple posts them) right here.
If you missed iOS 12.4.2, you get an additional patch with your upgrade. You can read about the security contents of iOS 12.4.2 here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you'll get its security patch with your iOS 12.4.3 update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.3 update.
iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4.3 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site.
If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.4.3.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in March. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website.
It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4.3 soon.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.4.3. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.4.3 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.4.3. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.3 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.4.3 update comes with a longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4.3 today.
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