If you are one among the lucky ones to get your device to android Oreo, good news! Now you can get your phone more personalized than ever before. When you want to customize the specifics of your phone before, there was always a catch – Root access. Rooting the phone presents a lot of challenges on top of the fear of getting your warranty void. This has made many Android users stray away from having a truly personalized experience with their phones.
But with Oreo, things are looking different. The software shows more refinement than any other Android operating system out there. Not only that, we are seeing a trend towards giving the users a whole range of customizing options that were once locked away. Some of these options may not be hosted in plain view, but with some tinkering, you can easily change the whole outlook of your mobile.
One such change is the Navigation Bar. In 2017, there has been all the rage going on with less or no bezel displays which mean is that there’s less space for hardware navigation keys. Nowadays, every flagship and midrange phone comes with the on-screen navigation bar. Since these keys are now on screen and software, you can easily change how they look on screen. Nearly all Android phones sport the same navigation bar, and changing it will give your phone a breath of fresh air.
Now for those who are sighing already thinking this is yet another root-based mod, you can read on! We are going to show you on how to customize your Navigation bar without rooting your phone. The changes done are also fully reversible. Do you need any more reason to dive in and change how your phone feels and looks?
Download Custom Navigation Bar by Paphonb
Go to play store and download the Custom Navigation App. This app will let you customize your navigation bar with a little help from the adb drivers. We will discuss on how to configure adb later in the article.
Enable Developer Mode
The next step is to enable developer mode on your android phone. It’s pretty simple and straightforward. What you need to do is head over to your phone settings. Under Settings, you can see the option ‘about phone’ located in the bottom section of the settings menu. After you clicked the about phone option, click the ‘Build number’ seven times. This will enable developer mode on your device. After you have tapped build number seven times, a message will show up on the screen that you are a developer now.
Now, there will be a new menu formed under the settings called developer options. Click ‘Developer options’ and enable the option called ‘USB Debugging.’
Install ADB Drivers on Your PC
ADB drivers are a must on your PC if you want to enable some permissions on your device. These drivers also help to root your phone if you decide to in the future. It’s a handy feature to keep at hand. You can get your adb drivers here.
Connect Your Phone to Your PC with Use Debugging Enabled
After connecting your phone to the PC, you must go to the window, where the adb drivers are installed. This folder will be in C\Program files\Android\adb. After you are on that specific window, you need to click right and select the option ‘Open command window here.’
After that, you will be greeted with a command terminal. You must open the custom navigation app on your phone. Click the ‘Get started’ option to start the process on your phone.
In the command terminal that’s open on your computer, type in ‘adb shell’ without the inverted commas and hit enter. After you have entered the command, you need to copy the following command into the terminal.
pm grant xyz.paphonb.systemuituner android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
Hit enter to continue.
Use the App to Make Changes
Now the app will check for compatibility, and if everything checks out, you will be greeted with an ‘All done’ window on your phone.
That’s it! Now you can head over to the settings option in the Navigation bar and see all the different methods through which you can hail customization. If you think to try the rooting route, you can benefit from the best Android rooting tutorial.