Oxygen OS 10.3.0 breaks notch-hiding feature for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, but there is a workaround
The OnePlus 6 and 6T have had a rough time lately, with their Android 10 builds being beset by all manner of bugs. Firstly, OnePlus pulled the initial Android 10 version of Oxygen OS because of various issues, which it eventually replaced with Oxygen OS 10.0.1. The company then swiftly replaced the second build with 10.3.0, which re-introduced the notch hiding feature that OnePlus had included in Android 9.0 Pie versions of Oxygen OS.
Previously, the functionality created a black status bar either side of the notches of both devices, with status icons and notifications reflowing around the notch. However, this functionality is missing from Oxygen OS 10.3.0, with the OnePlus 6 and 6T now shifting their displays downwards and creating a status bar below the notch, instead.
The move has angered many OnePlus 6 and 6T owners, with there being multiple threads on Reddit of people complaining about the change. While there does not appear to be a new build or fix to address the issue, there is an unofficial workaround courtesy of The Android Soul. The workaround is as follows:
- Download the Settings Database Editor (SetEdit) app from the Google Play Store.
- Launch SetEdit and select System Table.
- Search for "op_camera_notch_ignore" without quotes.
- Select and change the value to "1" without quotes.
- Save changes.
Apparently, the workaround will persist even with SetEdit uninstalled. Let us know in the comments of your success with this workaround and whether you have encountered any others.