Navigation bar is that black bar at the bottom of the screen which houses the device navigation controls Back, Home, and Recents. This is one trendy feature has its debut since Android 4.0 and been continuing and this is present only on devices that don’t have the traditional hardware keys. If you got bored with the “standard” Android 4.0+ navigation bar or want to try the latest Android L’s navigation bar on your device then here is a way to change it right away. But this thing requires root as we are going to use the Xposed Frameworks.
If you haven’t rooted your device yet then here is a Step-by-Step guide on How to Root your Nexus 4/5/7 running Android 4.4.3+ Kitkat. Don’t know about Xposed frameworks and its modules then go through this Xposed tag.
- Rooted Nexus Device
- Xposed Frameworks
Make sure the Xposed frameworks configured properly on your device. If not then head over to this link on how-to install, Configure and work out with modules.
Xposed Modules :
1. Android L Navigation Bar :
By now you might have noticed the changes that have been made to the Navigation bar in the Android L. It was redesigned to match the new Material design. Thanks to the developer who ported the Android L Navigation bar. This module has no interface so the changes should be visible right away if you are running Android 4.0 or newer. To download, just head over to the Xposed Frameworks > ‘Download’ section and search for the “Android L Navigation bar” swipe right and tap on the ‘download’ button. After download and installation tap the “Reboot and Activate” notification that pops.
Download : Android L Navigation Bar (alternative method)
2. Nexus Navbarz :
This module has a complete different set of Navigation bars and also includes the the Navigation bar styles of other OEM’s too. For eg. Sony, HTC. This module also allows you to adjust the height and Width of the Navigation Bar. If want to give this module a try then follow the same process as above. Just head over to the Xposed Frameworks > ‘Download’ section and search for the “Nexus Navbar” swipe right and tap on the ‘download’ button. After download, install the module unlike other apps and tap on the “Reboot and Activate” notification that pops.
Download : Nexus Navbarz (alternative method)
3. Xtended NavBar :
This is one awesome module I have come across recently. This Xposed Module add extra “pages” to your navigation bar that can be accessed by a simple swipe gesture from any screen. Much like the way you swipe between home screens on a launcher, you can now swipe between buttons on the bottom of your screen. You can get this module directly from Google Play Store. After download and installation tap the “Reboot and Activate” notification that pops.
Download : Google Play Store : Xtended NavBar
Note : Disable 1 if you want to try 2 and vice versa. But don’t try to activate both the modules at a time. No need to disable the 3rd module as it works fine with both 1&2. For disabling/enabling a module, head over to Xposed Frameworks > ‘Modules’ section scroll down the list for the module you were looking for and uncheck/check it then Reboot your device.
Links of Interest : Xposed Installer