Yes, the Galaxy S10 has an option to hide the front camera cutout

Yes, the Galaxy S10’s front camera cutout can be hidden with a software tweak. A number of our readers have questioned whether that’s possible, and some of them have commented that the Galaxy S10 has an option to introduce a virtual bezel at the top of the display. We took a look inside the phone’s settings, and indeed, Samsung does give you an option to hide the front camera.

The setting can be found in the Full screen apps section of the Display menu in the phone’s settings. It’s simply called Hide front camera and adds a black bar to the top of the screen, effectively reducing the screen estate available for your apps while hiding the camera cutout in the process. Doing that gives you bigger bezels at the top than Samsung’s current flagships, though, so it’s an option we’d recommend using sparingly if you’ve ordered a Galaxy S10 but aren’t down with the idea of the front camera eating into the right side of the display.

Here’s a comparison that shows you how the display looks with and without the fake black bar at the top (swipe left to see it with the black bar enabled):

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Of course, some people might want to keep the option enabled at all times in the initial few weeks (or even months), as it’s going to take some time for developers to update their apps to accommodate the corner cutout on Samsung’s newest flagships. It’s similar to how Samsung had added the option to force apps to run in full screen mode when the Galaxy S8 came out, as the Infinity display’s uncommon screen ratio (18.5:9) resulted in apps not using some of the space above the software navigation keys.

The option to hide the front camera would be especially useful on the Galaxy S10+. It’s the first phone on the market to have dual front cameras built into the side of the display and not the center, so developers will be adapting their apps to such a wide display cutout for the first time. Alas, even if developers move quickly to optimize their apps for the Galaxy S10 trio, those who don’t want to see that front camera cutout when watching videos or playing games will have to depend on turning on that virtual bezel.

What do you think? Would you hide the front camera, will you simply try and get used to it, or will you not buy the Galaxy S10 at all because of the display cutout?

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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View Comments (38)

  • I find the Samsung cutout to be better than the notch that's so popular. I also like that Samsung is totally owning it, not trying to hide the cutout. Really liked the cool animation they did around the cutout.

    It's also great that they're letting users choose whether to show or hide it.

    • Well if you look at the wallpapers used on the devices they are hiding the hole, just as Apple and Google hid the notch.

  • So how do we use a notch without people saying it's a notch?

    I'll just wait for this stupid trend to die off. I'm certainly not rewarding this disaster by opening my wallet.

    • As a long term Samsung user (our company has 8 Note9 devices) , I totally agree. A hole will actually make our in-house schematics apps unusable. We update to the newest Note every year. We'll be keeping the Note9 devices if there's a punch hole in the screen of Note10. It's a ridiculously stupid design. If you take the specs of the S10 range, it would still be successful, maybe more successful, without the hole.

  • It is shame that S10 have the same DxO score as P20. P20 is old device and S10 is new. S10 should have better DxO score. P30 will smash S10.

    • It's not actually ground breaking at all. Hiding the notch is already available on phones with notches. This just proves how bad designs that put flaws on the screen are.

  • This option exactly illustrates the fact that a little bit of bezel is a superior design to silly notches and punch holes.

  • I believe I would leave it, unless watching an in-depth movie. Should have an option for each app.. which it probably does. Problem solved better then a notch.

  • Samsung should have stuck with the thin bezel design on last years flagships. The display was still immersive even with those thin bezels.