Android Tips

Run Stock Android Browser In Full Screen Mode

The status bar on your android device, which is a small strip present at the top of the screen, is a really useful thing. It displays the signal bars, battery status, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and all the other important icons. Moreover one may notice that all the application related notifications are also displayed in the same thin area.

As you may have seen many of the new applications that we run, cover the complete screen with their respective interface, and therefore offer a full screen view. It is definitely pleasant to the eyes. But when it comes to browsing the internet using the stock android browser, you are aware that it does not run in full screen mode.

Although it does not affect the browsing experience much, but wouldn’t it be great if you could just switch to a full screen mode on the stock android browser ? Some of the browsers available on the Google Play store come with the full screen feature by default, but today we will be sharing a small tip that will help you run the stock browser in full screen mode.

How To Enable Full Screen Mode In Stock Android Browser

Before I tell you how to enable this not so known feature, take a look at the image below to understand how the browser looks WITH the status bar. This image will also help you compare with the end result of the tip.


Step 1: Starting with the guide now, open your browser and tap on the menu button present on the top right corner. From the po up menu, select Settings.


Step 2: From under Settings, tap on Labs (the last option which covers some experimental features).


Step 3: Under the Labs section, you would see an option that says Fullscreen. You need to the box corresponding to this option and you are done.




The end result looks pretty nice and the fact that you can browse the internet with some extra screen space, is overwhelming. This hidden treat is worth giving a shot and I am sure you will like it. The only downside is that you won’t be able to keep a track of app notifications and the battery status.

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