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

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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16 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Immersive Mode ftw.

3. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 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).

12. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

2. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

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

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

5. durrav

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

9. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

13. god996

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

14. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

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

15. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

16. Vice47

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

Does any one know of this world properly on an LG Leon LTE. I want to try it but it gives an incompatible message.

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