Android 12, the major OS update of Google, is introducing the “Material You” Dynamic Theme, which automatically changes the color of Chrome to match your phone’s wallpaper. Google recently updated the dynamic color flag on Chrome for Android with full support for dynamic colors. If you’re eager to experiment, you can try out the new theming feature by Enable Material You Theme in Google Chrome.
Material You design for Google Chrome currently is an experimental feature, and it is available in the latest version of Chrome Canary build. Material You brings the browser theming UI for its New Tab page, Discover Feed, directly from colors found in the wallpaper on a given device.
How to Enable Material You Theme in Google Chrome
You can activate the wallpaper-based theme on Canary via two flags. You need to Enable two flags by navigating to the “chrome://flags” URL and entering the correct terms in the search bar. Specifically, by searching first for “theme-refactor-android” and then “dynamic-color-android.”
Here’s how to run Android 12’s Material You Dynamic Theme for Google Chrome before it rolls out.
- Open Chrome flags (chrome://flags).
- Paste the following URLs into Chrome’s address bar and change the value from Default to Enabled.
- Now, paste the following URLs into Chrome’s address bar and change the value from Default to Enabled (full).
- Now, restart your browser by tapping on the Relaunch button. (If you don’t see any changes, you might have to restart the browser once again.)
- You will now notice that Chrome’s UI elements follow Material You design style.
Wrapping Up: Enable Android 12’s ‘Material You’ Dynamic Theme
The feature is still a work in progress as some elements, such as the context menu, don’t yet match the color of your wallpaper. Still, if you want to try, you can Enable Material You Theme in Google Chrome for Android by downloading Chrome Canary’s latest version.