How to remove or hide the notch on Huawei P20 Lite

Not all Huawei users like the notch feature on their P20 Lite device. If you are one of them and you want to get rid of it, there are two ways to help you.

The notch itself is a hardware addition so you won’t be able to remove it entirely. However, you can hide it to trick your eyes. Hiding the notch makes the screen smaller because you’ll be adding a black bar on both sides of the notch. Doing so will make the sides of the notch unusable. The tricks to hide the notch though only works in some apps so if other apps may ignore the methods below.

Method 1: Remove or hide the notch on Huawei P20 Lite under Settings menu

The Huawei P20 Lite, just like other P20 variants, has copied the iPhone X’s notch feature to house some sensor and front camera. If you find the notch annoying or undesirable for your aesthetic taste, you can opt to hide it. Follow the steps below on how to do it:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Display.
  3. Tap on Notch.
  4. From the displayed options, you can pick Default, which turns on the notch, or Hide notch, which obviously does the trick of hiding it.

By selecting the Hide notch option, you are simply telling the system to add a black bar on both sides of the notch to give an appearance of a horizontal bezel. This only works when you’re on the Home screen, or when using select apps. If you open other apps that don’t support hiding of the notch, it will be displayed again. Unfortunately, in this case, all you can do is to bear with it.

Method 2: Remove or hide the notch on Huawei P20 Lite using an app

The second method of hiding the notch is with the help of a third party app like Nacho Notch. This is a free app that you can download from the Play Store. It’s dedicated purpose is, you guessed it, hide the notch. There are other similar apps as well so if you don’t want Nacho Notch, just use a different one.

Unlike the built-in option to hide the notch, Nacho Notch will not make the spaces around the notch useless. It leaves the status bar around it usable, allowing notifications and icons to continue showing up at the top. To make it easier to use, you can put a Nacho Notch quick settings tile in the notification drawer. This allows you to quickly enable or disable it.

Nacho Notch doesn’t work on the lock screen so the notch should still be visible there.

To use the Nacho Notch app, follow these steps:

  1. Install the Nacho Notch app.
  2. Go to the quick settings, look for the ‘Hide notch’ icon and add it to the list.
  3. Toggle the setting on and off to see if it works.
  4. Done!