7 tips and tricks for Chrome on Android 2019

in Tip And Tricks on July 21, 2019

No 1: Hide recommended articles

By default, Chrome’s New Tab page for Android displays recommended items under the search bar and site shortcuts. If you don’t want to see the recommendations, there is a hidden setting to disable them completely.

Copy and paste chrome://flags/#enable-ntp-remote-suggestions in the address bar, tap the drop-down menu, select ‘Disabled’, and then restart the browser when asked. After that, the articles should be gone.

No 2: Get Facebook and Twitter notifications in Chrome

The Facebook app for Android has never been great, especially in light of recent events. Twitter’s app is less awful, but if you don’t use the service frequently, you might not want the app taking up storage. Thankfully, you can receive notifications from both services through Chrome (or Firefox, or Samsung Internet).

For Facebook, log on to your device’s site, tap the menu icon at the top right of the page, and scroll down to “Account Settings.” Then press “Notifications” and then the “Turn On” button.

For Twitter, log in to mobile.twitter.com and press the notifications button. You should see an option to activate push notifications. Alternatively, press the settings button in the top right corner, select “Notifications push,” and then press “Turn On.”

No 3: Switch tabs with a swipe

The most obvious way to change tabs in Chrome is to press the tab button and select the one of your choice from the list. But there are two other ways to change the current tab. You can swipe left and right on the address bar or bar to see the full stack of tabs.

No 4: Enable black/dark mode

The long-awaited dark mode for Chrome on Android arrived in April, but it’s not yet enabled by default for everyone. Fortunately, it’s easy to make the switch appear if you don’t already see it.

You can find the dark mode by pressing the menu button at the top right, selecting Settings, and then selecting the “Theme” menu. Here, you can turn on dark mode when your phone switches to it (it only works on some phones, or any device with Android Q or newer), or force the dark mode to stay on.

Dark mode on Chrome

If you don’t see the Themes menu, copy and paste chrome://flags#enable-android-night-mode in the address bar, tap the highlighted drop-down menu, set it to ‘Activated’, then restart the browser. You may need to leave and reopen the browser later.

If you also want all web pages to match the dark theme, you need to activate another indicator: simply copy and paste chrome://flags#enable-android-web-contents-dark-mode in the address bar, then set The drop-down menu. ‘Enabled’. Some sites may seem bothered by this feature. If you want to turn it off later, just visit the flag URL again and set it to “Default.”

No 5: Download pages once you’re online

If you need to access a certain page, but your connection is uneven, it can be extremely frustrating to press recharge to get the chance to get the information you need. Fortunately, Chrome offers a solution.

When you’re offline, simply go to any page (either by pressing a link or typing it in the address bar), and then press the “Download Online” button. As soon as you have an Internet connection, Chrome saves the page and lets you know.

No 6: See more tabs at a glance

The Rolodex-style tab selector in Chrome for Android is pretty to look at, but it’s not the best way to handle large amounts of tabs. If you want to view more pages at once, Google Chrome has a hidden accessibility tab selector that hides previews.

Simply stick chrome://flags/#enable-accessibility-tab-switcher in Chrome, select “On” in the drop-down menu, then restart the app. Now you can see all your tabs a little easier.

No 7: Tap a word to search for it

It’s a simple feature, but it’s not widely advertised. When you tap a word or phrase in Chrome, the browser displays a panel of information about everything you’ve selected. Swiping up on the panel will show the search results for selection.