How to Hide the Bottom Gesture Navigation Bar Pill on Android

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In this guide, we will list the detailed instructions through which you can hide the bottom gesture navigation bar pill on your Android device. Back with Android 11, Google completely revamped the navigation style. Instead of the usual three-button navigation style, it took a page out of Apple’s book and incorporated the full-screen feature navigation.

While initially, it took some time for the muscle memory to adjust to this change [with the back gesture conflicting with the hamburger menu of various apps only making the matter worse], however, the dust has finally settled. However, there are still some regions that need polishing.

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Left: Before | Right: After

The primary among which is the inability to hide the bottom gesture navigation bar pill on your Android device. Moreover, on some phones, there is also unnecessary spacing right beneath the keyboard [where the pill is present], which ends up ruining the entire UI/UX, apart from resulting in a less viewable portion of the screen. So if you are also getting bugged by these issues, then this guide will make you aware of a nifty workaround to rectify this problem. Follow along.

How to Hide the Bottom Navigation Bar Pill on Android

  1. To begin with, root your device via Magisk.
  2. Then download the HideNavBar module from GitHub.
  3. Now launch Magisk and go to the Modules section.flash magisk module
  4. Then tap on Install from Storage, select the module, and hit OK.
  5. Now select the desired options using the volume keys.
  6. The mod will now be flashed. Once done, hit Reboot.

Your device will now reboot with both the navigation bar pill as well as the additional keyboard spacing at the bottom being removed. So on that note, we round off this guide as well. Still, have any doubts? The comments section is all yours, make your voices heard there and we’ll chalk out the best fix for you.

Gesture Navigation Bar Pill On Android: Was It Even Required In The First Place?

Many users have voiced their displease over the instruction of this functionality and for them, this navigation bar pill wasn’t even needed to begin with. If only, it acts as a major source of distraction throughout the entirety of the OS and to make matters worse, it ends up taking a major chunk of the space on the screen. While some OEMs give us the option to customize this pill by lowering its transparency or changing its color, however, that is not what many are looking for.

The masses just want to bid adieu to this feature for good. And even though you could remove this pill via the method shared above, however, the fact that it requires root might be enough for some users to prevent them from trying out this mod. This is just because of the plethora of risks and drawbacks that a rooted device brings in with itself, including but not limited to the failing of SafetyNet and Play Integrity tests.

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Unfortunately, you have no other way out apart from falling into this trap, simply because of a feature that has been forced onto us without giving any granular control over the same. The irony is the fact that an open-source OS is behind all of this! But this is how things stand for now, and since there has been no change in the past four years, you shouldn’t expect Google to act in the next four years or beyond either.

So you have two options- either to let this destructive element have a permanent abode on your device or welcome a slew of caveats by rooting your device and then remove the gesture navigation bar pill. Which option are you ultimately willing to opt for? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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