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How to Enable Reader Simplified View in Chrome Android

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

The reader mode on Chrome for Android is known as the simplified view. It removes unwanted design elements and advertisements from the text-heavy site and converts it into a plain readable format. You can toggle the button in the Accessibility settings menu to make readers mode available.

Enable Reader Mode on Chrome browser

In recent years, we have noticed that most news websites are harassing users and ruining their browsing experience with irrelevant popups, useless articles, and intrusive ads. These are quite annoying and ruin the user experience.

However, the Chrome browser for Android has a solution named Show Simplified View under accessibility settings. The simplified view is nothing but the Reader view that changes the website’s look and feel to make it easier to consume.

The simplified view option is only visible on text-heavy websites like blogs, news, wikis, etc. You can also modify the text formatting, size, background color, font size, and overall appearance of a simplified text.

The most significant benefit of using the reader mode is reading without distractions or intrusive ads. Only the main article and relevant images are loaded, and the rest is blocked.

Enable Reader Simplified Mode

Enabling the simplified view is simple and easy. Just enable the check box that shows a simplified view option under the accessibility settings page. Here are the steps to so:

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

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

Simplified readers mode on Chrome Android

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

The simplified view or reader mode can be best used on a news website bombarded with all stupid popups and irrelevant ads.

Disable Reader Mode

The show simplified view options will pop up on every good 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 it:

  1. Launch the Chrome app for Android.
  2. Tap on the More vertical 3dots icon 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.

It will disable the browser from showing a View in the simplified mode bar and won’t load the page in reader mode.

Video Demo

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

How to Enable Reader Simplified View Mode in Chrome Android?

Bottom Line

Reader mode is beneficial 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 Reader Mode and it became easy and efficient. For someone who reads a lot daily, the reader mode on Chrome browser is like a lifesaver.

A similar option is available on a Chrome desktop to enable reader mode or simplified view, but we must enable the Reader Mode experimental flags.

Do you switch to the reader mode while reading, or prefer to keep the regular design?

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Kushal Azza

Kushal is a Bachelor of Engineering, a Certified Google IT Support Professional, and a Digital-Tech Geek. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and creating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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