If you turned on your HTC One for the first time and wondered what that weird icon that looks like an N is, it indicates that NFC is on. It seems strange to me that HTC wanted to waste Status bar space on an NFC indicator, but sometimes we just have to deal with it.
However, if you're a softModder, you don't have to just deal with it. The icon can't be removed permanently, but there is a very easy way to hide it forever.
If you haven't already, make sure you root your HTC One and install a custom recovery like TWRP. We have a guide on how to do that right here.
For this mod, we have Android dev SmiLey487 to thank. It's a simple transparency mod that you'll need to flash with your recovery.
Download the NFC_NoIcon.zip from SmiLey487's XDA thread and copy it to your internal storage
To install the mod, we have to go into recovery mode.
- Turn off your device.
- Press and hold Volume Down and Power to boot into HBOOT.
- Press Volume Down to select Recovery.
- Press the Power button to confirm.
Now that we have TWRP up and running, just tap on Install, locate the NFC_noicon.zip and tap on it, then Swipe to Confirm Flash.
It will take longer to reboot just once because the mod wipes the cache, so it has to be rebuilt when you reboot the device. After it's ready, you'll now see that the NFC icon is hidden. It's actually still there, you just can't see it anymore.
It's that simple!
If you ever want to get the NFC icon back in your Status bar, you can get the stock zip here. Just flash it using the recovery exactly like we did above and the icon will show up again.