How to Run Android Apps In Full Screen Mode

Riddle me this. Have you been using an app and thought, “I wish I could run this app in full screen?” Well, I know I have. Many of the games and video apps out there let you run them in full screen mode, but what about the usual apps that you are using frequently? Let’s take a look at how to do just that.

The App to make other apps run in full screen mode

The developer of full!screen thought all of us might like a simple app to help you force all of those apps on your tablet to do your bidding. The app’s name pretty much describes what it does. The only stipulations are, your device needs to be rooted and running Android 3 and above.

The full screen mode is not activated by default. When you fire up the app for the first time, do take a look at the different settings before you enable full!screen.


You will also see the choice to enable full!screen when your device is rebooted. This is useful if you are planning to use full!screen all the time.

Where does the rest go?

full!screen is one of those apps that makes a change to the default behavior of Android or the app. This explains why it needs root access to do the job. One of the changes is to hide the other stuff normally on the screen, such as the Back, Home and Recent Apps button. When in full screen mode, some of your important on-screen buttons will go away. They are not gone or inaccessible, they are just hidden from sight until you need them.


You will be able to set touch areas. These are the spots you can access the hidden, yet really important navigation buttons.

Using full!screen

Once you have all of the adjustments set, using full!screen is pretty easy. I would recommend turning on the notification bar icon so you can easily activate full!screen.


When you have full!screen active, you will see some icons in the bottom corners of the screen. These icons react to touch, long-press and swiping. Each of the actions can perform a different task. For example, you can set the home button icon to open the app menu when swiped, go to the home screen when tapped and open the pie menu when long pressed. This is in fact, more control than having the normal Android navigation controls.



People, much like yourself, have a preference of how they would like to see their information. If that preference is in full screen mode and your Android phone or tablet is rooted, you will surely want to take a look at full!screen as a solution. The basic version is free, but there is a premium version if you required more features.

Do you have a way to run Android apps in full screen mode, perhaps without rooting? Let us know in the comments below.

Trevor Dobrygoski
Trevor Dobrygoski

Trevor is a freelance writer covering topics ranging from the Android OS to free web and desktop applications. When he is not writing about mobile productivity, He is coaching and playing the world's greatest game... Soccer.

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