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Removing System Tuner UI from your Android N Settings

Why would you want to make Android N's System Tuner UI go away? It has tons of options you can play with. You can clean up your status bar with it. You can turn on and tweak that awesome Night mode with it. You can even re-calibrate your display with it. But you're not gonna use any of that, are you? Okay, to each their own.

Here's how to turn it off.

System UI Tuner is not visible by default; in fact, most phones running Marshmallow won't even give you the option to make it visible and accessible. This is for very good reason: it holds a lot of settings that can jank up your status bar and your quick settings, and not everyone needs to be in them. System UI Tuner is playing host to more features this year, and those features and this menu can change or disappear over the course of the Developer Preview. Nothing is final until N ships in the fall, after all.

If you added System UI Tuner to your Settings poked around, and decided you don't need any of this awesomeness, you can take them back off the visible menu in Settings quite easily. As a quick reminder: if you remove System UI Tuner, you can't use Night mode, and any default status bar items you may have toggled off will be turned back on.

Here's how to end the Night mode party.

  1. Open System UI Tuner.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top-right corner.
  3. Select Remove from Settings.
  4. Tap Remove in the popup that asks you if you really want to remove System UI Tuner from your settings and stop using all the settings therein.

Whether you turn it off or keep it on, be content knowing that if you get fed-up with it, you can banish it to its invisible corner of the system from the Settings menu.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

25 Comments
  • Is The UI tuner missing on the GS7 edge?
  • The UI Tuner isn't accessible on most non-nexus devices. Even the mostly stock A9 can't reach it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well that's a shame. This was a feature i was really liking forward to. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's on my wife's 2015 Moto G. Posted from my Nexus 6.
  • Moto g is basically stock Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'd bet on it.
  • Helpful to know, but after years on Samsung's I would have skipped this until a year and a half from now when the next OS arrived.
    This would need to be regurgitated when a fair proportion of readers would have experienced N.
    It gives an insight, sure, and you will know doubt put a link to this in future blogs... but I wonder how many people will take this in now.
    Just a comment, not a criticism :)
  • Just means it's a long-term investment and can be quickly updated in six months when N drops officially and in a year and a half when your Samsung gets it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Burn... Hehe Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thank you! I just removed mine for now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Motorola phone have system ui tuner Posted from my Moto X 2nd gen and my Nexus 9 both on Android Marshmallow
  • True, but the options are different in Marshmallow vs Android N. Posted via the Android Central App
  • on androids N system ui they removed the battery percent in the status bar :( N5x on Fi Network here
  • IMHO, it's a small price to pay to bring back night mode. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, it's still there, but in a different location...under status bar. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks! Posted via AC app with my N9
  • I've been on N for about 7 months now and am glad this article was finally written, so I could know about it in a timely fashion. Thanks for finally catching up AC!
  • If you've been on N for seven months, I wanna know who at Google you're bribing for system images and if they accept cupcakes or pumpkin seeds. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hehe, but in all seriousness, I coulda swore that all your AC cohorts spent an hour in last week's podcast talking about how this is the first alpha release of N, and there are supposed to be 5-6 months of updates to N. Phil and Russel and all them kept on saying what is in this version is probably not going to represent what N actually will be... so why is AC publishing 'how to's on something that is so fresh out of the oven, it will be nothing but misleading to people trying to search about the real N in 6-7 months. Plus, all this N commentary, isn't XDA really more the demographic for it at this stage in the game? No way that more than ½% of AC readers are actually flashing N and needing to read 'how to's. And if someone IS flashing N, they're not reading AC tips on how to use it.
  • This is also how you turn it off in Marshmallow, so it has practical applications for non-beta users now.
  • Google is the best of all by far. They have a large catalog, plus you can upload what they don't have up to 50,000 songs, and radio. If that wasn't enough you also get Youtube music and I think Red too. I am huge audiophile and I love it.
  • I'm running 6.0.1 Marshmallow on a Nexus 6 and System UI Tuner has been a hidden option for a while now. Long press the settings cog to enable and same to disable or follow directions in the article. The only addition I see from Marshmallow to N is the ability to paginate the shade.
  • So, no go on S7 Edge then? Anyone confirm? Maybe axcessex somewhere elsebornnotbat all? Thanks
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