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Disable ‘Viewing Live Page’ on Google Chrome

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Is Chrome showing a ‘viewing live page’ notification while visiting websites? Here is what it means and how to turn off this message.

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‘Viewing Live Page’ & ‘Preview’ Notifications

If you are seeing “Viewing Live Page” or “Preview” on Google Chrome address bar, do not worry. Your phone is not hacked or compromised. The message is an alert from Google Chrome, nothing more.

If you want technical details about this feature, refer to this page.

Turn off Viewing Live Page / Preview Notifications

To get rid of the ‘viewing live page’ or ‘preview message:

  1. Open a new tab and go to chrome://flags/#paint-preview-startup 
  2. From the drop-down, select Disabled.
  3. Restart Google Chrome.

You will no longer see this alert on your Chrome browser. If you do, drop me a comment and we can investigate it further.

9 responses to “Disable ‘Viewing Live Page’ on Google Chrome”

  1. Arthur Gray Avatar
    Arthur Gray

    FYI as of Chrome Canary on Android this flag no longer assists for me.

    Version 105.0.51 25.0

    1. Let us hope that they will add an option within Chrome Settings to disable this. I’ll update the article when I find out more.

    2. Abused by Google Avatar
      Abused by Google

      It is impossible to remove ‘Viewing Live Page’ which is interestingly targeting a limited number of selected users and controlled by Google manipulators on the othe end.
      An invasion of privacy. It interferes with private browsing every time. I donot consent.
      What we need is litigation.

  2. Sheelin Avatar

    Solved an annoying problem. Thanks!

    1. Happy to hear that!

  3. I get this view live page thing and it flashes as well. Similar to a screenshot flash. At least I know what it is now. Thanks!

  4. this reddit post claims the fix isnt permanent but it “does something for a little bit..” does anyone know how true that is or maybe how long it lasts or whatever? thanks in advance! https://www.reddit.com/r/chrome/comments/pjbl6j/help_every_time_i_open_chrome_it_says_preview_in/hv8es4p?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share&context=3

  5. Chrome used to be great but then they added stupid tab grouping and now this.. it’s like the chrome Devs are determined to ruin it

  6. you are right. I’ll update the article when I find out more

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