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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.

There, you'll find a full list of pages you've had opened on any device where you've been signed into Chrome — including both regular computers and other mobile devices. You can browse through the pages chronologically or even search for keywords using the box at the top of the screen.

This might be a good time to remind you about the existence of Chrome's incognito mode for the type of Web surfing you don't wish to have kept on record. And don't forget, you can also always clear your full browsing history from Chrome on any device if the need ever arises. (Don't worry — I won't ask for details.)

10. Swim into a wilder channel

You may know about how Chrome offers different release channels for its desktop browser, so you can opt to try out experimental features before the hoi polloi — but did you know you can also opt to be more adventurous with Chrome on your Android device?

It's not for the faint of heart, but if you like trying out new stuff that's still being developed, grab Google's Chrome Beta app. It gets new features and interface changes before they're ready for prime time (which means they might occasionally be a bit unpolished).

And if you're feeling really bold, go all in with the Chrome Dev app. It's described as the "bleeding edge" version of Chrome, with experimental elements that are guaranteed to be "rough around the edges" (careful with those fingers!).

The good news? Unlike their desktop equivalents, the Chrome Android channels exist as separate standalone apps. That means you can install either or both of the advanced channels and run them alongside the regular Chrome app — no major commitments, and no real risk involved.

11. Speed up your mobile browsing

These tips all revolve around the notion of saving time — so how about one that quite literally makes Web pages load faster?

Chrome has a couple of hidden ways to do that. The first is a powerful little feature called Data Saver. When activated, it causes the browser to intelligently reduce the amount of data that gets transferred with each site you visit. It does so by eliminating noncritical page elements like location-detecting code and by giving you lower-resolution versions of some images (which, in my experience, is usually not noticeable from a visual perspective).

You can try it out by opening the "Data Saver" section within Chrome's settings. Once the feature's been running for a while, visiting that same section will show you a detailed view of exactly how much data you've saved over time.


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