How to Customize Nav Bar Buttons on Your Nexus Device

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Google started working on a new system UI tuner that lets you remove reorder and add buttons to the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen but they apparently didn’t think it was ready for the public so they hide it from view. Developer Al Iraqi found a way to activate this hidden menu and all it takes is a flashable zip. So today I’m going to show you how to unlock the hidden navbar tuner to Customize Nav Bar Buttons on your Nexus.

Before you get started the first thing you should do is enable the system UI tuner on your device. To enable system UI Tuner, hold down the little gear icon in your Quick Settings panel for about 10 seconds.

First you need to have a custom recovery installed to get this one going and second you also need to be running Nougat.

This is only available for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5x and Nexus 6p.

Next just find your device in the list below.

Nexus 6 Nav Bar Mod (Build Number NRD90M)

Nexus 9 Nav Bar Mod (Build Number NRD90M)

Nexus 9 Nav Bar Mod (Build Number NRD90U)

Nexus 5X Nav Bar Mod (Build Number NRD90S)

Nexus 6P Nav Bar Mod (Build Number NRD90M)

Nexus 6P Nav Bar Mod (Build Number NRD90T)

Make sure the build number listed here matches up with the android version you’re currently running that’s an important one so if you’re not sure about your build number you can check it in setting>About phone.

After you have downloaded the flashable zip go ahead and boot into custom recovery.

Now from here the first thing you should do is make sure you have a recent android backup.

This ZIP shouldn’t cause any issues but making that backup could save you a lot of frustration if something went wrong.

If you want to create an android backup just tap the backup button in TWRP then swipe the slider it’s that easy.

Aside from that just tap the install button on TWRPs main menu to navigate to your download folder from here select the Navbar zip file that you downloaded earlier then swipe the slider at the bottom of the screen to install it.

When that’s finished go ahead and tap reboot system.

Customize the Nav Bar Buttons

When you get back up head to the bottom of your settings menu and select system UI tuner, from here you should see a new entry called navigation bar so go ahead and open that now this is the hidden menu it was created by Google.

Each button listed here can be resized removed or reorder and that’s what each of these icons to the right of the entries are for.

Customize Nav Bar Buttons

First one lets you adjust padding second one likes to remove a button and the third one is a drag handle that you can use to reorder all these items.

If you want to reorder these keep in mind that the top of the list is the left of your navbar and the bottom is the right.

You can also add your own custom buttons.

To do that just tap Add button at the bottom of the screen you’ll see the available options most of these are straightforward but the one that has the most potential is the key code option.

The Key Code Option basically let you add a button that sense any keyboard command so it would be good for adding arrow keys or media playback controls.

You must have your own icons to use this so after you pick a function it will prompt you to select an image.

How to Customize Nav Bar Buttons on Your Nexus Device

Once you have got everything arranged to your liking just tap the save button at the top of the screen and your customized navbar buttons will show up immediately.

You don’t have to reboot or anything so that lets you play around with these options until you get it right.

Overall Google should let this one on him because it’s pretty good as it stands and it definitely had some cool functionality.

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