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Here's how to enable the large icon view on a New Tab page in Chrome for Android

The most recent version of Chrome Beta for Android allows you to view a revamped New Tab page with larger icons by simply enabling a few flags.

Published onJune 12, 2015

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Back in March, Google’s own François Beaufort teased on Google+ that the Chromium team was working on an experimental New Tab page that would render much better looking icons instead of thumbnails of your most visited websites in Chrome. Larger icons, in this instance, are a much cleaner looking replacement, though the feature still has yet to roll out to the masses. But now in the most recent version of Chrome Beta for Android, you can turn on this new feature by simply enabling a few flags. 

It’s pretty easy to do so, and only takes a few seconds. All you need to do is type in chrome://flags/#enable-icon-ntp into your browser’s search box, then make sure the highlighted box has been switched to “enabled” from “default”. After that, hit the Relaunch now button that pops up at the bottom of the page, and you’re good to go.

It should be noted that Chrome will only display large icons if the website’s default image is large enough to use. Otherwise, you’ll see the icons replaced with single-colored boxes with the first letter of the website’s name inside.

The flag can be enabled in Chrome stable, but I couldn’t get it to work on any of my devices. It does, however, work on both Chrome Beta and Dev channels, so you’ll have to use one of those versions if you want to try it out. Head to the Play Store link below to grab the latest version of Chrome Beta, if you haven’t yet.

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