How to set Chrome flags

Alana Grace

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Chrome flags are experimental features that you can enable or disable in your Chrome browser. They can help you customize your browsing experience, improve your browser performance, or access new functionalities. However, they are also unstable and risky, as they may cause errors, crashes, or data loss. Therefore, you should use them with caution and only if you know what you are doing. Here are the steps to set Chrome flags:

Step 1: Open the Chrome flags page

The first step is to open the Chrome flags page, which is a hidden menu that contains all the available flags. To do this, you need to type chrome://flags in the address bar of your Chrome browser and hit Enter. You will see a warning message that says “Careful, these experiments may bite”, which reminds you of the potential risks of using flags.

Step 2: Find the flag that you want to set

The next step is to find the flag that you want to set among the hundreds of options that are listed on the Chrome flags page. You can use the search box at the top of the page to type the name or keyword of the flag that you are looking for, or you can scroll down and browse through the categories and descriptions of the flags. Some of the most popular and useful flags are:

  • Tab Groups: This flag allows you to organize your tabs into groups with different colors and labels.
  • Parallel Downloading: This flag allows you to speed up your downloads by splitting them into multiple parts and downloading them simultaneously.
  • Smooth Scrolling: This flag allows you to improve your scrolling experience by making it smoother and more responsive.
  • Dark Mode: This flag allows you to enable a dark theme for your browser and web pages, which can reduce eye strain and save battery life.

Step 3: Set the flag to your desired value

The third step is to set the flag to your desired value by clicking on the drop-down menu next to it. You will see three or four options depending on the flag:

  • Default: This option means that the flag is not enabled or disabled, but follows the default setting of your browser.
  • Enabled: This option means that the flag is enabled and activated.
  • Disabled: This option means that the flag is disabled and deactivated.
  • Other values: Some flags may have other values that specify different levels or modes of the feature.

Step 4: Restart your browser

The fourth step is to restart your browser to apply the changes that you have made. You will see a button at the bottom of the page that says “Relaunch” or “Restart”, which will close and reopen your browser automatically. Alternatively, you can manually close and reopen your browser yourself.


Setting Chrome flags can be a fun and easy way to enhance your browsing experience, but it can also be a dangerous and tricky one. You should always be careful when using flags, as they may cause unexpected problems or conflicts with other features or extensions. You should also backup your data before using flags, as they may erase or corrupt it. If you encounter any issues or have any questions, you can reset all flags to their default values by clicking on the “Reset all” button at the top of the page, or contact Google for support.

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