5 hidden Chrome for Android features that you can make use of right now

5 hidden Chrome for Android features that you can make use of right now
The Android version of Google's Chrome browser is now installed on anywhere between 500 million and 1 billion devices, making it by far the most popular mobile browser in existence. There are a few reasons it's so popular, and while some of them have nothing to do with how good it is (e.g., Google requires its partners to pre-install it on their devices), it is hard arguing it's anything but a top notch product – our recent, in-depth review of Android browsers agrees.

Not everyone is a fan of Chrome, however, specifically because its feature set is, relatively speaking, a bit limited. Indeed, with a few small exceptions, Chrome is basically all about the content, and that's obviously a sought effect. But that doesn't mean that it doesn't have a few tricks up its sleeve – it's just that those are hidden well enough that the typical user will never find them unless he knows where to look. And sure, these are experimental, but in our experience they work well enough for us to feel comfortable recommending that you check them out.

Since Chrome has literally dozens of these (many of which quite technical), we only shortlisted 5 features that can actually be of use to you when browsing the web. Check them out.

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17 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I actually know nothing about these hidden features. Gotta try them out.

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

slapping it on my Note 4 right now. I use Chrome a lot on mobile too. O.o

3. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I did them all except #3... Cause i needssses my double-tap. hehe O.o

6. tbstroken

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

How did you find them? Please help I'm looking I can't find this hidden features

16. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Hey "tbstroken", sorry it took so long to get back to you... You first have to open the "Chrome" Browser on your cellphone. Then type in the activation code in the "search box"... Each time you're done hit the "restart now" button... Do that for each feature that you want, just follow the code that each feature gives you... Hope that helped. O.o

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

They all sound great except for number 3 as well. Sadly, I do not think that the 2013 Moto X can take advantage of the last item on the list. Oh well.

4. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

I wish Chrome had night mode. I'll try out number 5.

5. tbstroken

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Are this hidden features available on all android devices? And how do you find them

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Apparently all of these are except for the last one, since you need a device that recognizes an object hovering over the screen like with the Note series. I don't know if the latest Motorola devices count. They do know if your hand is over the screen and turn on Moto Display, but I think that's all they do, so I doubt they register gesture controls like the Note does for it's stylus.

15. tbstroken

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Can you help identifying this hidden features on chrome for android, I'm using note 3 n900 running kitkat 4.4.2 , running chrome 41.0.... , I keep trying to find this features , they're just not there

9. gallowsArisen

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

How did you get the home button in the last two screenshots?

10. tyger11

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The one thing I *really* wish Chrome for Android had would be a good ad-blocker like uBlock, or AdBlock Express. *sigh*

11. Takeharu

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Root your device and get AdAway

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Much easier to use firefox. Maybe someday...

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Some of the features are already enabled on my Chrome after latest update, especially 3rd and 4th.

14. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Firefox and other browsers had reader mode since forever. Nice to see Chrome play catch-up.

17. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Wow, thanks! This is awesome!

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