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6 secret settings for better browsing in Chrome on Android

Supercharge your smartphone browsing experience with these powerful yet completely concealed options.

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And there ya have it: From here on out, anytime you activate your phone's Dark Theme, any pages you're viewing within Chrome will automatically follow suit.

Chrome Android setting No. 6: A more powerful Incognito mode

This last Chrome Android tip is a bit more niche in nature, but if you've ever felt the need around it, you'll absolutely appreciate its arrival.

It's a simple switch that removes Chrome's built-in policy of prohibiting screenshots while you're in the browser's Incognito mode — a somewhat puzzling rule that typically makes it impossible to capture anything within an Incognito tab in Chrome.

So say, for instance, you're using Chrome's Incognito mode to look at something without being signed in. Or maybe you're relying on it to check on a certain search without having the term get connected to your Google browsing history. Or maybe you're using it for, erm, certain other undisclosed purposes.

Whatever the case, there are bound to be moments when you want to snap a screenshot of something in that sort of state. And now, you can.

Here's all there is to it:

  • One last time, type chrome:flags into your browser's address bar.
  • Type incognito into the search box on the screen that comes up.
  • Find the line labeled "Incognito Screenshot" and change its setting from "Default" to "Enabled."
  • Tap the Relaunch button at the bottom of the screen.

And that's it: You can now capture screenshots of Incognito windows whenever your privacy-browsing heart desires.

Just remember: If you snap something accidentally at an (ahem) inadvertent moment, it's up to you to go find and delete it.

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