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Put A Compass On Your Android Status Bar



Application Name: Statusbar Compass

Description: Puts an arrow on your Android status bar that always points north.

Publisher’s website: None

Cost: Free

Version/date reviewed: v0.3.1  /  2-20-11

Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2

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Android Market (mobile app only)
Android Market (browser)


Smallest compass you can put on your Android – sits in the status bar at the top.

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Only one program screen, to start/stop the compass display, and give you the option of always starting the app when you turn on your phone.

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Purple arrow shows up at the top; when the phone is pointed north, the arrow points straight up.

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With the phone pointing in a different direction, the arrow will still point north.

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Drag the status bar down, and see an item listing for the phone; click on that to bring up the program screen to stop the compass display. There’s also a compass angle reading, but on my Droid X, it’s always wrong.

Other issues: Arrows always points towards magnetic north; as with all other compass apps, I wish the author would offer the option for true north (it’s easy to implement). Not crazy about the purple color, so the option to select other colors would be nice as well. You’ll likely increase battery drain slightly, but unlike GPS, the compass doesn’t use a lot of power, so you’re unlikely to see a major effect.

Final thoughts: Wish it had a few more options, but you can’t beat it for simplicity and small footprint.


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2 Responses to “Put A Compass On Your Android Status Bar”


  1. 1 Amir Findling

    My Droid Incredible showed North quite inaccurately using Statusbar Compass! I had to re-calibrate using another compass utility!

    I think a calibration function is needed in this application!

    Amir K9CHP

  2. 2 leszekp

    Well, that’s interesting – I didn’t have that problem at all on my Droid X. Curious …