While the full-screen nature of mobile apps allows us to be fully immersed in only one thing on our smartphones, it does remove the status bar away from view, depriving us a quick access to important notifications, reminders, and more. Luckily, there’s the Swipe Status Bar, a nifty tool developed by Tomáš Chládek that provides an easy way to your notifications.
Once downloaded from the Play Store and installed, Swipe Status Bar works by a simple gesture of swiping down from the top of the screen. Through this, you’ll no longer have to leave your full-screen app and go back to the home screen just to view notifications. The gesture can be even modified as a single or two-finger swipe and to provide vibration feedback. This tool also shows a quick settings panel for Android devices running on 4.2 Jelly Bean or newer.
Personally, I don’t find any use for this app since I use a Samsung smartphone, whose TouchWiz UI comes with the same swiping motion. On the other hand, other devices (and custom ROMS) don’t have this gesture built-in, which makes Swipe Status Bar still a useful app. It works with any device powered by Android version 2.2 or newer.
You can download the Swipe Status Bar for free on Google Play. Download it here.