Unlock the Chrome redesign today. Here’s how.

A new Google Chrome Material Design theme is coming out of Mother’s woodwork, and it looks stunning. This post teaches how you can toggle that redesign on.

But first, some housekeeping: the redesign is currently available on Chrome 68, which is the latest version of Chrome. The new design takes a rounder, whitespace-heavier in aesthetic—whether that’s a good or a bad thing, I leave up to you. The iOS version, interestingly, has more drastic changes, chiefly the moving of the navigation buttons to the bottom. Chrome Android is yet to have the redesign applied to it.

Google Chrome Material Design: How to get Chrome's new look

How the Chrome Desktop looks like with the Material Design theme.

Here’s what Chrome in iOS looks like with the new Material Design theme.

The redesign is poised to hit Chrome users soon, and Google is obviously taking their time playing with it. However, if you’ve been itching to try it on either Desktop or iOS, you can thru Google’s “flags” functions.

Here’s how.

Enable Material Design theme in Chrome Desktop

  1. Navigate to chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md
  2. In “UI Layout for the browser’s top chrome” change the option from default to refresh
  3. Restart Chrome to see the changes

Enable Material Design theme in Chrome iOS

  1. Navigate to chrome://flags/#top-chrome-md
  2. In “UI Refresh Phase 1” select enabled
  3. Restart Chrome to see the changes

Depending on your device, Chrome will readjust the colors of your browser. To make sure it doesn’t wash out your browser with yellow tint, do the following steps.

Use sRGB colors in Google Chrome Material Design

  1. Navigate to chrome://flags/#force-color-profile
  2. Select the “sRGB” options in the dropdown menu
  3. Restart Chrome to see the changes
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