How to activate Chrome's bottom navigation bar on Android

Most browsers keep the toolbar or navigation located at the top of the screen. Now, if we have a too large screen or we have certain accessibility problems, this can lead to quite orthopedic and uncomfortable navigation for the user. How do we solve it?

Some browsers like Firefox Preview or Vivaldi face this challenge by modifying the interface design and moving the toolbar to the bottom of the screen. However, although this practice is liked by many, it is not yet extended to most browsers. In the case of Chrome (Android), for example, we can move the toolbar to the area below, yes, but it is a hidden configuration that we previously have to unlock. Here's how to get it.

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How to display the Chrome navigation bar in the lower area of ​​the screen

The lower layout of the navigation button in Chrome is available in the form of an "experiment", which means that to be able to show it before we must activate a "flag". Note: Yes, the same flags that allow us, among many other things, to activate dark mode in old versions of Chrome for Android.

The flags (flags, in English) are experimental configurations that the developer makes available to the user to play with, before being officially implemented. The aforementioned bar or bottom button is part of the new redesign "Duet" that Google is preparing for Chrome, and it is expected that in the future its activation will be much more accessible. Until that happens and in the meantime, the unlocking of this hidden function is done from the flags section as follows.

Steps to follow…

  • We open the Chrome app and write "chrome: // flags”(Without quotes) in the address bar. This will open Chrome's hidden settings menu.
  • In the search engine that appears at the top of the menu, we write “Chrome Duet”.

If we click on the "Default" button that appears next to Chrome Duet, the system will give us the option to modify the layout of the toolbar by applying the following formats:

  • Enabled" and "Home-Search-TabSwitcher Variation”: Add the home page, search and tab list buttons to the bottom toolbar.

  • Home-Search-Share Variation”: Add the home page, search and share buttons to the bottom toolbar.

  • New Tab-Search-Share Variation”: Add the new tab, search and share buttons to the lower toolbar.

  • The options "Default" and "Disabled”Leave the configuration of the bar as it is in the upper part of the browser.

Therefore, to move the Chrome bar to the bottom of the screen we will have to activate one of these options. Then we will see a message urging us to restart the browser to apply the changes. We click on the button "Relaunch”, And the browser will automatically close and reopen, now, with the settings we just selected a few moments ago.

We should mention that during the preparation of this post we had to restart the application a couple of times for it to apply any of the changes. Certainly we are facing an experimental functionality, but in any case it seems that it works perfectly without major complications (beyond the aforementioned restart).

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