With JavaScript disabled certain elements will not show when viewing websites. This is particularly true of interactive or animated elements, which can seriously enhance a UI, let alone the entire navigation experience.

Imagine not being able to see certain elements, click on them or even interact with buttons or forms.

This is primarily an issue on older Android devices but it can happen with some third-party browsers, as well. Luckily, you can enable JavaScript quickly, using one of several methods.

Enable JavaScript Google Chrome Browser

Turn on Javascript Google Chrome

Unless turned off, JavaScript should already be enabled by default in Chrome, both for mobile and desktop.

To enable Javascript in Google Chrome browser:

1. Open a Chrome tab.
2. Tap the menu icon (three vertical dots) in the top right.
3. Choose Settings from the drop-down.
4. Select the Site Settings option. You might have to scroll down on smaller displays.
5. Click the toggle to turn on Javascript. Look at the JavaScript entry and see if it says Allowed; if it says Blocked then select it and turn on the toggle.

Another thing to note is when JavaScript is disabled in Chrome, you gain a secondary option to add exceptions. What this means is that you can leave it disabled, yet allow its use on certain sites you favor by adding them to the whitelist.

Enable JavaScript In Stock Browser (Older Android Versions)

Turn on javascript stock browser

To enable JavaScript in the stock browser:

1. Open your browser and click on the menu button. (three horizontal lines) in the top right.
2. Choose Settings.
3. Select the Advanced option.
4.Toggle on JavaScript.

JavaScript should now be enabled in the stock Android browser.

Enable JavaScript In Samsung Internet

Turn on Javascript Samsung browser

On newer Samsung devices (Galaxy S5 and up) the company includes their own internet browser called Samsung Internet.

Generally, JavaScript is enabled by default in this browser, but just in case this guide should help.

Follow the steps below to enable JavaScript in Samsung’s browser:

  1. Open Samsung Internet browser.
  2. Select the menu (three vertical dots) on the right.
  3. Scroll down and click Settings.
  4. Choose Advanced.
  5. Toggle on JavaScript.

Enable JavaScript In Firefox Mobile

In Firefox, the JavaScript toggle is hidden away inside the configuration menu. To enable it, do the following:

1. Open a new tab and in the blank address bar type about:config and then hit enter
2. You will now see a hidden menu with many options that could potentially break your experience, so it’s wise to avoid changing other fields else unless you know what you’re doing
3. The configuration menu is extremely large so we need to use search terms to find our desired field, in the search bar at the top type javascript and the result should appear (second in the list)
4. Tap the option labeled javascript.enabled and a toggle should appear
5. If disabled, the entry will read false, simply change it to true to allow JavaScript

After that, you should be able to see the inactive or non-working elements on your preferred websites again.