How to Customize the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 Navigation Bar Without Root

The Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 originally shipped with color customization options for the navigation bar, yet for whatever reason, they removed this feature in the June OTA update. Fortunately, we can use ADB commands to tweak the navigation bar to our liking, and it only takes a few seconds.

For this guide, you should have ADB installed on your computer – see Appual’s guide “How to Install ADB on Windows”.


Samsung Android USB Drivers

  1. So first thing is to make sure you have ADB properly configured, and the Samsung Android USB drivers installed.
  2. Now we want to enable USB Debugging, for your device to communicate with the ADB shell. Go into Settings > About Phone > tap ‘Build Number’ 7 times, until Developer Mode is confirmed. Then go back into Settings > Developer Options > enable USB Debugging.
  3. Connect your Galaxy device to your computer via USB, and navigate to your main ADB folder. Hold Shift + right click, and choose “Open a command window here”. It will launch the ADB command prompt.
  4. Now make sure ADB properly recognizes your device by typing into the terminal: ‘adb devices’. It should return your device’s serial number.
  5. If that was successful, proceed to type into the terminal: ‘adb shell’
  6. Now we need to manually set the color value through commands, and we need to convert the RGB value into the Android value – but luckily, you can use this website to do it instantly. Just use the RGB color picker at the bottom of the screen, and it will instantly display the Android value for you.

After you pick your color, you need to copy the Android Value displayed, including the – minus sign. Now you need to include it in the following ADB command, without the < brackets >:

settings put global navigationbar_color <paste Android color value>

settings put global navigationbar_current_color <paste Android color value>

Now restart your Galaxy device, and you should see the color change having taken effect.

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