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Got KitKat? Here's how to force immersive mode on apps and throughout the entire UI

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Got KitKat? Here's how to force immersive mode on apps and throughout the entire UI
Immersive mode is one of the coolest features that Android 4.4 KitKat brought to the table, perhaps even in the entire history of the OS. So cool, in fact, that we can't help but feel a little mad at Google for not implementing this sooner. It just makes too much sense! 

If you feel like you're in the same boat, then you probably already know just how rare immersive apps still are. With the exception of a few gaming titles and some miscellaneous apps, pretty much everything is still stuck in the pre-KitKat era. If that bugs you as honestly as it does us, then today is your lucky day, for we'll be showing you how to force immersive mode on all your existing apps, and even throughout the entire UI of Android.

As always, while the procedure is dead easy, it still requires that your device is rooted in order to introduce such a major change to the default behavior of Android. That's just how the OS works. Fortunately, rooting your device today is pain-free, quick and completely reversible, and you don't really have to be a techie to do it. But enough talk, lets see what we can do to make your Android more immersive in the below slideshow.

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posted on 13 Mar 2014, 03:59 6

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8839; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Immersive Mode ftw.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 04:19 2

3. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 544; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Immersive mode is really good, but Google should have add this feature since ICS. I don't really like on-screen button navigation, the gesture based OS is the best solution for non capacitive buttons smartphone(Just my opinion).

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:06 2

12. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


It really is, but requires a steep learning course for not so tech savvy users. That's the reason for soft keys.
However, immersive mode is quite a nice addition to tackle this issue of on-screen buttons taking up space.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 04:11

2. Klamba92 (Posts: 205; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


This is great for root users, but there are apps to do it without root with a few bugs/annoyances.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 04:24

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2805; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice article Chris, thanks for the illustration. Gonna try this on my friend's Nexus 4 now in my office.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 04:25 2

5. durrav (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Immersive mode is good in some contexts. I don't need it for regular browsing or facebooking, but for games that doesn't support fullscreen it's very nice to enable this module.

The issue for me with this module is that the navbar and statusbar is always hidden. This forces me to make a swype every single time I need it. For browsing in Chrome for example, I use the back button a lot and feel like a swype from the bottom to make the buttons visable is annoying. I would rather see a module/tweak to just swype it away when I don't want it.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 04:58 1

8. vincelongman (Posts: 1597; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Get LMT laucher (very similar to PIE), then its one swype

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 04:31 4

6. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Man, that looks silly on the home screen. I wish there were a way to pick and choose which app to use it in. It would be great in certain games and media players, but it would make using Chrome and other back button-heavy apps a clunky experience.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 04:45

7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 774; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I think there are settings to choose which apps to run in immersive mode

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 04:58 2

9. redmd (Posts: 901; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I prefer the Samsung solution. Full screen estate and functional bezel.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 05:09

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3594; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Idk why google releases such half baked features that needs lazy app devs to optimize their apps. This should have been implemented from ice cream sandwich itself. When i play asphalt 7 on my friend's nexus 7, its annoying that my finger touches home button and all. Thats why i hate on screen buttons. The htc m8 solution seems promising though, just swipe' em out of way.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 05:09

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3594; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Idk why google releases such half baked features that needs lazy app devs to optimize their apps. This should have been implemented from ice cream sandwich itself. When i play asphalt 7 on my friend's nexus 7, its annoying that my finger touches home button and all. Thats why i hate on screen buttons. The htc m8 solution seems promising though, just swipe' em out of way.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:17

13. god996 (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


Even better solution is to install GravityBox through same Xposed and then activate semi-immersive mode. It looks great in all apps and desktop and then you can activate pie controls to navigate.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 13:15

14. RandomUsername (Posts: 527; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


I you want to do it per app, you also could use the App Settings module :)

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 20:19

15. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I'm using Xposed and gravity box. I set it to Semi-Immersive mode and use pie controls, I think it looks nicer and I've found it more stable than Immerse Me. I can also toggle it on/off in the power menu.

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