How to disable the stock notification panel?

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Old Jimbo

Senior Member
Feb 19, 2015
I want to disable the stock notification panel on my s3 mini, 4.1.2 rooted. Instead of it, I'd like to use a 3rd party app, which suits better my needs.

I've read something here on xda about editing the "tw_status_bar_expanded.xml" file within the SystemUI.apk (that thread was discontinued/closed) but I don't now what editor should I use to do this (I've tried two but without success - the error was something like "could not edit a binary file"). Does someone know how to do this? Or there is a simpler method to disable the notification panel?

All the best! :)