All versions of the Google browser have functions hidden in the code that can be activated with some sort of switch. These are the so-called “flags”, functions still under development. Want to know how to activate them and which ones are the best? It’s very simple, we explain it to you.
Google Chrome is an application that is updated very frequently. It is based on Chromium, the open source web browser project that Google keeps constantly evolving. And, as developers are continually creating new features, Chrome embeds those features in code so that only those who want to test them activate them. It’s easier than it looks.
Activate the ‘flags’ of the address bar
The developing settings are easy to activate since it is enough to look for them in the code of Google Chrome. But don’t think that you will have to perform complicated steps since the process is done from the address bar and simply by typing in a specific URL. Of course, another song is the activation of secret functions because there are so many of them that literally you can get bored.
The process for entering Google Chrome’s ‘flags’ is simple – just type the following into the browser’s address bar:
Once you agree, you will enter the list of hidden options in Google Chrome. You will see that there are an infinite number of ‘flags’, each promising to turn specific functions on or off (all of those in the ‘Available’ column are available).
To activate one of the “flags”, you must click on its box and change the status to “Activated” (activated); or set it to “Off” in case the function is already running. Accept with the blue “Relaunch” button (bottom right) and Chrome will restart with what you have selected. And you can select the change of several ‘flags’ at the same time: choose their state then click on ‘Relaunch’.
By clicking on ‘Relaunch’, Google Chrome is restarted to activate the selected settings
Activating and deactivating hidden functions is very easy, but you should keep in mind that playing with “flags” can make your browser unstable. There is no major problem since the changes only affect Google Chrome, not other apps on the phone. And if it no longer works properly, just perform the following steps:
Go back to the “flags” section and select “Reset all to default”. This will restore the state of all hidden functions. In the event that you cannot enter the chrome indicators, make sure you are signed in to Google Chrome so that you do not lose any passwords, bookmarks, or other data. Access your mobile settings and enter “Applications”. Find the Chrome menu. Go to “Storage” and click “Clear Storage”. Google Chrome will have been restored as it was at the factory. Once logged in with your Google account, you will retrieve the data you had without the “flags” you have chosen being activated.
The above is valid to discover all the secret options of Google Chrome, as well as to restore the browser to its initial state in case you have switched to activating the “flags”. Considering the continued development of Chrome, these ‘flags’ change day by day, so it’s hard to recommend a few: in the next version they might go away. Therefore, our advice is to dive into the menu of available options and try the ones you like: its name in English defines its function. Always with caution, especially if you use the browser on your phone a lot.
Some of the best hidden features of Google Chrome
Write the name of the function: Chrome will suggest matches
As you have seen, the number of hidden functions or “flags” is enormous. You can go one by one, but we make it easy for you by picking the ones we consider to be the best. The way to activate them is simple: write their name in the search box at the top until you find the specific “flag”. It is not necessary to write it out completely, with the first few letters it is usually sufficient. All options have been tested with the latest stable version of Google Chrome for Android.
Forced dark mode. With this function, you can force dark mode on all web pages. Look for “Force dark mode for web content” in Chrome’s “flags”. Of course, not all websites will look good this way. Smoother ride. There is a hidden feature in Chrome that allows smooth scrolling of the screen, which is called “scrolling”. Look for “Smooth scrolling” in the hidden functions of the browser and activate it. Speed up video playback. You can improve reading by forcing the use of material for it. Look for the “Hardware accelerated video decoding” feature. Improved sharing menu. Look for the ‘Chrome Sharing Hub’ option and activate it: you will have the sharing menu that Google completes in Chrome. Website isolation. Google Chrome on Android is testing tab isolation so that the rest of the pages cannot intercept information. By activating “Strict site isolation”, each tab will be loaded with its own process. This will increase the memory used by Chrome, it will also consume more battery. Also, if you have enabled isolation, you should remove it with another ‘flag’: ‘Disable site isolation’. Reading in floating window. Chrome on Android can use the “PIP” feature on the web, the floating window that allows you to continue playing the video. You can activate it with ‘Picture-in-picture web API for Android’. Parallel downloads. If you are using Google Chrome to download multiple files at the same time, you can enable parallel downloads to speed up the download. Locate the ‘Parallel Download’ feature. Forms to be completed automatically. With the “Show AutoFill Predictions” feature, Google Chrome will help you fill in the form fields with the information you have already saved. Full screenshots and screenshot sharing. With the “Chrome share long screenshots” and “Chrome share screenshots” flags, you can take screenshots from the browser itself, both normal and from the whole web (full or extended) . Continuous research. Activate the ‘Continuous search navigation’ and you will have access to the continuous search: a new search bar with built-in suggestions.