How to Enable Reader Simplified View Mode in Chrome Android?

Learn how to enable the reader view for blog articles in Chrome Android. The simplified view will remove cluttered text and ads for a cleaner reading view.

I read and consume a lot of content online. Especially blogs and news websites to keep me updated with the latest trends. In recent years, I have noticed that most of these news websites are harassing their users and ruining their browsing experience with irrelevant popups, useless articles, and intrusive ads. Hence, I searched for a way to avoid these annoying elements. Finally, I found a solution in the Show Simplified View option.

The simplified view is the chrome reader view that changes the website’s look and feels to make it easier to go through.

The simplified view option is only available on the supported websites. You can also modify the text formatting, size, background color, font size, and overall appearance of a simplified text.

Related: How to Enable Readers’ Simplified View in Edge Android?

The biggest benefit of using the chrome reader mode is the ability to read without any distractions or intrusive ads. Only the main article and relevant images are loaded and the rest is blocked.

Learn how to enable reader mode in chrome android with show simplified view option:

How to Enable Reader Mode in Chrome Android?

Enabling the simplified view which is also known as the chrome reader view is quite simple and easy. Just enable the check box that leads to the options bar that shows a simplified view option.

Here are the steps to enable the reader mode in Chrome Android:

  1. Launch Chrome for Android.
  2. Tap onvertical 3dots icon the menu icon for options.
  3. Select the Settings menu from the available list.
  4. Scroll down and tap on the Accessibility menu.
  5. Enable the check box against the Simplified view for web pages.
  6. Open any website or news article in Chrome for Android.
  7. Tap on the bar at the bottom saying Show simplified view.

Simplified view for web pages

The article or new page will automatically load in the chrome reader view.

Simplified readers mode on Chrome Android

If you want to change the appearance like background color, font type, text size zooming, etc. Tap on vertical 3dots icon the menu in simplified view mode and select the Appearance menu that leads to the customizations.

I feel the simplified view or reader mode can be best used on a news website that is bombarded with all stupid popups and irrelevant ads.

How to Disable Chrome Android Simplified View?

The show simplified view options will pop-up on every valid website that can be enabled for the reader’s view. It becomes annoying sometimes and also takes up little space. Hence, you can always stop the reader’s view bar in chrome android.

Here are the steps to disable simplified view (or reader mode) in Chrome Android:

  1. Launch Chrome for Android.
  2. Tap on vertical 3dots icon the menu icon for options.
  3. Select the Settings menu from the available list.
  4. Scroll down and tap on the Accessibility menu.
  5. Disable the check box against the Simplified view for web pages.

This will disable chrome show simplified view bottom bar and also won’t load the page in reader mode on android.

Video on Simplified Reader Mode in Chrome Android

Video tutorial on enabling the simplified readers’ mode in Chrome for Android. These settings do not hurt eyes and also block all the intrusive ads and page elements on a website.

How to Enable Reader Simplified View Mode in Chrome Android?

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Bottom Line: Chrome Android Show Simplified View

The chrome reader mode is a really helpful feature and makes browsing less painful on the mobile browser. You can read long-form content without strain on your eyes. It also eliminates useless popups and ad banners that distract reading.

After I started using the chrome reader view, reading became so easy and efficient for me. For someone who reads a lot daily,  the reader mode on chrome is like a life-saver. Thank God that such a feature exists!!

A similar option is not available on a chrome computer browser. I wish the chrome developers add the feature to enable reader mode or simplified view even on the desktop browser. However, the reader view is available on the safari browser and firefox browser.

Do you enjoy the reader mode in chrome android? What is your favorite part of this feature? How often do you use it?

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

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Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
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5 Responses

  1. Frances Bullock says:

    I really appreciate being able to go to Simplified View in Chrome, and the YouTube instructions are very helpful.

    Android User

  2. Leo Newburn says:

    How can I toggle Reader view off when I want?

    • Editor Staff says:

      A simple way to ignore that pop-up bar that helps to enable the Reader View. Please note that the pop-up only appears on Simplified View compatible sites – like News or Blog sites and even Wiki.

  3. Drew says:

    Is there a reader mode for chrome iOS?

    • Editor Staff says:

      Hi Drew, there is no reader mode in Chrome iOS, unfortunately. However, it has a reading list feature but I think you are not looking for this one.

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