Opening and closing tabs on the Android version of Chrome is now a little easier

Opening and closing tabs on the Android version of Chrome is now a little easier
Right now, to close a tab on the Android version of the Chrome browser, a user taps on the tab button (the square icon on the upper right side of the display). The number inside that square tells you how many tabs you currently have open. To close a tab, after tapping on the square icon you scroll to the tab you want to close. On the right side of the heading, tap on the "X" found inside a circle. To add a tab, after tapping on the square icon, you press on the "+" button found on the left side of the display. That takes you to Chrome's home page where you can type in a new website that you want to open.

Google, however, has been testing a new way to manage Chrome tabs (via XDA). And now, version 78 of Chrome will allow users to long-press on the tab button to see three options: "Close tab," "New tab," and "New incognito tab." This doesn't save users any taps but does give them more choices with a single long-press of the tab button than they were getting with a regular tap of that button.

To reiterate, let's say that you have three tabs open on Chrome. Open one up to full-screen and long-press on the tab button. The box with the three options will appear. Tapping on "Close tab" will shut the tab you currently have open. "New tab" takes you to Chrome's home screen so you can add another tab, and "New incognito tab" allows you to browse privately. Overall, it feels like it is quicker than the old method, and is certainly easier.


As long as your Android phone is running version 78 of Chrome, you should find this new feature available to you. It isn't a big deal, but it does show how Google is trying to make Android users' lives easier one little update at a time.

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9 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Now if they could only make it less bloated.

2. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

The next and overdue step be to bring it down to the bottom right corner. Brave browser has it and its supper convenient. Stretching you thumb up in one hand mode is very inconvenient even for monkey.

3. beachboi01

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 19, 2019

Actually you can move the bar to the bottom. Open Chrome Browser on Android. The address bar default position is on the top of the browser Tap on the Chrome Address bar. Type chrome://flags to list the Chrome flags. This will bring the Google Chrome Flag list into the browser. Type home in the search bar and proceed to search. You can see a search box just below the address bar.Chrome Flag Home Search Now you can see Chrome Home flag in the search result with the Default setting. Tap on the Default to change the setting.Chrome Home Flag Enable Select “Enabled” to enable “Chrome Home” on Google Chrome browser. Tap on RELAUNCH NOW button to relaunch the browser. You may still see the chrome address bar on top. Type chrome://restart to restart the Chrome Browser on Android phone.

4. yalokiy

Posts: 1101; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

This should be one tap in settings.

7. kplayon

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 02, 2018

Thanks! This is what I was looking for!

5. alvester

Posts: 2; Member since: May 16, 2017

This new tab interface doesn't work on Chrome version 78 for Android on the Pixel C.

8. beachboi01

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 19, 2019

Guess doesn't work on tablet version of Chrome. Phones on phone version of Chrome.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Would be nice for them to move the URL and tab controls towards the bottom of the screen. It's not like phones are getting any smaller and easier to use in one hand.

9. yalokiy

Posts: 1101; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

That's why I'm using kiwi browser. In addition to the above it also supports add-ons.

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