Nokia has come under fire from owners of the Nokia 6.1 Plus after a security update messed up the way the phone works. For some reason, the company has removed the option to hide the notch.
On the surface, the latest upgrade for the Nokia 6.1 Plus just brings stability improvements and Google’s August security patch. It weighs in at 381.8MB and introduces a new firmware build as well. However, once people installed it they realized that the update took away the ability to hide the notch.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a sizable notch up top, which naturally isn’t for everyone. As a compromise, the brand has an option called ‘Status bar style’ within the Settings menu.
Nokia 6.1 Plus – Notch or No Notch
Owners can choose between Default or Full bezel. The former leaves two ears on either side of the cutout so the notch is clearly visible. The latter fills up the space on either side of the cutout to disguise the notch.
It seems like the second option was very popular among people who detest the cutout. Many of them have taken to Nokia’s discussion forums and Twitter to complain now that this choice has been taken away from them.
HMD Global hasn’t said anything about this problem yet. It’s possible the software team made a mistake and accidentally removed the feature. After all, there’s no reason why it would remove the option.
Nokia has made mistakes in its updates before, most notably with an early Android Pie beta build for the Nokia 7 Plus. The software knocked some users back to Oreo and forced them to perform a full system restore.
The issue only seems to be affecting the Nokia 6.1 Plus so far. We haven’t seen reports of this happening with the Nokia 5.1 Plus yet.