Like most humans, I often need to read content on a mobile device. However, there are times when content isn’t always easy to view on my Android device. It might be because of print that is too small or poorly formatted or ads and other distractions prevent the content from rendering properly. Reading mode is a great way around this, as it strips away the extraneous bits to make pages far more readable.
Sadly, Android doesn’t yet have the built-in functionality to automatically switch to a reading mode. However, thanks to a handy app in the Google Play Store, you can add reading mode to your Android device.
Let me show you how to install and use the Reading Mode app.
How to install the Reading mode app
What you’ll need: The only thing you’ll need to make this work is an Android device running Android 9 or newer.
If you’re using a Samsung Galaxy device, after enabling Reading Mode, you’ll be directed to Settings > Accessibility > Installed Apps > Reading Mode where you can select from different methods of accessing the features (Tap Accessibility Button, Press and hold Volume Up and down keys for 3 seconds, and Press Side and Volume up Keys). This feature isn’t found on the Pixel devices and you only have one option for accessing reading mode (the Accessibility Button).
How to use Reading mode
Once enabled on Pixel, you should see a small button near the bottom right edge of your display. You can tap and drag that bubble to any point on the screen edge.
To use Reading mode, open Chrome and go to any website or page you want to view. Once on the page, tap the Reading mode bubble, or use whatever option you enabled on your non-Pixel device, to enable reading mode for the page.
The content will automatically reformat so it’s exponentially more readable on your device.
You can also tap the play button (bottom center) to have your device read the content to you out loud, tap the cog (bottom left) to adjust the display settings, or tap the font (bottom right) to change the font size.
Although Reading mode doesn’t support every app (oddly it doesn’t support Gmail), the apps it does work with can be a real blessing to those who have trouble reading content on small devices. Give this app a try and see if it doesn’t make your mobile life a bit better.