The Chrome browser on Android is the most widely used browser and that’s because it comes pre-loaded on most Android phones and also because it’s a great browser. It packs in some great features but if you know Google, you’d know that they are constantly working on new features. Also, the company tests the new Chrome features through the Chrome beta app as well as Chrome Canary app. Along with that, Chrome also includes a cool Chrome Flags page that features experimental features that you can try. In this article, we are going to mention some cool and best Chrome Flags for Android that you should check.
Note: Chrome Flags’ options are experimental features that Google is testing for Chrome. So, they might make it to the stable Chrome build when they’re ready.
Best Chrome Flags for Android
We have already talked about Chrome Flags in detail but if you are looking to try out some Chrome Flags specific to Android smartphones, we have you covered. Before we tell you about some really cool Chrome Flags on Android, it’s important to know that you can access the Chrome Flags page in Android by entering “chrome://flags” in the address bar of Chrome Android. You can search for the required flags by typing the name of the flag in the search box.
Well, now that you know how to access Chrome Flags on Android, here are some cool Chrome Flags for Android you should try.
1. Chrome Duet
Smartphones today are packing massive screens. While the big screen is really good for consuming media or showing more content on a single page, it has made one-handed usage ergonomically impossible. Either you will have to use some weird hand positioning or use your second hand if you want to interact with the topmost part of your phone’s display. That’s why many app manufactures are now moving the interactive element of their apps to the bottom of the screen where they are easily accessible.
While the same feature is not available in Chrome by default, you can enable it by using the Chrome Duet (formerly known as Chrome Home) flag. To enable this Flag, just search for the “enable-chrome-duet” flag and enable it. Once you do that, all the interactive Chrome buttons including Home, tab switcher, search, share, and more will be presented in a bar at the bottom of the app, making them easily accessible with one hand.
2. Preview Pages
There are times when you need to open up a link but you don’t really want to open it in a new tab. Well, Chrome has a new “Preview Page” feature (previously called sneak peak), which opens up a link in the same page you are on. As you can see from the screenshots below, you just long press a link and hit the “Preview page” option, which will open up the link in a sort of an overlay at the bottom. You can swipe up at this overlay to check out the link, swipe down to hide it and hit close if you want to close it. When you expand this overlay, the page works as it would on a tab except for the fact that you can’t use long press options. You can enable this new feature via “chrome://flags/#enable-ephemeral-tab” and just enable it.
3. Dark Mode on All Webpages
Chrome on Android has the dark mode, but not all websites come with a dark mode. For instance, the Google Search page is all white and shows results in a white UI. Well, that’s where you can use the “chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark” to force a dark mode on all webpages. Once you enable this, all the webpages, irrespective if they support a dark theme or not, will turn dark. Yes, some pages don’t play with the forced dark theme but that’s a sacrifice you have to make for a complete dark experience.
4. Enable Shared Clipboard
One feature I have always wanted in Chrome is clipboard sharing and it’s finally here. Thanks to a couple of new Chrome flags, you will able to copy text in Chrome and send it to your other device, be it a phone or a laptop. So, first up, you need to enable these Chrome flags on your Android phone and on Chrome on Mac or Windows:
Once you have enabled these flags, you can just copy a text on Chrome on your Android smartphone, and hit share. After which, you will see the “Send text to Your Devices” option. Just tap it and you should see your PC/Mac and you can just send the text with ease. It’s super handy.
5. Copy Images
Android 11 includes a number of cool new features and one of the interesting features it brings is support for copy-paste in the notification shade. So, basically, you can just copy an image in Chrome and paste it in a reply in the notification center. Well, since Android 11 is still in beta, the “copy image” feature is in beta too and you can enable it via a Chrome flag. You can just search for this “chrome://flags/#context-menu-copy-image” and enable it. Once done, you can just long press an image and you will see the “Copy image” option. This will save the image in the clipboard, so you can paste it anywhere you want.
6. Sharing Hub
Sharing links is something we all do a lot while using Chrome on Android and well, Google is planning to bring a new sharing UI to Chrome Android. Yes, once you enable the “chrome://flags/#chrome-sharing-hub”, you will get a new sharing UI when you hit the share button anywhere. As you can see below, there are three options in this sharing UI, including “QR code”, which should let you share URLs via QR code but it isn’t working at the moment, there’s also “Send to your devices” and “Copy link”, which are pretty self explanatory. Apart from this, you can even add a screenshot option here with “chrome://flags/#chrome-share-screenshot”.
7. Simplified Reader Mode
I understand that ads are important for a website to run. After all, if the websites don’t earn money, they will go out of business and we won’t have anything to read from. Well, there’s a way that not only allows you to support your favorite websites by letting ads run but also allows you to read your favorite articles without any distractions.The feature is called ‘Simplified Mode’ (previously known as “Reader Mode”) and it allows you to read a simplified version of the article which doesn’t show any ads or distractions.
You can even choose the background color that you want to use. To enable this simplified mode, just search for “reader-mode-heuristics flag” and enable it. Once you do that whenever you are in an article, Chrome will ask you if you want to read the simplified version of that article. Just tap on the “Show simplified view” and enjoy your article in peace.
8. Smooth Scrolling
There are times when we load up extensive webpages on our Android smartphones only to experience a lot of lag while scrolling. While this may not be a problem on high-end smartphones, it’s indeed a problem on many Android devices. As you must have guessed, the “Smooth Scrolling” flag should make scrolling in webpages better when enabled. This not only improves scrolling but also incorporates a seamless transition to hide any hiccups.
9. Autofill UPI Details
A lot of UPI payment apps have become supremely popular including Google’s very own Google Pay in India, and well, that’s the reason Chrome now lets you save UPI details so that you can autofill them the next time you are making a UPI payment. You can enable this via “chrome://flags/#enable-autofill-upi-vpa”. Once done, Chrome will able recognise UPI IDs or VPA and let you save these details in payments.
10. Parallel Download for Faster speed
Yet another Chrome flag that I love is the one that increases the download speed on your Chrome browser. It does that by allowing Chrome to access “Parallel downloading” feature which breaks down the file into chunks and download them simultaneously using parallel downloads. You can enable this flag by searching for “enable-parallel-downloading”. Do note that you might not see any comprehensible increase in download speed all the time as it is an experimental feature which also depends on your network speed.
Check out these cool Chrome Flags on Android
Chrome Flags are certainly a great way by Google to beta test products, considering users get to try out some of the upcoming features. Along with the aforementioned flags, there are various other Chrome Flags that you can check out but keep in mind that most of the others are aimed at developers only.
Well, that’s all from our side, try out these Chrome flags on your Android smartphone or tablet and let us know how you like them in the comments section below. Also, if you know of any other Chrome flag that should have made it to this list, do let us know.