If you're a Chrome Beta user who was getting bored with their weekend web browsing, we've got a tip for you - Chrome Beta for Android has an experimental "Accessibility Tab Switcher" flag that'll allow you to switch tabs in a compact, pleasing interface, also enabling you to bring back closed tabs with a handy "undo" button. That should take a little pressure out of your tab management experience.

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To turn the Accessibility Tab Switcher on, just open up Chrome Beta and head to chrome://flags. There are plenty of other experimental goodies in there to, for those feeling adventurous.

Update: As one commenter pointed out below, when you switch to the Accessibility Tab Switcher, you can still get the card-based tabs list by swiping down from the address bar.

Thanks, Pietari Heino!

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I think I'm going to stick with this mode. Simpler, faster, with undo and without distracting animations. I dig. Anyone else?

    • Gnex

      I'll stick with the AOSP browser :P

      • Julio M

        I like it for the one-handed use through the lab setting. It makes it cluster free and fast to operate.

        • Gnex

          I just can't stand how bad Chrome is with disqus.

          • Mark

            Thats Disqus. They don't really follow web standards... Really bad comment system for end users, but sadly it gets used alot because it's an easy option for site devs.

          • Gnex

            I don't know man, sites that use disqus seems pretty smooth with the AOSP browser.

          • abqnm

            WordPress comments are just as bad. Only they are horrible on both AOSP browser and Chrome.

          • Gnex

            I can confirm this :(

          • Stylus_XL

            Chrome's handing of disqus has improved a lot, actually. Disqus is generally awful on most mobile browsers.

    • Floris

      Yeah, me too. Chrome on Android always has been a bit over-animated for me, one of the reasons I don't use it on my GNex.

      • abqnm

        Yeah it ran miserably on my GNex too. Once I replaced it with an S3 (on AOSP), it runs beautifully.

        • Neejay

          Yeah, GNex maguro here, and I can't run Chrome without it being laggy. I've had to resort to using AOSP browser, which does the job wonderfully. I miss the tab synching though.

          I'd assume it'd be much smoother/faster on a newer phone.

          • abqnm

            Yeah a lot of things ran poorly on the gnex. I blame the OMAP chipset. In my experience, the OMAP chips are notorious for this. Every OMAP device I have used is laggy and has trouble with certain apps.

    • mavericksid

      I always try to use chrome after updating it, but inevitably return back to good old aosp brower because chrome is too laggy and does not have text reflow(which is a major drawback). I don't know why can't they just implement text reflow. Zooming in makes the entire website so clunky.

      • natabbotts

        They don't implement it because it isn't standards compliant to force it, and websites should implement it themselves through good design. I agree it's good, but it would be even nicer if sites did it themselves.

    • Zyre

      I'm trying it out now :)

    • Andrew

      I like it, but I'll wait until stable release.

    • Jays2Kings

      I like it so, and aside from the action bar, it actually looks like part of chrome with the light background. The old/current tab switcher always felt like too much.

    • RitishOemraw

      I am testing it out as I type...and within 1 min I am convinced this is so much better for me. To bad swiping down from the top bar doesn't open the new tab switcher :(

      I still wish they didn't do away with the old tab switching (grab side of the screen and swipe) it was so much better than reaching for the top of my screen and swiping.

      • Alberto Blasi

        Swipe the url bar left/right

        • RitishOemraw

          I know that is a possibility, but I prefer the old side of the screen over the url bar. (best yet, I wished they implemented the AOSP stock browers thumb/pie menu, that thing was the best.)

      • Nekkedsnake

        omg i agree wholeheartedly. edge swipe is SO MUCH MORE CONVENIENT for single hand tab switching. rather than add Another gesture for you to access tabs. it's so dumb. my chrome android app was set this way the edge swipe until i updated to 4.4 kitkat. now edge swipe is gone... very frustrating...

    • SlenderSniper

      How does one access this after enabling the feature?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Tap the usual tabs list button.

        • SlenderSniper

          Didn't work. Same as before.

          • Derail Doax

            I had to close out the app and reopen it.

          • SlenderSniper

            I've even gone so far as to clear the cache. Still the old look.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Are you using a tablet or a phone? This is for the phone UI.

          • SlenderSniper

            I figured it out. For some reason when I enabled it it didn't save and I had to reenable it.

      • Mobile Phones Fan

        Derail Doax:

        I had to close out the app and reopen it.

        Same here.

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    • RickyGrundyJr

      on a tablet, you access by double taping the bottom of the screen. on nexus 7 right above multi task button.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I wasn't able to reproduce this. On a tablet, you just get the regular top tabs, like on desktop anyway.

        • RickyGrundyJr

          you're right, just found while playing around with the app.

  • lbrfabio

    The good thing is that if you swipe down you'll still have the 3D view

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Good call.

    • RitishOemraw

      that's a bad thing for me. I wished it opened up the new tab switcher too

    • Jays2Kings

      Honesly I wished the down swipe closed the tab, I find swiping down on the bar that has the button right there a bit redundant.

      • abqnm

        I would love if dragging it all the way down closed it. That said, I find it more natural to swipe down to get the tabs and since I do it all the time with the status bar, it just feels natural.

        • Jays2Kings

          I like that idea more, it's funny though cuz I do drag down for tabs too, then I realized "What am I doing, I just dragged on the tab button."

    • abqnm

      Thank you for pointing this out. If I hadn't seen this above, I would have never known why enabling this Accessibility Tab feature never seemed to work. I always use the swipe gestures in Chrome so other than the background color changing it seemed to do nothing.

  • mavericksid

    I always try to use chrome after updating it, but inevitably return back to good old aosp brower because chrome is too laggy and does not have text reflow(which is a major drawback). I don't know why can't they just implement text reflow. Zooming in makes the entire website so clunky..

    • Bleakvision

      And you can still zoom in into sites formatted for mobile, which is even more stupid.

  • https://twitter.com/dharmik_mehta DHARMIK MEHTA

    hey what that function is for when you are in Window view (when you want to get switch to different tab ) and in that you can Flip one tab from dragging it from down to upwards like the flipboard have it ? does any one knew whats the use of that or for what purpose is that Function is for

  • Unknown182

    FINALLY! So much easier when you have that smile face being passive aggressive b/c you have too many tabs...
    How does one enable the little plus for a new tab now?

  • Jeremy Smith

    Wow that's so much nicer.

  • AdamFitton

    I hope this is the first move towards hamburger style navigation.

  • anon

    it had been enabled by default a few weeks ago on my mdpi device

  • My name is….

    Im not a regular chrome user but i dont see any difference between this and my stable Chrome.

    Am i missing something?

  • rob

    Always recreating what has already been done ages ago...multi tab in stock s3 browser, hello? People r stupid.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    On and off, every time Chrome gets updated, I try to use it for more than a day but find myself returning to Dolphin pretty swiftly. Just wish Dolphin launched default apps from weblinks. Chrome needs a lot more cleaning and optimising.

    • Stylus_XL

      Dolphin is fast but it doesn't handle JavaScript as reliably as Chrome. Dolphin is also more likely to render a page incorrectly. It's tap-to-zoom implementation is terrible as well.

  • Harsha

    This is pretty funny because in my Galaxy S i9100 the Chrome (not the beta) is always running in Accessibility Tab Switcher mode. It's been like months with that tab layout.

    I thought it was some kind of bug and I have not found a solution at all so far. And in chrome flags I don't have "Accessibility Tab Switcher" at all.

    I had opened a thread in XDA to finally address the issue. And it's pretty shocking that the next day I see a post about it here in AP. Lol..!

    But someone please help me to disable this accessibility tab switcher in Chrome Stable

    XDA thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2490353

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  • Javier Maria Casares

    Awesome, not only we got rid of the useless animation and "stylish" view, but we also got rid of the animation when you open a link in a new tab. Now it's just a toast notification.

  • Jon

    I don't know why, but chrome manages to kill my S2. Starts going a bit slow, then slower, then at some point not even the power buttons work, and I'm forced to do a hard reboot. I cleared the cache and the data god knows how many times, but it will still crash my phone after half a day usage. Had to move to firefox. The whole phone is snappier now.

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  • http://www.gregpak.com/entries/002275.shtml D.Smithee

    Late to the party--but definitely love this tab switching method better. Thanks.