How to enable Chrome flags to test beta features

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The Google Chrome browser has many great features, but many are not available by default. Chrome “flags” can enable experimental and beta features if you know where to find them. It is surprisingly easy to do.

Google often puts resources behind flags before they are ready for prime time. Sometimes, these features reach stable versions, but they can also disappear without warning. This is the nature of using experimental and beta features.

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There are flags available for different platforms as well. For example, there are certain flags for Chrome on Android, Chrome on Windows, etc. The process for enabling these flags is very simple.

Attention: These features are not available to everyone for a reason. They may not work properly and may adversely affect your browser performance. Activate flags at your own risk.

First, open the Chrome browser on your device. Flags are available for Chrome on almost all platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad and Android.

Then, type chrome://flags in the address bar and press Enter.

go to the Chrome flags page

You will now be on a page titled “Experimental”. It is divided into two columns: Available and Unavailable. You can scroll through the “Available” list or search for a specific flag.

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When you find a flag to activate, select the drop-down menu (it will usually show “Standard”) and choose “Enabled”.

Enable a flag by choosing Enabled from the drop-down menu.

After enabling a flag, you will need to restart your browser to apply the change. You can enable multiple flags before restarting. Select the blue “Restart” button when you are ready.

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That is all there is to do. You have entered a greater world of browser customization. Now go out there and test Chrome’s potentially future features!