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BLOG: 4 hidden settings to make Chrome for Android even better

JR Raphael | July 22, 2013
Google's Chrome for Android provides a powerful browsing experience by default — but if you know where to look, you can unlock extra power-user features that make the browser even better.

Luckily, Chrome for Android has a way for us override a site's demands and take back control. Open up the browser's main settings and tap "Accessibility," then check the option called "Force enable zoom."

That's it: You can now pinch to zoom wherever you want, whether the website technically supports the option or not. Easy enough, right?

4. Make pages load faster
Everyone wants Web pages to load faster, especially from a mobile device. Chrome has a relatively new option that compresses and optimizes content as you load it — using Google's servers — which makes Web browsing faster and data usage lower on your end of the deal.Chrome Android Data Compression

Google has a detailed description of how the system works, if you're interested, but in short, it uses proxy servers hosted by Google to handle all your nonsecure (http) requests. The servers optimize each individual asset you load and fire 'em all back to your phone faster than you can say "Safari suckfest."

To try it out for yourself, go into the Chrome Beta settings, tap "Bandwidth management," select "Reduce data usage," and activate the toggle at the top of the screen to turn it on. After the system's been running for a while, you can head back into that same place to see how much data it's saved for you.

Not too shabby, my friends — not too shabby at all.



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