by Dom Esposito
January 22, 2013
Whether you’re new to iOS, or just want to pick up some useful tips and tricks, we're here to help. This is iOS Advice. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get rid of the status bar in certain apps? Thanks to a new jailbreak-free tweak, this is possible. NoAppStatus is a new way to ditch the iOS status bar in some of your favorite apps. While this method is definitely effective, it does have some strict limitations. The jailbreak-free tweak only works in apps with an accessible Web browser. We’ve tested this out on Tweetbot, Twitter, AppAdvice, Google Chrome, Facebook, and Netbot with successful results, but those are only a few apps out of the thousands available in the App Store with an in-app Web browser. If you can access CydiaHacks.com through an app, you can remove the status bar. Check out our video overview below to learn how to use NoAppStatus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqqtQItn4oA
If you can’t see the above video, please click this link.Here’s a brief overview of the process: Note: Currently, NoAppStatus has only been tested with the iPhone 5 and the fifth generation iPod touch. Step 1: Navigate to NoAppStatus on CydiaHacks.com using this link or in any app-based Web browser. Alternatively, you can tweet a link to yourself here, then click on that link in Tweetbot or the Twitter app. Step 2: Next, you'll need to wait five seconds for the tweak to load. When you see “Finished. Tap the button below,” proceed with the tweak by tapping the long button on the screen. Step 3: Your screen will go black for a second and then return to the app. You should notice that the status bar at the top has been replaced by a plain black bar. If for some reason it doesn't work, repeat the process a second time. As shown with Tweetbot in the video above, when I press the home button and then return to the app, the black bar disappears. If that doesn't work, change the orientation of the app by rotating your device. Once you're back in portrait mode, the black bar will be gone. This leaves you with a full screen app experience, but it will only work with certain apps. For example, if you'd like to hide the status bar in the Facebook app, post a link to NoAppStatus on your timeline and tap on it to open Facebook's browser. If you'd like to bring back the status bar, completely close out of the app using the app switcher and launch it again. Currently, there’s not a list of apps that are compatible with NoAppStatus, so it’s up to you to discover which apps work best and let us know in the comments below.