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How to enable touch to search in Chrome on Android

Looking for the touch to search option in Chrome for Android? Depending on the version you're using, it may be turned off. Here's how to get it back.

Chrome for Android offers the touch to search feature, which lets you perform search queries without heading to Google's homepage. This works by pressing and holding on a word or phrase until an overlay pops up at the bottom of the screen, which you can then tap on to complete a search and display results.

If this feature sounds useful, or you were already using it and it's no longer working, you can enable it with a few quick steps. Here's how:

Step 1: In Chrome for Android, head to: chrome://flags/#contextual-search. If you're reading this on your mobile, just click the link to take you there.

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Step 2: In the drop-down box, choose Enabled.

Step 3: Restart the Chrome app from the alert that appears.

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Now you can use the contextual search by pressing and holding on any word or phrase.