This guide will show you how to customize the Galaxy Note 9 notification bar and why you should. This type of customization allows you to easily access some of the features you use the most. Whether that’s turning on WiFi, mobile hotspots, connecting to Bluetooth speakers or your car, and other controls. Not to mention just changing the look and feel of your phone.
When you swipe down from the top of the screen you’ll see some Quick Setting controls and recent notifications. Swipe down a second time and you’ll get an expanded view of your entire notification bar.
Everything in the notification bar is completely customizable, giving you more ways to use and enjoy your phone. So, instead of fumbling through the settings menu on your phone, change it to fit your personal needs. Then, use a theme to change the colors and give it your own personal touch.
How to Customize the Galaxy Note 9 Notification Bar
To start, check out our hands-on video above. It gives you a good idea of what to expect or some of the options available. When you swipe down twice, you’ll get more options and also see 3-dots at the top of the screen. Tap those dots to get started with customization.
- Pull Down Notification Bar, Swipe down a second time to expand it
- Tap the 3-dot Settings Button (top right)
- Select Button Order or Button Grid
- Customize your grid size or the order of the quick settings by dragging and dropping the icons
- Hit Done to finish
After you tap the three dots the first option is button order. From here, you can move the quick setting tiles and options you use the most to the front. That’s how I changed the order of the quick settings on my Galaxy Note 9. I have WiFi, Bluetooth, and the things I use the most at the beginning. Just press, hold and drag the icons to where you want them.
Or, tap “Grid” to change the number of apps and settings you see on the screen. Owners can choose between 3×3, 4×3 or 5×3. This way you see more or less on the screen.
Unfortunately, we can’t remove the persistent brightness slider, but you can put it at the top or the bottom. Then, by choosing something like 5×3 you’ll have more options and controls available at your fingertips. Not only will you see more controls, but the ones you need are easier to find and use.
Other Customization (Notification Bar Color)
Additionally, there are a few other steps owners can take to personalize the notification bar area. Including the font size, clock, add a battery percentage number, or even different colors. The most popular change is adding a theme, which changes the entire color of the notification bar and your settings menu. In fact, a theme changes multiple aspects of your phone, and it’s how my Note 9 notification bar is dark.
To change some of this head to Settings > Wallpaper and themes > and choose a new theme. Most themes will completely change the color of the notification bar, quick settings, and other aspects of your device. Similar to what you saw in our hands-on video or screenshots.
Scroll through the themes menu and find something that fits your style. I’m using a Material or Pixel theme by Cameron Bunch. You can search by his name to find the same one.
Next, go to Settings > Display > Status Bar and add a battery percentage if you’d like. Or, you can set your phone to only show your three most recent notifications. That way you don’t have 5-6 icons at the top of your screen. This just keeps things clean and organized by limiting it to three.
And finally, navigate to Settings > Display > Screen Zoom and Font to make changes to the size of text or icons. You can change your font, style, icons, the size of the text, and even the overall scale and size of the content on your screen. This is helpful if you use a replacement launcher to get more out of that big 6.4-inch screen.
All of these options combined will give you an improved and more personalized Galaxy Note 9 experience. While you’re here, learn how to change the lockscreen and wallpaper, or how to use the Blue Light filter.
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