15 Google Chrome Flags You Should Try Right Now

Google Chrome is the number one web browser out there and is currently one of the best you can go with. Google keeps on introducing new features and options to make Google Chrome feature-rich and provide enhanced browsing experience to the users.

Well, Chrome Flag Page is the section where you will find tons of experimental options that you can enable to add new features to Chrome. There are some handy and must use Chrome Flags in Google Chrome and let’s check it out today.

Google Chrome Flags

Enabling Google Chrome Flags are really simple. All you have to do is just go to chrome://flags/ and it will show all the available flags.

How to Enable Chrome Flags?

As mentioned earlier, there is a dedicated page for experimental Chrome Flags where you will find a ton of them. You can follow the steps given below to easily find and enable Google Chrome Flags easily.

  • Open Google Chrome on your device and click on the link below. It will directly take you to the Chrome Flags page. You can also copy-paste the URL in the address bar and hit enter. (It will be the same for Chrome on all platforms including Windows, macOS, Linux, ChromeOS)

chrome://flags/

  • On top of the page, you will find a search bar. All you have to do is is simpply type the Chrome Flag copied from the list below and paste it there.
  • Once found, change it to “Enabled”
google chrome flags page
  • Relaunch Chrome to make the settings effective.

This is how we enable Google Chrome Flags in our web browser.

Must Try Google Chrome Flags

Below, I will share some Chrome Flags that will change the way you use Google Chrome forever.

1. Import Passwords

If you are moving from some other browsers like Firefox or Safari to Google Chrome, then this Chrome Flag is for you. This will help you to import all the saved passwords to Google Chrome easily. Upon enabling the flag, a new option called “Password Import” will appear on the Password section on Settings.

Password Import Chrome Flag

Flag: #PasswordImport

2. Increase Download Speed

If you are experiencing slow download speed issues on Chrome then this flag has a solution for you. Parallel downloading is a Chrome flag that will increase the download speed by a small margin in some cases. Enabling this option will make a parallel request for small packets of files and in turn, increase the download speed. This is the same thing used by popular download managers like IDM.

Google Chrome Parallel Downloading

Flag: #enable-parallel-downloading

3. Quieter notification permission prompt

A lot of people find it irritating to see the Notification popup when they visit every other website. There are some spammy ad sites that make use of this is to trick users and enable notifications. Once enabled, these sites will send tons of push notifications making your notification center a junk-filled with useless notifications. Here is the solution for this.

Quieter notification permission prompt

Flag: #quiet-notification-prompts

4. Autofill UPI/VPA

This Chrome flag will automatically save and fill UPI and VPA fields in payment forms. This will come convenient for users who use this sort of payment method on a regular basis.

Autofill UPI and VPA in Chrome

Flag: #enable-autofill-upi-vpa

5. Secure DNS Lookups

Enabling this Chrome flag will force the browser to always use HTTPS protocol instead of HTTP. Everyone is advised to use the HTTPS version of a website as it is more secure and safe. Next time onwards, Chrome will try to use the secure HTTPS connection for every website you visit.

Flag: #dns-over-https

6. Page Sharing with QR Code

Chrome is already having an awesome feature where you can easily send links from Desktop to Smartphone and vice versa. This will let you quickly open links without having the need to type the long URL. This will only work if both the smartphone and your PC is logged in via same Google account. What if you want to share links with a device in which you are not logged in. This is where this flag comes into play. Just enable it and next time onwards, you will find a new QR code icon in the address bar. Clicking on it will reveal a QR code. Scan the code with your phone and the links will be opened instantly.

share pages in google chrome with qr code

Flag: #sharing-qr-code-generator

7. Tab Groups

If you are someone like me who opens tons of tabs in Google Chrome then this flag is a lifesaver for you. Upon enabling this flag, Chrome now gives you an option to group tab according to our work. Let’s say that you want to group multiple tabs as you are multi-tasking. This will come in handy. You can group them and assign a color to visually differentiate easily.

Group Tabs in Google Chrome

Flag: #tab-groups

8. Smooth Scrolling

Smooth Scrolling Google Chrome flag will introduce a new nice animation when scrolling pages. Sometimes you might face jitter issues while scrolling pages in Chrome. This will solve the issue. Enabling this option will enable smooth scrolling with nice animation effects.

smooth scroling google chrome

Flag: #smooth-scrolling

9. Global Media Controls

Global Media Controls is a nice chrome flag that will let you change the track/video, play, pause, stop, etc from other tabs. Let’s say that you are playing a YouTube video in a tab and working on another tab, enabling this option will introduce a new small media control section next to the address bar, making it easier for you to control media settings.

Global Media Controls

Flag: #global-media-controls

10. Pull to Refresh Page

This is something you are going to love if you are a laptop user. After enabling this chrome flag, you could simply swipe down on the trackpad and it will refresh the current page you are in. This is a gesture that is already available in Chrome for Android and iOS.

Pull to refresh webpage chrome flag

Flag: #pull-to-refresh

11. Hover Cards

After enabling this flag, every time you hover the mouse pointer on top of a tab, it will show a small preview of the tab with images. This will come really handy if you work with lots of tabs simultaneously.

Chrome Tab Hover Cards

Flag: #tab-hover-cards and #tab-hover-card-images

12. Force Dark Mode for Web Contents

A lot of people prefer to use Dark mode as it lowers the eye strain. Google Chrome has a built-in dark mode already. Enabling that will only change the browser to dark mode. But all the content on websites you visit will still be left unchanged. Enabling this flag will let you change webpages into dark making your eye even comfortable

force dark mode in google chrome

Flag: #enable-force-dark

13. Disable Incognito Mode Detection

Some websites will be able to know if you are using Incognito mode to visit the site. Enabling the Native File System API will disable this and websites will no longer be able to track if you are using Incognito mode or not.

disable incognito mode detection in chrome

Flag: #native-file-system-api

14. Lazyload Images and iFrame

There are multiple benefits in enabling Lazyload images and iframe options. First is that text content on the page will load faster and then only the images. The second reason is that it helps you save data by not loading images that you don’t care about. Only when you scroll to an image, it will load, otherwise, it won’t load.

enable lazy loading in google chrome

Flag: #enable-lazy-image-loading and #enable-lazy-frame-loading

15. Enable Reader Mode

Enabling Reader Mode will remove all the unwanted content from a website and only focus on what matters. Enable this if you want to read content on a page without losing focus. Things like Ads will not be visible. You can further customize how it should work from Chrome Customization Settings.

enable reader mode in chrome

Flag: #enable-reader-mode

These are some must-try Google Chrome flags. Enabling it takes less than half a minute but makes your overall experience of using Google Chrome even better. Flags like pull to refresh and global media controls, etc will be really useful for people using Google Chrome on their laptop. I tried a good number of Chrome flags on my computer and it worked fine. I will include more Google Chrome Flags in the future.

Ajay Varghese
Ajay is an active cybersecurity analyst and helps companies find and fix bugs and vulnerabilities. He is an ardent fan and power Linux user. His area of expertise includes Linux and Cybersecurity side of things.