Tutorial : Get the best out of Chrome for Android

chrome_tutorialGoogle Chrome is often installed out of the factory on tablets and phones, but if you haven’t experienced Chrome on Android, I suggest you give it a go as it is a very good (and secure) web browser.

Like all Android apps though, getting it set up for the best possible performance is well worth doing. There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for a web page to open is there?

Turn on data saver.
One of the great features of Chrome is the data saver. Reducing the amount of data that Chrome uses to display websites not only saves you money in data charges but it also speeds up browsing. Here’s how to turn it on.

1. Open Chrome and tap the options menu (the three vertical dots at the top right corner of the screen)
2. Tap Settings and scroll down to Data Saver and tap it.
3. Tap ‘On’ and you are set to go. Note that you can track how much data Chrome has saved.

Put your favourite websites on the homescreen.
If you use Chrome to visit the same few sites every time you use it, put icons for them them on your smartphone or tablet homescreen. Let’s do this next.

1. Go to the website you want to place a link to on your homescreen.
2. Go to the options menu again (those three dots at the top right).
3. Tap ‘Add to homescreen’.
4. You can change the description to what you want it to read on your homescreen and tap ‘Add’.
Now you can open the web page by simply tapping the icon on your homescreen.

Quickly switch between multiple tabs.
There are a couple of ways to switch between multiple tabs in Chrome Android but the quickest method is to use the number button next to the web page address.

1. If you have multiple tabs open, just tap the number next to the web address of your current page.
2. This will show you a single view of all your open pages. You can scroll through them and tap the ones you want to switch to.
3. If you want to close one, just tap the ‘x’ in the top corner of it. Note that you can also add a new page by tapping the ‘plus’ sign in the upper left corner of the screen.

Finally, here is a tip that I often use to save both time and data.

Save pages as PDF files.
If you want to save a web page to read offline when you have more time, Chrome lets you save webpages as PDF files with just a couple of taps.

1. Open Chrome and go to the web page you want to convert into a PDF.
2. Tap the options menu (remember the three dots?) and tap ‘Print’.
3. Under Available, tap ‘Save as PDF’ then tap ‘Save’ at the bottom of the screen.
4. Select the folder you want to save it in. My suggestion here is to select the Downloads folder as there is usually a link straight to there as an app icon on your device.

Once you have Chrome set up the way you want it and use some or all of these tips your browsing experience will be quicker and easier.



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About the Author : Andy describes himself as "an older geek" and has been assisting seniors with understanding technology for many years. He is involved with his local seniors computer club and believes that seniors appreciate assistance from those of a similar age group.

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