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How to disable Android pointer location - GetGeek.net

As mentioned in my previous article i was having trouble with my Nexus 7’s touch input and took my tablet to be repaired only to find out i had to switch the android language back from Spanish. The guy who tried to fix it also enabled another setting which displayed trailing lines when dragging my finger across the screen as if you had drawn something. This is called the Android Pointer Location. It also shows the X and Y position along with pressure and a grid centering where your finger is. Unfortunately this setting was left enabled after the guy returned the tablet to myself and i didn’t realise until i had got home in an attempt to fix the device. At first i wasn’t sure if the guy had installed a third party app but it turns out it is actually a setting in the Developer Options. This guide applies to Android Marshmallow and specifically to a Nexus 7 2013 running version 6.0.1.

If you want to watch our video tutorial then play the below otherwise skip past it for the transcript:

How to disable Android pointer location and Show Touches

  1. Go to the settings on your android device either by dragging down from the top toolbar and selecting the cog or by launching your app launch and selecting “Settings”.
  2. Go to Developer Options.
  3. Scroll down to the Input Section.
  4. To disable the blob that appears where you have touched, untick the “Show Touches” switch.
  5. To disable the grid line while touching the screen, untick the “Pointer Location” switch.
  6. See below image for example.

    Android Pointer Location

    Android Pointer Location

I hope this helps anyone else with the same problem as myself. If i have missed anything or you have any questions then please comment below and i will get back to you as soon as possible.

Since replacing my screen and literally while writing this article my screen has started to flicker a purpley/pink colour when pressing it hard. Has anyone else had this problem? If so do they have any idea what maybe loose inside my device? Please comment below as i am not overly keen on taking my entire device apart again! Thanks

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