This is dangerously close to "recommend me an app" although it is not necessarily so.

I am currently doing a lot of reading on an online library site. Usually my browser (chrome, android 4.4.2) will go to a "full screen" mode when I scroll down a page of sufficient size. But such is not the case here, and that site is not unique in this sense either. The how and why of this is irrelevent to me, I just want to be able to read with the nav bar hidden.

Unfortunately, with the trendy "easier to use" (i.e., dumbed down) interface AFAICT you cannot force this behavior. Last time I used firefox it had tabs in a manually hidable sidebar, so I installed that. But it now looks and behaves just like chrome :( As an irony, it seems that firefox's own homepage is an example of one which will not invoke fullscreen when scrolling down.

I am aware of "immersive mode" apps but have not tried this because I presume it will then just hide the system notification bar and I will get a slightly bigger view of the browser with tabs along the top. However, if I'm wrong please correct me.

Does anyone know of a way out of this, including a browser which still includes a manual fullscreen mode (as silly and archiac as it may sound)?

  • Yeah, as @Firelord says, nav bar doesn't get hidden unless you're playing some game or movies; to give a confident reply, I've been using Chrome for years and it's never hidden my navbar. And, there's this browser called UC Browser which gives you an explicit option to choose full screen.. You can try that and reply :) – Gokul NC Dec 26 '15 at 17:29
  • @Firelord By "nav & tab bar" I mean features of the browser, not the OS. The nav-igation part would where the current URL is shown, etc. If you swipe down on a long page all that disappears, you just see the page (ala F11 on a PC). – goldilocks Dec 26 '15 at 18:06

Sadly Google Chrome and other browsers don't have a feature to hide the url bar and tab bar. One alternative is the app Full Screen Browser. Its features are:

  • Web browser that allows for full screen viewing.
  • Hide or dim navigation bar (Home, Back etc).
  • Hide action/status bar
  • This does work well for the intended purpose (reading). Cheers. – goldilocks Dec 26 '15 at 18:25

Try GMD Full Screen Immersive app.

It allows any app to go full screen immersive mode.

Works only on Android 4.4 and above.

  • Welcome to Android Enthusiasts! Could you please include a link to the app? Thanks in advance! – Izzy May 30 '16 at 11:19
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    Also, I don't see any reason here to believe by "full screen" this means hiding the chrome nav and tab bar. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. If you know that it does, it would be nice to put in that extra effort and add a sentence to make it explicit. – goldilocks May 30 '16 at 11:35

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