How to enable Reader Mode on Chrome Desktop

July 19, 20191 min read

Users have been asking Google for a desktop reader mode on Chrome since this functionality was added to their apps a few years ago. And now, with Chrome 75, Google has finally added this functionality, though disabled by default.

To enable it, the only thing you need to do is to open the following page on your Chrome browser and switch the dropdown to Enabled: chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode

Here's a quick walkthrough showing you how to enable the flag

Once that's done and you've restarted your browser, you'll see a Distill Page option on the Chrome menu. Clicking it will bring you to a simpler version of the website where you can read the content without bothering about trackers, ads or poor styling.

A preview of Reader Mode