I already gave examples of browsers for Android. From a lot and there is plenty to choose from. Although, many are built on the same engine and because of this, they are not much different, except for the location of the controls. Now we will talk about one browser, but it is he who has so many little-known lives hacks that there is definitely something to tell. Moreover, almost all Android users use this browser, and it is installed out of the box on an e smartphone, except for Huawei and Honor. Perhaps there are a couple of manufacturers that can be neglected. I mean Google Chrome.
Hidden features of Google Chrome
Chrome is Google’s world-wide browser platform, and although the Android version may not seem as powerful as the full-fledged desktop version, it actually has a ton of hidden features. Some of them can speed up switching between tabs or improve performance when the Internet connection is unstable, but there is something else.
In this article, we’ll cover 12 tips and tricks for using the Google Chrome browser on Android.
How to turn on dark mode in Google Chrome
In Android 10, Google Chrome supports a dark theme and can change it in accordance with the system settings. That is, to adapt to the general theme, but in earlier versions of the theme you can switch only in the “Settings” section. Press the menu button, select “Settings” and then click “Themes”.
Switching Chrome to a dark theme not only darkens the application’s interface, but also makes websites dark if they have a dark theme. There is also an experimental feature that causes all sites to be dark when dark mode is turned on.
Just copy and paste chrome: // flags # enable-android-web-contents-dark-mode into the address bar and set the Enabled value in the drop-down menu. If you want to disable it later, just go to the same address and set the value to “Default”. (all actions you perform at your own peril and risk).
Receive Facebook and Twitter notifications in Google Chrome
The Facebook app for Android has always left much to be desired, and perhaps installing it is not the best idea, given the privacy history of Facebook. The Twitter app is less horrible, but if you don’t use the service often, you probably won’t want the app to take up memory and eat battery in the background. Fortunately, you can receive notifications from both services through Chrome.
For Facebook, log in to the site on your device, click the menu icon in the upper right corner of the page and scroll down to “Account Settings”. Then click “Notifications” and click the “Enable” button.
For Twitter, go to mobile.twitter.com and click on the notification button. You should see the option to enable push notifications. If not, click the settings button in the upper right corner, select “Push Notifications”, and then click “Enable”.
Fast tab switching
The most obvious way to change the tabs in Chrome that everyone is using is to click the tab button and select the one you want from the list. But there are two other ways to change the current tab. You can swipe left and right along the address bar or swipe down the bar to see the full set of tabs. Swipey is our everything!
Try Chrome Duet
Google has been working for some time to update the Chrome interface called “Chrome Duet”. Instead of a single address bar at the top of the screen, Duet saves the address bar at the top and moves frequently used functions to the bottom line. However, Duet is not yet available to everyone, so you have to enable it using the Chrome command.
To enable Chrome Duet, copy and paste chrome: // flags # enable-chrome-duet into the address bar and set the Enabled value in the drop-down menu. If you want to disable it later, re-open this URL and change the drop-down list to “Default.” (remember that everything is at your own peril and risk, right?)
Saving site pages
If you need access to a specific page, but you have an unstable connection, constantly pressing the reset button to get the necessary information can be a little annoying. Fortunately, Chrome offers a solution.
When you are offline, simply go to any page (by clicking on the link or entering it in the address bar) and click the “Download when connected” button. Once you connect to the Internet, Chrome will save the page and notify you.
Quickly close Google Chrome tabs
If you want to close the current tab without opening the tab overview, there is a faster way. Hold the tab button for a second and you will see a menu with the ability to close the current tab.
In the same way, you can create new tabs using this method, but it will not be faster than creating tabs through the regular menu.
How to add or remove home button in browser
On some devices, the Home button is visible in Chrome. This is due to the fact that some manufacturers include in the system folder APK “ChromeCustomizations”, which sets the default values for bookmarks, including the “Home” button. But if this APK is not available on your device, there is a way to add the home button (or remove it if you do not need it).
If you don’t have a Home button yet, insert chrome: // flags / # force-enable-home-page-button in Chrome, select “Enabled” from the drop-down menu and restart the application twice. Now you have a home button! You can change the address to which it will lead you by going to Settings, then the Home page, then Open this page.
If you have a Home button in Google Chrome and want to get rid of it, just open the “Chrome Settings” (the menu button in the upper right corner, then “Settings”), click the “Home” button and turn off the switch. Very simple.
How to save a site in PDF format
As mentioned above, Chrome allows you to save pages on your phone for offline viewing. But what if you want to send the saved page to someone or save it in the downloads folder? By combining the Chrome sharing feature and the Android Print PDF function, this can be achieved without any additional tools. Find the page you want to load, and then click the Share button in the main menu. Select “Print” in the general menu and change the printer to “Save as PDF.” Then just press the blue button to download the file. Since you get a PDF, it can be opened on almost any computer, phone or tablet.
How to increase text on any site
In many cases, sites optimized for mobile browsing do not allow the user to manually zoom in and out. At best, it can be annoying, and at worst, it can harm the eyesight of users. Fortunately, Chrome can solve this problem.
Just open Chrome’s settings, click on “Accessibility” and check the box “Force scaling on”. Now you can enlarge any page!
Search a page in Google Chrome
When using Chrome’s “Find on Page” search, you don’t need to click the up or down arrows many times to view the results. Instead, you can swipe up and down the right pane to quickly scroll through the result.
How to disable or enable notifications on the site
Sites may request sending notifications to your device, but it is not always clear how you can disable this feature later. If you are tired of some site sending you notifications, you can easily refuse them.
Click the menu button in the upper right corner of Chrome, click “Settings” and select the “Notifications” menu. From here, you can switch all types of Chrome notifications, including those sent by Chrome itself (downloads, media controls, and the like).
How to turn off the sound on the site in Google Chrome
Chrome on Android is supposed to block the automatic playback of sound on sites, but some sites find ways to get around the ban. This is especially true for advertising. You can block audio playback on all sites except a few selected ones.
You can do the opposite – leave the sound on all sites except a couple of the most annoying. To do this, open the Chrome settings and go to “Site Settings”, then “Sound”. There is a universal switch at the top and you can add additional rules by clicking the plus button.