During the reign of CyanogenMod, Android modding enthusiasts would get all kinds of innovative features. In fact, they were so innovative and useful that even the big players like Google and Samsung would copy them. One of such feature was the ability to gesture control screen brightness, which is still not adopted into today’s stock Android. This was first introduced on CyanogenMod 13. Fortunately, a talented developer named Tom Bayley worked hard and developed an app that can add this feature on any Android without needing root access. Here’s how to control screen brightness with a swipe on status bar.

Control Screen Brightness with a Swipe on Status Bar

There was a time when rooting and flashing was at its peak. CyanogenMod 13 and a handful of other ROMs had this feature. Thanks to the developer Tom Bayley, we can now get this feature on any Android without even rooting. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Install Super Status Bar

The app that allows us to do so is called Super Status Bar and it is available for free on the Google Play Store. This app isn’t just for adding this particular feature; it has galore of other essential and innovative features that you might be interested in. If you want to unlock all the feature, you can do that for the low price of $1.99

Control Screen Brightness with a Swipe on Status Bar

Get Super Status Bar from the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Permissions

Open the app after it is installed and go through the initial setup screens. Then, Tap on Start. You will find 2 toggles which need to be enabled. Tapping on each of the toggles will take you to the Settings page where you need to enable the permission for the app. Do that for each of the toggles and you’re done. you might need to find Super Status Bar from the list of apps if the permission is being allowed to tons of apps. Nevertheless, it would not be difficult to do that.

Get back to the main screen. You will notice that the Start button you’ve previously pressed has turned into a Stop button. This indicated that the app and its services are currently running and you’re ready to use its features.

Step 3: Add Slider

The app has two options to manage the slider – Indicators and Main Slider. However, if you have the free version, you can only use Indicators. That is why it is wise to opt for the pro version.

Control Screen Brightness with a Swipe on Status Bar

Indicators will let you modify the icon that appears when you activate the gesture. If you have the free version, you can only change the Style to rounded and rectangle. Pro version has tons of other styles. Play around and customize as per your preference.

Step 4: Use Gesture

After you’re done customizing, you’re ready to use it. All you have to do is place your finger on the top portion of the status bar and slide it from left to right. You will see the indicator and the new brightness level as you swipe your finger across the status bar. Lift the finger when you get the desired brightness level. That’s how easy it is. Note that using this feature will turn the adaptive brightness off.


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