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Android statusbar icons color

Posted by: admin March 11, 2020 Leave a comment


I was wondering if it’s possible to change the statusbar icons colour (not the statusbar colour, colorPrimaryDark)
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Let’s say I want this statusbar with:
<item name="colorPrimaryDark">@android:color/white</item>

and the icons in black, is it possible?



New in the M developer preview: windowLightStatusBar. Flipping this on
in your theme tells the system to use a dark foreground, useful for
lighter colored status bars. Note the M preview seems to have a bug
where notification icons remain white, while system status icons
correctly change to semitransparent black.

from: Roman Nurik Google+ post
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How to&Answers:

Not since Lollipop. Starting with Android 5.0, the guidelines say:

Notification icons must be entirely white.

Even if they’re not, the system will only consider the alpha channel of your icon, rendering them white


The only way to have a coloured icon on Lollipop is to lower your targetSdkVersion to values <21, but I think you would do better to follow the guidelines and use white icons only.

If you still however decide you want colored icons, you could use the DrawableCompat.setTint method from the new v4 support library.


Yes it’s possible to change it to gray (no custom colors) but this only works from API 23 and above you only need to add this in your values-v23/styles.xml

<item name="android:windowLightStatusBar">true</item>

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@eOnOe has answered how we can change status bar tint through xml. But we can also change it dynamically in code:

    View decor = getWindow().getDecorView();
    if (shouldChangeStatusBarTintToDark) {
    } else {
        // We want to change tint color to white again.
        // You can also record the flags in advance so that you can turn UI back completely if
        // you have set other flags before, such as translucent or full screen.


if you have API level smaller than 23 than you must use it this way.
it worked for me declare this under v21/style.

<item name="colorPrimaryDark" tools:targetApi="23">@color/colorPrimary</item>
        <item name="android:windowLightStatusBar" tools:targetApi="23">true</item>


Setting windowLightStatusBar to true not works with Mi phones, some Meizu phones, Blackview phones, WileyFox etc.
I’ve found such hack for Mi and Meizu devices. This is not a comprehensive solution of this perfomance problem, but maybe it would be useful to somebody.

And I think, it would be better to tell your customer that coloring status bar (for example) white – is not a good idea. instead of using different hacks it would be better to define appropriate colorPrimaryDark according to the guidelines


Yes you can change it. but in api 22 and above, using NotificationCompat.Builder and setColorized(true) :

NotificationCompat.Builder mBuilder = new NotificationCompat.Builder(context, context.getPackageName())
                .setSmallIcon(icon, level)