Ever since the Pixel 2 XL was released, users have been persistently complaining about burning issues on the device’s screen. This has forced Google to take drastic measures to help reduce screen burn-in issues. The search giant has released an update that brings new slow navigation buttons to the Pixel 2 XL, but is now testing a light tint of the navigation bar in some of its widely used apps. This is a reasonable fix to prevent further screen burn and you can apply this change right away if you’re impatient. Here’s how you can set a lightweight navigation bar on the Pixel 2 XL (or any device for that matter).
Adjust Lightweight Navigation Bar on Your Pixel 2 XL
note: I tried this method on my non-rooted Pixel 2, and it worked just fine, although it didn’t have burning issues running Android 8.0 Oreo.
Here are the steps you need to follow to protect your newly purchased Pixel 2 XL from screen burn-in issues that have been raging since the device went on sale:
1. Install Navigation Bar Apps (Free) from the Play Store to do to select the background color of the navigation bar on your device. It does not require you to root the device.
2. The third party app gives you a number of alternatives to change the look and feel of the navigation bar, but for this we will use a simple light shadow. To select the light navigation bar, select ‘pick a color from palette’ in practice and Tap on ‘gear of settings next to change the color.
4. Here, choose white color and set the transparency of your navigation bar according to your preference. You can drag the first slider all the way to the left and drag the second slider to the location shown in the screenshot below. to get a smooth light gray color that hides the black navbar while still highlighting the buttons.
Although we have chosen a single solid color for the device-wide navigation bar, you can change the color of your navigation bar from blacks by choosing a number of options available in the Navbar Apps. It even includes a setting where the navigation bar adopts the main color of the currently open app or uses other animations to animate it.
SEE ALSO: Root Your Google Pixel 2 XL with Magisk v14.4
Want to Prevent Screen Burn on Pixel 2 XL? Avoid Using Blacks!
If you’re familiar with the concept of screen burn-in, the same thing happens because an image is displayed in the same place for long enough. Black pixels on an OLED display use less energy and may become dead and not fully illuminated when an image is changed for that location. The decision to move away from the pitch-dark navigation bar not only focuses on avoiding screen burn-in issues, but adds to the aesthetic value as well. What are your thoughts on Pixel 2 XL’s screen burn-in issues? Comment your opinion below.