15 useful features of Google Chrome on Android

Chrome for Android has many hidden functions, or activated the “experimental flags”, or simply not obvious to all users. Some of them can speed up and simplify the switching between tabs, improve your job with an unstable Internet connection or to save you from the unnecessary functionality of other options.

In this post we will discuss 15 tips and tricks, so you can use the capabilities of Chrome on Android to the maximum.

1. Hide featured article

By default, when you open a new tab in Chrome displays recommended articles under the search bar and shortcuts to sites. If you don’t want to see these recommendations, there is a hidden preference to completely disable them.

Copy and paste chrome://flags/#enable-ntp-remote-Suggestions in the address bar, tap the drop-down menu, select Disabled, and then restart the browser when prompted. After this article should disappear.

2. Receive notifications from Facebook and Twitter in Chrome

Application of social network Facebook for Android has never been famous for its convenience, but the Twitter app better but if you don’t use these services often, you may not need to take up memory on your device. Fortunately, you can get notifications from both social networks directly in the Chrome browser (or Firefox, or Internet Samsung).

Facebook: Log on to the website from your device, tap the menu icon in the upper right corner of the page and scroll down to account Settings. Then click Notifications and then click Enable.

Twitter: Go to mobile.twitter.com and click notifications. There you should see the option to enable push notifications. If it does not, click settings in the upper right corner, select Push notifications, and then click Enable.

3. Switchable tabs swipe

The most obvious way to change tabs in Chrome — click the tab and choose the desired tab from the list. But there are two other way to do it. You can swipe left and right on the address bar to switch or swapnote of the address bar down to see the full list of tabs.

4. Include dark mode

The long awaited dark mode for Chrome on Android appeared in April, but it is not available on all devices. Fortunately, to enable him still easily.

Dark mode can be found by pressing the menu button in the upper right corner, then clicking Settings and selecting Themes. Here you can enable dark mode, but it works only on some devices (or any device with Android Q or newer).

If you do not see a menu Theme, copy and paste chrome://flags#enable-android-night-mode in the address bar, tap the highlighted drop-down menu, set it to Enabled and restart the browser. You may need to exit and re-open the browser after that.

If you want all the pages also match the dark theme, you need to activate another flag — just copy and paste chrome://flags#enable-android-web-contents-dark-mode in the address bar and select the option Enabled. This feature may cause some sites will look a little sloppy, so if you want to disable it later, just go back to the URL of the aforementioned flag and set it to Default.

5. Download page when you are online

If you need access to a specific page, but you have unstable connection to the network, the constant clicking of the reload button to obtain the necessary information, can lead to the fact that once the page will not load at all. Fortunately, Chrome has a solution.

When you are not online, just go to any page (by clicking on the link or entering it in the address bar) and then click Download when you connect to the Internet. As soon as you connect to the network, Chrome will save the page and notify you.

6. View more tabs at a time

Page switching tabs in the tile menu in Chrome looks nice, but it’s not the best option to manage large number of tabs. If you want to see more pages at once, Chrome has a hidden switch that will turn the tile menu with thumbnails of tabs to a list.

Just paste chrome://flags/#enable-accessibility-tab-switcher in the address line, select Enabled from the drop-down menu and restart the application. Now view a large number of tabs became a little easier.

7. Highlight the word to find it

It’s simple and easy to use function, but little about it who knows. Select a word or phrase in Chrome, the browser will display a special panel with the information that you have selected. Swipe up the panel and it will show the full search results.

8. Adding or removing the Home button

On some devices, the button Home appears in Chrome as default. This is due to the fact that some manufacturers include in the system folder APK “ChromeCustomizations”, which sets the default values for tabs and buttons Home. But if this missing APK on your device, there is a way to manually add a button to Home in the browser interface(or remove it if you don’t need it).

If you cannot view the button Home, paste chrome://flags/#force-enable-home-page-button in the address period, select Enabled from the drop-down menu and restart the app twice. Yay, button Home now in his place. You can change the address to which it leads by going to Settings > Home page > Open this page.

If your device button Home Chrome was available by default, and you want to get rid of it, just open Chrome’s Settings (menu button in upper right corner > Settings), click Home and flip the switch in the inactive position. Simple.

9. Save the page in PDF format

As mentioned above, Chrome allows you to save pages to your smartphone to view offline. But what if you want to send the saved page to anyone or finally download it in a format that can be read by other applications? By combining the share feature in the Chrome and Android function “Print to PDF”, this can be achieved without any additional tools.

Open the page you want to upload, and then click Share in the main menu. Select Print in the menu “shipping Method” and change printer to Save as PDF. Then simply click the round button PDF, to download the file. Since this PDF file can be opened on almost any computer, phone or tablet.

10. Click on e-mails, phone numbers and addresses to use them

If you’ve used Safari on iOS, you might notice that phone numbers and other similar data are automatically converted into links. For example, clicking a phone number will open it in the dialer. Chrome for Android has a similar feature but it is not so obvious.

When you click on an email address in Chrome, it creates the email in your mail app by default, and the address inserted in the Recipient. Clicking on the address takes you to the location in Google Maps, and clicking on the phone number opens the dialer.

11. Apply an increase on any website

In many cases websites are optimized for mobile viewing, do not allow the user to zoom in and zoom out manually. At best, it’s just sometimes annoying and at worst really harmful for users with vision problems. Fortunately, Chrome in this case there is a special option.

Just open your Chrome settings, click accessibility and check the box to Force you to change the scale. Now you can use zoom on any page.

12. Adding more search engines

For many years the Chrome on Android supported only a few predefined search engines, including Google, Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo. It was finally modified in may 2017, with the release of Chrome version 57.

Add custom search engines a little obvious, but not difficult. First go to any website and look for something. Then open Chrome settings and select Search engine. There you will be able to select recently visited sites as a search engine by default.

13. Quickly switch to search results page

If you use Chrome functions Find on page you don’t need to press the up/down arrow many times to see the results. Instead, you can swapnote up and down the right pane to quickly scroll through the grades.

14. Manage notifications from websites

The sites may ask you to send notifications to your device, but it is not always obvious as to deprive them of this opportunity later. If you get tired of any site that regularly sends you a notification, you can just stop them in your browser settings.

Press the menu button in the upper right corner of Chrome, then click Settings and select Notifications. From here you can manage all types of Chrome notifications, including notifications sent by Chrome (downloads, media controls, etc.) and notices sites.

15. To turn off the sound on the website or completely block the sound in the browser

It is assumed that Chrome on Android is blocking sites from automatically playing audio, but some sites find ways to circumvent this block (especially for auto-play ads). However, you have the ability to block playback of sound on all sites but a select few.

Chrome allows you to block or allow audio for all websites, and manage exceptions. For example, you can disable one or two sites that bother you, or to mute the sound anywhere, except for a few sites. To do this, open Chrome’s settings and navigate to site Settings > Sound. On top there is a universal switch, and there you can add more rules by clicking Add exception.

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