How to enable new Google Chrome Custom Context Menu on your smartphone

Google is known for regularly adding new features to its Chrome browser to ensure a better user experience than other rival products. Although Google performs a lot of internal testing before releasing a new feature to the public, you can still try such experimental features using flags in chrome://flags.

This post is about one such upcoming feature that Google is currently busy polishing for users. The new feature called the Custom Context Menu gives a new look to the existing context menu that appears on screen when you long-press a link, image or video on your smartphone.

If you long-press a link, image or video in the Google Chrome app, you get a dialog box with multiple options like “Open in new tab”, “Copy link address”, “Download image” and so on. The experimental Custom Context Menu now adds specific icons for each option to avoid confusion and help you decide which option to select.

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Left image: Old link context menu. Right image: New link context menu.

If you long-press on a link, the existing context menu gives you a collapsed URL by default. You may need to scroll down if you want to view the entire URL. In the new context menu, you just need to tap on the URL to expand it.

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Expanded URL in the new custom context menu.

If you long-press on an image, the new custom context menu shows you a small thumbnail of that image to help you make sure that you are playing with the right element.

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Left image: Old image context menu. Right image: New image context menu.

When it comes to videos, the new menu has nothing much to offer but a download icon next to the “Download video” option.

New video context menu.

In cases when you long-press on an image that is part of an article, the new context menu offers options for the link and image separately. And that’s pretty handy.

Left image: Old link context menu. Right image: New link context menu.

How to enable the new Custom Context Menu

To enable the new Custom Context Menu, you need to be on Chrome version 59+, which means either Chrome Dev or Chrome Canary channels on Android devices.

Step 1: Download either Chrome Dev or Chrome Canary on your device.

Step2: Copy and paste the following text on the address bar.

chrome://flags#enable-custom-context-menu

Step 3: Under “Enable custom context menu Android”, change “Default” to “Enabled”.

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Step 4: Tap on the RELAUNCH NOW button to restart the browser.

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