Add shortcuts to your notification shade on Android

1Tap Quick Bar can take all of your toggle widgets and shortcuts and turn them into something more accessible.

Nicole Cozma
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Nicole Cozma
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Widgets can make toggling Wi-Fi, GPS, or ringtone volume quick and easy. But what if you want more options to help you skip through app menus or even the Settings area?

1Tap Quick Bar is an app that will let you customize shortcuts to be added to your notification shade. You can also personalize the look and feel of the panel that gets added -- meaning you get to pick all the shortcuts from a huge selection.

Here's a list of popular features from the developer:

  • Direct dial
  • Direct message
  • 1-tap direct Web page launcher
  • Application shortcut
  • Application launcher
  • Direct e-mail label
  • New event, new message
  • Hidden system activities
  • Third tasks: ram booster
  • Media control

Ready to set it up? Let's get started:

First you'll need to install a copy of 1Tap Quick Bar on your Android device. For these steps, we'll be working with the free version. The paid version offers more features (as always), but the free version will definitely get the job done.

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Step 1: Open the app and press on the New button in the bottom left-hand corner. An icon for 1Tap Quick Bar can be found in your application drawer.

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Step 2: Tap shortcut icons to add them to the bar at the top of the screen. The icons are separated by category tabs along the bottom. If you add any by mistake, just tap them at the top to remove them from the panel.

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Step 3: To change the theme of the shortcut bar, tap on the Design tab at the top of the screen and select your favorite.

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Step 4: Tap the check mark near the top right-hand area of the app to finish constructing your shortcut bar.

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Step 5: On the main screen of the app, you can choose to add another row of shortcuts or click Apply and the bar will be added to your notification shade.

Note: There will be a new blank black spot on the far left-hand side of your notification bar. That is the 1Tap Quick Bar app displaying no icon, and allowing the app to display information in the shade itself.

One of the most useful shortcuts this app lets you to add is the redial button. It will show you the name of the last person you called right under the icon so you can make sure you're redialing the right number!

Which shortcuts will you be adding to your notification shade for quick access?

(Via Guiding Tech)