Among the latest changes to Chrome on Android phones are accessibility improvements and the data saving feature has been made easier and more prominent and you can manage passwords. Take a look.
Data Saver is a feature in Chrome on Android phones and tablets that aims to reduce the amount of mobile data used when browsing the web. When it is turned on, significant amounts of data can be saved, which is very useful if your phone contract has a low data limit.
It works by funnelling web traffic through Google’s servers, which then compress the data before sending it to your phone. Compressed web traffic uses a lot less data. The amount saved depends on the web page content though. Text compresses very well, but .png images do not.
There are three exceptions to the data savings and the first is when viewing web pages with a secure https URL. The second is when browsing in incognito mode. These do not go through the Google server compression route in order to maintain your security and privacy. The third is when using a Wi-Fi connection, because data is unlimited over Wi-Fi. Data Saver is just for saving mobile data.
In a recent update to Chrome, Data Saver has been put on the menu. Tap the three dots in the top right corner of Chrome and at the bottom of the menu is the amount of data saved and the date.
Press it and it opens the Data Saver screen. It shows the total data used and the amount saved. It also shows a list of the sites you visited and the data saved on each one.
This is not a total browsing history because Wi-Fi browsing is ignored. It is only the occasions you used Chrome with a mobile connection, such as 3G or 4G. I haven't saved much data because I mainly use Chrome when on Wi-Fi. Your savings could be significantly greater than mine.
Scroll right down to the bottom of the screen and there is an option to clear everything, which is useful if you don’t want a list of the sites you visit lingering around in Chrome. (Don’t forget the full history is stored elsewhere.)
View and manage Chrome passwords
Chrome can store the login details for websites you visit and the usernames and passwords are now easier to manage on a phone. You can see the sites for which login details have been stored, and you can view usernames and passwords.
Tap the menu button in Chrome and press Settings. Press Save passwords. There is an on/off switch at the top for choosing whether Chrome should save passwords, and an Auto Sign-in switch.
Below is a list of websites for which passwords have been saved. Tap a website to open the Saved password screen. The site, username and passwords are displayed. Tap the eye icon to see the password (it requires you to enter your phone PIN or password).
The icons at the right enable each item to be copied to the clipboard so they can be pasted elsewhere. The trash can at the top lets you delete this stored site login details.
There is also a link to view and manage passwords at the google website - passwords.google.com, but the app has all the features you need.
A username or password cannot be edited. To change the login details for a website, it should be deleted from the password manager. Then when you visit the site and log in, it will store the new and updated login details.
- Written by Roland Waddilove
- Created: 19 November 2017