Chrome is the default browser in Android. Though it is pretty good out of the box, there are quite a lot of useful features hidden and disabled. Using Chrome Flags, you can easily enable these features and improve your browsing experience. This list shows some of the best Chrome flags and shows you how to enable them.
How to Enable Chrome Flags
Before getting to know the useful Chrome flags, you should know how to enable the flags you are interested in. Enabling flags in the Chrome browser is pretty easy. Just copy the URL of the Chrome flag you want to enable, paste it in the address bar and tap on the Go button. Under the flag, select “Enable” from the drop-down menu and relaunch the browser.
Note: depending on what Android and Chrome version you are using, some flags might not be available for your device.
1. Modern Media Controls
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#enable-modern-media-controls
The built-in video player in the Chrome browser is pretty basic. In fact, the default player doesn’t even have gesture controls. With this flag you can enable native gesture controls like double-tapping for pause and play, fast-forward and backward, etc.
2. New Context Menu
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#enable-custom-context-menu
Unlike the regular long-press context menu, this new flag shows a dynamic context menu with appropriate options depending on the long-press item.
3. Parallel Downloading
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#enable-parallel-downloading
If you regularly download large files using Chrome, this new Chrome flag can help you increase the download speed. With parallel downloading, Chrome tries to initiate multiple connections so that it can download the file in multiple parts at the same time and join them at the end.
4. Sneak Peek
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#enable-ephemeral-tab
If you ever wondered what’s behind a link, then you can use the new Sneak Peek feature. Using this feature, you can take a quick peek at the link before fully opening it.
5. Reader Mode
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#reader-mode-heuristics
If you are reading a long article or if there are a lot of distractions on the page, you can use the new reader mode flag to simplify the view. To enable the reader mode, select either “Always” or “All Articles” from the drop-down menu and relaunch the browser. From now on you will see a new option titled “Simplified View” at the bottom. Tap on it, and the page will reload in reader mode.
6. Search Ready Omnibox
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#enable-search-ready-omnibox
When you tap on the Chrome search bar, if there is already a URL in it, Chrome browser just highlights the URL. You have to manually tap on the little X icon to clear the omnibox. This flag allows Chrome to do it for you. This eliminates the need to manually clear the omnibox each and every time.
7. Chrome Duet
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#enable-chrome-duet
Smartphones nowadays are massive. Unless you have long fingers, it is almost impossible to access all four corners of the screen with one hand. When you enable this flag, Chrome will shift all the necessary controls like the search button, options button, tab switcher, etc., to the bottom of the screen for better one-handed use.
8. Dark Mode
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#enable-android-night-mode
Chrome has a built-in dark mode and can be easily activated by enabling this flag. Keep in mind that it is not yet fully completed, which simply means you might see some inconsistencies here and there, but it’s pretty good.
9. Mute Tabs
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#sound-content-setting
It can be quite annoying when websites automatically start to play videos with audio. Generally, you have to use the volume button to reduce the level of the volume. However, by enabling this flag, Chrome gives you a simple option to quickly mute the tab site wide.
10. Block Redirects
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#enable-framebusting-needs-sameorigin-or-usergesture
One of the most annoying things about mobile web pages is that they often try to redirect you without any reason or warning. If you don’t like this behavior, then enable this flag.
11. List Opened Tabs
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#enable-accessibility-tab-switcher
Generally, when you tap on the tab switcher icon, Chrome shows all the tabs in the card layout. This is pretty good if you only have a couple of tabs. However, if you open multiple tabs, the default tab switching layout is not that intuitive. By enabling this flag, you can force Chrome to show a simple list of tabs rather than the cards.
12. Scroll Anchoring
Flag URL: chrome://flags/#enable-scroll-anchor-serialization
Often, Chrome has a habit of page jumping. This is especially true when scrolling long pages with a lot of text. Once you enable this flag, the page-jumping issue will be resolved.
If you think we missed any of your favorite Android Chrome flags, then comment below and share them.