How To Access Hidden Full Screen Web Browsing In Chrome Beta For Android

By Jimmie Geddes email: | Jan 30, 2013 12:44 PM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

When Google announced that it would begin offering a Chrome for Android Beta Channel, we knew that Google would be updating the app regularly and also add new features for users to test. One of the new feature, however, is not official and is well hidden by the Chrome Beta for Android. That feature would be full screen Web browsing and here's how to enable it.

Follow us

Phandroid has put together instructions and posted a how-to video guide to enable the hidden full screen Web browsing feature. The newly discovered feature works in the same way that Apple has added full screen browsing to the iPhone and iPod touch, which is only accessible in landscape mode. In Chrome Beta for Android the feature works in landscape as well as portrait mode and hides the notification bar to give you a little more viewing space.

You'll need an Android device that is running Android 4.0 and above and download and install Chrome Beta for Android . You'll have to then follow the steps below to bring this feature to life:
• Type “chrome://flags/” in the address bar
• Enable WebGL
• Go to the Boids and Buildings Chrome Experiment page
• Click on the “Launch Experiment” button
• Click on “Run”
• You are now on full-screen and can close this page

There are a few caveats to running Chrome Beta for Android in full screen as it's not an official feature yet. You will lose full screen mode if you close Chrome Beta. The feature will continue to work if you keep Chrome Beta running in the background though. If you need to enable the feature again you have to follow the last three steps above.

Google will almost certainly make this an official feature in an update, but for now, consider yourself lucky to get to get a few extra millimeters of uninterrupted browsing space.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

Join Our Conversation

WhatsApp Web now compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Opera WhatsApp Web desktop version now works with Mozilla Firefox, Opera as well
High-end Ubuntu smartphone coming at MWC 2015 as Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet teaser confirms MWC 2015 debut on March 2
BlackBerry Classic Non Camera goes up for pre-order as Verizon exclusive – Pricing & Availability
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Amazon Logo Amazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC Logo HTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google Downtime Google blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Amazon Prime Now Amazon Prime Now service rocks NYC, offers fast deliveries within the hour
Flipboard for Windows Phone finally available, but requires 1GB of RAM (VIDEO)
Vine gets major update, lets you upload previously-shot videos & more (VIDEO)
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) finally hits Windows Phone – Available as a free download now

Most Popular

Copyright © 2015 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps
Real Time Analytics