If you’re not using the Google Discover feed in Chrome, we have some good news for you, Google will soon allow you to remove it from the New Tab Page.
You’ll soon be able to remove Google Discover feed from Chrome
At the moment, when you open the New Tab Page in Chrome, you see a search bar, your frequently-visited websites, and two content feeds. One of those is the Google Discover feed, while the other is the latest posts from various outlets that you’re ‘Following’ in Chrome.
We’re talking about the Android version of Chrome here, of course. The situation is different on the desktop, as it’s not as cluttered. Now, it seems like Google is planning to clear things up a bit on Android as well.
A new flag will soon arrive to Chrome (stable), it’s called ‘Feed ablation’. The name on its own doesn’t really say much, but this flat “completely removes all Feeds from Chrome”. It will remove both the Discover and Following feeds, and make your Chrome look much cleaner, as shown below (before and after).
Do note that the flag is already available in Chrome Canary, but it’s not yet included in Chrome. It should be on its way, though. Google doesn’t really make every flag available, but this one sure seems like it’s on the way.
This change is coming with Chrome 103 next month
9to5Google notes that this particular flag is getting fast-tracked, and it should land along with Chrome 103 next month. We wonder if Google will go as far as offering a toggle for disabling both feeds at some point.
Many people enjoy using Google Discover, whether that’s from Chrome, the leftmost page in the Pixel Launcher, or somewhere else entirely. If you’re not amongst those people, you’ll be able to disable it real soon.
If you’re wondering how you can enable/disable a flag, all you have to do is type in chrome://flags in the Chrome search bar, and you’ll get a list of all flags. Use the built-in search feature to find ‘Feed ablation’, and go for it. Do note that you’ll have to wait until Chrome 103 lands, of course.