INTRO: Google Chrome is testing a replacement UI for controlling web Bluetooth connections in its latest Canary build. just in case you didn’t know, Chrome has supported Web Bluetooth for quite a while. However, the browser didn’t offer any kind of user-facing UI to permit users to regulate web Bluetooth connections.
In the Chrome 85 Canary, however, the corporate has added a flag that permits the new UI in site permissions within the browser. If you’re using Chrome Canary, you’ll enable the new feature by following the steps below.
- Head over to chrome://flags and look for Web Bluetooth.
- Enable the flag that says “use the new permissions backend for Web Bluetooth” and restart Chrome.
You can find the new setting within Chrome’s Site Permissions settings by heading over to chrome://settings. Permissions for Web Bluetooth are often given on a short-lived or permanent basis, and you’ll even revoke the permission from an internet site, if needed.
The new feature is going to survive Windows, macOS, Linux, ChromeOS, and Android once Chrome decides to push it to the stable channel. In the meantime, if you employ any of the relatively few websites that make use of Web Bluetooth connections, you’ll use the new Chrome Canary to urge more control over these sites’ use of your Bluetooth devices.