6

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
  • Related: android.stackexchange.com/q/175329/44325 – Andrew T. Dec 13 '19 at 7:18
4

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
2

I am using Fully Kiosk Browser to read books on https://openlibrary.org

It works great. Key features:

  • Immersive mode from the start
  • Ability to choose screen orientation without having to enable rotation system wide. I like reading in landscape. There is also reverse landscape.
  • Home screen shortcut for the website (library or book in my case) so that we can quickly jump into reading.
  • No ads or any other nonsense

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.