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12 time-saving tips for the Chrome Android browser

JR Raphael | Aug. 31, 2015
Become a mobile browsing pro with these little-known tips for Google's Chrome browser for Android.

And finally, swipe downward from anywhere within the main browser area to reload the currently opened page. (You'll need to be scrolled all the way to the top of the page in order for it to work.) Once you see a circle with an arrow appear, you can let go, sit back, and relax. Refreshing, isn't it?

6. Get your tabs in order

If you're using Chrome on a tablet — and if you manage your tabs within the browser, as described in tip #4 — you can move tabs around into any order you like. Just touch and hold the top of the tab and then slide your finger left or right to place it in a new position.

Chrome for Android - close all tabs

Chrome has an option for closing all tabs — if you know where to find it.

7. Kill all your tabs in one fell swoop

Make note of this for those times when you've got tons of tabs open and want to close 'em all at once: With Chrome on a phone, use the swipe-down gesture we learned in tip #5 to view all your open tabs. (Once again — yup, you guessed it — this'll work only if you're managing your tabs within Chrome.)

With all the tabs visible, tap the menu icon in the upper-right corner. There, you'll see an option to "Close all tabs."

Sweet sassy molassey, knockin' out websites has never felt so good.

8. Pick up where you left off

One of Chrome's most powerful features is one that you might not even know exists: The browser always keeps all of your tabs synced and available across devices — which means you can open up Chrome on your phone or tablet and get to the same tabs you left open on your laptop or desktop computer.

All you've gotta do to take advantage of it is tap the small clock icon at the bottom-right of the New Tab screen. Once you do, you'll see a list of tabs open in Chrome on any other device where you're signed in — computer, phone, tablet, you name it. You can then tap any of those tabs to pull it up where you are right now.

9. Find that site you surfed to earlier

Maybe it's not an actively open tab you need but one you had open a while ago — say, a page you were viewing from your laptop last night, before you shut it down and put on your favorite pink footie pajamas.

Well, no problemo: Just like we did in the last tip, tap the clock icon in Chrome's New Tab screen. See that section called "Recently closed" at the top? Tap the line inside it labeled "Show full history."

 

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