How to Create and Manage Tab Groups in Chrome Android?

Learn how to create and organize the tab groups on the chrome android browser. You can completely manage the open tabs and group them in categories per need.

Users generally prefer to keep multiple tabs opened simultaneously in their Chrome Android browser. There are quite a few reasons for the same-the biggest of which stands from the multi-tasking point of view. Along the same lines, some users (including myself) don’t usually close the browser tab once the task has been completed.

Rather we tend to close the entire browser itself. All these lead to tons of tabs being accrued over the course of time. On the positive side, it wouldn’t slow down the browser’s performance (something that its PC counterpart is known to suffer from). However, the real issue arises when you need to search for a particular tab.

With a plethora of opened tabs, finding the needle in the haystack seems to be an easier task than actually being able to find the required tab. To overcome all these ‘issues’, Chrome had introduced the Tab Grouping functionality on its PC build last year.

Related: How to Manage and Use Tab Groups in Chrome Computer?

Now, the said feature is rolling out to its Android version as well. Thankfully, the tab group or group tabs remain intact even after closing the chrome android browser, which is quite needful.

In this guide, we will show you detailed steps to enable the Group Tabs in Chrome Android as well as the required instructions to make full use of this feature.

Enable Group Tabs in Chrome Android

First and foremost, you will have to update the Chrome browser to version 88 or newer. However, even if you have updated to this version, you might have to wait for some time as it is slowly rolling out to all the devices. To check if your device has received it or not, tap on the plus add icon situated next to the address bar.

Tab Group Feature in Chrome Android browser

If you find the tabs organized in a grid layout, then the feature has been enabled (see the image on the right). On the other hand, if you are still seeing the tabs in a vertically scrollable list as before, then Tab Group is yet to make its way over to your device (image on the left).

In that case, you will have to manually enable this functionality by stepping into one of Chrome’s experimental features section and enabling four flags associated with the grouping of tabs.

Here are the steps to enable the tab grouping flag in chrome android:

  1. Launch the chrome android browser.
  2. Head over to the chrome://flags page.
  3. Search for the Tab Grid Layout flag and change its state from Default to Enabled.
  4. Likewise, do the same for Tab Groups, Tab Groups Continuation, and Tab Groups UI Improvements flags.
    Chrome Android Flag Tab Grid Layout
  5. Hit the Relaunch button that appears at the bottom of the page.

This will restart the browser and the changes will take place immediately. We have successfully enabled Tab Groups in Chrome’s Android build.

Do keep in mind that these flags are experimental in nature, so you might have to compromise on the browser’s stability and performance. If you do end up with such an issue, then consider disabling all these flags right away and wait till your device gets officially blessed with this feature.

Related: 7 Best Google Chrome Flags to Try in 2021!

Create a New Group Tab in Chrome

Now that you have enabled this feature, let’s check out the steps to create a new Tab Group in Chrome Android, for which there exist two different methods.

In the first one, you could instruct the browser to carry out this task while the second method is more of a manual approach. Let’s check out both of them:

Via the Built-In Option

  1. Tap on the tab switcher multi tab icon icon situated next to Omnibox.
    You should see the open tabs in a grid layout.
  2. Tap on the vertical 3dots icon for options list, and select Group tabs.
  3. Select all the tabs that you want to add to a group.
  4. Hit on the Group command option.
    Use Group Tabs options in Chrome Android

That’s it. A new group tab will be created with all the selected tabs. As is evident from the screenshot, we have created a four tabs group on chrome android.

Manually Creating Group Tabs

  1. Tap on the tab switcher multi tab icon icon situated next to Omnibox.
    You should see the open tabs in a grid layout.
  2. Touch and long-press an open tab for a couple of seconds until it gets highlighted/squeeze.
  3. Drag-and-drop selected tab onto another tab that needs to be part of a group.
    Drag and Drop to Create Group Tabs in Chrome Android

Once you do so, the browser will create a new group indicating the total number of tabs present there. You can drag and drop as many tabs as you want to the group.

You can see from the screenshot that we have created a group of four tabs belonging to the Chrome flags domain. You can organize the tab based on categories or your favorites, it’s up to you.

Manage a Tab Group in Chrome Android

We can completely manage and organize a group tab within the chrome android browser. We can create unlimited groups and add unlimited tabs into a group as long as chrome doesn’t run out of memory.

Access a Tab within Group

We can access a tab within a Group tab easily. Just tap on its associated group, and chrome will enlarge the group and display all tabs belonging to that group.

We can also scroll within a group and choose to open tabs from a larger group size.

Modify and Organize Tab Groups in Chrome Android

Add a Tab to Group

Likewise, if you wish to add a new tab to an existing group, then tap on the plus add icon situated at the top right. This will display the URL field, enter the desired site URL and the site will be added to this group.

The other easy approach will be to open a tab like we do normally, and drag it to this group.

Add Tabs into existing Group Tabs

Remove a Tab from Group

Furthermore, you could also remove tabs from a group. Head over to that tab inside the group that you need to remove, and tap on the X.

Chrome will then notify you about the tab being removed. It will also give you a five-second window to bring it back via the Undo button.

Remove Tab from Group Tabs in Chrome Android

Close a Group Tab on Chrome Android

On the other hand, if you wish to close the entire group, then head over to the tabs grid section and hit the X to the group.

As was the case with removing individual tabs, you may bring back the closed group tabs via the Undo option.

Close and Remove a Group Tab from Chrome Android

Bottom Line: Chrome Android Tab Groups

So this was all from this guide on how to create Group Tabs in Chrome Android. We have also listed out detailed instructions to effectively manage the group as well as their tabs. No doubt this feature will prove to be quite useful in handling the plentitude of tabs that are opened in the browser.

However, as of now, it’s still far from the finished product. The biggest reason for the same could be attributed to its staged rollout process. As a result, the users who haven’t yet received it will have to go some extra miles in enabling four experimental feature flags before they could actually get a glimpse of this feature.

On its defense though, these efforts are just for the time being until the feature makes its way to every user’s device settings, after which, you might be able to use it without enabling any of these flags.

Related: How to Reopen Recent Closed Tabs in Chrome for Android?

With that said, we would love to hear your opinions about this new addition of tab grouping or group tabs feature to the chrome android browser.

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