‘Immersive Mode’ removes the status bar and its contents and navigation bar to let the app use full screen to display its content. This makes your screen looks beautiful and also enables you to view more contents. This feature is exclusive to only KitKat but you can enable it easily if you have a rooted device. However, rooting can be tricky and could render you device unusable or make certain system app to stop working. This much risk for just to enable a visual feature – not worth it. However in this article we learn to enable immersive mode even if your device is not rooted and you don’t plan on rooting it. Using the GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode app from the Google Play Store, we can obtain immersive mode even on un-rooted android devices.
How to Enable Immersive Mode on Android Without Root
Before we start, download the GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode app from the Google Play Store. After the download has finished, open up the app to access its settings. When you open up the app for the first time, you’ll be warned that the keyboard may not work if the navigation bar is hidden. Restore the Nav bar whenever you need to use the keyboard. Tap on okay to dismiss the warning.
You’ll see four section on its main screen (i.ee. General, Trigger, Applications, Upgrade). Open up the General section and enable Notification. You can also choose to display invisible icon for ongoing notifications, configure app to start on system boot and disable immersive mode when in lock screen.Now open up the Trigger section to change the position and sensitivity of the trigger to make the status bar and navigation bar re-appear. There are some options which are enabled by default but you can change that according to your preference. Some of the options inside the Trigger section can only be used if you unlock the Pro version such as the ability to change the theme, color and transparency, etc.
There’s another section called Applications, which you can use only if you upgrade the app to full version. This section enables to manually configure who immersive mode will behave for each application installed in your device.
The last section is the Upgrade section which, as the name suggests, enables you to buy the Pro version for $2.50. if you are planning to upgrade to Pro, I recommend you to wait as the price will drop. Last time I checked, the price to upgrade was $2.70.
Once we’re all set up, it time to use the immersive mode. When you’re in an application. Pull down the notification bar to choose which immersive mode you want to enable. You can choose to either keep both status and navigation bar active, remove navigation bar only or remove both navigation and status bar. When you choose to remove both, the application uses the whole screen and enhances you viewing experience but to use the keyboard you need to enable navigation bar.
So this is it. This is How to Enable Immersive Mode on Android Without Root and without having to risk damaging it or voiding the warranty. If you have any questions or suggestions, drop us a comment.