How to Enable Reader Mode on Google Chrome

Web browsers have many excellent features that make them useful for everyday users. One such feature out there is the Reader Mode feature. Now, with Reader Mode, enabled in a web browser, you can easily read through your favorite websites and articles by removing the ads and images, cluttering the content, and presenting it to you in a friendly readable manner. Now, a  lot of web browsers have this feature with easy reach.

When it comes to Google Chrome – the most popular internet browser in the world, does have the Reader Mode feature. However, it is kind of hidden and requires you to dig around to enable Reader Mode.

In today’s guide, we take a look at how you can enable Reader Mode on Google Chrome on your PC.

How to Enable Reader Mode on Google Chrome

The problem with the Reader Mode feature for Google Chrome is that the option is hidden. Hidden in the sense, you need to enable the feature to make use of it. Unlike other browsers such as Microsoft Edge and even Mozilla’s Firefox which have a Reader Mode option right within the browser without having to click through a lot. Anyway, we have the steps to enable Reader Mode if you use Google Chrome.

Update Google Chrome

Using the latest version of Google Chrome is always important. It helps prevent attackers from using any loopholes found on an older version of the web browser. Here are the steps to update Google Chrome.

  1. Launch Google Chrome and click on the three-dot menu at the top right menu.
  2. Choose the Settings option from the popup menu.
  3. With the Settings menu open, click on the About Chrome youtube front of the sidebar on the left.
  4. The web browser will now check for updates if available.
  5. If any updates are available, the browser will begin to download them and you will be asked to restart the browser to install the latest update.

Enable Reader Mode on Google Chrome

Now, let’s take a look at how you can enable Reader Mode on Google Chrome by following these steps,

How to Enable Reader Mode on Google Chrome
  1. In the address bar of Google Chrome, type in chrome://flags and hit the enter key.
  2. In the search bar of the Experiments page, type in Reader Mode.
  3. You should now see the Reader Mode flag appear in the search results.
  4. To the right, you should see a drop-down menu.
  5. Click on it to change it from Default to Enabled or Enabled In Settings.
  6. Whichever option you choose, Chrome will ask you to restart the browser.
  7. Click on the Restart button at the bottom right of the browser.
  8. Once your browser restarts, open the article that you wish to read.
  9. In the address bar on the right, you should see a Reader icon.
  10. Click on the Reader icon to enable Reader Mode instantly.
How to Enable Reader Mode on Google Chrome


This concludes the guide on how you can enable Reader Mode on your Google Chrome web browser. With regards to an official reader mode feature for Chrome, it is expected to be making its way somewhere around the month of May. Let’s hope and see if the feature makes a stable appearance within the web browser instead of having to dig through the deep settings of Google Chrome.

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Enjoy games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

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