How To Sync Video Playback On Netflix When Watching With Friends

When you binge on Netflix with a group of friends, it's assumed you're all watching in the same room. That's not always true; you could both be watching the same thing from the comfort of your own homes. If you often watch Netflix with long distance friends then Netflix Party is a Chrome extension you should check out. It lets you sync video playback on Netflix so that you and your friend are watching the same scene at the same time. It prevents spoilers, of course, but also makes for a better viewing experience. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Find The Message ID For A Gmail Email [Chrome]

Gmail has quite a few management features for keeping track of important conversations. You can use labels, folders, and the star feature to make sure you don't lose an email. Gmail's robust search is another way to quickly find and retrieve a message. Every message you send or receive in Gmail has a unique ID. It's what Gmail uses to differentiate messages. On the surface you see the sender, subject, and contents of a message. At the back end, this unique ID is what keeps track of everything and you can use it to keep track of emails outside of Gmail. Gmail message ID finder is Chrome extension that helps you find the message ID for a Gmail email. Read More

Play The Chrome T-Rex Running Game On Your Phone

Chrome has a neat little game hidden on the No Internet Connection page. Most desktop users know about this game; whenever you lose your internet connect and Chrome fails to load a page, it shows you a 'No Internet Connection' message. Just above this message is a pixel image of a T-Rex. If you tap your space bar, the T-rex starts running. Cacti appear in its path and you must tap the space bar to jump over them. This very same game can be played on Chrome for iOS and Android. Here's how you can play the Chrome T-rex running game on your phone. Read More

How To Scan A QR Code With Chrome For iOS

Since the days of iOS 4, I've had a dedicated QR code scanning app on my phone. I don't use it very often but when I do need to scan a code, it is the best option available. There are quite a few QR code scanning apps available in the App Store but very few of them are well built. If you have Chrome installed on your iOS device, you no longer need a dedicated QR code scanning app. You can now scan a QR code with Chrome. Here's how. Read More

How To Identify Clickbait On Facebook [Chrome]

You'll never believe what this Chrome extension does. It can identify clickbait on Facebook and save you from reading through a long, ad-laced list of outdated and/old/incorrect information. The extension is called This is Clickbait and it's available in the Chrome Web Store. It does two things; identify links shared on Facebook as clickbait or not clickbait, and for the slightly ambiguous links, it offers a clickbait score. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Sort Answers On Quora By Votes

Quora is a pretty great place to get advice on just about anything. It's like a reasonable Reddit where conversations don't devolve into puns and you can't be shadow banned. There are quite a few subject matter experts that contribute to discussions and offer their insight. The answers are sorted based on an algorithm which might not suit everyone. Quora Upvotes is a Firefox add-on and Chrome extension that lets you sort answers on Quora by votes. Read More

How To Password Protect Your Chrome Profile

Chrome collects a lot of information about our browsing sessions. We have the option to wipe everything Chrome has saved but that means a lesser browsing experience. On occasion, we can use Incognito browsing to keep some things private but our history and auto-fill data make browsing much easier. Of course, if this information were to fall into the wrong hands, it would mean trouble. Google Chrome has a neat little profile locking feature that lets you password protect your Chrome profile. They've hidden this feature pretty well but here's how you can set it up. Read More

How To Prevent A User From Installing Or Running Extensions In Chrome

Windows users can be restricted from installing apps by an administrator. It's a fairly simple process that involves limiting permissions for a particular Windows account. For apps that a user does have access to, they normally have free rein to customize it. Chrome, for example, allows users to install extensions. If you want to stop a particular user from installing an extension or running any of the ones already installed, there's nothing in Chrome that lets you do so. A simple work around to the problem exists in the form of Windows folder permissions. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Remove The Netflix Next Episode Countdown & Are You Watching Prompt [Chrome]

It is perfectly normal for Netflix users to binge watch a series. Many series, the ones that aren't original Netflix titles, are made available only after a complete season has aired. It lends to even more binge-watching. Netflix, for some reason, doesn't believe a single person can binge-watch an entire season of Breaking Bad. If you let your screen sit idle for too long or you've been watching too long it asks you if you're still watching. Additionally, between two episodes of the same series, there is a countdown that runs before the next episode plays. You can skip it but it would be better if it weren't there to begin with. Flex Assist is a Chrome extension that lets you remove the Netflix next episode countdown as well as the are you still watching prompt. Read More

Select Which Browser Gmail Opens Links In On Your iPhone

Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are three of the most popular browsers available for iOS.  Because iOS is a closed and restricted system, you usually end up using Safari. Apps like Twitter and Facebook have their own built-in browsers but any time an app needs to open a link and it doesn't have a built-in browser, you are forced to use Safari. Gmail for iOS has long had the ability to circumvent this. All links that you open in Gmail automatically open in Chrome if you have it installed on your system. A recent update to Gmail has now added the ability to select the browser Gmail opens links in. It's also added a feature that lets you select a browser each time you tap a link. Here's how to set it up. Read More

How To Use Chrome Spotlight Actions In iOS

Chrome for iOS has just received an update. Unlike previous updates, this one actually brings a new feature to the browser; spotlight actions. Spotlight actions in iOS are quick actions for apps that can be executed from Spotlight. To execute a Spotlight action, you must type in the correct word in the search bar. Chrome has introduced two Spotlight actions; Voice and Incognito. Voice allows you to open Chrome with Voice search and Incognito allows you to open an incognito tab in Chrome. Read More

This Is The Quickest Way To Switch Chrome Profiles

Chrome supports multiple profiles. If you have multiple users logged into the same Windows or macOS account, they will likely share the Chrome browser. One simple way to keep everyone's auto-fill data and search history separate is to create different Chrome profiles for each user. The profiles are easy to create and we've detailed how you can switch between them via keyboard shortcuts. You can also create special desktop shortcuts to launch a particular profile. That said, the quickest way to switch between profiles isn't via the keyboard. The mouse is the superior tool in this regard. Read More

How To Restart Chrome

Browsers don't need to be restarted often. Chrome can be left to run for hours, or just left idle and it will not hang to the point where you need to restart it. Practically, there is only one case where restarting Chrome is needed; when you enable or disable a flag. Any changes made to the state of a Chrome flag requires you restart the browser for the changes to take effect. There is a 'Relaunch' button duly provided on the Flags page to do just that. Chrome doesn't make it difficult to restart the browser in this case and it restarts with your previous session intact. If you ever need to restart Chrome for any reason though, the browser has you covered. Read More

How To Scan A File Via VirusTotal Before You Download It

VirusTotal lets you scan a file for malicious programs that might come bundled with an otherwise trustworthy app. We normally download an app and then scan it via the VirusTotal website. The scan is accurate but if it could come before a file is downloaded, it can save us time. Download Virus Checker is a Firefox add-on and a Chrome extension that scans a file via the VirusTotal API before it begins to download. Read More

Block ‘Mailto:’ Links And Copy The Email Address To Your Clipboard [Chrome]

You will often find the 'Contact Us' button on many websites, particularly those meant to provide support or send feedback are in fact 'Mailto:' links. The Mailto: link automatically opens your default email client. For Windows users, this might be Outlook, Thunderbird, or the new Mail app in Windows 10. For macOS users, this might be the default email client Mail. If you prefer the Mailto: links not open an email client, or you'd rather not be prompted to choose how to handle the link request, NoMailto: is a Chrome extension that's worth checking out. It does two things; it stops Mailto: links from opening your email client, and it gives you the choice to simply copy the email address to your clipboard. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Add Custom Gridlines To Any Website In Chrome

Apple might be falling apart in terms of both hardware and software design but at its peak, it taught us how good something looks if it's properly aligned. The point is, when things line up perfectly they look better and this hold true for industrial design and web design. Website designs are usually created in Photoshop but that's not to say designers and developers don't tinker with the look of a website in their browser. It's pretty easy to tinker with; all you have to do is open the web development console that all major web browsers have and add padding, change text color, etc. One thing all these consoles lack is an alignment tool. If Chrome is your preferred browser for development, Baseliner is an extension you have to try out. It adds a series of horizontal lines to your screen. You have complete freedom to define the spacing between these lines as well as their color. Additionally, the tool lets you add custom padding to the top of a page before the gridlines. Read More

How To Disable Suggested Content From The New Tab Page In Chrome For Android

A while back, Chrome for Android introduced a content suggestion feature. At the time it was introduced, it was opt-in. Users who did not want to be presented with articles were never troubled by it. Those who liked it, could turn it On by enabling the right flags. A recent update to the mobile browser has turned suggested content on for everyone. Whenever you open a new tab, you will see a list of articles appear below the speed dial. The articles come from websites you frequently visit and are based on your areas of interest. In order to turn them off, you have to disable two Chrome flags. Here's how. Read More

How To Reset Auto Open Settings For Downloaded Files In Chrome

When Chrome downloads files, it will check if the file could be dangerous. Often, it will flag EXE and even ZIP files when you try to download them. You have to then give explicit permission to download the file. Likewise, for trusted file types that you download, you have the option to open them automatically. You can set Chrome to automatically open a PDF, PNG, or JPG file the second it finishes downloading. The file opens in an external app, i.e. the default app for that file type on your system. If you'd like to disable auto opening for a particular file type or for all file types, there's a fairly easy method to it. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Prevent Web Pages From Jumping Around When Loading In Chrome [Android]

Smartphones are increasingly used to browse the web. A significant volume of web traffic now comes from a smartphone and many smartphone browsers are built to make browsing mobile websites easier. More often than not, websites aren't optimized for viewing on a mobile device. This often means page elements that don't resize properly to fit a smaller screen or elements overflowing onto other elements. Of course a far more common occurrence is when a web page is loading and it jumps around/scrolls up. This happens most often when the page finishes loading but can happen multiple times even when the page is still loading. If you use Chrome on your Android device, there's a simple way to stop this from happening. Here's how. Read More

How To View Two Chrome Tabs Side By Side In Android 7.0

Android 7 comes with a neat little split view that allows you to pin two apps side by side. The two apps that are pinned can be used simply by tapping them making multitasking on an Android device very easy. Tablet users might get more out of the feature since they have a larger screen to work with. The feature is awesome and Chrome is built to take even more advantage of it. You can pin any two Chrome tabs side by side and switch between them like they were two separate apps. Here's how. Read More