Chrome is one of the best mobile browsers for Android. But how can you get the most out of it? Here are just a few ways you can boost your Chrome experience on your Android.
Transform your homepage
The home page on your Chrome can easily be changed and to enhance your experience, you need to choose the right one. To choose a suitable homepage do the following:Launch the Chrome browser and tap the options menu, this is the three dotted icon at the top right corner of the screen. Navigate to Settings
then select Homepage
, here you can toggle the homepage to Off
which will give you the typical Google homepage or alternatively to On
which directs you to the Open this page
section, where you can enter the one you prefer.
Reduce data usage
In cases where you are worried that your mobile data might run out, Chrome offers an effective too that negates the necessity of having data run at full blast.Launch Chrome and then tap the three dotted icon at the top corner of the screen, for the options menu. Head into Settings
, then navigate to the Data Saver
option and tap on it. Select On
and you are set. This will also allow you to also manage the amount of data you save.
Game while you're offline
If you have lost your internet connection, or just break from using your data for a while. One you are disconnected, open any website in Chrome then you will see a dinosaur and a 'You are offline'.Tap the dinosaur and it will instantly jump up and begin running. You can hit any area of the screen to control the jumps, as you help it jump over the cacti in his way.
Some webpages don't allow you to zoom, but by enabling the Force Zoom feature in Chrome, zooming on any page is a possibility.Simply open up Chrome and tap the options menu at the right top corner. Go into Settings
, select Accessibility
and the tick the Force enable zoom
entry box. Switch back to the page you want to zoom in on. You can now zoom in by applying the two-finger method or double tapping the screen to zoom in and out. Switch to incognito
If there are some data you don't want saved on your browsing history, Google Chrome offers you the option of going incognito. Just follow these quick steps:Launch the Chrome browser and then select the options menu. Tap New incognito tab
option to start browsing incognito. Once you are done, ensure all the incognito tabs are closed.In case you forgot to switch to incognito, simply remove or clear the pages you want to hide from your history.
If you are looking to keep things private or prevent sites from collecting your data, just turn off tracking on your Chrome browser. With Chrome Android, this is actually very easy.Launch up Chrome then hit the options menu. Navigate to Settings
, tap Privacy
then head into Do Not Track
and switch On/ Off
Store up pages as PDF files
Sometimes you want to refer to an article later on or just save it for offline reading. Chrome lets you do this by allowing you to turn web pages into PDFs, just do the following:Open up Chrome then navigate to the page you want to change into PDF. Hit the options menu, the three dotted icon at the top right corner of the screen. Open Print
then under the Available
section, select Save as PDF
and hit the Save
option at the bottom of the screen.Select the folder you want to save the file in. You can now access it from there whenever you want to read it.
Turn your favorite sites into homescreen icons
If you there are certain sites you visit frequently, placing them on your phone's homescreen may prove to be more convenient.Visit the website you want to put on your homescreen. Go to the options menu on the Chrome browser, tap the Add to homescreen
option and then type in the description as you would want it to appear on your homescreen. Hit Add
. You can now retrieve the page direct from your homescreen.