How To Guide Remove NavBar Gesture Pill (and more) for Pixel 6 Pro

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somethingsomethingroot

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Has anyone been able to lower the height of the status bar so it sits right below the punch hole? It feels a bit too tall and taking up space. I tried changing the status bar height / portrait but it seems to break the icons on the lock screen (they get moved up to the top edge of the screen and get cut off)
Best I've gotten is changing the following to 37:

status_bar_height
status_bar_height_portrait

40 starts moving the bar lower, but 37 is about as close as I can get while having the icons looking centered. 20 is the lowest to where I have no issue seeing the icons.
 
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Rockmadeofrock

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Has this been patched with the December update? When I search for "android:dimen...." or even just navigation nothing comes up (using Fabricate Overlay 1.0.2 and 1.0.3). I'm assuming they disabled access to create our own Fabricated Overlays?
 

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Has this been patched with the December update? When I search for "android:dimen...." or even just navigation nothing comes up (using Fabricate Overlay 1.0.2 and 1.0.3). I'm assuming they disabled access to create our own Fabricated Overlays?
You mean january update? It seems to be patched for me.. After updating the phone, the navbar pill reappeared.
The results do come up in the "Fabricate overlay" app, but trying to save the modified overlays crashes it :/
pixel 4xl here
 

Rockmadeofrock

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You mean january update? It seems to be patched for me.. After updating the phone, the navbar pill reappeared.
The results do come up in the "Fabricate overlay" app, but trying to save the modified overlays crashes it :/
pixel 4xl here
No I mean the December update, the 6 series won't be getting the January update until the end of the month. I sideloaded the December update despite that also being officially pushed back until the end of January.

But that's weird I don't get any of the options when I search in Fabricate Overlay
 

somethingsomethingroot

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FWIW it does works with root (was wondering why it's working on my December update), but yeah, sucks that root is required for something that shouldn't need it.
 

T3chDelicious

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Knows anyone where to find the spacing underneath the keyboard in Fabricate? Will try to change the color to #121212 to fit the material dark theme grey.
 

pappy97

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Just installed the brand spanking new OTA for January for P6P...nav pill reappeared. So I followed the steps here to try to get the pill hidden again, and fabricateoverlay crashes when trying to alter the nav bar height and landscape. Seems like with this update, Google has removed this ability to do this. :(
 

Lughnasadh

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Just installed the brand spanking new OTA for January for P6P...nav pill reappeared. So I followed the steps here to try to get the pill hidden again, and fabricateoverlay crashes when trying to alter the nav bar height and landscape. Seems like with this update, Google has removed this ability to do this. :(
Yes, the loophole for fabricated overlays has been closed with the January update by Google.
 
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It's working on the latest January update with root but at every reboot Fabricate Overlays is blank and I have to add the two overlays again. If I add the overlays then even clear Fabricate Overlays out of recents and open it again it never saved the overlays.
 
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somethingsomethingroot

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It's working on the latest January update with root but at every reboot Fabricate Overlays is blank and I have to add the two overlays again. If I add the overlays then even clear Fabricate Overlays out of recents and open it again it never saved the overlays.
Clearing cache can bring it back while in session, but it does disappear after a reboot for me. And it doesn't seem like the program will be updated any time soon.

I wonder if there's a way to run the commands via Tasker.
 

pappy97

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Since this doesn't work anymore, I uninstalled shinzuku and the fabricate overlay. At some point today though, the pill disappeared on my screen! In apps where there is the black space, the black space is still there, but no white line. It's just...gone. No idea why or how this happened.

I'm afraid to reboot because I suspect the pill will come back, but I will say, I don't mind the black space with no pill that much and like my home screen not having the pill at all!
 

lemonspeakerz

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Same issue here all my modifications under fabric overlay is now gone after the January update. I'm disappointed I need this back!
 

KOLIOSIS

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Since this doesn't work anymore, I uninstalled shinzuku and the fabricate overlay. At some point today though, the pill disappeared on my screen! In apps where there is the black space, the black space is still there, but no white line. It's just...gone. No idea why or how this happened.

I'm afraid to reboot because I suspect the pill will come back, but I will say, I don't mind the black space with no pill that much and like my home screen not having the pill at all!
Which apps are you seeing that have no white line?
Also, are you rooted or unrooted?

I'm currently unrooted, but, I may go back to root just to gain this feature back (that is, if it still works for rooted users).
Off topic (my apologies) .... The other reason I'm likely going back to root is to regain use of all the features of the app SD Maid (Pro). (There is a support thread here in XDA if anyone is interested in that app & it's available in the Google Play Store).
 

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I ended up removing Shizuku and Fabricate Overlays and installed the Addon Features for Pixel Devices and was able to get rid of the pill and hide the navbar in there. Just make sure you get the newest update from the Telegram Group.
 

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