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Chrome is known for its simplicity and speed. Despite this, there are a lot of extra tools and features under the hood. This includes a number of experimental features that can be accessed with special Chrome Flags.

Considering these are all test features that might not even make it to the stable version of Chrome, bugs tend to be a pretty common occurrence. Nonetheless, if you are willing to go through the occasional hiccup, some Chrome Flags enable an improved browsing experience. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.

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The best Chrome Flags:


How to access Chrome Flags settings?

Chrome Flags

No matter how much you dig into menus and options, you won’t find Chrome Flags settings unless you know how to access this section. You need to know your way in!

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the address and delete any URL that might be in it.
  3. Type the following in the address bar: chrome://flags/
  4. Press Enter.
  5. You are in!

There are two main tabs in the Chrome Flags menu: Available and Unavailable. Some of these experimental features are only available in certain devices. You can’t enable Chrome Flags Android is meant to use when in a laptop, for example.


Are Chrome Flags safe?

Once in the Chrome Flags settings you will see a warning message telling you about the dangers of using Chrome Flags. This is because enabled Chrome Flags can cause issues and hiccups in the browser. They are usually not too unstable, but some can be. Regardless, the Chrome Flags can be as easily disabled.

How to disable Chrome Flags:

  1. Access the Chrome Flags settings as directed in the previous section.
  2. Find the experimental Chrome Flag you want to disable.
  3. Select the drop-down menu next to the Chrome Flag and select Disabled.
  4. Alternatively, you can press the button in the top-right corner that says Reset all to disable all Chrome Flags.

1. Smooth Scrolling

Smooth Scrolling Chrome Flags

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Ever notice your scrolling stutter or that it can get a bit sluggish? There could be many reasons it’s happening, but this Chrome Flag is very likely to at least improve the situation. Just search for “Smooth Scrolling” in the search bar and enable the Chrome Flag. It’s not only a great Chrome Flag Android users should enable, but it can also be used on Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS.


2. Password Account Data Storage

Enable the account data storage for passwords Chrome flags

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Some people prefer not to sync their Chrome browser data across devices. If you are one of these users, but would still like to have access to your passwords, this Chrome extension will allow you to store your passwords in a secondary Gaia-account-scoped storage. Your passwords can then be accessible from multiple devices running Chrome without turning sync on.

In the Chrome Flags menu, search for “Enable the Account Data Storage for Passwords”. Click on the drop-down menu next to it and select Enabled.


3. Experimental QUIC Protocol

Experimental QUIC protocol Chrome flags

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Certain Chrome Flags speed up your browsing experience. QUIC is Google’s own protocol and it is designed to make the web faster. Enabling this Chrome Flag will speed things up, but only when websites have been optimized for it. Something is better than nothing, though!

In the Chrome Flags page, search for “Experimental QUIC Protocol”. Click on the drop-down menu next to it and select Enabled.


4. Extensions Toolbar Menu

Extensions Toolbar Menu Chrome flags

Got too many extensions? They can quickly add up and look messy when the list of icons gets long. Google is testing a feature that will hide them and make them accessible via a drop-down menu. This is not one of the Chrome Flags Android users can take advantage of, as it is made for desktop interfaces.

Search for “Extensions Toolbar Menu” and enable the Flag in the drop-down Chrome Flags menu.

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5. Force Dark Mode for Web Contents

Force Dark Mode for Web Contents Chrome flags

Dark Mode is pretty cool, both aesthetically and for eye comfort reasons. If you are also a fan of it you want all website content to support it. Sadly, not all websites are cooperating, but there is a Chrome Flags Dark Mode option that forces the option on all websites.

Simply open the Chrome Flags page and search for “Force Dark Mode for Web Contents”. Enable the feature through the drop-down menu next to it.


6. Global Media Controls Picture-in-Picture

Global Media Controls FULL

This  is another one of those Chrome Flags Android users can’t take advantage of, but it is one of the coolest in this list. Google allows for video picture-in-picture. This means you could be watching any video in a small square while doing other things online. The video window can even be pulled out of Chrome!

You will actually need to enable two Chrome Flags for this to work. Search and enable both “Global Media Controls Picture-in-Picture” and “Global Media Controls”. Next time you are viewing a video, simply look for the new media button in the top-right corner of Chrome. Select the Picture-in-Picture icon and your video will pop up in a small square.


7. Parallel Downloading

Parallel Downloading Chrome Flags

Waiting for large files to download can be a hassle. Let’s cut delays by dividing downloads into multiple files to be downloaded simultaneously.

Search for “Parallel Downloading” and enable the feature using the drop-down menu to the right.


8. Show autofill predictions

Show autofill predictions

Nobody likes filling forms, so Google makes this process simpler by using autofill. Still annoying? You can have Chrome autofill form information automatically by enabling the “Show autofill predictions” Flag.

Search for “Show Autofill Predictions” and enable the feature using the drop-down menu to the right.

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9. Accelerated 2D canvas

Accelerated 2D canvas

If your GPU can do a better job at rendering than software, this Chrome Flag is for you. This feature allows the use of your GPU to render 2D canvases.

Search for “Accelerated 2D Canvas” in the Chrome Flags page and enable the feature using the drop-down menu.


10. Tab Groups

tab groups

I’ve been a victim of excessive tabs. Suddenly you can’t even tell which tab has which website loaded. But they are all necessary… right? Sure they are, and now we have a better way of organizing them. This Chrome Flag will make it possible to group tabs and separate them in an orderly fashion. Sadly, it is another of the Chrome Flags Android devices are deprived from.

Search for “Tab Groups” in the Chrome Flags page and enable the feature using the drop-down menu.


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