Restore Secure Text for HTTPS in Google Chrome

As you may already know, Chrome 69 comes with a number of new features and improvements, including a refined look for the user interface, that is called 'Material Design Refresh'. Another change introduced in this release is removal of the green 'Secure' badge for web sites that use the HTTPS protocol. Today, we will see how to restore it.

Google Chrome comes with a number of useful options which are experimental. They are not supposed to be used by regular users but enthusiasts and testers can easily turn them on. These experimental features can significantly improve the user experience of the Chrome browser by enabling additional functionality. To enable or disable an experimental feature, you can use hidden options called 'flags'. Often, flags can be used to revert new features and restore the classic look and feel of the browser for some period of time.

Starting with Chrome 69, Chrome hides the Secure text from the address bar and replaces the "secure" badge with only a lock icon for https sites.

Chrome 69 Https Lock Icon

Note: With the release of Chrome 70, 'http' web sites will get a red “Not secure” badge when users enter data.

There is a special flag which allows re-enabling the green Secure text. Here is how it can be done.

To restore the Secure text for HTTPS in Google Chrome, do the following.

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following text into the address bar:
    chrome://flags/#simplify-https-indicator

    This will open the flags page directly with the relevant setting.

  2. Set the option called 'Simplify HTTPS indicator UI' to 'Enabled (Show Secure chip for non-EV pages'. EV pages are those without extended validation HTTPS certificates.
    Chrome 69 Enable Secure Text For HTTPS
  3. Restart Google Chrome by closing it manually or you can also use the Relaunch button which will appear at the very bottom of the page.Google Chrome Relaunch Button
  4. The classic look of the address bar will be restored.

Before:

Chrome 69 Default HTTPS Lock

After:

Chrome 69 Secure Text For HTTPS

However, the new 'Material Design Refresh' UI of Google Chrome draws the 'Secure' text badge in gray color. To get the good old green badge, you need to restore the classic appearance of the window frame for Chrome. See the article

Disable New Rounded UI in Chrome 69

After that, you will get this:

Chrome 69 Secure Text For HTTPS Green Badge

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1 thought on “Restore Secure Text for HTTPS in Google Chrome

  1. Michel Merlin

    Please Google STOP with the fiddling disease
    Users are grown-ups and can see the “https” starting OR NOT the URL. STOP all the additional, redundant, annoying, error-prone labels, complications, etc.
    What is important is the EXACT url, complete, so please give it the maximum length available, remove all the superfluous amusements. Stop the hiding of “http(s)://”, which causes a lot of useless complications to developers, even probably to your own ones. Stop FALSIFYING the copy of URL by adding a trailing lash in some cases, e.g. when selecting “https://www.nytimes.com” and copying (Ctrl+C), what I get is “https://www.nytimes.com/”!!!
    This is FALSIFYING, by low stupid inexperienced “developers” who feel smart to “guess” (and illiterate people guess WRONG 90% of the time) what the user wants or needs.
    Oh, I don’t expect a reply: NOT-answering to feedback, in addition to illiterate, counter-productive and impolite, is just stupidly giving one more proof that you DON’T really read the feedback: haven’t you understood this after 20 years?
    Michel Merlin, michel.merlin@laposte.net
    Versailles, Tue 17 Mar 2020 16:17:15 +0100

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