Enabling Chrome Flags means enabling experimental features in the Google Chrome web browser. In doing so, you activate special functions that the browser does not use by default.
It’s important to understand that while some Chrome flags can be useful for improving the web experience or fixing issues with publicly available default features, other flags can actually cause more problems.
How to enable Chrome flags
Browsing the list of Chrome flags is easy. Just enter chrome: // flags in the Chrome url area. You will immediately see a complete list of flags that can be enabled on your operating system.
The search bar at the top of the Chrome Flags page is the easiest way to find Chrome Flags as the list is not alphabetically sorted. Some websites offering information on Chrome flags may even describe them under a different name, so searching is the best way.
When you land on the flag you want to enable, select the drop-down menu on the right and select Enabled.
Tip: You need to restart Chrome for these flags to fully activate. While it’s tempting to turn on all the flags you like and then restart Chrome just once to apply them all, it’s best to turn them on one at a time to better recognize which Chrome flags are causing the browser to crash if any of them do.
Important! If you’re having trouble with these flags, go back to the Chrome flags home page and select Reset all defaults.
List of Top Chrome Flags
These are some of our favorite Chrome flags to turn on in a supercharged browser.
Note. Copy and paste the bold text below into the search bar on the Chrome checkboxes page to quickly find the mentioned flag.
- Scroll anchor serialization (# enable-scroll -anchor-serialization): force Chrome to track where you are on a web page so that an ad or some other element cannot upset your current position.
- Enable picture-in-picture (# enable-picture-in-picture): while streaming video, right-click it and select the picture-in-picture option, so that even when opening a new tab, the video continues to play in the bottom of Chrome.
- Automatic password generation (# automatic-password-generation): Chrome can offer you secure passwords so you can quickly come up with hard-to-guess passwords yourself when creating a new account on the Internet. You will see the option to generate a random password when Chrome detects the page you are on as a page that supports account registration.
- Parallel download (# enable-parallel -downloading): Download files faster in Chrome by enabling this flag to enable Chrome to support parallel download.
- Automatic tab discarding (# automatic-tab-discarding): Enable this memory retention flag in Chrome so that unused tabs are automatically discarded when system memory gets too low. Fortunately, the tab doesn’t disappear; just select a page to reload it when you need it again.
- Experimental QUIC protocol (# enable-quic): Start using this experimental networking protocol created by Google to increase the speed at which you can transfer files and browse the web. It is a combination of TCP and UDP protocols.
- Google Password Manager UI (# google-password-manager): Accessing passwords stored in Chrome should be simple, which is what this Chrome flag does: right click on the password field for quick access to Chrome setting, where you can find all your saved passwords.
- NoState Prefetch (# enable-nostate -prefetch): Allow Chrome to prefetch resources to save page load time but also save memory.
- WebRTC Echo Canceller 3 (# WebRtcUseEchoCanceller3): set this flag in Chrome if you hear echoes during online chats when your microphone picks up unnecessary sounds.
- Enable lazy image loading (# enable-lazy-image-loading): Save data and memory usage by preventing images from loading until you jump right into them.
- # smooth-scrolling: Browsing is much easier by setting up Chrome’s smooth scrolling feature, which will stop stuttering in your scrolls.
- Show saved copy button (# show-saved-copy): Easily view cached copies of web pages already downloaded to your computer from a previous look. You can view offline web pages in Chrome if the page is down or your internet connection is down.