I noticed a new behavior in Chrome after updating my device to Android 9. When I close every tab in Chrome, the app closes automatically.

This used not to be the case before I updated, even if there's no tabs remaining, Chrome will keep running on the tab switch screen. (Which has a "+" button in lower center which allows creating a new tab)

I'm used to closing the tab I'm using before opening a new tab, so this affects my normal usage. Are there any settings to change or anything to do to get back that function, except rolling back the Chrome version?

I'm using Chrome 72.0.3626.105 on Android 9 (Pie) on the device Huawei P Smart+ (INE-LX1).

  • The latest version I have is Chrome 72.x, maybe it's still not available in this region. When I get that update, I'll give the results. Thank you for the help!
    – Supersonic
    Feb 21, 2019 at 12:22
  • I was on the version mentioned on the question, but updated after seeing your comment. :)
    – Supersonic
    Feb 21, 2019 at 12:34
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    And the latest version also have this behavior...
    – Supersonic
    Feb 21, 2019 at 12:36
  • Not for me, so maybe device issue of Huawei
    – beeshyams
    Feb 21, 2019 at 12:37

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I finally found a solution for removing this behavior. For me, turning off the toggle in Settings >> Home Page worked. It also removed another new behavior: showing Google home page when you start the browser. (it used to show the new tab page) It has a positive effect for me, but maybe not for anyone else, so be wary of that.

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