How to Re-Enable Chrome Tabs in Android Lollipop

December 17, 2017 by  Filed under: Computer 
 

Android Lollipop is a version of the Android mobile operating system developed by Google, spanning versions between 5.0 and 5.1.1. Google changed the way Chrome handles tabs in Android Lollipop. By default, tabs no longer live within Chrome like they do on the desktop.

Instead, when you hit the multitasking button you’ll see each tab parceled out as if it were an individual app. The advantage is that it may be easier to find that last tab you were looking at because this view puts the site’s icon and name at the top of the card.

Once you turn off the merge tabs and apps feature, your tabs will all appear within Chrome.

If the developers want to get really wild they can customize the color of the top bar so it stands out amidst the other apps.

From within almost anywhere inside Chrome, tap the three dots menu icon. Choose Settings > Merge tabs and apps. Then just turn the feature off. You will be asked to confirm that you want your tabs to be controlled through Chrome and not by the recent apps menu. Tap OK to confirm.

Chrome will restart now; just give it a moment to come back up with the most recent tab you were using. You will now see a little square icon in the top right corner, I hope it looks familiar; it is the Chrome Tab count from before Lollipop.

You’ll get a notice that the tabs will move to the tab switcher inside of Chrome. This also re-enables the ability to close all your tabs at once by going to Settings > Close all tabs.

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