Samsung tried to get us a taller aspect ratio, and in the process had to sacrifice the physical navigation buttons on the S9 and S9 Plus devices. Well, not a big problem as long as you’re simply using your device cause the inbuilt navigation bars are pretty transparent and okay looking.

But, whenever you’re using an App the status and navigation bar do not only steal your screen real-estate, but also may not exactly camouflage with the app’s background or overall layout, hence getting us a very ugly and somewhat uncomfortable experience.

Although the navigation bar can be hidden by clicking the tiny, circular circles at the navigation bar, the Status bar isn’t so cooperating and still stays, so here’s now to enable Permanent immersive mode on Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus devices hence getting you the whole of the screen to yourselves!

Prerequisites for Forcing Permanent Immersive Mode on Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

The process is simple, here are the prerequisites you’ll need before you’re finally able to get rid of that Navigation and Status bar for good:

  • A computer running Linux or Windows.
  • ADB + Fastboot installed on the computer.
  • Data Cable to connect the Samsung device to your computer.

Once you’ve got all three required aspects/elements, you can finally force permanent Immersive mode on your Galaxy S9 and S9 plus devices.

8 Easy Steps to Force Permanent Immersive Mode on Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

Step 1: First of all, you need to Enable “USB Debugging Mode”, to do that head over to your Settings > About Phone > Build Number, and tap 7-8 times on the Build number option.

Step 2: This enables the “Developer options” for your device, you can access the option by either hitting the “back” button once from the screen you’re currently on, or simply close everything and go to Settings > Developer options. There, you can see “Enable USB Debugging” option, turn it on.

Step 3: Now, connect your device to the computer using the USB data cable, and choose “Transfer files” as the “Use USB To” option which pops up when you connect the cable to the device.

Step 4: If you’re asked for USB Debugging permissions during connecting the device to the PC, simply allow it.

Step 5: Next you need to open the ADB Command window. “How” is the question, isn’t it?Well, navigate to the folder where you downloaded ADB, it generally is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk” unless you manually installed it elsewhere.

Step 6: In there, there’s a “Platform tools” folder, go inside, and hold the “shift” button on your keyboard and simultaneously right click anywhere on the empty space > open command window here.

How to Force Permanent Immersive Mode on Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

Step 7: You’ll see the command interface which may make you feel like a hacker for now, but let the emotions not carry you away, here are the magic words (the command) which you can simply copy-paste from here to there, and hit enter.

adb shell settings put global policy_control immersive.status=*

How to Force Permanent Immersive Mode on Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus


Step 8: Here are some additional commands:

  1. If you wish to hide only the “Navigation bar”-
    adb shell settings put global policy_control immersive.navigation=*
  2. Hiding both Status + Navigation Bar-
    adb shell settings put global policy_control immersive.full=*

Revert these Settings back to How Things Were

There may be instances when you may want to revert the above action, and bring back the Status & Navigation bars.

In that case, follow the exact same steps, and simply enter this command to revert anything and everything related to the Status and Navigation bars-

adb shell settings put global policy_control null*

Final Words

Let me just put it out there that the above method doesn’t require root, neither does it violate your device’s warranty in any way, it’s completely safe and authorized.

Do let us know if you’ve got doubts, or would want to add something of your own to this piece to make it simpler? If you did enjoy our short and simple article on gow to Force Permanent Immersive Mode on Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus using ADB commands, then do share this with everyone! For more such interesting articles like the best apps for galaxy S9, click on this link!


  1. This was great, thanks! One question, what’s the difference between the first command that removes the navigation bar and the ”If you wish only to hide the navigation bar” command?

    Sounds like they do the same thing, or?

    Help is appreciated!

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