Is it possible to remove the tint over the status bar color in lollipop? Currently, the bar color will change to a slightly darker version of the app's color.

Example of how it is now:

screenshot of app with status bar tint

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I would like it the be the same color as the rest of the app, no darkening.

EDIT: I've managed to modify Lolistat to color some apps the same color, my dilemma now has two parts: White status text on white text bars and the apps which Lolistat doesn't touch (ones with predefined colors)

Two working apps:

screenshot of app with status bar tint screenshot of app with status bar tint
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  • I could be wrong, but as far as I know that's a decision on the app developer to use the default (i.e. a darker version of the app heading). Some apps like the Play Store 5.4+ don't do this, they have the picture of the app fill the bar with no tint at all. I don't think it can be changed without tweaking the ROM itself.
    – RossC
    May 13, 2015 at 10:13
  • On my Play Store (5.4.12) the bar is tinted. I assume the "default" the apps use would be hardcoded into the ROM? I have xposed installed, maybe I could modify it through that? May 13, 2015 at 19:31
  • It could be possible that way. Mine has no tint, only when an app opens and the status bar changes colour (using stock 5.1 on a Nexus 5). Samsung have a tint on theirs that permeates everything, it is ROM level (in the framework somewhere I think).
    – RossC
    May 14, 2015 at 9:41
  • I think its like styles.XML and color.xml or something in my theme directory (cm12s)... After looking around a bit in those files, it looks like I'd have to change the primary-dark color to be the same as the primary color. Is primary-dark used anywhere other than the nav and status bars? May 14, 2015 at 20:03

1 Answer 1


If you can use Xposed Framework (needs root), try any of the following Xposed apps which can theme your status bar:

They do it by taking a sample from the app's action-bar and colors the status-bar accordingly as per some mode settings, which include Gradient, Flat (which you want and the unpaid default), L and custom.

(Note: some features require an in-app purchase.)


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