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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Enable, Configure and Use Reading Mode in Android 4.4 Kitkat

l really like using the Internet app in my Samsung Galaxy SIV to browse the webpages and read the contents --even I often save a webpage to read it later--, moreover since my phone updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and got a new feature called reading mode(this feature is still available in Android 4.4 Kitkat). This feature will optimize the display by adjusting the screen settings to make it better suited for reading. FYI, I have cylindris in my left eye, it makes my eye hurts when it's exposed with the bright light, but by using the reading mode now reading on the phone is more pleasant to do.



How to enable and configure reading mode?
Below are the steps to do so:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap My device tab.
  3. Tap Display.
  4. Depending on your current settings, tap the ON/OFF switch next to Reading mode to enable or disable this option. When the switch is on the right side or turns green means the option is enabled.
  5. When the reading mode is enabled, you can add/remove the apps from the reading mode list. To add apps go to step #6, while to remove apps go to the step #7.
  6. Adding apps into the reading mode list:
    These steps will activate the reading mode in the selected app.
    • Tap Reading mode.
    • Tap Edit button located at the top right corner of the screen.
    • Mark the checkbox next to the desired apps to select them.
    • Tap Done button.
    • The selected apps will be added to the reading mode list and the reading mode is now available in these apps.
  7. Removing apps from the reading mode list:
    These steps will deactivated the reading mode in the removed apps.
    • Tap Reading mode.
    • Tap Edit button located at the top right corner of the screen.
    • When the reading mode is activated, the checkbox next to the apps will be checked. To remove the apps from the reading mode list, you just need to clear the checkbox next to the desired apps.
    • Tap Done button.
    • The app will be removed from the reading mode list and the reading mode feature will be deactivated in these apps.

How to use reading mode?
If an app has been added into the reading mode list, then the phone will optimize the display automatically in the app so that the display will be easier to read.


For the record, turning on this feature will not drain your battery because it works by changing the colors/contrast and reducing the screen brightness. This feature is best used if you like reading text for a long period of time (e.g: reading e-book, long web posts, etc). So, how about you? Have you tried to use this feature?

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