Google Chrome Flags: How to enable Chrome flags to test new beta features on Android mobile phone, Windows laptop/ PC, and mac


Google Chrome is one of the most widely used browsers. Although the browser is complete with simple UI, security, impressive speed and whatnot, Google keeps releasing new features from time to time to further enhance the internet surfing experience. Before these features become available to the public, they are experimented with and tested in beta form, which means they are flagged by Chrome. Some of these Chrome flags have made it to the stable release after beta testing, while others may not work properly and disappear for good.

Average users can register themselves in Chrome Flags. However, it’s important to note that since these are experimental features, bugs are also a common occurrence! If you want to take the risk, below is an easy step-by-step guide on how to enable Chrome Flags on Android mobile phones and PC:

How to Enable Chrome Flags on Android Mobile Phone, Windows PC/ Laptop and Mac

Chrome flags are easy to access on your smartphone, tablet, Windows laptop/ PC or Mac, but you’d be surprised how little you know about them. Below is an easy step-by-step guide How to Enable Chrome Flags on Any Device of Your Choice

  • Open Google Chrome browser on your Android mobile phone, laptop or PC
  • In the search bar, type chrome://flags and press Enter to open the Experiments page. It contains a list of Chrome flags divided into available and unavailable columns.
  • Scroll through the available list to find the flag you want to enable. If you want to see a specific flag, you can search for it by entering its name in the search box.
  • When you find the Chrome flag you want to use, click the drop-down menu next to its name and select Enabled.
  • After you do that, Google will ask you to restart the Chrome browser on your Android, windows or Mac device to apply the changes. You can enable multiple flags if you want and hit the blue restart button below when you’re ready.

The next time you launch Google Chrome, you’ll be able to see the new features in action.

10 Best Chrome Flags Worth Trying

If you are an Android, Windows laptop/ PC or Mac user looking to enhance your browsing experience, below is a list of some of the best Chrome flags available for your device. Please note that the flags mentioned below may be officially released in the near future. But currently they are in testing phase.

1. Auto dark mode for web contents

This flag automatically applies the dark theme to all websites. Using dark mode is not only easier on your eyes, especially at night, but also makes your phone’s battery last longer.

  • Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Lacrosse
  • URL: chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark

2. GPU rasterization

GPU Rasterizer allows Chrome to move some of your workload from the phone’s CPU to its GPU (or graphics processing unit). It helps speed up your browsing experience.

  • Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Lacrosse
  • URL: chrome://flags/#enable-gpu-rasterization

3. Parallel download

When enabled, Parallel Download splits web downloads into multiple files that can be downloaded simultaneously. It helps to speed up download speed and reduce lag.

  • Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Lacrosse
  • URL: chrome://flags/#enable-parallel-downloading

4. Experimental QUIC protocol

The QUIC protocol was designed by Google to speed up web browsing. While this only works for optimized websites, it’s still a great way to speed things up.

  • Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Lacrosse
  • URL: chrome://flags/#enable-quick

5. Show autocomplete predictions

This flag is useful if you find filling online forms tedious. When enabled, this flag allows Chrome to annotate web forms with autofill predictions as placeholder text.

  • Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Lacrosse
  • URL: chrome://flags/#show-autofill-type-predictions

6. Password import

The password import flag adds functionality to import your saved passwords from a backup CSV (Comma Separated Values) file into Chrome, where the data is saved in a table format.

  • Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Lacrosse
  • URL: chrome://flags/#password-import

7. Faster 2D canvas

This flag allows Chrome to render 2D canvas instead of software rendering using the GPU. It helps in increasing graphics performance and improving your browsing speed.

  • Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Lacrosse
  • URL: chrome://flags/#disable-accelerated-2d-canvas

8. Zero-copy rasterizer

After enabling the zero-copy rasterizer Chrome flag, raster threads are written directly to the GPU memory associated with the tiles. This helps speed up Chrome’s rendering process.

  • Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac, Lacrosse
  • URL: chrome://flags/#enable-zero-copy

9. Smooth scrolling

Enabling this flag provides users with a smoother scrolling experience in the Chrome browser. The smooth scrolling flag enables a smooth animation on the page when scrolling through the content.

Warns you that files downloaded in incognito mode are saved on your Android mobile phone and may be visible to other users using your device.

  • Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Lacrosse
  • URL: chrome://flags/#smooth-scrolling

10. Enable back-forward cache for screen readers

This Chrome flag helps you optimize the browser and improve its performance by enabling instant backward and forward navigation on web pages even when a screen reader is in use.

  • Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, Fuchsia, Mac
  • URL: chrome://flags/#enable-back-forward-cache-for-screen-reader

You can easily find these features on your Android Phone, Windows PC/ Laptop and Mac by going to the Chrome Flags page using the steps 1 & 2 mentioned earlier and typing their name in the search box above.

Things to keep in mind when using Chrome flags

The first thing you see when you access the Chrome Flags page is the warning at the top. It informs you that experimental features are ahead and enabling them may result in a breach of browser data or security or privacy. In this regard, here are some things you should keep in mind before enabling Chrome Flags on your phone.

  • Chrome flags aren’t completely secure, so you shouldn’t enable them if you’re using the browser for sensitive or confidential things like online transactions. Alternatively, you may use a different browser to perform such tasks.
  • Chrome Flags is still in beta testing phase, so quality and performance may not be up to par.
  • Chrome flags only work after restarting the browser after enabling them.

Note: If you encounter too many glitches after enabling Chrome flags, you can easily disable them.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Chrome Flags?

By definition, Chrome Flags are experimental or beta features currently being tested by Google in Chrome OS or the Chrome browser. These features are hidden, they are not yet enabled by default. However, they are easy to access and enable if you want to customize your browsing experience or further align the browser UI to your needs. The experimental nature of Chrome flags makes them a bit unstable and also poses privacy and security issues while browsing. More often than not, Chrome flags allow Google to pilot-test new features before making them available to all Chrome users.

How to Disable Chrome Flags

If you face any issues with your browser performance since you enabled Chrome Flags, you can follow one of the two methods mentioned below:

  • On the Experiments page, find the Chrome flag you want to disable. Click on the drop-down menu named after it and then, select Disabled.
  • If you’re not sure which of the Chrome flags you’ve enabled is causing the problem, you can disable them all at once by clicking the Reset All button at the top right of the Experiments page.

Whichever way you go, don’t forget to hit the Relaunch button to update the settings.


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Written By [Baji Infotech]