The front camera cutout has been a defining feature on Android phones for the last two years. With manufacturers switching to bezel-less designs and larger screens, the notch became a mainstay on all devices. If you're not a fan of the cutout, there is an easy way to hide it. Here's how to do so on your OnePlus phone.
How to hide the camera cutout notch on your OnePlus phone
Most OnePlus phones over the last two years have featured a cutout for the front camera module. If you're using the OnePlus 7 Pro or the 7T Pro (or the 7T Pro McLaren Edition), you don't have to worry about a camera cutout as the phones have a retractable motor for the front camera, leading to an all-screen front without any blemishes.
Unfortunately, the notch is back on this year's devices, with both the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro featuring a hole-punch cutout that's in the top left corner of the screen. If you're using OnePlus' latest phones or are on the OnePlus 6, 6T, 7, or 7T, here's how to disable the camera cutout on your OnePlus phone.
- Open Settings from the home screen.
- Go to Display.
- Tap Advanced.
- Select Front camera display area.
- Choose Hide the front camera.
You'll see a black bar covering the cutout, with the status bar moving one row down. This is the best alternative if you're not keen on status bar notifications showing up next to the camera cutout. The notch itself isn't a big deal on the OnePlus 6T, 7, 7T, or the new OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro as it doesn't take up too much room. But if you are using the OnePlus 6 with its wide cutout, it is a good idea to hide the notch.
Although cutouts are intrusive, you tend to ignore them after a few days. However, if you want to hide the cutout on your OnePlus phone, it is about as straightforward as it gets.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.