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12 Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Chrome Experience
- Apr 01, 2017 -

1. Copy, cut and paste web addresses

Share the address of specific web pages and content from websites you like using the Android copy and paste tool. 

In Chrome, click on the URL of the site and press the cursor for a few seconds. 

If you're using Android Marshmallow, you'll see that in addition to copying and pasting, there's the option to share apps and search for specific terms in Google Now.


2. Speed up page loading with Brotli

On the next page you'll see a page with several features. 

At the top of the screen, highlighted in yellow, is the section that is most relevant to us. It's called "Brotli Coding" content. 

You must now select the "Default" menu and then click "Activate". You'll then need to restart Chrome to apply your changes.


3. Disable open tabs between apps in multitasking 

From Android 5.0 Lollipop the recent Chrome tabs are opened one over the other mixed with the apps, which let's face it can be confusing. 

Happily you can undo this action. To do this, open Chrome in Lollipop, click the three dots in the upper right corner of the browser, and then go to:  

Settings > Merge tabs and apps > Disable. After that, your Chrome browser will be faster and more organized.


4. Quickly switch between tabs

If you followed the above instructions, you'll be able to enjoy yet another advantage. 

You can now move tabs quickly by simply dragging the address bar to the right or left. 

However, you should know that Android can be controlled in part by gestures. 

So in the following article we've put together 10 gestures that will enhance both your Android user experience and using Chrome:


5. Add a shortcut to a website on your home screen

If you find yourself frequently visiting a website adding it to your home screen will save you some time and a few taps. 

To do so, simply tap the three-point menu and select "Add to home screen." Then just choose a label for the icon that will be added to your home screen. Too easy!


6. Synchronizing tabs and favorites with other devices

This feature is certainly not new, but it's not used very often. To make it really useful, you need to set up some options. 

Go to your Chrome settings, use your Google account, and enable sync. 

Before syncing, open Chrome on your computer, sign in with the same account, then "Sync" in the account settings and confirm that the "Open tabs" option is enabled.


7. How to navigate in anonymous mode

Incognito mode prevents Google Chrome from saving your browsing history. 

To access it, just touch the three-point menu (upper right corner of the window) and touch "Navigate without a trace". 

The search bar and anonymous tab icon are grayed out, and do not change according to the website you visit.


8. Save data with Chrome

In Google Chrome, you can reduce the use of your plan's mobile data by compressing them.

Simply open the Chrome browser and go to: Menu > Settings > Data Saver. 

With this option enabled, you will certainly save yourself some internet data.


9. Reader Mode

Not all sites have been optimized to open on a smartphone. 

To improve your user experience with these sites, Google has enabled Reader Mode in Chrome. 

You will soon find the "Activate Reader Mode", then click the "Default" button and choose "Always". 

Each new page you'll open after this will have a note appear in the footer of your display indicating that the website can be optimized for your smartphone.


10. Get Facebook notifications for Chrome

If you use Facebook through your browser, and you don't want to miss out receiving notifications, these can be sent to you through Chrome. 

When you first access the site with the browser, Facebook asks permission to send notifications to the user. This new feature finally makes the Facebook app useless!

However, if you want to enable or disable this option you'll need to go to: Profile settings > Notifications and then tap on the gear icon. Then click "Mobile on" and manage.


11. Compress media files with Opera Max

Opera Max saves data and gives you full control over your consumption. 

The application works with 3G, 4G, LTE and WiFi networks, and is really effective as it compresses videos, photos and media in general, applications and websites, and without much loss of quality. 


If that wasn't enough to get you interested, Opera Max also allows you to save battery power by blocking applications running in the background. 

Last but not least, when managing WiFi networks, Max also tracks what apps do in the background when connected to WiFi. To get these features, download the app from Google Play Store:


12. Open tabs side-by-side with Nougat's multi-window feature

This will only work with phones running Android Nougat. 

Open Chrome as you normally would, then long press the recent apps button on your phone to open the multi-window menu.


At this point, go to the Chrome-occupied half of your screen and tap the three dots button on the top right for more options, and select Move to another window.

Then you'll be able to open a new Chrome tab on the other half of the screen.