How to add app shortcuts on your Android notification bar

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Android has many features and all are very interesting and useful. However, the notification bar is one of Android’s most useful features, but like most things with the operating system, you can always modify and improve them to your liking. Today we’ll give you the rundown on how to create a new row of shortcuts to your favorite apps in the Android notification bar. This is possible was not known to many but it is. Like most things in Android, this can be achieved by installing an app, and in this case, you’ll need the Bar Launcher.

What the Bar launcher does is create a secondary bar in the notifications bar which you pull down from the top of your Android home screen. If your Smartphone already has shortcuts there, then the new shortcut bar is added just below. This tool is supported on almost all existing devices but the only requirement is that you need to have Android 4.0 or later. Moreover it doesn’t require any permission, which is a nice change. You can install Bar Launcher from the Google Play Store for free.

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  • Follow the steps in the order in which they are given.
  • Download the Bar Launcher from the Google Play Store for free.

How to set up Bar Launcher

Step 1- Install the bar Launcher that you have downloaded from the Google Play Store.

Step 2 – Once that you have installed the app, open it and you will see an uber-simple user interface. At the top, you’ll see an on / off button, which is disabled by default. This allows you to implement and remove the second notification bar at your leisure.

Step 3 – To add applications just press the + symbol located in the blue circle and will open a new screen where with all the applications on your device. You can add one at a time, up to allows up to 8 applications in total.

Step 4 – Apps that are added by mistake or that you don’t want any more can be removed by simply sliding it to the right. By tapping on the application, you can switch it out for another one.

Step 5 – If you want then you can also rearrange them, since the first one you’ve chosen will be the first in the line, simply tap and hold down on the app and drag it to the position you would like it to be.

This is how you can add app shortcuts on your Android notification bar. The cool thing about Bar Launcher is that you can create multiple lines of shortcuts in your notification bar. Click on the three menu items and choose the ”add row” option and each row can be named.You are also able to change some parameters in the settings such as background color, remove the Launch Bar icon from the notification bar and other settings such as priority notifications or applications.

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