Google switched to gesture navigation in Android 9, and by removing the back / home / recent buttons, they were able to significantly reduce the size of the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. However, there is still a white line called “The Pill” that takes up space to show you where to start your gestures.
Since the swipes are probably second nature to you now, this little white line isn’t necessary. In fact, the area around it – that last rudimentary piece of the navigation bar – can be completely removed with no ill effects. It’s all pretty easy too thanks to a Magisk module from developer DanGLES3.
: Install Full Screen / Immersive Gestures
To start, open your Magisk Manager app and tap the puzzle piece icon on the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. From there, click the search button and type “immersive gestures”, then tap the download arrow at the first result and click “Install” at the prompt.
Step 2: Configure the module
Now you will have to use your volume buttons to make some choices in the command interface that appears next. When prompted to “Choose your gesture mode”, press the volume down to select “Immersive”. From there, press the volume down to answer “No” to the question “Hide pill and keep keyboard height / space?”
Then, and this is entirely your decision, but I recommend turning the volume up to “Reduce the size of the keyboard bar”. Finally, press volume down to choose ‘High’ motion sensitivity, which is Android’s default behavior. Once the module is installed, go ahead and click on the “Restart” button at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Enjoy the extra screen real estate
When you get up again, you will find that things just seem more spacious. Without the pill indicator or the padding around it, the rest of the user interface extends vertically to fill the space those elements used to occupy.
And assuming you’ve chosen to shrink the keyboard bar, things will be even more dramatic the next time you type something. You can still tap the button that minimizes the keyboard, and you can still use all of Android’s navigation gestures, so it’s a win-win in my book!
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