Google Chrome is the most popular browser on Android smartphones as it comes pre-installed. However, it lacks some of the useful features that are found on other browsers. Thankfully, Google seems to soon add one of the most requested functionalities – a better download manager.
For years, Google Chrome on Android has only had few options for downloads such as location to save downloads, pause/resume, and downloads in progress/completed. Finally, it is going to change soon according to a finding by Techdows (via XDA Developers)
In the latest Chrome Canary 86 for Android, Google has introduced a new flag for “Enable download later”. Unfortunately, it seems to not work all the time as the feature is still in development.
Anyway, when it works, Chrome will prompt when you download a file with a dialog of three options – “Now”, “On WiFi”, and “Pick date & time” with “Don’t show again” checkbox to set preference. Selecting the last option will let you schedule your downloads just like any downloader app.
That said, it is not sure when this feature will make it to the stable channel. Hopefully, it does soon as it is definitely a welcome addition to the most used browser on Android.
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