To disable tab groups in Chrome, open chrome://flags in a new tab, and disable the “Tab Groups” flag.
A new way to group tabs on Google Chrome is getting ready. This feature is now official and available for everyone.
I used it for a few weeks and realized that I don’t quite like it. I could get used to tab groups on Android. However, on my Chromebook and my laptop, I disabled it soon after testing it for a while. When this feature launches and you find that you don’t like it, here is how you can disable it.
Disable Google Chrome Tab Groups
Google has not enabled this feature by default. That means we do not have an option under Settings to disable it. You can, however, do this using a Chrome flag.
On a Chromebook, Chrome for Mac or Windows 10:
- Open chrome://flags
- Search for “Tab Groups”
- For the Tab Groups flag, select “Disabled” from the dropdown
- Restart Chrome.
Chrome tab groups should now be disabled.
Disable on Android
Follow the same procedure on your Android phone too. Open chrome://flags in a new tab, disable the “Tab Groups” flag and restart Chrome.
However, I would recommend trying out tab groups in Android before disabling it. The way the interface is designed works much better on Android and there is a possibility that you will like it and wouldn’t mind continue using it. Here is a video demo of tab groups in Android:
Most of you will like grouped tabs and will leave the feature enabled. However, there will still be a lot of Chrome users who may not need tab groups or may not like it. If you fall into this second group, I am sure you will find this guide useful. When the feature is officially available, I will update this guide if there is any way to disable it from Settings, without the flag.
If you liked tab groups, I would love to hear from you. Drop-in a comment and let me know your thoughts.
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