How To Navigate Chrome On Your iPhone Using Swipe Gestures

Chrome for iPhone has recently received an update that most iPhone users will welcome. The update adds some new swipe gestures to ease navigation within the app. The gestures take hint from those present in Safari and allow you to swipe right and left to go back or forward in a page. It's something that was previously only possible via the back and forward buttons on the URL bar. A few updates ago, Google also introduced gestures to refresh a page, close the current tab, and open a new tab. Here's how you can execute each one of those features. Read More

Organize Tabs Into Groups You Can Name & Easily Switch Between Them [Chrome]

Grouping tabs together isn't a novel idea. For most of us, we group our tabs subconsciously when we open them in different windows. Perhaps we dedicate a window to just emails that need answering, and the second one to the YouTube videos that need to buffer before you can watch them. Spaces is a Chrome extension that lets you group the tabs you have open into spaces. It's a lot like the group tabs feature in Firefox except it is easier to switch between your groups, you can name the groups, and you don't necessarily have to open a link to add it to a group. Read More

5 New Improvements Chrome Just Made To Its Bookmarks Manager

Chrome updates are not regularly covered on AddictiveTips but everyone once in a while, Chrome rolls out something that is awesome and we can't help but talk about it. Today, Chrome's new bookmarks manager is in the limelight. Not only does it have a new look but it's also made saving bookmarks, editing bookmark thumbnails, deleting bookmarks, and selecting which folder to save a bookmark to easier. The icing on this cake is a new 'notes' feature that lets you add a note to the page you are bookmarking so the next time you look at it, you know why you saved it. Read More

Skip Permissions & Allow Video Players On Any Website To Go Full Screen [Chrome]

Media players embedded on websites all have a full screen button which expands the media player so that it fills up your entire screen. Each time you allow a media player to go full screen, you're basically allowing the website it's embedded on to go full screen. It can get annoying because most websites will use Vimeo, YouTube, or on the rare occasion DailyMotion to embed videos and these are all websites whose media players we have already allowed full screen access to. Just because the video is embedded on a different site, Chrome asks us to permit the website to go full screen even if the media player is that of YouTube. If the 'Allow Fullscreen' message bothers you, here's a simple way to turn it off. Read More

Open A Link Or New Chrome Tab From The iPhone Notification Center

Ever since iOS 8 introduced widgets, I've been waiting for some of the more popular productivity oriented apps to do something impressive with it. The widgets have been slow in being developed and so far Launcher is the only one that you can call a 'must have'. Chrome is one of the latest apps to introduce a notification center widget and it's one of those things you didn't know you needed until you try it out. The widget lets you open a new tab, launch voice search, or open a URL copied to your clipboard. Read More

How To Restore A Deleted Thumbnail From The Chrome New Tab Page

Chrome's New tab page features a speed dial; it has thumbnails of your frequently visited websites and you can click a thumbnail to instantly open the website. Based on your browsing history, you can save up to eight different websites like this. It is an exceptionally useful feature and most browsers have a speed dial functionality. For both Chrome and Firefox, extensions and add-ons exist that let you increase the number of website thumbnails that appear on the new tab page. Now imagine for a second you accidentally delete a thumbnail? Most of us would think that it will come back because we will continue to visit the website but that sadly is not the case in Chrome. Here's what to do when you accidentally delete a thumbnail from the New Tab page and want to get it back. Read More

Reduce Data Consumption By Chrome On Your Phone When Not Connected To WiFi

Using your carrier's network plan to stay online taxes your device's battery as well as your bandwidth. Unless you've got bandwidth to spare or you can afford a plan that is generous in bandwidth, you're probably looking for ways to reduce data consumption. Chrome for iOS and Android both come with a built-in option that lets you manage how the browser loads data though surprisingly you have better control options on iOS than you do on Android. Here's how you can get the browser to eat up less of your data plan. Read More

Customize What Page Or Website The Chrome Home Button Opens

Chrome has a Home button. I don't know why it has this button since its purpose by default is to open the New Tab page which is pretty easy to do with a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+T) or with the new tab button that sits comfortably next to the open tabs. Unless you like using it for reasons of your own, the button is more or less just there because browsers have always had a home button. That said, Google and the team behind Chrome isn't one to comply with convention so the Home button it makes sure you have an alternative. The home button doesn't have to always point to the New Tab page. You can have it open any one website of your choice, without even needing an extension. Read More

Search Bookmarks From The Chrome URL Bar Without An Extension

Chrome's URL bar, or rather the OmniBar as it's called is more than just a search bar or a simple URL bar. When you type anything in the URL bar it searches your history as well as your bookmarks. That's why it's the Omnibar. That said, if you want to exclusively search your bookmarks you have to go to the bookmarks manager or go through the folders on the bookmarks bar. An alternative is to perhaps use an extension that will let you search bookmarks or, you can add bookmarks as a search engine in Chrome and get it done without needing an extension. Here's how. Read More

Enable A Native Mute Button For Chrome Tabs

A few months back, a Chrome update added a speaker icon that would appear on all tabs that were playing audio. The new addition is great since a lot of sites run ads that are in fact videos, with sound. The ads are sometimes hidden very well at the bottom of the page and you would end up searching forever without that helpful indicator to guide you. It makes life pretty easy but it's more than just a useful badge added to your tab; it actually has a function, albeit an experimental one. The speaker icon can work as a mute button if you enable a flag on Chrome. Here's how. Read More

Remove Your Name Badge From The Top Right Corner Of Chrome

Chrome looks different this morning. It's obviously received an update and this update comes with a nice new account manager, and a guest account feature. The new feature and the new profile manager look good, once you have them open, I'm not too wild about the profile icon changing to read my name, and that it now sits next to the minimize, maximize, and close buttons of the Chrome window. All I foresee happening to me is an increase in incidents of accidental clicks and doing things I never meant to do. On top of all this it looks terrible with the otherwise clean interface that we've loved in Chrome for so long. Dare I say it but it looks like Firefox with the Menu bar enabled. Chrome kind of fixed something that wasn't broken. It's also decided to use the profile picture associated with the Google account that's currently signed in to Chrome as the new user profile icon. However, for anyone not happy with either of these visual changes you can revert back to the old UI. Here's how. Update: This post has been updated to solve this problem for Chrome v.44.0.2403.107. Read More

Control Your Desktop From iPhone or iPad With Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome is by far the most popular web browser in the world. Where it's really fast, it's also pretty simple to use and because it has such a huge market share any features it offers automatically have a large user base off the bat. A good long while back, Chrome came out with remote desktop support that would allow users to access and control other connected desktops, remotely. The connection was established through the Chrome browser. In April of last year, a Chrome Remote Desktop Android app was released so that you could connect to a computer from your tablet or phone. The same Chrome Remote Desktop has now been released for iOS and it couldn't come at a better time than when we have larger iPhones. It does not require a jailbroken device, and it's absolutely free with complete mouse and keyboard control. Here's our review. Read More

How To Open A Website As A Stand Alone App In Chrome

Back in October, Google released Hangouts as a stand alone application that could run in your browser. It was made well enough and could effectively substitute the Hangouts extension we all normally use. Some online apps, and there are very few of them, can launch themselves as separate stand alone apps in Chrome. Basically, it's a web page open in a Chrome window sans any tabs. A common example is when you receive a desktop alert from Chrome for a new email, and reply to it from notification itself. Because Chrome can run a web page as s stand alone app, it begs the question, can you force it to do so for a particular app? The answer is yes, and all you need is simple switch. Read More

Delete Browsing History Related To A Specific Query [Chrome]

We all know how to delete our browsing history, and that if we're going to look up something that is likely to upset someone should they see it, there is always Incognito mode. Of course, there's still some searches that are completely harmless like when you're shopping for gifts and you don't use Incognito mode or when you accidentally watch lots of YouTube videos at work in the normal browsing mode. Now you have two choices; delete every incriminating link one by one, or delete your entire browsing history for the day. Neither are really great because one is time consuming while the other is very final in its effects. Here's how you can delete your browsing history in Chrome for a particular website, or search in under thirty seconds without needing any extensions or third-part history purging apps. Read More

How To Manually Add Street Addresses To Chrome’s Auto-Fill Option

The information we enter in our browsers daily is often redundant. URLs are one such example but because we can bookmark links, save popular websites to the browser's speed-dial, or because browsers can retrieve them from our history, it is much easier to enter them. Emails are yet another form of information we enter daily whether we're signing in to our email accounts, Facebook, or downloading software. There are quite a few incidents that call for users to input the same information over and over and like we have browsing history for URLs, and password managers for emails and passwords, Chrome has an auto-fill option for information related to physical mailing addresses, and credit cards. Some users like to keep the option disabled (for security purposes) while others find it is pretty useful in filling out forms quickly. Here is how you can manually enter a street address in Chrome's auto-fill option. Read More

Bring Back The Old Tab Switcher In Chrome For Android

Chrome's Material design version does something a little unorthodox with the tab switcher; it combines the tab switcher with the app switcher. To switch to a different tab, you have to tap the app switcher button and it brings up, in addition to the other apps that you have open, all open Chrome tabs. You cycle through them much like you would cycle through your open apps and tap the tab you want to switch to. There isn't anything wrong with this approach if you can get into the habit of using it but I kept looking for the old tab switcher. Fortunately, there is a super simple way built into Chrome to get the old tab switcher back. Read More

Force Your Browser To Use Google.com And Ignore Your Location

I've had to switch to using a different laptop recently and it took some time to set it up the way I had things set up on my old laptop. Surprisingly, one of the harder things for me to do was to get my browser to play nice. Every time I Googled something, it would default to Google local search. I previously had it set up to always use Google.com but the trick to it was long forgotten and took more time than I cared to invest to figure out again. Why can't they make it simpler? Ponder that if you will but if you're trying to get your browser to ignore Google local search and just stick to using Google.com, here is the trick to getting  it to do that in Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Read More

Stop Animated GIFs From Auto-playing In Your Browser

Auto-playing content, whether it's an ad, a video (I'm looking at you Facebook), or a GIF can a drag down your bandwidth and it can also be exceptionally annoying since it slows down the page load. The only time it's acceptable for content to auto-play is if you're browsing Imgur, or perhaps Twitter where there are plenty og GIFs and Vines being shared but at all other times auto-playing content is just another thing you wish websites would stop doing. We detailed how to disable auto-playing content in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safrai, and Opera but our post didn't address GIFs that will continue to auto-play despite 'click to play' being enabled in your browser. Here's how you can stop GIFs from playing in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Read More

Resume A Failed Chrome Download From Where It Left Off [Tutorial]

I'm overly cautious about download managers, especially the ones that try to get me to install a hundred other things during installation. Add to that the number of horror stories you read about malware, compromised data, security leaks, and whatnot, and I prefer to use my Chrome's download manager. This comes with a serious disadvantage though; if a download fails, I can't resume it. If it was something small, I won't mind downloading it fresh but for a sizeable download, this can be a problem. A very frustrating one at that. Naturally, anyone in my position will want a work around so here is a simple way to resume a failed download. You will need Firefox installed as the resumed download will be completed in Firefox. Read More

3 Subtle Changes Google Made To Chrome In Recent Updates

We don't cover Google Chrome updates and new versions as regularly as we do for Firefox. Possibly because version numbers are far less relevant with Chrome. But every once in a while you do get a change and I'm just going with this quote from X-Men here to explain it best; "This process is slow, and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward". Chrome is known for its very minimal interface and just how perfectly executed it is. Firefox, after numerous updates has finally caught up but open a Firefox window and hit the Alt key, all those old menus return for a few seconds. With Chrome, the interface is so minimal that changes are hard to make, and even harder to spot. That said, here are three changes that were made to Chrome over the past few updates. Read More