Hide the gesture bar on One UI 6.1 with the help of NavStar and ADB

# How to Hide the Gesture Bar on One UI 6.1 with NavStar and ADB

Samsung’s One UI 6.1 update brought a new feature called Circle to Search, which is a quick way to gather information about certain items on the screen. This feature, initially exclusive to the Galaxy S24 and Pixel 8 series, has led to the removal of the option to hide the gesture indicator in the One UI 6.1 settings. While this change may have caused some frustration among users, there is a workaround to restore the nav bar-free look on your device without compromising the new search feature.

➤ Enabling NavStar and Using ADB

To hide the gesture bar, you can follow these steps:

1. ✍️Download and Enable NavStar✍️: Download NavStar from the Galaxy Store and enable the “Transparent hint” option.

2. ✍️Install ADB✍️: Install ADB on your computer.

3. ✍️Connect Your Phone✍️: Enable USB debugging on your phone and connect it to your computer using a USB data cable.

4. ✍️Use ADB Commands✍️: Open a command window on your computer, change directories to the ADB folder, and enter `adb devices` to check the connection. Then run the command: `adb shell settings put global navigation_bar_gesture_hint 0`.

5. ✍️Confirmation✍️: Lock and unlock your phone to see the changes.

6. ✍️Keep NavStar Installed✍️: It is important to keep NavStar installed to maintain the changes.

➤ Disabling the Gesture Bar from Your Phone

Alternatively, you can disable the gesture bar without a computer by following these steps:

1. ✍️Download and Enable NavStar✍️: Download NavStar from the Galaxy Store and enable the “Transparent hint” option.

2. ✍️Use Shizuku and Terminal App✍️: Set up Shizuku and integrate it with a terminal app like Termux.

3. ✍️Send Command✍️: Send the command `adb shell settings put global navigation_bar_gesture_hint 0` in the terminal app.

4. ✍️Confirmation✍️: Lock and unlock your phone to see the changes. Keep NavStar installed.

It’s worth noting that Circle to Search continues to work the same way even with the gesture bar disabled. You can trigger the feature by long-pressing the same area at the bottom of your screen. These steps are also applicable for older phones that receive the One UI 6.1 update without access to Circle to Search, as they will restore the nav bar-free look and functionality of One UI 6.

➤ Frequently Asked Questions

➤# Is it safe to use ADB to modify system settings?
Yes, using ADB to modify system settings is generally safe, but it’s recommended to follow the instructions carefully to avoid any unintended consequences.

➤# Will these steps void the warranty on my device?
No, these steps do not void the warranty on your device as they do not involve rooting or modifying the device’s software in a way that would void the warranty.

➤# Do I need root access to perform these modifications?
No, root access is not required to perform these modifications.

➤ Conclusion

While the removal of the option to hide the gesture indicator in One UI 6.1 may have caused some inconvenience for users, the workaround using NavStar and ADB provides a solution to restore the nav bar-free look without affecting the new Circle to Search feature. By following the outlined steps, users can maintain the functionality they desire on their Samsung devices running One UI 6.1.

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