Great News Notch Lovers, the Pixel 3 XL Lets You Have Two

By Tom Pritchard on at

The Pixel 3 XL has a notch on the screen. An absurdly large one, even by notch standards. Apparently Google likes notches, and was hoping to add one to the regular Pixel 3 until it discovered there wasn't room. But just in case you're sceptical of Google's new found notch-fetish, you should know that the Pixel 3 XL actually lets you add a second one to the display.

This was discovered by users on Reddit (via Slashgear) who were discussing how to hide the big fat bar. It's not an option that you can toggle on and off as a regular user, but if you do some fiddling with the settings (and enable developer options) you can add that second bar to the bottom of the phone's screen.

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The Pixel 3 XL isn't out yet, naturally, but if you want to add that second notch to the phone for whatever reason, the first thing you need to enable developer options.

  1. Head to settings, tap on system, then 'About Phone'.
  2. Find the build number an tap it six or seven times
  3. Enter your PIN when the phone asks for it.

From there you will see a new settings entry labelled "Developer options, and inside is an option for 'Display Cutout'. Inside are a variety of options, with the second notch popping up if you choose 'Double Cutout'. There's also the 'Hide Bar' option, which, as far as we can tell, is currently the only way to add the extra black bar to the top of your phone. Annoyingly hiding the main notch pushes the status icons down, rather than keeping them in the empty screen space like other devices. It's been noted on Twitter that this means the Pixel 3 XL has roughly the same screen size as the Pixel 2 XL.

The Pixel 3 XL isn't out yet, so that bar issue may well be patched out by the 1st November release date. That said, I would be surprised if that extra notch option is removed. After all Google's notch guidelines do allow for a second cutout, but only on the bottom end of the phone. It makes sense that the option would stick around for other Android developers to be able to tinker with. [Slashgear]