Apple introduced the iPhone X with a notched display last year, and since then, Android smartphone makers have been adopting the notched design language. Call it a design element or a compromise, the notch is here to stay, and this year, we have seen a water drop style tiny notch, a wide notch, and more. And while OEMs initially offered an option to hide the notch, HMD Global had removed it with the previous software update on Nokia 6.1 Plus and other devices.
When users outraged about the inability to hide the notch, HMD Global promised to bring it back. By enabling the hide notch option, black bars are added on either side of the notch, thus hiding it from being clearly visible. With the Android 9 Pie update, Nokia has added back the option to hide the notch, NokiaPowerUser reports.
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How to hide notch on Nokia 6.1 Plus
To being with, you need to enable Developer Settings. To do this, head over to Settings > About Phone > System > Build number.
Now, tap seven-times on build number which will enable Developer Settings.
Go back to Settings > System > Developer Options.
Lastly, under Developer options sub-menu, you’ll find “full-bezel” option. Just toggle the button which will add a black background color to the status bar and hide the notch.
As mentioned above, the option is being added as a part of Android 9 Pie update which HMD Global has started rolling out for the Nokia 6.1 Plus. As it is a phased rollout, it may take some time till the update reaches your device. Alternatively, you can manually check for updates by heading over to Settings > System > System update.