Android phones are like little magic boxes. We never really get to know their full potential, but they’re always fun to mess around with. You might have been baffled before by how many options your phone has.

Every once and a while, Android updates are released to the operating system to fit a wider scope of personal needs. If you compare that to an iOS device, you’ll find that the latter lacks a lot of the customization you get with Androids.

And speaking of which, you probably haven’t heard about the System UI Tuner so far! It was first integrated into the Android Marshmallow, and became accessible to Android 9 Pie later on. Aside from the technical jargon, le’s hop into what this little beast can do for you once you unleash it.

What is System UI Tuner for Android?

Well, in simple words, it’s a feature that unlocks a hidden menu on your phone. This hidden menu will unleash a wide variety of Status Bar tweaks that will most definitely surprise you. The good thing is that you can easily mess around with this feature. Enabling it is quite simple and won’t take much of your time.

How to Enable System UI Tuner for Android Devices

As you’ve probably conceived by now, the System UI Tuner is usually hidden on most phones. To start messing around with these hidden features, all you need to do is follow these simple instructions:

  1. Swipe down to pull the notifications shade.
  2. Once there, open the Quick Settings menu.
  3. You’ll notice there’s a Gear icon located at the top of your screen. Press on that and hold it for at least five seconds.
  4. A message will be prompted telling you that System UI Tuner has been activated and is now active in your Settings.
  5. You can then go to Settings, scroll down and you’ll be able to find System UI Tuner there.

Now you’re good to go! You’ve unlocked many new features and tweaks that will blow your mind. As we’ve explained what the system is and how to activate it, let’s hop into the new features you have:

Features and Tweaks That Come with the System UI Tuner

Located in your Settings, there’s a whole new world in System UI Tuner for you to tweak and customize each option to the best of your interest. We’ll go through these new options and what they can do for you:

  1. How to Show the Battery Percentage in Your Status Bar

It’s just annoying to look at the battery power and not get an accurate estimation. It might be just me, but that battery icon is useless without a percentage that shows exactly how much power is left.

If you do agree, turning on that option would do you wonders. You’ll be able to check your status bar on your Android phone and see an exact percentage of the battery power you have left. You can choose to enable the feature at all times or only when recharging.

  • You Can Hide Unneeded Icons from the Status Bar

Well, we all know that the status bar is cluttered with so many icons that might not be necessary for you. The functions themselves might be extremely useful. But some icons you don’t really need to see them at all times.

If you’d like to choose whether to hide icons like Bluetooth, cellular data, Do Not Disturb mode, Wi-Fi or airplane mode, you can do so through the System UI Tuner screen from your Settings. This offers more customization based on each user’s personal preferences.

  • Customize the Order of Your Quick Settings Icons

Quick Settings can be really useful if you’re trying to tweak some options really quick. It’s easily accessible and looks really cool! But just like the previous segment, some settings might be just filling up space and not that important for you. You also might want to add something different that you’d like to access quickly at all times.

That’s why you can rearrange, add or remove any of the Quick Settings through using the System UI Tuner. Just head to the page and arrange your preferences the way you like.

  • Enable Night Mode and Use Dark Themes on Android
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You’ll see a toggle option for Night Mode in the System UI Tuner. If you enable that, you can also choose to use dark themes with your Android phone. From now on, you’ll phone will detect which time of day it is and adjust the color temperature accordingly.

  • Volume Controls and ‘Do Not Disturb’ Mode

Most people use Do Not Disturb mode whenever they want their phone to stay as still as possible for a while. Usually, on most phones, if you’re already activating the silent mode and pressed the volume down button, the ‘Do Not Disturb’ is immediately turned on.

But there’s an option in the System UI Tuner to show a more obvious and accessible toggle button that appears whenever you change the volume. There’s also an option to disable the traditional volume buttons shortcut if you’re bothered by them. This gives you more control over your volume options, and also allows you to access the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode quickly when needed.


The System UI Tuner has given Android another great aspect of personal customizations. The features in the system are usually updated by Google. So, we should be seeing new changes tp this amazing customization kit!

Do you find the System UI Tuner helpful? Are you already using it on your Android phone? Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!