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Three great tips for navigating faster with Chrome

We are living in a time when we are not used to it, and even multi-megabits / second connections that were once considered fast are now seen as slow. This starts from human nature: we always want the biggest and the best. If you're one who doesn't have the patience to wait for a site to load, you'll appreciate these three tips for speeding up browsing on your smartphone using the Google browser.

1. Enable Data Saver

Chrome has a Data Saver mode, which uses compression to reduce the amount of information that travels between the server you're on and your smartphone.

Exact savings will vary depending on the type of content you access (for example, videos are not compressed) and your browsing habits, but here I have seen something in the 30% range. It may seem little, but if you have a data plan with a small deductible, every megabyte counts.

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Data savings can reach up to 30%, and there are no side effects / AndroidPIT

To enable this feature tap the menu with the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen and go to Settings / Data Saver. Tap the switch at the top of the screen to set it to On, and you're done!

In the same place you can see how much data you have already saved in the last few days. In addition to a usage chart, there is also a list showing how much (in KB or MB) has been saved on each site. And the cool thing: I never noticed any side effects, like a site that didn't load properly, because of this feature,

2. Enable parallel downloads

This is a hidden function, but quite useful. With it Chrome will break large downloads into three parts and download them simultaneously. If your connection is good, it means the download will be done faster.

To enable it you need to access a special Chrome settings menu. Open the browser and type chrome: // flags in the address bar. At the top of the page is a search field, type parallel (without the quotation marks) and you will see the Parallel Downloading option. Tap the button just below it and choose Enabled.

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Parallel downloads are an "experimental" option, so it's hidden in a menu part / AndroidPIT

Now just tap the Relaunch Now button at the bottom of the screen to restart the browser. Parallel Download comes into action automatically when downloading large files after more than 2 seconds of download. When active, you will see the message Speeding up your download at the bottom of the screen as soon as a download starts.

3. Block advertisements

Anyone who uses Chrome on their desktop can install ad blocking extensions like the popular Adblock Plus. But Chrome on Android does not have this feature, prompting users who want to get rid of ads using alternative browsers such as Opera, Brave or Firefox.

To block advertisements without having to switch browsers or root your smartphone just install the DNS66 app. It monitors your connection and blocks access requests to servers hosting them, so ads are never downloaded. This saves you a few MB in the data plan and pages load faster.

But DNS66 is not on Google Play. After all, Google makes money from advertising, so why distribute a product that undermines its business model? To install it you need to put on your smartphone an alternative app store, the F-Droid.

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DNS66 prevents connection to the servers that store advertisements, so they do not load / AndroidPIT

To do this visit F-Droid.org and click the Download F-Droid button. When the download is complete, tap the Open button in the browser footer and install the app. If a message appears stating that your smartphone does not allow apps to be installed from unknown sources, enable this option by following the onscreen instructions.

With F-Droid installed just open the store, look for DNS66 and click the Install button. The app is very easy to use: first tap the circle arrow in the upper right corner of the screen to refresh the list of servers that will be blocked. Now enable Resume on system start-up and IPv6 Support options and tap the Start button at the bottom of the screen. Ready.

To test if the block is working, just load a website with ads in Chrome: they'll probably no longer be there. While DNS66 is active you will see a key icon in the status bar at the top of the screen, and a notification saying DNS66 Active in the notification list. If you want to hide the notification, hold your finger on it for a few seconds, choose Block all notifications, and then tap Done.

And you know any tricks to speed up the navigation on your smartphone? Share with other readers using the comments below.

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