The ability to sync all your recent pages, tabs, bookmarks etc. across all your devices makes Google Chrome a very powerful productivity tool. Even with all that convenience, there are several inhibitions users face, which prevents it from being the default browser on Android handsets. If you have been shy of using it for any reason, here are a few handy tricks which can enhance your Chrome experience.
Touch To Search
While reading, its customary to come across a string of text which you would want to explore further. It might be a word meaning, more about a person or perhaps anything else which you wish to explore.
This is perhaps the best Google Chrome feature in our books and though some other browsers and apps try to deliver a simpler experience, there is no true alternative. Which is why it was baffling when one day out of the blue Google snatched away this luxury. Here is how you can get it back (Type Chrome://flags in the URL Bar, Use Find in Page option and search for Enable Contextual Search and enable it. For more details, you can visit the link below)
Remove Chrome Tabs From Recent Apps Panel
Post Android Lollipop, Google chrome tabs have merged in the recent app panel. Though accessing all your Chrome Tabs with the convenience of taping a navigation button seems logical, it turns out be a huge pain, even more so if you are using a custom ROM.
So here is how you can get your chrome tabs back. Tap the menu Icon on the top right, locate settings>> merge tabs and Apps>> Toggle slider to off.
Bonus Tip – Once you have your tabs back, you can simply swipe down anywhere on the URL bar (not just the small box labeled with number of open tabs) to manage all open tabs.
New Data Saver Mode
Late last year, Google announced a new update to data saver mode on chrome that can save up to 70 percent of your data, and which has already rolled out in India. Now, if your Data saver mode is on, Chrome automatically detects if you are on a slow connection and doesn’t load images by default. If you wish to see a particular image, you can tap on it to download.
This makes Google Chrome fit to use even on mobile data.
Add Pages To Home Screen
Google Chrome allows you to create home screen shortcuts for ant page you like. The ability to organize shortcuts for all your frequently visited webpages in a home-screen folder can be cathartic. If your smartphone is short on resources, you could also use these shortcuts as alternatives to separate apps for the websites you like.
Just tap the menu button and slide down to ‘Add to home’ option.
Make use of Reader mode
You can also enable reader mode from Chrome://flags. When enabled, the reader mode prompts you to load an ad-stripped and distraction free page that is fast to scroll through. The triggers shows up for pages not well optimized for mobile browser. The feature doesn’t work perfectly all the time, but is still
To enable it, type Chrome://flags in your browser. Now tap the menu option and select find on page. From here search for reader mode, enable it and re-launch Chrome browser.
Chrome is a very powerful browser on Android for anyone deeply invested in Google’s ecosystem, and these are some effective tips you can use to make the most of it. Have anything else to share? Let us know in the comment section below.