Google Chrome for Android allows users to enable reading mode through its experimental features service. The function, still in tests, is ideal for reading academic texts without distractions, accessing sites that do not have a version designed for mobile devices or even for a better reading on pages with a confusing layout.
When the engine is activated, the Show simplified view notice bar appears on the screen when accessing any website. Just tap on it to trigger the suggested mode. Next, see the step-by-step on how to enable Chrome for Android reading mode.
Chrome on Android allows you to activate reading mode to avoid distractions and confusing layouts Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudo
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Step 1. Open Chrome on Android as usual and type Chrome: // flags, without quotes, to access the browser experimental features page. Then, type the word reader in the search field. You will immediately see the corresponding options.
Visit the Chrome experimental resources site Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Step 2. In Reader mode trigger, you will define which pages you want the reading mode notice bar to appear on. Tap on Default to open the options and then select "Always, to view it always.
Define which pages you want Chrome to open the suggested reading mode Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Step 3. Scroll the screen until the Reader mode for accessibility option arrives, to authorize the reading mode on any website, including those responsive, that is, developed with a focus on mobile devices. Again, go to Default and, in the menu that opens, tap Enable.
Allow Chrome to read on responsive websites as well Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Step 4. Restart Chrome to activate changes by touching Relaunch now.
Restart Chrome Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Step 5. Access any website. Note that there is now a bar with the warning Show simplified view. Tap on it and Chrome will open the same page in reading mode.
Click on "Show simplified view" to activate the reading mode Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
Remember that Chrome's reading mode is still an experimental feature. Therefore, Google points out that, when activating it, the user is subject to loss of browser data or to the compromise of their security or privacy.