How to enable newly launched bottom tab switcher on Chrome for Android?


Here is how you can enable the newly launched bottom tab switcher feature by Google on Chrome for Android?

Google Chrome is a fast, easy to use, and secure browser. Designed for Android, Chrome brings you personalized news articles, quick links to your favorite sites, downloads, and Google Search, and Google Translate built-in. Recently, Google introduced lots of features to the Chrome for desktop-like Tabbed groups, new extension bar, music control bar, etc.

Google released “Duplex” in 2018 (as it was known at the time) was an experiment that added a bottom navigation bar to Chrome. It was later renamed to “Duet” to avoid being associated with Google’s AI project, and it underwent several changes before ultimately being removed. Now, the company is working on a different bottom bar, this time for tabs.

A new Chrome flag allows users to add a tab bar on the bottom in Chrome for Android. This flag originally appeared earlier this year, but now it’s available in the beta channel of Chrome 84. What the new bottom bar does is pretty straightforward: It places your open tabs in a strip as circles with the site’s favicon. Just tap on one of the icons to switch to the tab.

The company is still developing the feature and is only available in Chrome 84 beta. So let’s take a look at how you can enable the Bottom tab switcher feature on Chrome for Android?

How to enable the bottom tab switcher on Chrome for Android?

For enabling this feature you need to download Chrome Beta on your Android Smartphone.

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  1. Open the web browser and tap on the ‘Accept & Continue’ button.
  2. Now navigate to the URL – chrome://flags
  3. On the Chrome experimental page, search for ‘Conditional Tab Strip’, ‘Tab Groups’, and ‘Tab Groups UI Improvements’. You need to enable those three flags.
  4. To enable the flags, just select ‘Enabled’ from the drop-down menu.
  5. Next, tap on the ‘Relaunch’ button.
  6. Once done, open a new tab, then open a second tab. Now you need to drag one tab over the top of the other tab, so it merges into a tab group.
  7. Once merged, you will be able to see the new navigation at the bottom of your browser.
  8. Done!!!!

This is how you can enable the bottom tab switcher on Chrome for Android. If you find any difficulties while enabling the bottom tab switcher, mention it in the comment section below. For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here.


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