How to enable Reader Mode in Firefox for Android

Version 16 of Firefox for Android includes a new feature called Reader Mode, which allows distraction-free reading of the Web.

Firefox for Android
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Web sites can look busy with distractions that prevent you from focusing on what you're actually trying to read. Seth Rosenblatt detailed the changes in version 16 of Firefox, including a new feature in the Android version called Reader Mode, which can display easy-to-read versions of Web sites.

Reader Mode in Firefox is similar to Safari Reader and Reading View on the Kindle Fire's Silk browser. It basically strips out all the ads, menus, and other Web page elements and reformats the page for easy readability.

To enable Reader Mode, wait for the Web page to load, then when you see the book icon next to the URL, tap on it.

Firefox Reader Mode (Android phone)
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Once in Reader Mode, you can save the article to your reading list or go directly to the address bar/bookmarks by tapping on one of the icons at the bottom. You can also change the size of the text and margins, as well as change the theme from black on white, to white on black (for night reading). Reader Mode works very well on Android tablets too.

Reader Mode on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Firefox Reader Mode on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

That's it. Does Reader Mode make you want to use Firefox as your primary Android browser, or do you still prefer Chrome or Dolphin HD?

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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