To disable tab groups on Chrome in Android, you have to turn off a few flags. Open chrome://flags in the address bar and select “Disabled” below Tab Groups option. This feature allows users to manage the number of tabs on mobile.
Update – 06-19-2021
As per the latest version of Chrome 91, it is almost impossible to disable the grid view or tab groups on Android. Though many solutions exist on different forums, none were working for me. But if you are using a slightly earlier stable version, then you can try the method below.
Tab Groups – New feature of Chrome
Tab Groups is a new feature of Chrome. Previously on Android, the total number of tabs were layered vertically.
In the current stable version, it has changed to a grid layout. When you click the number on the top right-hand corner, all the tabs are visible in a box type of arrangement.
Users who did not like the new feature can resort to the old method of tabs structure. For this, you need to disable specific settings or flags. It will restore the standard view of chrome tabs.
Update to the latest version of Google browser, to set this flag. By default, the group tabs feature is
disabled enabled in Chrome Android 91. It is not possible to disable this option in Settings.
Chrome Group Tabs Android – Disable
Though this feature is not easy to handle on desktop, it should help Android and mobile users. As we know Chrome on mobile, doesn’t group in an aesthetic way. It looks clumsy to switch through different tabs.
This is where this tab group’s flag comes into picture.
In Android, you can group all similar tabs. The most important thing is the look of the number of tabs in one screen. This makes it easy to find the right tab in a few seconds. It saves time.
It basically depends on the user usage of Chrome and Android.
Chrome Android 91 – Disable Tab groups
According to this source , you can turn off group tabs in android.
Follow these steps.
- Go to chrome://flags in a new tab.
- Find the following options here –
Temporarily unexpire M89 flags
Temporarily unexpire M90 flags
- Set it to disabled.
- Relaunch the browser. (Note: If relaunch is not working, you can clear the cache using the phone’s tool or third-party app).
- Search for Tab groups in the flags search box.
- Disable the following settings.
Tab Groups Continuation
Tab Grid Layout
Restart the browser.
Unfortunately I tried several attempts to get the old styled chrome tabs in chrome. But the above procedure did not work for my chrome version. It may work in some other old versions of chrome android.
How to Disable Tab Groups on Chrome Android – Older version
Time needed: 1 minute.
This guide will show you the steps to disable tab groups feature on Chrome mobile.
- Step #1
Open Chrome app in Android.
- Step #2
Type chrome://flags in the search or address box.
It will open a new tab with experimental features.
- Step #3
Type “tab group” in the search flags box.
- Step #4
There are 3 “Tab Groups” features. 1. Tab Groups 2. Tab Groups Continuation 3. Tab Groups UI Improvements.
- Step #5
Tap on “Disabled” from the drop-down. Now the “Tab Groups” feature is disabled for your Chrome Android browser. The latest version will have these secret features. It may be possible that this feature may come into the stable version later.
How to Disable Tab Groups on Windows 10
- Open Google Chrome web browser.
- In the address bar type chrome://flags/ and press enter.
- Two tabs are shown – 1. Available 2. Unavailable.’
- Click the first tab.
- In search flags, enter “tab group”.
- “Tab Groups” feature should be available first on the list.
- Click the drop-down and make it “Disabled”.
How to Use Tab Groups in Google Chrome
An interesting feature of Tab groups is that, you can give color to each group. This will segregate all similar kind of tabs under one color.
You can see a line of the same color below the group of tabs created under one Tab group. This is visually appealing. Also it is easy to find, which tabs come under which group. You can also shuffle tabs between groups.
If you have a tab under one group, then right-click it. Select the option “Add to existing group” and select a different group. Over a time, you can make use of this feature to decide which websites come under one group.
FAQ – Tab Groups Chrome
What is the Need of Tab Groups in Chrome
For example, you can create two tab groups – 1. Tech 2. Social.
If you have opened a social media article which contains more technical content, you are in dilemma to decide which tab group. So you might place it in “Social” tab group first. But later, if you decide, to change the tab group, you can do it.
How do I ungroup tabs in Chrome Android?
It’s possible to ungroup each tab in chrome android 91. Long press the tab in the group you wish to ungroup. Remove from group is visible. Press both the tab and button for some time, using left thumb and right thumb. The color of the button turns blue. Then remove the left thumb. Now keep the right thumb on the blue button for some time. The tab comes out of the group. Do the same for each tab and ungroup all tabs in chrome android.
How to Save a group of tabs in Chrome
You cannot save set of browser tabs created using “Tab Groups” feature. To save all, click the hamburger icon or 3 vertical dots on the right-corner. Then Bookmarks > Bookmark all tabs. A pop-up window will open where you can create a folder in your bookmarks. You can give a name to the folder. When you click “Other bookmarks” or Book Manager, you should be able to see your saved group in a folder you created.
How do I change the tab style in Chrome Android?
Another interesting feature of “Tab Groups” in Chrome mobile is add several to one. If you are using Chrome 81 version, this feature is automatically enabled for you. Otherwise, you have to enable experimental features. This will enable grid layout. Now tap any tab in the layout and move to any of the other tab. Like that, you can add multiple tabs.
How do I change the tab settings in Chrome?
Click the color icon in Chrome. A pop-up window will show up. The name of the Tab Group is visible in the text box. You just have to enter a new name and press Enter. The renamed Tab group can be seen after it is done. Each group can be identified with a different colour. Your current color will be highlighted.