Link Bubble improves how you use links on Google Android

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 20, 2014
Updated • Aug 26, 2015
Apps, Google Android

No matter which mobile web browser or application you use, all handle things similar on the device. Say you are browsing a web page and stumble upon an interesting link. You tap on it and it loads directly in the same tab, or you long-tap and get options to open it in a new tab instead.

Depending on the browser in question and your Internet connection, it may take a while before the new page gets loaded fully and you can start to use it.

It is different when it comes to apps. A link in an app may open in the default system browser or another system app.

Link Bubble is a new application for Android that improves how you use links on your device. The main feature of the app loads links that you select in the background, so that you can switch to them whenever the page has been fully loaded by your device.

So, when you click on a link it will be loaded in the background while you can continue to browse the current page you are on. You can also add other links to the queue just as easily and Link Bubble will load them in the background as well.

Another interesting feature of Link Bubble is that it handles link redirects properly. Say you tap on link on Twitter that redirects to Instagram. Instead of redirecting the request to the browser first before Instagram gets loaded, the app will be loaded immediately if Link Bubble is installed on the system.

Link Bubble's deep system integration makes it ideal for these type of links. It can also detect embedded YouTube videos on web pages so that you can load them directly in the YouTube application instead if you want.

Besides all that, it contains options to quickly share links that are being loaded or add it to Pocket.

Update: Link Bubble has gone fully free. Ignore the pro version part below and note that all pro version features are now available to all users.

The free version is limited to intercepting links from a single app only, and can only load one page at a time in the background.

The pro version can be purchased for $4.99. It removes both the application and background loading limitation.


When you tap on a link, it will automatically be displayed as a bubble on the screen and you will be notified when the page has been loaded completely. You can then switch to that new page easily to start browsing its contents.

The app keeps a history of all links that you open this way. You can clear that history at any time, and also prevent it from storing history or cookies in first place.

It will open the new page or app that gets opened by a link by default directly. You can change that behavior in the options so that this does not happen automatically.


I tried both the free and pro version of Link Bubble, and it can really improve how you work with links on your device. The only issue that I ran into was that it did not intercept links from web browsers directly. You can long-tap on those links to let the app load them in the background, but that is about it.

Links from other applications, such as Gmail or Google+ worked just fine and were loaded in the background.

Link Bubble is an interesting program if you happen to work with lots of apps on your Android device and open links regularly on it as well.

I suggest you try the free version first. If you do, you need to set an app in the settings that you want links intercepted from.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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