10 Google Chrome secret tricks for Android and iOS

Google Chrome tricks

Google Chrome is the most popular browser for both PCs and smartphones and while it has billions of users, most of them do not use the web browser to its fullest potential.

As we all know, on the surface Google Chrome is one of the fastest and feature-rich cross-platform web browser out there.  However, there are a lot of hidden features and secret unknown tricks in Google Chrome which we don’t make use of.

So, in this post, we are going to present to you 10 secret Google Chrome tricks for Android and iOS that you probably might not have heard of before.

Once you have known these tricks and used them on the Google Chrome browser on your phone, your web browsing experience will be significantly improved.

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All the 10 Google Chrome tricks are updated for the latest version of the app are modified for 2020.

10 Google Chrome secret tricks for Android and iOS

Google Chrome tricks for Customization

Enable dark mode

The dark mode is now almost everywhere and while it generally looks better, it also has the advantage of saving your battery life. So, if you want to enable the dark mode on your Google Chrome browser, just follow the below steps.

For iOS:

If you are using an iPhone running iOS 13 or newer, then you would be able to enable dark mode on the Google Chrome browser on your iPhone, by simply enabling the system-wide dark mode.

To do this you can simply open the control center on your iPhone, and long press on the brightness slider to enable the dark mode.

You can also enable dark mode by opening the Settings app, going to display & brightness settings, and then enabling dark mode from there.

Once you have enabled the system-wide dark mode on your iPhone, the dark mode will automatically be applied to the Google Chrome browser on your iPhone.

dark mode

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For Android:

If you are using an Android phone, then follow the below steps to enable dark mode in the Google Chrome browser.

Open the Google Chrome browser on your phone, click on the options icon at the top right corner and then open settings.

From here, select the themes option and select ‘Dark’ if you want to use the dark mode all the time, or system default to automatically change between dark and light themes based on your phone settings.

Move the search bar to the bottom

With phones getting bigger in size year after year, it is becoming increasingly harder to reach whatever is in the top half of your phone’s screen.

While both Android and iOS have reachability options in place, it is not the most effective solution and it could sometimes make things harder than they already are.

So, if you are a regular Google Chrome user, then you can use this secret trick to move the search bar from the top of the browser to the bottom for easier and quicker access.

First, open the below link from the Google Chrome browser on your phone.

https://chrome://flags

Now, search for Duet and then enable the Chrome Duet option from the pop-up menu.

Close the Google Chrome browser on your phone and then reopen it again and now the search bar will be moved to the bottom of the browser.

Use tab groups for better organization

If you are someone who keeps a lot of tabs open at the same time, then you might find it difficult to access specific tabs related to a particular topic. So, using this trick, you can now enable tab groups in the Google Chrome browser.

Tab groups, as the name suggests, enable you to make separate folders in the browser and tabs under a specific category into it. For instance, if you are planning a trip, you can add all the trip information related tabs to one tab group for better organization.

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Here is how to enable tab groups in the Google Chrome browser.

First, open the below link from the Google Chrome browser on your phone.

https://chrome://flags

Now, search for tab groups and then enable the option.

Close Google Chrome and relaunch again and the tab group option will now be enabled.

You can now group multiple tabs together by just dragging and dropping them on top of each other, just like how you would create an app folder on your phone.

Enable horizontal tab switching

If you already got used to the horizontal app switcher in your phone, then you might want to try out the horizontal tab switching option in Google Chrome as well.

Here is how to enable the horizontal tab switching option in Google Chrome.

First, open the below link from the Google Chrome browser on your phone.

https://chrome://flags

Now, search for the horizontal tab switcher and then enable the option.

Close Google Chrome and relaunch again and the option will now be enabled.

Enable reader mode

If you often use Google Chrome for reading news and articles on the web, then you might want to try using the reader mode.

The reader option will help you to focus on the content while eliminating distracting and unnecessary things like images, adds, and design elements.

You can also customize it by changing the background color, font size, and more.

Here is how you can enable the reading mode in the Google Chrome browser on your phone.

First, open the below link from the Google Chrome browser on your phone.

https://chrome://flags

Now, search for reader mode and then enable the option by setting it to always.

Close Google Chrome and relaunch again and the reader mode will now be enabled.

You can just open any article in the Google Chrome web browser and you will get the option to enable the simplified view at the bottom of your screen.

For privacy and security

Enable do not track

If you want to improve your privacy while you are browsing the web using the Google Chrome browser on your phone, then you might want to enable the do not track option.

When you enable the do not track option, your browser will tell the websites you are visiting to not track your activities or the links you click on the web.

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This way your privacy will be preserved and your personal data won’t be used for showing you ads on the internet.

Here is how to enable the do not track mode on the Google Chrome web browser.

First, open Google Chrome settings and open the Privacy settings.

Here, select the Do not track option and enable it.

Your online activity will no longer be tracked by the websites you visit using the Google Chrome browser anymore.

Manage site notifications

If you randomly and frequently get notifications from the websites you no longer even visit, it might be because you have enabled the notifications for that particular site sometime back and probably forgot about it.

To stop those annoying and intrusive notifications, just follow the below steps.

Go to Google Chrome settings and open the notification settings from there.

Scroll down till you find the site notification settings.

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From here, you can either disable notifications for all websites or just for the ones that you don’t notifications from.

Block intrusive ads

While advertisements are a primary way of  getting money and staying afloat for many genuine sites out there, some websites include malicious and intrusive ads in their site and ruin the user experience.

So, if you are using the Google Chrome browser on your phone and you want to block such ads, here is how you can do it.

First, go to Google Chrome settings, and then open Site settings from this page.

From here just scroll down to find the ‘Ads’ settings and then enable it to block the ads.

You can also enable the ‘Pop-ups and redirects’ option to block malicious ads from redirecting you to a different site.

For improving user experience

Add website shortcuts to the home screen

If you frequently visit a particular website from the Google Chrome browser on a daily basis like your favorite news website, or your social media profile, then you can add a shortcut to the website on your home screen for quick access.

Just visit the website, click on the options icon in the top, and then select the ‘Add to Home Screen’ option.

You can rename the shortcut or just click on add and the website shortcut will be added to your home screen.

You can now directly visit the website by just clicking on this shortcut from your phone’s home screen.

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Save mobile data

If you are on a limited data plan, then it is important that you save as much data as possible wherever you can.

Especially if you do a lot of web browsing, a huge chunk of your data might be used by autoplaying videos and high-quality images loading in the background without you even realizing it.

So, to save some data while you browse the web in the Google Chrome browser using your mobile data, follow the below steps.

Go to Chrome settings, scroll down to find the Lite mode option, and then enable it.

You can also visit this page occasionally to save how much data you have saved.

10 Google Chrome secret tricks for Android and iOS

What was your favorite trick in this list of 10 Google Chrome secret tricks for Android and iOS? Do you know any other Google Chrome trick that is not mentioned in this post?

Feel free to mention your thoughts in the comments section below!

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