How To Remove Full-Screen Mode On Android?

When an app takes up the entire screen of your device, It’s called the full-screen mode. Is it possible to turn off full-screen mode for an application?

You can turn off full-screen mode using Android’s Full-Screen Apps setting. You can also look for the appropriate setting in the app itself if it exists. A third option is to use a third-party app to remove full-screen mode.

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How do I turn off full-screen on Android?

You can turn off full-screen mode on Android:

  • By changing the display mode
  • By using a third-party navbar or launcher application to display the nav bar at all times.

1. Using Android settings

To turn off full-screen mode on Android, follow these steps:

  1. Go to ‘Settings > Display’
  1. Scroll down and tap on ‘Full-screen apps’
  1. Toggle off full-screen mode for any apps in the list

2. Third-party app nav bar

To display the navbar all the time, thus removing full-screen mode, you can use a third-party app such as Navigation Bar. To display the nav bar at all times, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install “Navigation Bar” from the Play Store
  2. Go to ‘Apps > Navigation Bar’
  1. Provide all necessary permissions by going to ‘Settings > Navigation Bar’
  1. Follow the steps in the application to customize the navbar

Your navbar will be displayed permanently – effectively preventing full screen mode.

How do I get out of full-screen mode on my Samsung?

To get out of full-screen mode on your Samsung, swipe up the navigation bar and press the back button. You can also turn off full-screen mode on your Samsung by disabling full-screen apps.

To disable full-screen apps, refer to the section “How do I turn off full-screen on Android?”

You can also use a third-party app to disable full-screen mode, such as:

Unable to remove full-screen mode after Android 11 update

There is no easy way to remove full-screen mode after the Android 11 update as it is a system bug. However, you can work around this issue using third-party launchers, navigation bars, and custom screen apps.

The Android 11 update causes an error that keeps you from disabling full-screen mode as well as using gesture controls.

The following are workarounds that can solve this issue:

1. Third-party launcher

A third-party launcher overrides the system configuration and allows you to exit full-screen mode. Here are popular third-party launchers you can use:

See also: How Do I Get Rid Of App Drawers On Android?

2. Clearing system launcher cache

The system launcher allows the device to go into or out of full-screen mode. It also provides a specific user interface (UI) for the device screen.

You can clear the cache to refresh the launcher and get rid of minor bugs caused by cached data. To clear the cache for the system launcher:

  1. Go to Settings > Applications
  2. Choose ‘More’ > select ‘Show system apps’
  1. Scroll down and tap ‘System UI’ or ‘System launcher’ 
  1. Choose ‘Storage’
  1. Tap ‘Clear cache’

Cache for the System UI app will be cleared.

How do I get rid of full-screen apps?

You can get rid of full-screen apps by turning off full-screen mode for these applications in the settings. You can also use a third-party navigation bar app to toggle off full-screen mode.

To turn off full-screen mode for any application, follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to ‘Settings > Display’
  2. Scroll down and tap on ‘Full-screen apps’
  3. Toggle off the full-screen mode for any app in the list

Full-screen mode will be turned off.

What is a full-screen app on Android?

Full-screen apps are the applications that have permission to occupy the entire display screen of your device, hiding the navigation bar, status bar, and any buttons that are normally displayed as part of the Android system. 

Full screen apps include music players, 3D games, TV apps, etc. Examples include Youtube, Minecraft, PUBG, Snapchat, etc.

See also: Android Status Bar Disappeared

How do I prevent Android device display size scaling in my app?

Scaling an app means changing the size of an app’s display according to screen size. The app display is stretched or fit to screen as needed.

You can prevent your Android from scaling the display size of apps by turning on the App default screen mode. This is done by toggling off the full-screen ratio.

To turn on App default mode, follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to ‘Settings > Display’
  2. Choose the ‘Aspect ratio’ tab
  3. Select ‘App default’ from the given options

Your device will stop scaling your apps.

If you are using an LG Android device, you can turn off the app scaling by following these steps:

  1. Go to ‘Settings > Display’
  2. Scroll down to ‘Appearance’
  3. Select ‘App scaling’
  1. Choose the app you want to scale or unscale
  1. Select an aspect ratio and tap ‘OK’

Your app will not scale with screen size and will remain fixed to a certain size.

How do I turn off the auto screen fit on Samsung?

Auto screen fit or fit-to-screen is a feature that fits a display size, e.g. for an app, to fit the screen. The height and width of the display are reduced or increased without cropping or stretching.

To turn off auto screen fit on Samsung, you need to turn off full-screen mode and change the aspect ratio to “App default” in the settings:

  1. Go to the ‘Settings > Display’
  2. Choose the ‘Aspect ratio’ tab
  3. Select ‘App default’ from the given options
  1. Tap the back button
  2. Scroll down and tap on ‘Full-screen apps’
  1. Toggle off the full-screen mode for any app in the list

How do I make my phone half screen?

You can make your phone half screen by using the screen splitting feature on Android devices. The feature allows you to run two different apps simultaneously by splitting the screen into two halves with a draggable separator.

To turn on the screen split feature, follow the steps given below:

  1. Tap on the recent app button at the bottom of the screen
  1. Select the app you want to open in split view and long-press its icon
  1. Select the ‘Open in split view’ option

Choose the second compatible app you want to open from the list

Your screen will be split in half with each app on one of the separations.

Can I make screen mirroring full screen?

You can make a screen mirror full screen by using a mirror application on your android device. A compatible mirror app will cast your full Android screen onto a suitable device without cropping, hiding, or distorting it.

Before mirroring, make sure your device is in full-screen mode. For more about how to put the screen in or out of full-screen mode, see section “How do I get rid of full-screen apps?” above.

Here are a few good third-party apps you can use to mirror your device full screen:

Mirror in Samsung Smart View

If you are using a Samsung device, you can simply use Smart View to mirror your device in full screen. Here are the steps to cast your Samsung Android screen using Smart view:

  1. Swipe down the shutter or ‘Quick panel’
  1. Select the device or a TV you want to cast your Android to
  1. Tap on ‘Start now’ on the prompt you see

Your screen will start to mirror to the desired device.

How do I change the aspect ratio in Smart View?

You can change the aspect ratio in Smart View on a Samsung Android device by changing the mirroring settings.

Follow these steps:

  1. Start mirroring your Android onto a device (see “Mirror in Samsung Smart View” above)
  2. Open the Smart View app on your Android
  3. Tap the three dots on the upper-right side of screen
  4. Select the ‘Settings’ option
  1. Tap on ‘Phone aspect ratio’
  1. Select the desired option

Your mirroring aspect ratio will change in the Smart View.

How do I view Chrome (Android) in full-screen mode?

There is no easy way to view Chrome in full-screen mode. 

That said, there are a few workarounds you can use.

1. Shortcut Chrome

Creating a shortcut for a website from Chrome creates a web app-like link for the website on your home screen. This sometimes creates a full-screen mode for the Chrome browser:

  1. Open the ‘Chrome’ browser
  2. Open your desired website
  3. Click on the three dots on the upper side of screen
  4. Tap “Add to the home screen”.

A shortcut will be added to the home screen which, when tapped, should open Chrome in full-screen mode.

See also: Add To Home Screen Is Not Showing On Android

2. Chrome settings

  1. Open Chrome browser
  2. Go to Settings > Advanced settings
  3. Choose Site settings
  4. Select “Enable Full Screen”
  5. Go to mobile settings.
  6. Turn off the lite mode.
  7. Go to accessibility.
  8. Uncheck “Simplified View” 

Your device should now display Chrome in full-screen mode.