Chrome Flag List on Lenovo Chromebook Duet and Samsung Galaxy S21Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

Whether you’re using the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac, Android, or on the best Chromebook, there are many ways to tweak performance or try out upcoming features, even without switching to software channels. Chrome flags allow you to try experimental features or disable certain features if you run into problems. Here’s how to enable or disable them as you see fit.

Enable flags in Chrome

Go to chrome://flags in your Chrome browser.

Type the flag name in the search bar. If you’re not quite sure about the same, just type in the process or task and the search should come close enough.

Enable Chrome Flags

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Click the drop-down menu next to the flag you want to enable.

Enable Chrome Flags

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Click Enabled.

Enable Chrome Flags

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Click Restart to restart Chrome and activate the flag.

Enable Chrome Flags

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Chrome will shut down and restart – Chromebook users, be warned that depending on the flag, the entire system may reboot – with the flag enabled. You can activate multiple flags at once and then reboot when you’re done, or you can close the tab without hitting restart so the flags are enabled the next time you close and reopen Chrome.

Things to remember when playing with flags

It’s not for nothing that Google puts a warning in nice big red capital letters at the top of the Flags page: tampering with the wrong flag can seriously mess up the browser. Usually you can go back to the Flags page and bring it back to normal. Still, in some rare cases, you’ll need to uninstall and reinstall the Chrome browser to fix it — or in the case of a Chromebook, powerwash.

Long story short, don’t mess with a flag unless you:

A: Know what the flag in question is doing B: Know what it should affect C: Save all work and backup your Chrome bookmarks and data

The exception to this rule is when you’re dealing with a Chromebook that misbehaves and needs to disable a flag to nip it in the bud. For example, when the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook first launched, it had this weird habit of going black at the end of Reddit videos. I was able to avoid it by disabling the hardware-accelerated video flags while the Chrome OS team finished optimizing Chrome OS for the brand new Radeon graphics chip in the C13.

Be careful, do your research and have fun. Flags are needed to enable for some newer Chrome OS features like Share Close and Reading List

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