With Android Naught (version 7+) and newer when you put pcTattletale on their device they will see an annoying icon that pcTattletale is running. It is called a “cast” icon and it lets the person know their screen is being shared (with pcTattletale). This is what it looks like:
We need to get rid of it. Here is how.
First swipe down on the top of the phone and look for the sprocket (cog). Tap and hold it. It will spin. Then a little wrench icon will appear. Your screen might look a little different if you are not using Android version 8 (shown below):
TIP: Gear not spinning? Some Manufacturer’s (like Samsung) have decided to remove the System UI tuner. In this case click the link below:
You will probably get a warning or confirmation that you want to turn on the secret system UI tuner. Just agree to it or say “yes”.
Now click the settings icon again and scroll down to the bottom where you see the new “System” settings section. Select it.
On Android Version 8 you need to select “System” First like this:
If you have Android version 7 skip this step. The “System UI Tuner” is right in your settings section. Just like the screen below.
Now select the System UI Tuner:
Select “Status Bar”:
Turn off “Cast”:
Now the chrome-cast icon will not appear and give you away!
No System UI Tuner Method
With most Android manufacturers you can turn on an Android feature called the System UI tuner like we showed you above. It will easily let you get rid of Android’s Chromecast icon like the one below:
If you have not tried this yet just check out the top of this article where we show you how do it using the System UI tuner.
This section is for those other Manufacturers (like Samsung) who have decided to disable the systemUI tuner. Fear not! We can still get rid of the cast icon by following these steps.
Before you Begin
We will need to give a Windows PC access to your phone. Because pcTattletale is taking pictures of your screen Android will not let you give the PC access rights. For this reason you need to remove pcTattletale first. Then we will remove the chrome-cast icon and install pcTattletale one last time. Click here to see how to temporarily remove pcTattletale.
So now you have pcTattletale temporarily removed the device. Just follow the steps below to remove the cast icon:
How To Remove the Chrome Cast Icon
First we need to put the phone into developer mode. Go into “Settings” and choose “About Android”:
Pick “Software Information”:
Now look for the Android build number and click it 7 times (Strange I know). As you start doing this Android will tell you are in developer mode:
Android will ask you to confirm the Phone’s PIN and you are in Developer mode!
Now go back to your settings screen and select the new “developer mode” section that you just turned on:
Now Turn on USB debugging. We will need this to remove the Chrome-cast Icon:
Download System UI Tuner App
Next go to the Google play store on their phone and download the Free System UI tuner app:
Install and open the app:
Go through the setup screens. You will eventually get stuck where it asks you to run some commands from your PC. Do Not worry. We will show you exactly what to do in the next section:
Connecting Android To A Windows PC or MAC
For the next steps we will need a Windows PC or MAC to make changes to Android (Since the System UI tuner got taken out of Android by your wonderful manufacturer).
First Unlock the phone and use a USB cable and connect your phone to a Windows PC or your MAC. Once you connect it, Android will ask you to confirm that you want the Computer to have access to the phone:
Now our phone is ready. The next step is to get the Computer to talk to the phone.
Windows PC Instructions:
- Download the ADB ZIP file for Windows
- Extract the contents of this ZIP file into an easily accessible folder (such as C:\adb)
- Open Windows explorer and browse to where you extracted the contents of this ZIP file
Then open up a Command Prompt from the same directory as this ADB binary. This can be done by holding Shift and Right-clicking within the folder then click the “open command prompt here” option. (Some Windows 10 users may see “PowerShell” instead of “command prompt”.)
- Download the ADB ZIP file for macOS
- Extract the ZIP to an easily-accessible location (like the Desktop for example).
- Open Terminal.
- To browse to the folder you extracted ADB into, enter the following command:
For example, on my Mac it was this:
- Connect your device to your Mac with a compatible USB cable.
Send Commands to Phone
In the Command Prompt window, enter the following command to connect to the phone (tip you can copy and paste these commands). These will work the same no matter if you are using a Windows PC or a MAC. Screen shots below were taken from a Windows 10 PC:
On your phone’s screen, you should see a prompt to allow or deny USB Debugging access. Naturally, you will want to grant USB Debugging access when prompted (and tap the always allow check box if you never want to see that prompt again).
NOTE: If you still have pcTattletale running you will not be able to do this step. You will get a permissions denied response. For this reason you must remove pcTattletale temporarily.
Now that your computer can talk to your phone we need to send some commands. Just copy and paste the following commands to send to the phone:
You will notice the screen sits for a few seconds then nothing really seems to happen. Now enter the next command (copy and paste into the command window):
./adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.DUMP
./adb shell pm grant com.zacharee1.systemuituner android.permission.PACKAGE_USAGE_STATS
We are done sending commands to the phone.
Now let’s go back to our system UI tuner app and press the checkbox at the bottom:
Click “To The Tweaks”:
Now Click “Status Bar”:
Go down the list and uncheck the “Cast” setting:
Now the Cast Icon is disabled. When you install pcTattletale again it will not be there. One final step is remove the System UI tuner app. You do not want the person you are watching to see a strange new icon on their phone. Just click and hold the System UI Tuner icon. Then press Uninstall:
Chrome Cast Icon is Finally Gone
Now with the Chrome-cast icon finally gone make sure to go back and install pcTattletale again. You will notice the Chomecast icon does not show up anymore!
We know this is not the easiest thing to do. If you run into any problems or are confused about any of the steps definitely contact us so we can help you.