Chrome for Android: new download options including scheduling
Google is working on improving the download options provided by the company's Google Chrome web browser for the Android operating system.
Current versions of Chrome for Android offer little when it comes to downloads. Downloads start immediately when you select to download files, and while that is probably wanted in most cases, there are cases where users may not want downloads to start immediately.
A prime example is when the device is connected to a mobile network and not a wireless network. There may also be situations where you don't want downloads to start right away, e.g. when you are still connected to a school or work network with your device. While you could wait before you start the download, other options may be welcome to address these situations.
Google engineers added a new experimental flag to the latest Chrome Canary version that introduces new download options. Once enabled, Chrome will display several options to the user when files are selected for download. These let users start the download right away, start it when the device is connected to a wireless network (if it is not at the time), and to schedule the download.
Let's take a closer look at the available options and how to enable the feature in Chrome.
- Make sure you run the latest version of Chrome Canary for Android; the version that I used for the test is 86.0.4204.0.
- Load chrome://flags in the web browser's address bar.
- Search for "Enable download later".
- Set the experimental feature to Enabled.
- Restart the Chrome browser on the Android device.
Google Chrome for Android will display a prompt when you start downloads in the browser after the restart. The prompt provides you with options to start the download at that point in time, wait until the device is connected to a wireless network, and to schedule the download.
The first two options are self-explanatory, the third resembles functionality known from Download Managers. When you select it, Chrome asks you to pick a date and time for the download. It will schedule the download and start it at the selected date and time.
Chrome users may dismiss the prompt to restore the default downloading functionality of the browser.
The scheduled downloads are listed on the browser's downloads page.
Experimental features may come and come at any time, and it not 100% ensured that the download scheduler and other download options will make it into stable Chrome. The options may be useful in some situations, e.g. when starting downloads while connected to a mobile network; the scheduling on the other hand, I'd estimate that it would not become a very popular feature.
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