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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.

Tab Group is an effective way to manage open tabs to segregate and categories per our needs. We can create a tab group and add multiple tabs to the group. You can also add or remove any tabs from a group. Once we finish a tab group, we can close the group, automatically closing all the tabs added to the group.

Create and Manage Tab Groups on Chrome browser

Users prefer to keep multiple tabs 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.

Instead, we tend to close the entire browser itself. All these lead to tons of tabs being accrued over 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 searching 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 introduced the Tab Grouping functionality.

Now, the said feature is also rolling out to its Android version. Thankfully, the tab group or group tabs remain intact even after closing the Chrome Android browser, which is necessary.

Create a New Group Tab in Chrome

Let’s check out the steps to create a new Tab Group in Chrome Android, for which two different methods exist.

In the first one, you could instruct the browser to carry out this task, while the second method is more of a manual approach.

Via the Built-In Option

  1. Tap on the Tabs multi tab icon icon situated next to Omnibox.
    You should see the open tabs in a grid layout.
  2. Tap on More 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 the screenshot shows, we have created a four tabs group on Chrome Android.

Manually Creating Group Tabs

  1. Tap on the Tabs 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/squeezed.
  3. Drag and drop the 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. You can drag and drop as many tabs as you want in the group.

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

Manage a Tab Group

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 the 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 the Group

Likewise, if you wish to add a new tab to an existing group, tap on the Plus plus add icon 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 straightforward approach will be to open a tab as usual and drag it to this group.

Add Tabs into existing Group Tabs

Remove a Tab from the Group

Furthermore, you could also remove tabs from a group. Head to that tab inside the group you must 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 return it via the Undo button.

Remove Tab from Group Tabs in Chrome Android

Close a Group Tab

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

As 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

So this was all from this guide on creating Group Tabs in Chrome Android. We have also listed detailed instructions to manage the group and its tabs effectively.

No doubt this feature will be quite helpful in handling the plentitude of tabs that are opened in the browser. You can now categorize and differentiate the tabs and close a group that no longer required.

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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Sadique Hassan

Sadique is a Bachelor of Computer Application in Computer Science and an MBA professional. He became a tech writer by choice and has continued pursuing it for the last 7+ years. He is keenly interested in open-source technology like Android and also loves troubleshooting the tech. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

2 thoughts on “How to Create and Manage Tab Groups in Chrome Android”

  1. I love tab groups, but we used to be able to name them, instead of having it just say how many tabs are in that group. Now we can’t! WHY? Do you know?

    1. Hello Trenton, I don’t remember the renaming feature for tab groups in Chrome Android. But, latest update in the Chrome browser for Android has do not have the ability to name the tab group. However, the option to name a group is available on the desktop browser.

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