Google Removes Enable Instant Extended API Flag in Chrome

by Venkat eswarlu on December 4, 2013

in Google Chrome,News

Two months back to make searching from ‘new tab’ faster and simpler Google has updated Chrome New tab page- also shows Google doodles if Google is set as your default search engine- with search bar, this was done to avoid people from visiting Search engine home page to perform the searches.

Enable Instant Extended API Flag removed from Chrome

Till now Google has allowed users to disable it and enable old new tab page by disabling ‘Enable Instant Extended API’ flag in about://flags. This flag is no longer available in dev, canary builds Chromium team has removed it and soon it will disappear from beta and stable channels also.

Enable Instant Extended API flag thumb Google Removes Enable Instant Extended API Flag in Chrome

Will you keep checking for New Tab Page alternatives available in web store or stick to current one? Share with us in comments.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jerzy December 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

You can star the following issue if you want a way to disable the Instant Extended API:


Maggie January 19, 2014 at 1:52 am

I hate this new Chrome. I’m that they removed the “Enable Instant Extended API” option.


CharlesTheDragon February 22, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Might just switch back to firefox’s long time support version.


StyleT February 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm

You also can try this extension


Jingyi February 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

I made an extension for Chrome 33 to get the old “new tab page” back in response to the removal of the Instant Extended API flag.


Venkat eswarlu February 27, 2014 at 11:18 am

Tried it, not worked on Chrome 33 beta. Do you’ve to have to say anything?


Jingyi April 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

There is a troubleshooting section:

This extension only works when Google is the default search engine.
Try to disable other new tab page related apps if this one does not load.
Try to go to settings -> Show advanced settings… -> Enable “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar”.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: