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How to Enable Google Now on Chrome for Desktop

Google is working on integrating Google Now in Chrome for Desktop and it’s already available in  the Canary build, which is a development version of the browser. But Google Now isn’t turned on by default, so here’s how to enable it.

First you will have to download and install Chrome Canary, which is a pretty unstable version of the browser. You should only use it to check out new features and use the stable version for your daily tasks. Also Canary won’t let you set it as default and it requires you to use the stable version for that.

You can download Chrome Canary from Google’s page here and the installation process is really easy. Once you’ve installed it, you will have to enable Google Now, along with some notification features it requires.

Google Now can be enabled in the chrome://flags, so you will have to paste this on your navigation bar and hit the Enter key: chrome://flags.

Enable Google Now Chrome Desktop

Then you will have to find the required features and enable them. Considering it’s a pretty long page, you’ll have to use the browser’s search feature, which can be enabled by pressing Ctrl + F. First we will enable Google Now, so search for it and choose Enabled instead of Default.

Then you will have to search for the other notification features too. They are called: Rich Notifications, Sync Notifications and experimental UI for Notifications. Once you’ve enabled them all, you will have to restart the browser and Google Now should start working. You will receive notifications on your desktop just like you do on your smartphone.

We expect Google to introduce Google Now officially for the desktop in a few months, after they finish testing it with Chrome Canary and Chrome Dev.