Best 16 Google Chrome Flags You Should Use in 2023

Here is how you can enable, disable, and use some of the best Chrome flags.

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Google Chrome is the most popular internet browser available across platforms. It has lots of features for users to try on, but some of the features are hidden behind the walls as experimental features. These experimental features may or may not be available in future versions of Google Chrome, but to enjoy these hidden features, you have to enable them through Chrome Flags.

Chrome Flags are not features, per se, but it is a way to activate the new experimental features in Google Chrome. They allow you to test features before they're added to Chrome. The experimental flag features can be used on Chrome browsers running on platforms like Windows, Linux, Chrome OS and Android.

There are lots of Chrome Flags which you can enable on Google Chrome right now. We talk about some of the best Chrome Flags that you can try out right now. Read on!

Auto Dark Mode for Web ContentsHow to Enable Flags in Chrome

Many users prefer using dark mode on their phones, and while Google is expected to roll out this feature in a stable release in the coming months, you can enable Dark Mode under this experiment.

This will automatically render all web content in dark mode, including the ones that don’t support a native dark mode. It is also worth mentioning that since Dark mode is force-enabled on some websites, the content might not be visible at times.

Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Android

URL: chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark 

Smooth Scrolling

If you are not satisfied with scrolling on your Chrome browser, you can enable this feature for a smoother scrolling experience. This experiment allows the page to animate smoothly when scrolling page content. It is a very handy feature for Android users, but it is available for other platforms too. 

Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia

URL: chrome://flags/#smooth-scrolling

Touch UI Layout

For those who are used to Chrome's touch screen usability on Android and iPhones, this flag allows you to enable a Touch UI layout for laptops and Chromebooks with touch screen support. This feature will make interaction with the machine more interactive and intuitive. 

Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac

URL: chrome://flags/#top-chrome-touch-ui

Experimental QUIC Protocol

QUIC is Google's general-purpose network protocol, which reduces latency and speeds up the browsing experience in Chrome. Once you enable this feature, your browsing speed will go up on sites that are well-optimized.

Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Android

URL: chrome://flags/#enable-quic

GPU Rasterization

If your device comes with a dedicated GPU, this feature will help you speed up Chrome and improve the overall performance of the browser. Enabling this feature will take some load off the CPU and GPU will take a bit of load to speed things up. In simple terms, this will use GPU to rasterize web content. 

Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Android

URL: chrome://flags/#enable-gpu-rasterizatio

Enable Reader Mode

For those who consume a lot of readable content on the web via e-books, websites or blogs, enabling this reader mode flag will display a simplified web page. With this mode, you will automatically move away from ads, videos and other disruptive content.

Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac

URL: chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode

Pull-to-refresh gesture

Chrome users on Android and iOS are used to swiping down to refresh or pull to refresh gestures. It is a nifty feature that's extremely helpful and saves time on phones. In case you have a touch screen-enabled laptop, you can enable this flag and enjoy the pull-to-refresh gesture. 

Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia

URL: chrome://flags/#pull-to-refresh

Parallel Downloading Chrome Flag

Enabling this flag on Chrome can accelerate your download speed up to download speeds of files. This flag creates multiple connections and thus downloads the file faster. 

Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Android

URL: chrome://flags/#enable-parallel-downloading

Show Autofill Predictions

Filling a form can be painful at times on browsers, this is where the autofill predictions flag comes into the picture. Once enabled, Google will autofill information in the form. It annotates web forms with Autofill field-type predictions as placeholder text.

Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Android

URL: chrome://flags/#show-autofill-type-predictions

Password Import

In case you are switching from any other browser to Chrome, this flag allows you to import passwords from other browsers to Chrome. 

Supported platforms: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Android

URL: chrome://flags/#password-import

Global media controls control Cast start/stop

Enabling this flag allows global media controls to control when a Cast session is started or stopped instead of relying on the Cast dialogue and you are connected to the same network. 

Supported platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux, Fuchsia

URL: chrome://flags/#global-media-controls-cast-start-stop

Global Media Controls Modern UI

This flag brings a redesigned version of the Global Media Controls UI. To use this feature, first, you will have to enable the #global-media-controls. 

Supported platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Fuchsia

URL: chrome://flags/#global-media-controls-modern-ui

Site Isolation

Another useful Chrome flag is site isolation. This flag helps you enhance the security of your browser. With site isolation, Chrome will load each website in its process. This means that even if a site bypasses the same-origin policy, the extra layer of security will help the browser to stop the site from stealing your data from another website.

Supported platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Fuchsia

URL: chrome://flags/#enable-site-per-process

Live Caption

The Live Caption feature is a pretty niche feature to try on. This will allow users to see live captions of all the content that will be played on Google Chrome. Turning it on will be a good thing.

Supported platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS, Fuchsia, Lacros

URL: chrome://flags/#enable-accessibility-live-caption

Reader Mode

This Chrome Flag is especially helpful for those reading articles and other stuff. Most of the time, websites are full of distractions like images, ads, and other elements. So, to get a peaceful experience, one can turn on the Reader Mode flag.

Supported platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS

URL: chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode

Fuzzy Search for Tab Search

When you have a lot of tabs open, it might be tough to find the one you want. In Chrome, click on the down arrow on the toolbar to see all open tabs and search for the appropriate one. The Tab Search layout appears and allows you to search across recently closed tabs as well.

Supported platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS, Fuchsia, Lacros

URL: chrome://flags/#tab-search-fuzzy-search

How to Enable Chrome Flags

Here are the steps to enable Chrome Flags in Google Chrome:

  1. Open the Chrome browser on a PC or phone
  2. Type "chrome://flags" on the Chrome search bar as shown in the image below.

  3. Hit Enter
  4. Once you hit the enter button, you will get a list of Experiments (features)How to Enable Flags in Chrome
  5. Each feature will have a title, description, and option for a drop-down menu with Default, Enable and Disable options
  6. Scroll through the list of features (Under the Available section)
  7. Click on the drop-down and select "Enable" if you'd like to enable a particular feature

How to Enable Flags in Chrome

Once you have enabled a Chrome Flag, you will have to click on the Relaunch option at the bottom of your screen to activate that particular feature on Chrome. 

How to Disable Chrome Flags

Here’s how you can disable Chrome Flags in Google Chrome:

  1. Open the Chrome browser on a PC or mobile
  2. Type "chrome://flags" on the Chrome search bar

  3. Hit Enter
  4. Once you hit the enter button, you will get a list of Experiments (features)
  5. The features that you've enabled will be on the topHow to Enable Flags in Chrome
  6. Select the "Disable" option from the drop-down menu for features you don't want to use anymore

In case you didn’t get the list of enabled Chrome flags on the top, you can scroll down and search for that particular flag and disable it. 

While it is fun and exciting to test out new features on Chrome using the flags, these features can sometimes be buggy or create issues as they're not completely stable yet. At times, they can also crash your browser.

In case you encounter any of these issues, you can click on the "Reset all" option on the Chrome Flags experiment homepage. If even that doesn't help, you’re better off reinstalling the Chrome browser on your phone or PC. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best Chrome flag?

There are various Chrome flags for various uses and features. The best one for you depends on the Chrome flag that solves an issue for you. So it definitely depends on your personal preference. 

Are Chrome flags safe?

Google warns you to understand the risks that tags along with using Chrome Flags. Google warns you that by using Chrome Flags for activating and reactivating features, "you could lose data or compromise your security or privacy—and features you toggle with a flag may stop working or be removed without notice."

How do I open Chrome flags on my phone?

In Google Chrome on your phone, you can enable Chrome Flags like you do in the Google Chrome browser on a PC/laptop. Open Google Chrome on your PC, and enter chrome://flags in the search bar.