Android KitKat Immersive Mode – How to Force Apps into Immersive Mode and hide soft keys during game play

With the release of Android v4.4 KitKat, many new features and optimizations were introduced by Google. However its true that not all android devices will get the opportunity to run the latest KitKat. Samsung on one hand abandoned its former flagship device Galaxy S3, the sources revealed that because of the lack in hardware capability the Galaxy S3 will not be able to run KitKat, and same happened with other devices of different brands. But I’m not writing an article about ‘Which device can run it, or Which can’t’, I’m here to talk about an impressive new KitKat feature known as ‘Immersive Mode’.

As I said that everyone won’t be able to run the latest KitKat but those who can run it, this post will talk about a cool feature called Immersive mode and I will also explain what this mode does and how it is a cool feature. I will also explain a way to force apps into Android kitkat immersive mode. So, stay tuned.

Kit Kat Immersive mode demo
Immersive mode

What is Immersive mode?

In short, Immersive mode hides android device’s on-screen buttons and notification bar so that there are no distractions when you are playing games or using your favorite apps. This mode will give you maximum screen space without the buttons blocking.

How to Use Immersive mode on All Apps?

Unfortunately, not all apps can make use of Immersive mode as of now. Android has set out some restrictions and only apps which are supported can make use of it but I’m sure that developers will soon release tweaks to overcome this issue and soon you’ll be able to use Immersive mode with all of your favorite apps.

To use Immersive mode on all apps, you’ll have to purchase an app from the Google Play store. The name of the app is ‘Immersive Full-Screen Mode‘ and it is available for less than $1.99 (Rs. 83 for Indian users). With this app you can use Immersive mode on all apps. One drawback of this app is that you won’t be able to access keyboard when you are in Immersive mode which means you can’t use browsers with Immersive mode.

Google Play Store with Immersive mode on !!

Forcing Apps into Immersive mode

Rooted users can make use of this awesome trick, however it is a bit complicated but you’ll get the fruit of hard work. By using Xposed framework, you can install a module named ‘Immerse me’. This module will help you force apps into Immersion mode.

Download Immerse me

Can Devices Running Lower than Android v4.4 KitKat get Immersive mode?

Currently, there is no way to get Immersive mode on devices running anything lower than Android v4.4 Kitkat but I’m sure that developers will soon come out with some alternative which will enable them to use this feature on devices lower than 4.4 kitkat. I think Rooted users have a high chance than users without root.

So this was a brief article on Immersive mode, since this feature is new, currently there are no alternatives to this and there are no tweaks which can bring Immersive mode on older devices. So lets wait, and see what’s coming in few months. I hope this article was helpful, this is all I know about immersive mode. Please leave your comments and let me know if there is anything else we need to add. Good Luck!

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