Here’s How To Use Chrome’s Multiple Window Feature On Android 12

Wish you could open multiple Chrome windows on Android like you do on a PC? It's now possible.


Google is rolling out a new feature called multi-instance to Chrome Beta, Dev, and Canary channels. As the name suggests, it allows you to open multiple instances of Chrome. It’s quite similar to opening multiple Chrome windows side-by-side on Windows or Linux.

However, one needs to enable the feature manually. Hence, in this article, let’s look at enabling the multi-instance feature to open multiple windows on Android 12.

Multiple Window Feature In Chrome

To enable the multi-instance feature, you’ll need to install Chrome’s Developer (Dev), Beta, or Canary build from the Google Play Store. Once you’re done, follow the steps below.

1. Open the Chrome (Dev / Beta / Canary) app.

2. In the search bar, type the following URL and hit enter on the keyboard.

Chrome flags

3. In the search bar, start by typing Enable Instance switcher.

4. Tap on the dropdown menu and change it to Enabled. This will enable the feature.

Instance switcher

5. Restart Chrome.

6. Open recent apps by sliding up from the bottom of your screen if you’re using gesture navigation.

7. Long press on the Chrome icon to reveal a bunch of options and select Split screen.

split screen chrome

8. Now, from the apps listed on your partial screen, tap on Chrome to open the split-screen two Chrome tabs.

split screen chrome two tabs - chrome multiple windows feature

9. Tap on the three-dot menu in the first Chrome instance, and you will see the Manage Windows option.

chrome multiple windows manage windows

10. If you don’t see the same, tap on the New window option and close the second Chrome instance you opened.

11. Unlike on Windows, where there’s no limit to the number of tabs you can open (Until you run out of memory), on Android, it’s limited to just five tabs.

split screen chrome manage windows new window

The multiple windows feature will soon make its way to Chrome in the upcoming stable releases for users who don’t want to try out the Beta, Dev, and Canary builds. So, keep an eye on them.

Are you using Chrome as your daily driver? If not, which browser are you using? Let us know your thoughts, opinions, and preferences in the comments section below.

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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