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If you are going to keep your phone for that long, you really need to start mitigating it now. Most people won't notice burn in (even bad burn in) but it is something every AMOLED display suffers from over time. It's just something you have to accept as a trade off.
I use GMD Immersive. It's an app on the Play Store. It will force immersive mode system wide (as opposed to just those apps that are programmed to use it). This will probably eliminate nav button burn in and notification burn in, which are the main things you should be worried about.
Gmd immersive will prevent burn in. Nova Launcher will let you make the notification bar icons black. Nova Launcher also gets rid of the Google button on the main screen. No more burn in.
There are multiple ways to autohide the navbar. you can setup tasker type automation apps to enable semi immersive mode (autohide nav bar, but not status bar) in certain or all apps. There is an app i used in the kitkat days called GMD Full screen immersive mode but i don't know how well it's working on newer versions these days. i remember it had issues with the keyboard if the nav bar was hidden, but that was years ago.
power toggles has a semi immersive mode toggle, xposed modules like gravity box can do it, and lots of custom roms have the functionality built in. Hopefully someone else can chime in as i haven't had a hiding navbar setup in over 2 years so there's probably a better app for the job i'm unaware of.
personally i get rid of the nav bar all together and use pie controls. swipe in from the bottom or right side and these little magic pixels appear, then disappear after i hit a key. makes one handed use easier on big phones, gives you more usable screen, and can be programmed for tasks on long press like expand notifications, search, switch last app, etc...
Immersive mode is what you're wanting (full screens the app, hiding status/notification bar). Try GMD Immersive. There's also better ways to enable immersive mode once rooted.
Yea as the other guy said a custom ROM could help, most of them have fullscreen mode of some sort
This app I found in the play store could help though
Yes, here it is:
No root required. I can go in and out of immersive mode whenever I want with a gesture. You have to pay extra to get more features, though. I had some Google Play credit saved up so I didn't mind.
What I'd really love is if someone made an app that subtly moved the buttons in the navbar like the S8.
I haven't been able to get video to fill around the camera. But there is an app you can get called GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode to make most other apps use the whole screen. In order to unlock app by app permissions you have to get the paid version. I used my Google Opinion Rewards credits to pay for mine. [link]
What phone are you using? You're looking for something similar to this I believe.
I'm rooted on a Nexus 6P and with immersive mode I can make my homescreens look as such.
GMD immersive to hide the on screen buttons for Fullscreen on just about any app.
Powerline for a battery bar on the status bar.
Also learned recently that you can customize the screen resolution through Developer Options.
What you're looking for is called immersive mode. There are apps that turn on immersive mode 24/7, but I've never tried them. Here's one you could give a shot and see if it works on 7.1:
There's an app called "GMD Immersive" that allows you to hide the on-screen controls. It has a quick settings thing in your top pull down. If you're disciplined with the app, this should do the trick for the AMOLED burn in. It's also kinda cool to go full screen in, say, a web browser for a little extra real estate.
Keep in mind that the app can be a little annoying to use at times, especially when you want to use a keyboard, on screen or otherwise. Some apps don't like to let you type when the on-screen controls are hiding.
So there's a bit of a learning adjustment period.
I think this is the correct location in the Play Store:
There's free and paid versions.
Edit: I skip words when I write for some reason.
GMD Immersive doesn't make them transparent, but it can hide them off the screen and you swipe to bring them up. It works on stock and without root.
With GMD Full Screen Immersive ([link]) you can enable immersive mode without root. With root you can use something like Gravity box. Immersive mode hides the navigation bar like when you watch a video (but all the time) so you don't have the white symbols on black background there all the time, which would be the most likely thing to burn in. You just need to swipe up from the bottom to use the nav bar. I wondered if it would be a little annoying but it is second nature for me now.
Bear in mind that the 6P's screen is a current generation screen (even if it is, on average, lower quality than those that are used in the Note 5 - i.e. Samsung make the screens and take the best of them and Huawei take the rest) while the one on the Nexus 6 was not reviewed well and Anandtech suggested it was likely similar panel technology as used in the S4 and Note 3 (so screen tech that is 2 years older than the 6P's). Each generation of panel from Samsung has reduced the burn in, so you shouldn't see it as badly in the 6P, but it will always be there at some level.
The fingerprint reader has been reviewed as the best fingerprint reader on the market. It is definitely ahead of my experience with the S6 (which I sold when I got my 6P). I was impressed by the S6 earlier this year but the placement of the sensor on the 6P is perfect - it is usually unlocked before I have drawn it up to eye level after taking it from my pocket. It is so fast and you don't have to press any buttons to unlock - a positive fingerprint match will unlock it from having the screen off. The only negative is having it on the back so you have to pick up to unlock or use pin code/smartlock if it's on your desk/table. But you have that with your Nexus 6 at the moment anyway. The only times I have had problems with the sensor are when I have wet hands. But then if I have wet hands using the screen isn't going to be a good experience anyway!
Do you think immersive mode (like when you watch a video) would be enough? [link]
Otherwise to take it one step further, if you have root you could disable the navbar and use pie controls (xposed and gravitybox)
Are you using Google chrome? After the last few updates you can no longer go full screen on Google chrome.
I too watch anime on my phone using chrome. I use an app to hide nav keys and go full screen. This free version will show a red line where you can swipe to view the nav keys. I purchased the full version to get rid of it.
Here it is :
GMD Immersive: [link]
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You could also look into a 3rd party app like this one that does what you're looking for. I've never used any apps like that and I just found that one through a quick search so I can't vouch for it, but I'm sure you could find one that works for you.
Hi - I have never tried one, but there are apps that claim to hide the nav bar without requiring root. Like this [link]
This is awesome! I had been using GMD Fullscreen Immersive, but it wasn't consistent.
I use it specifically for Gentle Alarm since in Night Mode, Gentle Alarm doesn't hide the nav bar. GMD would hide the nav bar, but when I'd rotate it to place in my dock, it'd come back. I'd have to quit GA and go back into it.
Immersive Settings just works. Thanks, @ephemeross!
> you can't use the keyboard or back button
That's my main problem with these apps. I have the GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode app, but I rarely use it because it disables the keyboard.
With ADB and the Navigation Bar Hider app, the keyboard is usable, right?
Do you have your bootloader unlocked? If you do and are on LineageOS or a rom based on LOS use your settings to enable immersive mode for Netflix. If you do and are not on LOS use an app like this to enable immersive mode whenever you're in Netflix.
I use [link] sometimes with certain apps to avoid burn in issues. Root supposedly not required.
Swiping up brings back my nav bar.
I use Navbar Apps in addition to GMD GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode. The best part is that it doesn't require root if you are running stock. It's not 100% perfect as there are slight issues with using the keyboard while the navbar is hidden (you have to unhide the navbar to type occasionally), but otherwise it seems to work well!
Edit: I also paid for the upgrade, it allows you to set preferences for each app individually, which helps for some apps that leave bars on the top and bottom even when the navbar is hidden.
looks like you don't use your phone in landscape much, using your phone in all orientations would help slow this a little
Also this app or similar [link]
[link] this app can hide your status bar. you swipe up when you need the status bar and it helps prevent burn in, plus i think it looks more minimalistic this way.
I've only had the phone for a couple weeks and still haven't noticed anything. However I've taken precautions to try and make sure I don't have this issue. I've downloaded GMD immersion and I don't leave my brightness so high either. On top of that the screen timeout setting is set at 30 secs so the screen isn't on when I'am not using it.. small things like these don't take away from the risk of getting it, but prolongs the time frame as to when I'll get it.. and hopefully when I do get burn-in issues I won't care because the new nexus will be out.
I had the same plan as you, but I ended up rooting my device anyway. What I do differently now is just stick to one ROM (who's developer isn't trying to add every feature under the sun) and one kernel. I end up updating about as often as Google, itself, sends out OTAs.
To answer your question, the coolest app for me before rooting was GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode. It can force Immersive mode system-wide so you can take advantage of the gorgeous 6" screen. There's also an in-app purchase that unlocks the ability to set Immersive mode on a per-app basis. Really awesome stuff for something that doesn't need root access.
I've been using this to force the phone into immersive mode to hide the nav buttons and notification bar when I don't need them. The only problem is that when forcing immersive mode on apps that don't support it (including the default launcher) it makes the keyboard either not show up or act really wonky. It's not a limitation of this app, but rather a problem with the OS. Other immersive-mode apps have the same problem.
The solution to this, I found, is to use the app-specific settings (which unfortunately requires the Pro version) to set apps that rely heavily on the keyboard to show the nav buttons but to hide them for everything else. For my launcher, I have them disabled but I can swipe-up from the bottom of the screen to show them if I need the keyboard. I also think it breaks "Ok Google" detection, but I usually have that disabled to save battery anyway. YMMV, but this is how I'm combating burn-in.
Well if that 48dp is that important to you then by all means keep buying phones with physical buttons.
Custom ROMs like Cyanogenmod even let you hide them at all times with Expanded Desktop.Then all you need to do is swipe up from the bottom to reveal them. There's even an app or two that have similar functionality for those not rooted.
I just don't mind losing that ~9mm in height when I gain such flexibility. To each their own though, I'm sure manufacturers will continue to make Android phones with hardware keys.
check out this thread.
They mention this app but be warned that you can't use SwiftKey and possibly other keyboards while it's tuned on
Going to do that shortly. At least if others have the same experience we have a solution. Thanks Rokuk12345
Quick edit. This can do it r/[link]
have no idea if this app works but this app claims to be able to force any other app to run in full screen immersion mode which hides the clock too
I noticed very faint ghost images when tilting my 4 day old Pixel 2 XL with a white background and the navigation bar disabled. If you are concerned you can try using [link] or other apps like it to hide the navigation bar. I actually kind of like it hidden, as it gives a bit more space and you can still double tap for navigation. Note the above is free but costs a few bucks if you want to customize it (theme/color, per app settings, etc). Well worth the price in my opinion.
I tried the same app on my 3 year old Nexus 6 and it had significant burn in. I never even noticed it before today, so I'm not too worried. The Nexus 6 was much worse than what I've seen on the Pixel XL, enough that I could even take a pretty clear picture of it [link]
Check your quick toggles in the notification panel. I think some phones also label it as "Immersive mode". Also checkout GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode on the Play Store.
I recently started using GMD a couple of days ago. I'm using it more for aesthetics but I guess the burn in prevention is nice as well.
Oh, yeah. Like the keyboard isn't triggered in full-screen mode, so I need to toggle off immersive mode, and then touch the text box again to type. =/
How hard is it to make immersive mode work?
You can also look into this app if you want
Been using it weeks okay. Has not been up dated in a while though. keyboard only shows when you swipe up the nav buttons. Other then that work well for a non root app. (there is also a root version if you're so inclined)
You can do something about it. Nova Launcher will turn the home screen Notification icons black. And the GMD Immersive app will auto-hide the NAV buttons. Between these two apps, you can prevent Burn in completely.
That being said, it will require some flexibility that many people may not have the patience for. But it is definitely one solution.
What you are searching for is 'immersive mode'. These apps will disable the keyboard when the buttons are hidden, but you will be able to use it once the buttons are visable again.
Take a look at this app:
It lets you do full or partial immersive whenever you want, including on an app-by-app basis (some features like the app-by-app setting are restricted to the pro version--about $3 if I remember right).
Is this the only way? I had that option stock on my LGG3, but can't see it here. Not rooted this phone yet, and have never used Xposed, but having just spotted the first signs of burn in on my 6p, I'd like to prevent it worsening.
EDIT: actually, not only is there an app for that, but I already had it installed (but turned off). Oops!
Have you tried apps such as this one [link] that allow you to hide the nav +status bar in any app? I'm thinking of getting the 6p and am a bit nervous of the burn in effect as I've not had an amoled before.
Why not? They usually add a ton of functionality and performance improvements to the device. And if you don't want roms, root your device and install xposed. Then install gravity box module and you get a bunch of customizations. But if you want to not do that either, you can try this and see if it works,
It hides it with a gesture out if you don't want to do that you can also use a dpi changer which will make the whole UI Smaller including the bar. There's also an app the same dev makes that will allow you change the size but you bed at least root
I forgot how to add a reddit text in this link's place, but that's an immersion mode forcer. It should help. I currently have one that requires the xposed module with root.
I bought this app on the play store. Helps considerably and makes games full screen which is a plus on screen real estate. I toggle it by swiping it up and down. Its not so bad, the only annoying part is when you need to use the keyboard, you must toggle it back on.
this one is available for free, but isnt as convenient
Links for the lazy:
There are more, search for immersive mode in the store.
You can use this app to enable immersive mode.
It forces every apps to accept immersive mode, and yes this works on non-rooted android phones.
Yes, it's possible without root. I use GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode to do it:
If you pay for the unlocked version, you can get rid of the glowing red at the bottom and have it selectively apply to certain apps and not others. Be aware that you have to pull up the soft keys or the keyboard won't work when you need it--it's a glitch that will hopefully be ironed out sometime.
Nova should definitely work, as it's what I'm using and I have transparent nav bar.
One thing to point out: transparency is managed by the app you're in. Considering the launcher is an app, it provides the transparency to the nav bar. Depending the app you're in, you might not have a transparent bar in it.
There are a few apps you could try to activate the function, but without root, I'm afraid it'll be limited. Maybe something like this might help : [link]
I think this is what you're looking for.
Action Launcher 3
I think this might be what you're looking for
No in-built fullscreen mode is available, yet. But there are 4 ways to achieve that.
I suggest you to try the first 2 method.
You can use GMD app to make any app fullscreen
Use extensions like this
Create an user script then add into Kiwi.
I use [link]
you could try apps that force immersive mode? like this app:
There's this app. But it hasn't been updated in two years so I'm not sure it's working with Nougat.
I used that pre-root.
I think GMD full screen immersive mode might be useful. I only briefly tried it out so I don't know too much about it.
I've had some luck with this app in the past but it wasn't 100%. Give it a try
There's this app GMD Immersive that works well, it has an IAP though.
Would this work? Free - no root needed.
No-root solution: GMD Immersive
That will work. This is easier though:
It may be too late now, but you can use this app to force immersive mode and hide the navbar without rooting: [link]
Use pie controls or hardware buttons, immersive desktop aswell! if rooted theres better ways, if not this one is also good: [link]
The locking mechanism resides in the cable, so chances are a new cable would fix it.
For the burn-in issue, try this app: [link]
Been messing with this app seems to work pretty well
People have been recommending GMD Immersive also, worth checking out.
I use an app called GMD immersive that can hide the nav buttons and status bar to give you all the real estate on any app
Just found this. Works.
Try this app. It doesn't require root and you can force immersive mode.
Try this one, it doesn't require root
I use this. Pretty simple and lets you choose when and where you want the action bar.
[link] This might help
try with this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gmd.immersive
I use this. Works fine with 8.1 beta. Can hide bottom or top or both bars. No root or ADB required.
Try this app. Youd have to override every app's setting individually however.
You can use this app:
Maybe we are talking about 2 different GMD app? I am not using the gesture one. I am using the GMD Immersive App: [link]
GMD Full Screen Immersive?? I just got it and am trying it out! [link]
You can download the GMD Full Screen Immersive mode app: [link]
I use this app called GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode: [link] No root/ADB needed.
You can download an app for that
Look up a gray image and then download this to get immersive mode.
[link] I think this is what you need, works great.
This app lets you hide the navbar a few different ways, maybe one will work for you. And it works with Tasker. [link]
Best solution I could come up with was to use GMD Immersive. This means that you have to do an extra swipe to access keyboard and the navigation bar which gets kind of annoying. The pro version can be configure for different apps but it's too expensive. I'm trying All in one Gestures now because I can have what GMD does plus gestures. So a swipe from the right edge is back and the corners are home or whatever. So basically I substitute the navigation bar with gestures and just deal with the inconvenience of having to do an extra swipe up for keyboard (a solution would be welcome). If you're using it for night time reddit, Slide for Reddit can auto hide the status and navigation bar. Hope this helps.
The app GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode by Good Mood Droid also works just fine and allows app-by-app customization.
I've done the same thing occasionally with my Nexus 6 using GMD Immersive: [link]
I'll definitely be trying it out when my S8+ arrives!
Thanks for the "immersive mode" mention - it seems apps (since Kit Kat 4.4+) can choose to use the navigation area as well:
Using Immersive Full-Screen Mode
There are various variations - but it seems with swiping the navigation buttons appear (and it seems the app area is again reduced - as it triggers a View.OnSystemUiVisibilityChangeListener).
So perhaps on Samsung S8 also this happens (I am not sure).
Even if an app doesn't use the immersive mode feature, one can set that using instructions here:
Get Immersive Mode For All Android Apps – No Root Required
This uses this app:
GMD Full Screen Immersive Mode
When navigation buttons are hidden by swiping, it makes the app use more space on screen.
This app forces immersive mode in any app [link]
In the past I've used apps like [link] to force immersive mode, don't know if it works for 7+ but you could try it
This is the one I've been using since the 6p launch. [link]
And there's this. (Again, haven't tried it, lol) [link]
Edit: works like a charm on mine, have set it to invsible on tap/touch
search immersive mode [link]
I've used this app for it [link]
Try this app
There is a particular app that enables immersive mode without root. Give that a shot and you should be fine.
GMD Fullscreen Immersive Mode also does this
Also a workaround but rootless [link]
This no need root, isn't perfect but works. [link]
This is the one I'm using without root. [link]
There are several root-free options in the play store. GMD Full Screen Immersion is one.