My friend has the Galaxy S and is able to control the brightness by sliding his finger over the notification-bar. He said he didn't install anything to have it (but he has a custom ROM, so that doesn't have to mean anything).

I have the HTC Desire running with the Cyanogen MOD. I tried finding a widget or something else that will allow me to control the brightness from the notification bar, but came up with nothing.

Can it be done?

  • I don't think widgets attach to the notification bar.
    – Sparx
    Commented Jun 19, 2011 at 9:43
  • Yeah I would think you'd need a custom ROM/theme. Commented Jun 19, 2011 at 17:33

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As far as you have cyanogenmod, you can do it ;) Follow the below settings menus: Settings-> CyanogenMod Settings-> Interface -> Status bar tweaks -> Than make sure Status bar brightness control is checked.


This is an undocumented feature in certain Samsung devices. Hold your finger over the notification bar and then sliding it left and right can increase/decrease brightness.

It started with the Galaxy S, IIRC. Also, "auto-brightness" setting must be turned off.

  • My Samsung Droid Charge also has this undocumented feature. What a great find! Thanks Sparx!
    – Matt Casto
    Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 14:55

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