Google Chrome has a plethora of features which makes a good number of users stick to it instead of switching to other browsers. There are plenty of hidden features in Chrome Flags and Chrome Settings which will make you admire Google Chrome more! In this article, we have listed the top 15 Chrome Flags which are available on both smartphone and desktop. You can enable these flags on Android, Linux, macOS, Windows, and Chrome OS devices. However, you should proceed with caution while using these flags as they are still being tested by the developer.
Top 15 Chrome Flags (chrome://flags) Features & Trick
- Top 15 Chrome Flags (chrome://flags) Features & Trick
- 1. Password Leak Detection
- 2. Quieter Notification
- 3. Chrome Duet UI
- 4. Faster Download Speeds (Highly Recommended Chrome Flags)
- 5. Global Media Controls
- 6. Password Import
- 7. Enable Reader Mode (Eye Safety with chrome://flags)
- 8. Ephemeral Preview Tab
- 9. Enable Smooth Scrolling
- 10. Google Lens
- 11. UPI/VPA Values
- 12. Focus Mode
- 13. Hover Cards
- 14. Share Clipboard Across Devices
- 15. Chrome Sharing Hub
The following are the top 15 Chrome Flags which are awaiting to be activated by you:
1. Password Leak Detection
Password Leak Detection is one of the most essential chrome flags which everyone must enable in their Android smartphones. While creating or entering a password on your smartphone, Chrome will let you know if your password, unfortunately, leaks due to a major security breach. This flag will effectively help you safeguard your private data on the web.
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2. Quieter Notification
If you open a website in the Google Chrome browser, you will likely be greeted with a dialog box that asks for permission to allow notifications. There are rarely any websites that don’t abuse notification permission. But if you turn on the Quieter Notification flag, all the notification prompts will be blocked. To enable ‘Quieter notification permission prompts’ flag, go to chrome://flags and get rid of the irritating prompts instantly.
3. Chrome Duet UI
Compared to the older mobiles, the current smartphones have massive displays. With a massive display, you will have some trouble to reach the top if you want to access the settings or tab switcher. The Chrome Duet will come to your rescue when you face this problem. Search for this duet and enable both the flags. Further, restart Google Chrome twice. The browser will now display essential buttons, including tab switcher, share, home, and search. It will also provide you with an overflow menu for comfortable one-handed use.
4. Faster Download Speeds (Highly Recommended Chrome Flags)
The Chrome Flags repository included ‘Parallel Downloading‘ a long time back. But it seems that Google isn’t bothered about this feature to ensure that it becomes a part of the stable channel. In order to accelerate the download speed, it breaks the files into smaller chunks. It works similar to download managers such as IDM. You can enable this flag after searching for ‘parallel downloading’.
5. Global Media Controls
This chrome flag will allow you to pause, play as well as change tracks from one location. It makes media controls quite accessible on Google Chrome. After activating it, the media toolbar will be available on the top-right corner.
6. Password Import
Google Chrome already offers its users with the option to export passwords. In case you are moving from some other browser to Google Chrome and you wish to import your password, there is a special chrome flag for your assistance! After downloading Google Chrome, you should enable the #PasswordImport flag. Further, go to Settings -> Passwords -> ‘3 dots’ icon (lying next to ‘Saved Passwords) -> Import.
7. Enable Reader Mode (Eye Safety with chrome://flags)
Are you inclined to use the Safari browser as it has an excellent Reader Mode and Google Chrome doesn’t? Well, you can enable the Reader Mode on Chrome though a hidden chrome flag. Chrome’s Reader Mode will remove unnecessary ads from your web page and simplify it as well.
8. Ephemeral Preview Tab
Ephemeral Preview Tab allows you to open hyperlinks in a preview tab. With such a feature, you will be able to the preview tab from your current tab with ease. To activate this flag, search for ‘ephemeral’ and enable ‘Ephemeral Preview Tab in an overlay panel’.
9. Enable Smooth Scrolling
One often experiences the janks and jitters while scrolling on their smartphone/PC. The ‘Enable Smooth Scrolling’ chrome flag will help you to improve your scrolling experience on your desktop and smartphone. This chrome flag works with Linux, Chrome OS, and Windows. To activate it, go to the chrome flags page and enable ‘#smooth-scrolling’.
10. Google Lens
Google recently launched Google Lens integration on Chrome. But it still remains hidden behind a flag. In order to enable it, you should search for ‘Lens’ and enable the ‘Google Lens powered image search in the context menu’ flag. By doing so, you will also be able to reverse search images while browsing.
11. UPI/VPA Values
After Google Pay got quickly popular and UPI has become a primary payment gateway in India, Google will be introducing an option to autofill UPI/VPA values in forms related to payment. When you will enable this chrome flag, Chrome will have the ability to recognize VPA or UPI ID. It will also offer you to save your VPA address for auto-filling.
12. Focus Mode
Focus mode allows you to isolate a tab in a different window, just like the Progressive Web Apps. If you wish to deal with one of your chrome tabs in a separate window, the Focus Mode will allow you to do the same. To activate this flag, right-click on the tab and select ‘Focus’.
13. Hover Cards
Hover Cards will help you to identify as well as navigate through tabs. If you are dealing with a high number of Chrome tabs, you should enable this flag for a better viewing experience and seamless navigation. In enabling it, you will also get a preview image of the tab in the form of a hovercard.
With this chrome flag, you can copy large texts and URLs in your smartphone and paste them on your desktop with ease. In order to enable this flag, search for ‘clipboard’ and activate both ‘shared-clipboard-receiver’ and ‘shared-clipboard-ui’. You might need to enable it on your Desktop Chrome too. Select a text on your mobile and tap on ‘Share’. In the ‘Share Sheet’ menu, you will get an option to share your text with your Desktop Chrome. When you share the text, it will be automatically uploaded to the clipboard.
15. Chrome Sharing Hub
This chrome flag will provide you with an Android Q-like layout in the ‘Share sheet’ menu of Google Chrome. Search for ‘chrome sharing hub’ to enable this flag. After enabling it, tap on the ‘Share’ button to discover the sharing options at the bottom.
These chrome flags will help you in elevating your browsing experience to a new level. A regular user of Google Chrome will find these flags quite beneficial. To discover these flags, visit the chrome://flags page. But remember, these flags are experimental features and they are currently under development. So you might find their functionality to be a bit finicky.