Best Google Chrome Flags: Android | Windows | Mac | ChromeOS | Linux

Best Google Chrome Flags to Boost your Web Experience on Android, Windows, iOS, Mac OS, Chrome OS and Linux.

Google Chrome is probably the most popular and feature-enriched browser present around. Not only because it is the default browser on most Android devices or the fact that it is among the oldest ones, but a major appreciation for that could also be attributed to the tons of features that it beholds. From various themes to support a plethora of useful extensions, you name it, and the browser will provide it to you.

But one section that has remained rather silently unknown to most of the general public is a section that holds tons of experimental goodies. Known as Chrome Flags, we will be looking at what exactly are they, their functionality, their associated risks, and what you could do in case you face any stability issues by enabling them. Then comes the gem of this article. We will be having a look at some of the best Chrome flags across various platforms. But before going through all these, please go through the below paragraph.

An Important Note

Chrome Flags are experimental features that are hidden from the general public. Although these could be easily enabled via the instructions that we are about to give, you may face some stability issues while enabling them. In that case, the best bet will be to disable that flag right away. Moreover, these flags have a short lifespan and could even disappear in the next update. It’s completely up to Google to decide which flags it wants to keep and which not to.

This guide contains all the flags that have been tested on the Stable Chrome Desktop Browser and the Stable Chrome Android Browse. We cannot say for sure whether they would work on other less stable browsers like Canary, Dev, or Beta. So, for the best experience, switching over to a stable browser is recommended.

Moreover, not all flags would work across all platforms. So to avoid any confusion, we have mentioned in the beginning itself regarding which flags work on which platforms. With that said, most of the flags mentioned here work on both Android as well as Windows, with just a few exceptions here and there.

How to Enable Chrome Flags?

The steps to enable the Chrome flags are the same for flags belonging to any domain, across any platform (Android or Windows). So rather than mentioning each time in every flag’s section, we decided to entail the steps right at the start of the guide. So here is how you could enable the Chrome flags on your respective devices.

Enable Flags on Chrome

  1. Open Chrome Browser on your Android device or Windows desktop.
  2. Head over to the Omnibox (i.e., address bar), type chrome://flags, and hit Enter.
  3. Now you may use the search bar’s help to look for the desired flags.
  4. Let us take an example: Suppose we need to enable the Overscroll history navigation flag. So you could either type in that name or use the linked flag name, in this case, which is #overscroll-history-navigation.
  5. Once you have reached that flag, all you have to do is change its default state. For that, click on the box that says Default and change its state to Enabled.
  6. You will get notified to restart your browser as soon as you do so. Just click on the Relaunch button to do so.
  7. That’s it. As soon as the Chrome browser relaunches, the said flag will be enabled, and you will see the associated effect.

So these were the instructions to enable any Chrome Flag on Android and Windows. Let us now jump into the crux of this article, i.e., the list of best Chrome flags for Android and Windows. Here are the Best Chrome Flags for Android, Windows, iOS, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS to Enhance the Web Experience.

Best Chrome Flags for Android Windows, and Mac PC

Here are the Best Chrome Flags to Enhance your Browser Experience on your Android, Windows, Mac, Chrome OS PC

Dark Mode

Platform: Android, Windows, Chrome OS, Mac, Linux

Dark Mode Chrome Flags

One of the most awaited features has finally made its way over to the Chrome browser. In order to reduce strain on your eyes, use Dark mode on your Android device as well as your PC. If you wish to enable dark mode on web pages and content use Force Dark Mode for Web Contents flag to get a completely dark theme. #enable-force-dark

How to Enable Dark Mode for Chrome on Android?

Hardware-accelerated Video 

Platform: Windows, Chrome OS, Mac, Linux, Android

Hardware-accelerated video

Generally, bulky stuff like video play and graphic loading (browser games) are handled by the CPU, causing heavy CPU usage. Hardware Accelerated Video reduces this load on the CPU by making other Hardware accessories like GPU, RAM, and other hardware components to handle the Video Play. Hardware-accelerated Video makes it possible for the video card to decode/encode video, thus offloading the CPU and saving power. Thus making other operations smooth while exporting in H. 264/AVC and HEVC codecs.

Sometimes hardware acceleration can cause the Chrome browser to lag, heat, freeze, or crash due to too much load on GPU; it could even cause your laptop’s battery to drain quickly. If you suspect hardware acceleration is the culprit, the best thing to do is to disable it, by default, the flag is enabled; disable-accelerated-video-decode | disable-accelerated-video-encode

How to Enable PiP Mode on Chrome Browser for a Video?

Group the Tabs

Platform: Android

Redesigned Bottom Bar

One of the major benefits of using the Chrome browser is the ease of multitasking. You all might definitely have opened tens of tabs on your Chrome desktop, and this might even cross 50 if you are using it on your Android device. And if these many tabs are opened, it definitely creates a challenge in effectively dealing with all of them. This is where the Tab Groups Continuation Chrome flag comes in handy.

On enabling it, you can find a new bottom taskbar where all your opened tabs are situated. So what about the already opened tabs? Well, even they could be dragged over to this newly created bar. All you have to do is tap on the tab-switcher. You will then see a new tab UI card that will separately hold all the tabs that were placed on that bottom taskbar. Just drag other tabs inside this card to place other tabs on it. Moreover, you also get a new revamped tab switcher UI, as evident from the screenshot above. Definitely, a pretty handy flag, as far as ease of usage is concerned.

Take Screenshots in Incognito

Platform: Android

Incognito Screenshots

Earlier it was easy to take Screenshots on Android Phones on any app, but with the increase of security threats and privacy concerns, Android started restrictions for screen capture on certain apps. Now, if you try to take a screenshot on certain apps or services, then you are greeted with a notification stating ‘Couldn’t Capture Screenshot‘ or ‘Couldn’t Save Screenshot‘. You are also shown a message below the notification which states;

Taking Screenshot isn’t allowed by the app or your organisation.

Chrome, by default, does not support taking screenshots in Incognito mode. But Chrome Devs recently released experimental Chrome flags that allow taking screenshots; you just need to enable the Chrome flag; #incognito-screenshot, restart the browser, and start taking screenshots & also make thumbnails visible.

Live Caption

Platform: Windows, Chrome OS, Mac, Linux, Fuchsia, Lacros


This flag can do wonders if you are not very comfortable with the language. The flag enables the live caption feature which generates captions for media playing in Chrome in real time. If you are watching any movie and if the movie lacks CC then live captions can generate the subtitles on the go. Though not 100% accurate, still you will find the feature helpful in most cases. #enable-accessibility-live-caption

Faster Downloading Speed in Chrome

Platform: Android, Windows, Chrome OS, Mac, Linux

Increase Browser Download Speed

Most of you might be aware of some of the download managers like Internet Download Manager or Download Accelerator Plus. They provide a much faster download speed than your native or default browser; that’s no hidden secret. But do you know the reason why? Well, it’s because this software takes the help of the Parallel Downloading technique. This functionality breaks down heavy files into numerous batches of files, downloads these batches parallelly or simultaneously, and then combines them into one single file at the end.

Well, in fact, this is what all the torrent downloaders also do. And the good news is that this same technique could well be carried over to Chrome as well. All you have to do is enable the Parallel Downloading flag on Chrome and experience a considerable improvement in downloading speed. This is one Chrome flag that I forever keep on enabling. And I don’t find any reason why you shouldn’t either.

New Autofill UI in Chrome

Platform: Android

Autofill UI Chrome

Chrome provides an Autofill feature that automatically populates most of the fields for you. From your username and password to even addresses and email IDs, it does it all. The only requirement is that you should feed it to Chrome once in the beginning and are logged in with that same email ID. If all these conditions suffice, then from now on you only have to tap on the credentials field, and Chrome will automatically bring about the required information.

This definitely saves you from remembering the IDs and Passwords of various websites. And now this Automiff Menu is about to be redesigned. All this is possible because of the Autofill Suggestions as keyboard accessory view and Enable Autofill manual fallback for Addresses and Payments (Android) flags. Enable these two flags, relaunch the browser, and enjoy the new redesigned Autofill UI.

Smooth Scrolling

Platform: Android

Well, not much to say when it comes to this flag. As evident by its name, you get a smooth scrolling experience when you browse through the web pages. Some websites have too much content bundled into a single web page. While other small websites aren’t able to efficiently manage the backend codings to give you an efficient UI/UX experience. In those cases, the Chrome Flag titled Smooth Scrolling definitely comes in handy. Go try it out.

Reader Mode

Platform: Android

Reader Mode Chrome Flags

Browsing through an article on the web has really become a challenge nowadays. With the screen getting littered with pop-up ads, banner ads, and some sponsored posts right in the middle of the content, it really doesn’t do full justice to the users. Well, if you think that reading that content in offline mode will do any good, well, then let me remind you that the situation will remain the same.

Just instead of ads, you will see black or white blank boxes or the famous Chrome Dinosaur in those regions. To escape from this comes the Reader Mode. This Chrome flag minimizes distraction up to the maximum possible extent. There will be no sponsored posts, or ads of any kind: whether in-article, banners or pop-ups, or any other such content that might prove to cause discomfort to all of you. Just note that, instead of the usual Enabled button, you will have to go with the All Articles option here. And for a much better experience, consider enabling the Reader Mode in CCT as well.

A Chrome Flag for Faster Browsing

Platform: Android, Windows, Chrome OS, Mac, Linux

Chrome Flags for Faster Browsing

This isn’t a clickbait title. What it says, it actually does. Although you might not experience a ton load of improvement in speed, still it has a noticeable impact. Before enabling this flag, it is our duty to explain to you how exactly this flag operates and what it really does. Well, Google has recently launched a new connection protocol that it calls QUIC. This protocol is a mixture of both TCP and UDP protocols. When these two combine together, it gives not only a much faster browsing experience but also provides a much safer experience.

In general, when your internet works on only a TCP or UDP connection, then multiple trips between client and server takes place after which a connection is established, and you are able to browse the web. But this is where QUIC protocol play’s its game. It makes it possible to create a single trip between client and server. This dramatically reduces the time taken to transfer data packets, which improves the data exchange speed and hence the overall internet connectivity speed. You will have to enable the Experimental QUIC protocol on your desired devices to make the most of this functionality.

Smooth Navigation with Cache

Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android


Opera Mini was the first browser back then when feature phones were dominant in the market. The Mini browser offered a quick navigation toggle to the next page and back page. This made Opera Mini the most loved Web Browser for mobile devices, as there was no load time to navigate across already loaded pages. The same popular feature is now available for Chrome Browser.

This experimental feature caches the forward and backward pages that are already loaded, making smooth and quick navigation across the pages without loading. Chrome Caches the page and makes your work easy. The chrome flag can do wonders for you if you have a high-end device with a large amount of space that can store cache build-up. You will have to enable the Back-Forward Cache on your desired devices to make the most of this functionality.

Heavy Ad Intervention

PlatformMac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android

Almost all the sites on the internet advertise on their website to make revenue. It is necessary for a content developer and motivates him to write more useful content. However, some sites use advertising networks which causes a high time for page load as the Ads are taking time to load because they are using various resources of the browser to load the rich graphic ad.

A webpage without ads can load 75% faster than web pages with Ads. Many times the site may force you to load the content with Ads. Heavy Ad Intervention prevents the load of such Ads, which consume many resources of the device. Thus making the page load faster without the use of Adblocker. Heavy Ad Intervention Flag can come in handy to eliminate resource-hungry Ads on any web page.

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q)

1. Are Chrome Flags Safe?

Chrome Flags are very safe but may be unstable at times based on the OS and Chrome version you are using. Keeping that apart, Chrome Flags are very safe, and you can use them without any issues.

2. Does Chrome Flags Support Other Chromium-based Browser?

Yes! but it all depends on developers whether they want to support any Chrome Flags on Chromium-Based Browser. For example, Edge Browser has separate edge://flags, which supports a few of the Chrome flags while few are homegrown.

3. What are the Chrome Flags you need to Avoid?

Zero-copy increases the chrome speed but causes the browser to crash. There are also many other Chrome Flags that you need to avoid, and there are also many others that are more specific for developers.

Conclusion: With this, we conclude the guide on some of the most beneficial Chrome flags to try out on your Windows, Android, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS. We would definitely love to hear out from you about which one is your favorite Chrome flag. Do drop in your views in the comments section below. And do stick with us for more exciting and helpful Chrome tips and tricks.

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Sadique Hassan
Did his MBA from Delhi, but then something about the Android ecosystem intrigued him so much that he made Tech Blogging his permanent job. And now there's no looking back. Contact Me on Linkedin

5 Responses

  1. Yasin says:

    Im write in Turkey.Thank you very much. I will add this to my site

  2. Naveen says:

    Any of the flags are not working in my phone can u help me out plz

  3. isaac says:

    Im looking for chrome android surface control… i cant found it anywhere… pls help

  4. Shrn says:

    Chrome duet is dead already !

    • Nikhil Azza says:

      will update thanks

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