Chrome Flags: How To Enable Flags on Google Chrome Browser to Try New Features

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

Chrome is one of the most used browsers in the world with over three billion users on the platform via the PC browser, iOS, and Android apps. For those who are unaware, Chrome is a product of Google, which also owns a search engine and Android operating system. One of the reasons why the Chrome browser is popular is because of the feature set and seamless experience it offers. 

If you are a hardcore Chrome user, you might have heard or seen “Chrome flag” at least once in the past, and in this guide, we will be taking a detailed look at the different Chrome flags and how can you enable them on your phone and PC. Once you learn about the Chrome flags and their features, you’ll be excited to try this out on your device. We have listed down some of the best Chrome flags that you can try on your PC or even on your smartphone. 

Let’s start with the basics first and understand what exactly a Chrome flag is. 

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What are Chrome Flags?

Chrome flags are experimental features in Chrome, which allows you to test features before they’re added to Chrome. In case you are interested, you can also give feedback to the Chrome development team. Chrome flags can be accessed by typing a specific keyword in the Google search bar. Once you are on the flags page, you will see a bunch of options listed down, which almost looks like an endless list. 

These features are usually internal versions or are being tested in Beta/ Dev/ Canary channels of the browser. Features like Dark mode are still not part of the stable version of Chrome yet, but you can enable it using Chrome Flags. Other flags can change or tweak the UI and some flags make under the hood changes, which won’t be visually noticeable. 

The experimental flag features can be used on Chrome browsers running on platforms like Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, and Fuchsia. Now that you’ve learned what a Chrome flag is, let us take a look at how you can enable it on your device. 

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How to Enable Flags in 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 above
  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 on the bottom of your screen to activate that particular feature on Chrome. 

How to Disable Flags in 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. 

Now that we know what a Chrome flag is and how to enable and disable them, let’s take a look at some of the best flags you can use. 

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Best Chrome Flags to Try

There are lots of Chrome flags that come in handy for users on a daily basis. Here we have listed some of the best Chrome flags that we think will enhance user experience on the Chrome browser. We have listed down 12 Chrome flags that we have personally tried and can recommend to others. Let’s take a look at each of them in detail. 

Before we get started it is worth mentioning that these flags are applicable for both PCs and mobiles. We will have compatible devices mentioned below every Chrome flag along with keywords to search for and URL which you can paste and get the flag directly.

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

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