Photo via: Lewis Hilsenteger (@UnboxTherapy)
After a ton of leaks and rumors surfaced about the device, Google finally unveiled the Pixel 3 XL this week. But one design choice many in the Android community dislike is the inclusion of such a large notch at the top of the display. Whether you like it or not, it seems that Google felt obligated in a way to include the “feature” many companies are loading their phones up with nowadays. Fortunately, if you want a Pixel 3 XL but hate the notch, there’s a workaround.
Pixel 3 XL with notch disabled. pic.twitter.com/y8gcadeH5Y
— Lewis Hilsenteger (@UnboxTherapy) October 10, 2018
On the Pixel 3 XL, dig into Developer options by tapping your device’s software build number seven times. Afterward, you should find settings for displaying the notch with the option to fully disable it. When disabled, the left and right sides of the notch are completely blacked out and emulate that of a rather large top bezel. In a way, the device more resembles the smaller Pixel 3 or last year’s Pixel 2 XL.
Notch on, notch off. Current Android P developer option, which isn’t new. Not sure yet if the option Google has confirmed is this, or some kind of user-facing setting that will put time/date/notifs up there. pic.twitter.com/4cpebmUoYq
— Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj) October 10, 2018
Of course, in the future, we expect Google to add a more user-friendly way to hide the notch on the Pixel 3 XL. But in case you were concerned, at least there’s a way to do it now.