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How to hide the Galaxy S10 camera cutout notch

Samsung Galaxy S10 black bar notch
Samsung Galaxy S10 black bar notch (Image credit: Android Central)

Love it or hate it, the Galaxy S10 has a cutout in its display for the front-facing camera. It's a much smaller and less obtrusive alternative to the traditional notch, but if it still irritates you to no end, Samsung does give you an option for covering it with a digital black bar. Here's how to enable it.

How to hide the Galaxy S10 camera cutout notch

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen.
  2. Tap the gear icon near the top right to access your Settings.Source: Android Central

  1. Tap Display.
  2. Tap Full screen apps.
  3. Tap the Hide front camera toggle.Source: Android Central

With that setting enabled, a black bar will cover the top part of the screen whenever you're in a full-screen app to hide the camera cutout. The screen will still look normal when you're on the home screen, but the black bar will return the second you hop in an app.

Should you really do this?

While we're glad Samsung makes it so easy to hide the camera cutout, we're not convinced that doing so is worth it. Not only does the black bar interrupt the otherwise futuristic aesthetic of the S10, but it also causes you to lose a decent amount of screen real-estate. Feel free to enable the black bar if you so please, but maybe try living with the cutout for a little bit before you banish it into the ether.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.