How to Enable Reader Mode in Chrome for Android

Last Updated: September 29, 2016

Android has come a long way when it comes to its browsing capabilities, thanks to Chrome but the reading experience on some resource intensive websites still remains an issue. If a webpage is heavily loaded with ads and other annoying additions, reading can get cumbersome with all the distractions. While there are apps like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability etc., which let you read articles from the web in a clutter-free experience, what if you want to read an article at the very moment on Chrome? Well, that’s where the Reader mode on Chrome comes in handy.

If you have used the Microsoft Edge browser, you must be aware of Reader mode, which strips away everything but the text and images, making articles a lot cleaner and easy to read. Thankfully, Chrome on Android includes a Reader Mode too but Google is yet to enable it for everyone. However, there’s a way to enable it.

So, without further ado, here’s how you can enable Reader Mode in Chrome on Android:

1. Open Chrome on your Android smartphone or tablet and type “chrome://flags” in the address/search bar and hit enter. The Chrome Flags page will open up.

Chrome Flags Android

Note: If you aren’t aware, Chrome Flags are a set of experimental features and options buried inside Chrome for developers and tinkerers. You can check out our detailed guide on Chrome Flags, if you are looking to know more.

2. Hit the three dot button in the top right corner and tap “Find in page“. Search for  “Reader mode” and you will see the option “Reader Mode triggering” set to “Default”.

Chrome Flags Reader Mode

3. Change it to “Always”, if you want to force the Reader mode on every webpage or select “Appears to be an article“, which lets Chrome detect articles. We will recommend you the “Always” option, since that works every time unlike the other options, which failed to detect articles for us. Then, hit the “Relaunch Now” button at the bottom to save these settings and relaunch Chrome.

Chrome Flags Android enable Reader Mode

4. Once enabled, you will see a “Make page mobile-friendly” button at the end of the webpage. You can simply tap the button to open the page in the Reader mode or mobile-friendly view.

Reader Mode Chrome Android

SEE ALSO: Chromer For Android: Open Links in Chrome Without Leaving Apps

Now read articles on your Android smartphone without any distraction with Chrome

You would agree that the steps to enable Reader mode in Chrome are pretty simple, so you should have no problems enabling it. It’s also important to note that even though it’s an experimental feature, it worked pretty flawlessly for us most of the time. So, what are you waiting for? Open up Chrome on your Android device and enable Reader mode to start reading without any distractions. Do let us know in the comments section below if you face any issues or need some help.


Rupesh is an avid mobile geek and a movie lover. He loves to keep a tab on new gadgets and loves watching movies. Now a high time tech blogger here, along with a daytime engineering student. You might soon find him blogging about movies too!