How to enable Google Chrome flags to test beta features

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

Google will often put features behind flags before they are ready for prime time. Sometimes these features lead to stable versions, but they can disappear without warning. This is the nature of using experimental and beta functions.

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There are also flags available for different platforms. For example, there are certain flags for Chrome on Android, Chrome on Windows, and so on. The process of activating these flags is very simple.

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

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

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

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You will now be on a page called “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 (usually called “Default”) and choose “On”.

Activate a signal by choosing On from the drop-down menu.

After activating a signal, you will need to restart your browser to apply the change. You can activate multiple flags before relaunching. Select the blue “Restart” button when you’re ready.

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That’s about it. You’ve entered a wider world of browser customization. Now get out there and test the potential future Chrome features!