How to mod Chrome in Android
Google Chrome has been the default browser in Android since Jelly Bean. It has evolved and improved a lot over the years. There are alternatives, of course, but Chrome is the clear favorite among Android users. Google offers four different versions of Chrome, Stable (default), Beta, Dev, and Canary, so give you a taste of every stage. There are also several ways you can modify Chrome in Android. We’ll show you some of the best mods.
You may have heard about something called “Chrome Flags” for the desktop version of the browser. “Flags” are experimental features that you can enable or disable. These features don’t always make their way to the default settings in the stable build. You can tweak the flags in Chrome for Android just like on your PC. Here are a few noteworthy flags you may want to try.
- To access all of these flags, type chrome://flags in the URL bar and tap enter.
- Use the search bar at the top of the page to find the flags.
- Once you found the flag, tap the drop-down menu and select Enable.
- You will be asked to relaunch the browser. You can wait to do that after all the flags have been toggled.
Switch to the new Modern UI
Google is currently testing a new rounded look for Chrome to go with the updated Material Design guidelines. You can try the new UI out for yourself right now.
Enable Chrome Modern Design
See Tabs in a List
The default tab switcher is a vertical list of full webpage previews that you can scroll through. This can be a pain to navigate if you constantly have a lot of tabs open. Chrome has an Accessibility feature that displays the tabs in a much simpler text-only list.
Enable Accessibility Tab Switcher
New & Improved Context Menu
To go along with the new modern interface, Google is testing a redesigned context menu. This is what you see when you long-press a link or image. The new menu looks nicer and has more options.
Enable Custom Context Menu
One Click Autofill
Speed up the autofill process by enabling this flag. It will allow Chrome to display your autofill information in just one tap or even show it before you tap the text box.
These next few flags are specifically for improving the speed and performance of Chrome for Android.
This will speed up loading time for web pages that have a lot of images.
Number of Raster Threads > Change to 4
Allow the browser to speed up the process of drawing transparent media.
Experimental Canvas Features
Only Reload Visible Tabs
By default, Chrome will reload tabs in the background when you open the browser. This flag will tell the browser to only reload tabs that are in the foreground.
Only Auto-Reload Visible Tabs
TCP Fast Open
This flag essentially allows the browser to start sending and receiving data from a web page more quickly.
TCP Fast Open
QUIC is a protocol that was designed to reduce bandwidth, latency, and congestion. This flag has been around for a long time, but is still not a default feature.
Experimental QUIC Protocol
That’s all there is to it. Keep in mind that these flags are constantly changing. Depending on when you’re reading this, some of the flags may be gone or implemented in the stable version of Chrome. If you do try a flag and it doesn’t seem to behave, just go back and switch it to Disabled. You can also uninstall/reinstall Chrome to restore default settings.