How do you reach your frequently used apps on your Android device? You add them to your home screen? Or you launch apps from notification bar by adding the apps shortcuts there? Today, I am going to show you how to make the most of your status bar by adding some of your favorite apps and accessing them by just pulling down the notification bar and touch the corresponding icon.
There are so many Apps Launcher applications on the Google Play Store, which enable you to add apps shortcuts to the notification panel. Some of them are: Bar Launcher, TUFFS Notification Shortcuts, DIESEL : The most used apps, Quickly Notification Shortcuts, and 1Tap Quick Bar -Quick Settings.
All of these apps have been developed with one goal: making launching specific applications quick and easy. Here we have chosen the TUFFS for launching apps from the notification area. TUFFS is easy to use, comes with no ads, the features on the free version is just enough, and is updated regularly.
So, do as follows to launch apps from Notification Bar on Android:
Step1: Download, install the TUFUS application from Google Play and open it
Step2: Skip the tutorial and if you are on Android Marshmallow, grant the Make and Manage Phone calls permission if you want to be able to quickly dial your favorite contacts using the direct call feature. (Here we just focus on adding apps shortcuts feature)
Step3: Touch the Home option on the screen, and make sure to toggle button on the top right corner of the screen in ON
Step4: On the top of the screen, you should see 5 icons waiting for you to be assigned to a specific action; from an app shortcut to system settings and shortcuts.
Step5: Tap each icon and select the application you want to launch from the notification tray
Step6: Simply pull down to notification bar and launch your favorite apps from there
Tip1: In the Free version, you can change the number of shortcuts from 1 to 8, as well as the background color and the color of the layer shape.
Tip2: In the Paid version, you can add a second row for your shortcuts, as well as the option to change the shape of the icons.
Tip3: To add shortcuts for some of the system settings, tap an icon, go to the Shortcuts tab, scroll down to the Settings, open it, and there you should see some of the available system settings