We are going to explain what it consists of and how to activate this menu. It will not be an arduous and complex process, but it is not a button that is very visible, so it is necessary to explain it. It is a menu that has received great changes and that has been improved in its integration with the browser interface.
It works thanks to the Chrome flags
Although we will extend that information later, first of all we will say that the activation of this function is through the Google flags. It is already a fairly standardized system among the most advanced users, it is still convenient to explain it superficially, at least.
Chrome flags are experimental browser functions that are available to all users, but are hidden. The reason? They are not fully developed and, although many times they do not cause problems, they can sometimes cause errors in the application.
Aren’t these the extensions? No, Chrome extensions are developed by third parties, while flags are functionalities developed by Google. Does that mean flags are features coming to Chrome? On many occasions yes, but on many other occasions they never see the light publicly.
In addition, they are available in the standard Chrome app, so you don’t have to go to the beta app. They are not particularly difficult to understand either, as each of them is accompanied by an explanatory text with its function.
They are useful with some you can improve your browsing experience. Besides, with other flags you can customize Chrome or test experimental features such as viewing one website over another or always force reading mode.
There are also flags to use a new video player, to activate parallel downloads and force dark mode on all websites. Although we will show you some of them below, there are many options, so we invite you to experiment.
How to activate them? Although it is generally difficult to access the experimental functions of an application, in the case of Chrome it is very easy. You just have to do the following:
- Write chrome: // flags in the address bar to access the hidden menu.
- Select any flag you want to activate (Remember to read what they are for).
- Activate the experimental function with “Enabled” in the drop-down menu for each flag.
- Restart the browser for the changes to take effect.
What is this context menu?
It is possible that, at first, you do not know what exactly the context menu we are talking about is. Well, it’s about the menu that unfolds in Chrome for Android when you do a long press on some elements of the web. It is a fairly widespread system in Android, since it is not only used in Chrome, but it is applied in innumerable applications of this operating system. It allows hiding a lot of interface that, otherwise, it would have to be included in the interface, making it more complex and dense.
It is also not a new feature in the browser. It is a system that has been in Chrome for several years, so the novelty is not there, but in the changes it has received. If we compare the old menu with the new one, we find that Google has added a dividing line to separate some of the available functions, specifically, those that are related to images. Also, at the top, to the left of the name, you will see a small image of what you have selected.
Also noteworthy is the arrival of the function that allows you to share images through different platforms. Just by pressing and holding on a photo, you can select Share image and then where you want to do it (WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
In any case, this new menu is currently experimental and is in a very early phase of its development. This means that can still undergo many changes in the next versions of the browser until it is officially and definitively implemented.
How to activate the new contextual menu of Google Chrome for Android
If for whatever reason you still do not enjoy this function or you are not sure if you have it, activating the new Chrome contextual menu will only steal a few seconds of your time, something insignificant if we consider that it means enjoying its renewed functions. To enable it, first of all, you must open the Chrome app on your mobile or tablet, and enter the following in the search bar: “chrome: // flags”. When you click once on it, the writing mode will open, and you have to do it by hand and press enter on your mobile keyboard or choose the result with that name.
When you enter this page, you will read the word “Experiments”, which indicates that it is the Google website for its experimental functions. Click on the text bar that appears at the top of the page (the one for the page, not the one for Chrome) and search for “Revamped”. Next, you will enter the web that will allow you to permanently change the contextual menu.
Tap on the bar where it says “Default” and select the “Enabled” option, which is the one that will activate the new menu in your browser. Then, to confirm the change, you just have to click on the “Relaunch” button, in the lower right corner of the screen. Chrome will automatically restart and your new context menu will be a reality on your Android device.
That’s it, the activation process is over, you can now access the different functions of that context menu that Google is developing. After this simple installation, you can continue taking full advantage of Chrome with this new function that joins the already extensive catalog of tools that the browser contains.