Google Chrome Gets New Offline Features

Internet outages are common in Pakistan with some going without online connectivity for days at a time. Fortunately, Google has added some much needed features to its web browser for offline users.

Last year, Google added a new feature to Chrome allowing you to download web pages. You could then view those pages without the need of internet connectivity.

According to Google’s statistics, more than 45 million pages are downloaded every week.

Now, thanks to the success of that feature,  the search engine giant is announcing a bunch of new additions to improve the “offline browsing experience”.

Lets take a look at the new features for offline users.

From left to right: New download link option, download page later button, offline badge

Download Link

This option lets you save any web page by long pressing on a link and selecting “Download Link” from the menu that shows up. This will save the page for offline viewing and can be accessed at any time until you delete it yourself.

Download Later and Offline Badge

If you are suffering from an internet outage, this one is for you. If you open a website and run into the familiar “You are offline” page (the one with the dinosaur) you can simply tap on “Download Link Later”. Chrome will then download the web page whenever you go back online.

It’s now easier to get to the saved offline web pages. All you need to do is open a new tab on Chrome and scroll down to “Downloads”. You’ll see any pages saved offline tagged with a gray ticked badge.

These updates are available for Google Chrome on Android.

Built-in Adblocker Coming Soon?

Earlier, Wall Street Journal reported that the most used browser in the world, Google Chrome, is going to get a built-in adblocker in the future.

Read More: Google to Build An Ad Blocker Into Chrome: Report

To use the new offline features, you can now download the latest version of Chrome for your mobile OS of choice below:

Download Google Chrome for Android.
Download Google Chrome for iOS.

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