How to remove Chrome tabs from your recent apps list (Android 5.0 Lollipop guide)

How to remove Chrome tabs from your recent apps list (Android 5.0 Lollipop guide)
In general, people don't like change; what we're familiar with makes us comfortable. That's why breaking an old habit takes quite a lot of effort, even when it is for the better. 

And speaking of changes, Android 5.0 Lollipop brought a truckload of them to millions of Android users. Some of these changes were more than welcome, others – not so much. For example, many are complaining about Google removing the plain old silent mode and forcing them to use the new Priority Mode instead. Furthermore, not all are happy with the redesigned app switcher, which now feels a bit more crowded than it used to. 

Another Android 5.0 Lollipop tweak we're sure some won't be happy with is the way Chrome tabs are being handled. In previous Android versions, Chrome tabs were accessed from within the app itself – open it up, and a button in the upper right corner let you access them in a neatly-organized list. Now that Lollipop is here, however, Chrome tabs are all merged with your recent apps list, also known as Android's Overview screen. That's not a terrible solution as it lets you get to a specific tab more quickly, but if you prefer the old-school method, there's a solution. A very simple one, as a matter of fact.

Here's how you bring Chrome tabs back into the app and out of your recent apps screen:

  1. Open Chrome
  2. Open its menu by tapping on the three little dots in the upper corner
  3. Hit Settings
  4. Open "Merge tabs and apps" and switch it to "Off"

At this point, Chrome will restart and behave as it used to prior to the Android 5.0 update. Simply repeat the steps above to make Chrome tabs appear along with your recent apps again.

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7 Comments

1. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

PHONEARENA has to change the most annoying horizontal bar that drops after the middle-page, the one with the logo, search and tabs at least in smartphones. It takes 1/4-1/3 of the screen, mostly in low pxl density ones. Have mercy on us, would you?

3. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

This is why we plead for a mobile app but the PA gods do not heed to our requests :(

4. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

How could I remove the very annoying PA popping ads?

5. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Use a browser that cuts ads

6. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Do it in desktop version too

2. amin.mardc

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

now i can use chrome with peace :D tnx PA

7. eyeball

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Just updated a GalaxyS4 to lollipop on sprint,and Sprint tried to merge their old homepage onto chrome. Uncheckinng or manually adding a url for a new homepage takes care of most of it,but the still have an icon (home) at the top left of the omnibox. They used to dominate the old Aosp browser,but now chrome is the default,unless you change that too! So I downloaded Firefox and a few privacy add-ons to solve the whole messed up set up on chrome. Other than that,the update went VERY smooth. That is after I took some precautionary steps to back up everything,and clean house first (-: now running better than ever after kitkat.

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