Oh — howdy there. So, you want uncovering superior superior powers for your Android telephone browser, do ya? You’ve completely explored all of the fastidiously hid settings for higher searching in the Chrome Android app from the opposite day, and also you’re again for much more already? My, you are a tenacious little monkey.

Well, you’ve got come to the suitable place, my fellow primate, for I additionally get pleasure from unearthing exceptionally attention-grabbing out-of-sight settings. And I’ve been doing an terrible lot of digging in the Chrome Android browser as of late — a lot, in truth, that I’ve bought a complete different set of simply missed treasures to transcend the browsing-centric batch we already introduced into our lives.

This sequence of secret Chrome Android settings revolves round sharing — y’know, the timeless act of taking one thing you see on these right here interwebbular supernodes and sending it to a different human and/or amphibian (or perhaps even simply into one other app on your telephone for your personal private saving). I do not find out about you, however I discover myself doing that dance roughly 7,427 instances a day, on common. And so I’m merely delighted to see some attention-grabbing new methods to make it quicker, simpler, and much more efficient.

Before we resume our digital spelunking, let me offer you my normal Chrome-on-Android explorer’s warning: The settings we’re about to excavate are all related to Google’s Chrome flags system. That’s a spot for choices which might be actively being labored on and are not technically meant for mainstream use — and as such, it has some {powerful} superior choices that would actually screw stuff up in the event you aren’t cautious. (It additionally evolves often, so it is fully attainable a few of the settings we speak about right here may look completely different and even disappear fully down the highway.)

As lengthy as you observe my directions fastidiously and do not mess with the rest you encounter, you will be effective! But prodding round past the precise steps we focus on right here will not be one thing I’d advise, because it may result in everlasting doom for all of humanity (insert dramatic bwah-hah-hah-style cackling right here). Or, um, y’know, simply your browser appearing bizarre for some time.

Either method, keep on this path, and beforehand unseen stupendous sharing treasures shall quickly be yours.

Shall we?

Chrome Android setting No. 1: The deep-link sharing machine

Regular readers of my Android Intelligence publication understand how a lot I like Google’s awkwardly named Link to Text Fragment add-on for the Chrome desktop browser. With the extension in place, you possibly can spotlight textual content on any net web page you are viewing on a pc after which right-click to discover a spiffy new choice for making a hyperlink to a particular part of textual content inside an online web page after which sending it to another person.

So if, for occasion, I wished to level you to the outline of my favourite setting from the primary a part of this sequence, I may generate a hyperlink like this — and while you open it in Chrome or every other appropriate browser, you will be taken that precise half of the web page, perhaps even with the textual content highlighted in yellow for emphasis (relying on what particular browser and sort of gadget you are utilizing).

Handy, proper? I certain suppose so. But I’ve additionally all the time discovered myself annoyed with the truth that the identical operate is not out there on Android — or so I assumed.

I used to be happy as a prickly pickle to find throughout my digging that there is really now a option to allow the identical setting in Chrome on the Android facet. Here’s how:

  • Start by typing chrome:flags into the tackle bar in the Chrome Android app.
  • Next, sort the phrase highlights into the search field on the display screen that comes up.
  • See the road labeled “Chrome Share text highlights on Android”? Tap the field beneath it and alter its setting from “Default” to “Enabled.”
  • And lastly, faucet the Relaunch button that reveals up on the backside of the display screen.

And that, my pricey dingo, is all there may be to it. Now, simply open up any ol’ net web page you want — perhaps even this one, in the event you’re feeling particularly saucy — and contact and maintain your finger to some textual content to focus on it. Tap the “Share” command in the menu that comes up, and…shazam:


There, in that Chrome sharing menu, you will see a shiny new “Link to text” choice. Tap it — faucet it with gusto, gersh dern it! — and the hyperlink to the precise textual content you chose shall be created. You can then choose any different app the place you need to ship it, and when you do, each the textual content you highlighted and the hyperlink to its precise a part of the web page shall be pasted over.

Chrome Android Sharing Settings: Link to text (pasted) JR

And when anybody opens that hyperlink — nicely, my goodness, take a look at what occurs:

Chrome Android Sharing Settings: Link to text (opened) JR

Enlightening, would not ya say?

Chrome Android setting No. 2: The smarter screenshot editor

Next up in our Chrome settings journey is a useful new option to seize and modify screenshots from proper throughout the Chrome Android browser. Normally, you’d have to make use of the common Android screenshot system to try this, and the modifying instruments instantly out there in that interface might or might not meet your wants.

With this particular setting enabled, although, you will see a brand new “Screenshot” choice proper inside the usual Chrome sharing interface — the little panel that pops up while you faucet the Share choice throughout the browser’s major menu.


Chrome Android Sharing Settings: Screenshot JR

Pound your pinky down on that sucker, and you will be taken to a secret system you by no means knew existed — a standalone Chrome screenshot editor, the place you possibly can crop, annotate, and even add textual content onto any screenshot you seize.

Chrome Android Sharing Settings: Screenshot (edit) JR

Sweet sassy molassy, that is helpful!

To allow it in your personal browser:

  • Once once more, sort chrome:flags into the Chrome tackle bar.
  • This time, sort screenshots in the search field on the display screen that comes up.
  • Find the merchandise labeled “Chrome Share Screenshots,” faucet the field beneath it, and alter its setting from “Default” to “Enabled.”
  • Tap the Relaunch button on the backside of the display screen.

All that is left is to faucet the Share command inside the primary Chrome Android menu — the menu you open by urgent the three-dot icon in the browser’s upper-right nook — after which look for the brand new “Screenshot” choice to get began.

Chrome Android setting No. 3: The unbelievable cross-device clipboard system

Let me put together you: This subsequent secret Chrome setting is fairly forkin’ improbable. It has the potential to severely prevent time and make your life simpler, particularly while you’re transferring between your telephone and laptop throughout the day (as most of us are inclined to do!).

It’s a super-powerful shared clipboard system that permits you to copy textual content from wherever on your telephone after which ship it on to your laptop’s clipboard — so all you’ve got gotta do from there may be hit Ctrl-V (or Cmd-V, in the event you’re a treasured Apple particular person) and the textual content you copied on your telephone will magically seem wherever you paste it on your laptop.

I’m trembling simply occupied with it. Of course, it is roughly 1 diploma outdoors the place I’m proper now, so which may have one thing to do with my quivery nature. But both method, that is thrilling.

And there’s really much more to it: In addition to sending textual content to your laptop’s clipboard, you possibly can beam hyperlinks proper over for straightforward opening. And the identical factor works in the opposite path, too — for sending textual content or hyperlinks from your laptop to your telephone.

On the Android finish, the choice seems inside the usual Android sharing menu. So for example, for occasion, you might have some textual content in an e-mail that you simply need to shoot over to your laptop. You’d simply press and maintain your finger to the phrases you need inside Gmail after which choose “Share” on the menu that reveals up.

That’ll take you to that normal Android sharing panel, and there, you will discover slightly downward-facing arrow subsequent to the phrase “Chrome” in the checklist of choices. (And a bonus tip: You may pin that particular operate to the highest of the sharing menu for even simpler entry, in the event you’re utilizing Android 11.)

Chrome Android Sharing Settings: Send text (icon) JR

Tap that icon, and…

Chrome Android Sharing Settings: Send text (choices) JR

Well, wowzers in my trousers. Wouldya take a look at that? Now, simply choose the awkwardly capitalized “Send text to Your Devices,” and…

Chrome Android Sharing Settings: Send text (devices) JR


If you have been doing this inside Chrome on your telephone, by the way in which, you’d must scroll all the way in which to the suitable on the checklist of share choices that initially comes up when you choose and share textual content throughout the browser, then choose “More” from there to get to the usual Android sharing interface. If you wished to share a hyperlink as an alternative of textual content, yow will discover an choice to do that throughout the customized Chrome sharing interface that comes up while you hit the Share choice in Chrome’s major menu. (Grumble, grumble, complicated inconsistencies and interface problems — consider me, I do know.)

Things are slightly less complicated with sending from the desktop facet. There, you simply spotlight any textual content on a web page or any hyperlink in the tackle bar of the Chrome browser, then right-click to search out the “Copy to your device” or “Send to your devices” choice.

All proper, so let’s get this get together began. First, on your telephone:

  • Type chrome:flags into the Chrome tackle bar.
  • Type clipboard into the search field on the prime of the display screen that comes up.
  • Tap the field beneath “Enable shared clipboard feature signals to be handled” and alter its setting to “Enabled.”
  • Tap the Relaunch button on the backside of the display screen.

Now, take a deep breath, ‘trigger we have gotta modify a pair settings on the pc facet, too, earlier than this’ll work.

In Chrome on your laptop — whether or not it is a Windows PC, a Chromebook, or perhaps a $6,000 Mac with a $700 set of wheels hooked up:

  • Type chrome:flags into the browser’s tackle bar there.
  • Type shared clipboard into the search field on the display screen that comes up.
  • See the road labeled “Enable shared clipboard feature signals to be handled”? Click the field subsequent to it and alter its setting to “Enabled.”
  • Now click on again to the search field on the prime of the display screen, and this time, sort obtain messages into it.
  • Click the field subsequent to “Enables the remote copy feature to receive messages” and alter its setting to “Enabled.”
  • Last however not least, click on the Relaunch button in the lower-right nook of the display screen.

And with that, you possibly can go fetch your self a cookie (browser-based or chocolate chip — your selection), for your clipboards are actually related throughout all your Chrome-running, Google-signed-in units. Three cheers for simplicity, even when it is weirdly difficult to realize it!

Chrome Android setting No. 4: The customized sharing shunning

So, bear in mind all that stuff we have been simply speaking about with the Chrome customized sharing menu? Y’know, like 30 seconds in the past — about the way it’s clunky and complicated how the Chrome Android app makes use of its personal customized sharing system as an alternative of bringing you to the usual Android sharing interface?

Chrome Android Sharing Settings: Custom share menu JR

Yeah — that is the one. I’ve fairly sturdy emotions about that observe, as you in all probability know by now. And in the event you discover it as irritating as I do, boy howdy, have I bought excellent news for you.

Turns out, there is a option to flip off that customized Chrome sharing interface fully. And when you do, anytime you share something from Chrome, you will be taken proper to the usual Android sharing setup — with out having to first scroll all the way in which throughout that foolish horizontal menu and faucet the “More” button to get there.

There’s only one caveat to this: Google has began constructing a few of its Chrome-specific options into that customized Chrome sharing menu — issues just like the deep-link sharing and in-browser screenshot modifying that we have been simply going over. So if you’d like to have the ability to entry that stuff, you will must suck it up and keep on with the customized Chrome sharing setup.

If you aren’t planning on utilizing these options and would quite simply do away with that additional interface and go straight to the usual Android sharing menu everytime you share something from Chrome, although, here is how you are able to do it:

  • Type chrome:flags into the Chrome Android app’s tackle bar.
  • Type sharing hub into the search field on the prime of the display screen that comes up.
  • Tap the field beneath “Chrome Sharing Hub” and alter its setting to “Disabled.”
  • Tap the Relaunch button on the backside of the display screen.

When your browser comes again, attempt hitting the Share command inside the primary Chrome menu (or choosing some textual content and hitting “Share” from there) — and…

(*6*) JR

Hip, hip, hooray! You’re again to the Android normal menu, with all of your apps and sharing targets proper in entrance of you and simple to search out. Thank Goog the choice is at the least nonetheless out there — for now.

Chrome Android setting No. 5: A extra handy Share command

With all this speak about sharing inside Chrome, it is powerful not to consider the truth that the browser’s Share command is tucked away throughout the app’s major menu — which means you need to first press that three-dot icon earlier than yow will discover and use it.

I do not find out about you, however I share stuff from my browser consistently — whether or not it is sending a hyperlink to at least one service or one other for my very own private saving or sending a web page over to another person in an e-mail. And all the time having to open up that major menu earlier than I can get to the Share command provides as much as a number of wasted seconds all through my day.

You’d by no means comprehend it, however Chrome really has a setting that may repair that and concurrently enhance your effectivity — by bringing the Share command entrance and middle, proper into the tackle bar, the place it is by no means greater than a single faucet away:

Chrome Android Sharing Settings: Share (in address bar) JR

In truth, I’ve had it arrange that method in the entire screenshots in this story. Major bonus factors in the event you seen!

If you need your Share command to seem in Chrome’s tackle bar like that for simpler entry, too, here is all you’ve got gotta do:

  • Type chrome:flags in the browser’s tackle bar (sure, once more!).
  • Type share button into the search field on the highest of the display screen that comes up.
  • Tap the field beneath “Share Button in Top Toolbar” and alter its setting to “Enabled.”
  • Tap the Relaunch button on the backside of the display screen.

Say “Googledy, boogledy, bippity, doogledy” for good measure and/or an expedited path to madness, after which open your eyes to see your snazzy new Share button placement.

Chrome Android setting No. 6: An alternate top-button choice

Okay, so this final secret setting is not precisely sharing-related. But it is an attention-grabbing various to the setting we simply went over, so I assumed it was price together with.

Because, hey — we’re all completely different. Maybe you do not share stuff from Chrome fairly so usually. Maybe utilizing that invaluable single-button precedence spot in the tackle bar for the Share command would not make sense for you. And perhaps there’s some different operate that would higher use that area in your Android Chrome browser.

Well, seems, you’ve got bought another choice. You can swap out that tackle bar Share button with a microphone icon as an alternative and provides your self an on-demand, one-tap option to begin a brand new voice search with a single faucet of your spectacular fingie.

Chrome Android Sharing Settings: Microphone (in address bar) JR

Just contact your favourite phalange to the icon, and begin yappin’ away:

Chrome Android Sharing Settings: Microphone (tapped) JR

And even in the event you’re insane sufficient to say one thing like “fishy fishy fishy” again and again (as solely a very deranged particular person would), you will end up going through a display screen filled with search outcomes a second later — no additional effort or pointless faucets required.

To give your self the one-tap tackle bar search button:

  • Type chrome:flags into the Chrome Android app’s tackle bar.
  • Type voice button into the search field on the display screen that comes up.
  • Tap the button beneath “Voice button in top toolbar” and alter its settled to “Enabled.” (Note that, for apparent causes, you will solely be capable of use this or the Share button setting. They will not each work collectively.)
  • Tap the Restart button on the backside of the display screen.

All that is left is to faucet, faucet, faucet, after which yap, yap, yap. Ahh — if solely all issues in life might be really easy.

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