Here’s How To Enable Google Chrome’s New Material Design Refresh


Google has been working on a Material Design refresh for Chrome across desktop and mobile in recent months. They are redesigning the elements in order to make their way to the stable version of the browser. Chrome 68 includes parts of the Material Design refresh hidden behind settings flags in both the iOS and desktop versions. On the other hand, Chrome 68 for Android does not include the Google Chrome’s New Material Design refresh changes yet.

Google Chrome’s New Material Design Refresh

The desktop version of Chrome includes a more rounded and whiter appearance while the mobile version of Chrome has a far more drastic redesign on iOS.

Google is moving the navigation controls to the bottom of the screen. The forward and backward buttons are now at the bottom, alongside access to tabs. The new search button is a quick way to get to the address bar. It is ideal for the users who are using a phone with an extra-tall display. Let’s have a look at that.

Here’s how to enable parts of the Material Design refresh on desktop and iOS:

CHROME DESKTOP

  1. Navigate to chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md
  2. In “UI Layout for the browser’s top chrome” change the option from default to refresh
  3. Restart Chrome to see the changes

CHROME IOS

  1. Navigate to chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md
  2. In “UI Refresh Phase 1” select enabled
  3. Restart Chrome to see the changes

The movement of navigation buttons to the bottom has overhauled the new tab page to be more useful. Google has not enabled its more rounded tabs yet in Chrome on the desktop. In addition to that, the Chrome 68 for Android does not yet include the Material Design refresh changes. So there are still some things left on which Google needs to work. It is expected that the company will surely work on it to make this updated version available for all users as soon as possible.

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Laiba Mohsin

Laiba is an Electrical Engineer seeking a placement to gain hands-on experience in relevant areas of Telecommunication. She likes to write about tech and gadgets. She's is known for her love for cats, music, traveling and exploring things.
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