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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