When more than 65% of all market is ruled by Chrome, you are bound to use it too. It is the most common and most used browser. The rest 35% is shared by all the other browsers like Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera, Torch, etc, and this shows how much the scales are tipped on Google Chrome’s side. There are of course a lot of reasons for this – Compatibility, User friendliness and most importantly, the huge Chrome web store and extensions. However, Chrome comes with a lot of catches too, and one must make sure to change certain settings if they need to keep their own data and searched to themselves. These settings can also smoothen your Chrome experience. Make the below changes that are secretly hidden to make Chrome better for your use –
Changes for Chrome’s Desktop Version –
1. Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts –
Surf through your favourite websites like a pro and make everything faster by assigning keyboard shortcuts and making your chrome more frictionless.
To assign shortcuts, go to chrome://extensions/shortcuts, and then type in your shortcuts for all your extensions.
See this example –
It’s as easy as 1,2,3.
2. Stop Chrome From Running Background Apps –
By default, Chrome runs its apps in the background. That slows it down, occupies more RAM and drains your battery faster. Change this by going to Settings -> Advanced, and disable the “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed” option.
3. Add/Remove Payment Methods –
When you use Chrome, you knowingly or unknowingly add certain payment methods as you pay from your credit card or debit card. You can change these in case you are not the only one that uses your computer. In case you want to add a payment method for faster checkout whenever you pay again then also this Chrome setting is a great option. Go to chrome://settings/payments and add or remove your cards.
4. Enable Guest Profile –
You browse the web more privately when you are using a public computer or a friends computer, all you need to do is click on the profile icon at the top right and then click on the open guest window. Once you are done browsing you can close all your guest Windows and all your browsing information will be removed.
5. Allow Extensions In Incognito –
When you browse the Internet in an incognito mode that is available on Chrome, the default setting is to not allow the extensions. Chrome loses its extensions when you browse is Incognito. However; you can allow the extensions by changing certain settings – Open the extensions manager page chrome://extensions/ and then click on details button of the extension that you want to use in incognito. Now find the ‘allow in incognito‘ option and enable it by clicking on the slider button. Tada! you are good to go.
6. Disable Adobe Flash –
Adobe Flash is very old software and honestly; of hardly any use. There is a high-security risk attached to running flash and it is important to have online security by permanently disabling it. To disable flash on your Chrome you have to go to the flash settings page –chrome://settings/content/flash and then disable it by turning off the toggle.
7. Manage Addresses –
A great part of Chrome is how it fills in your details for you. However, sometimes it saves incomplete or wrong details. To change these, go to chrome://settings/autofill and make the required changes.
You can also add the addresses by pressing the add button, filling in the details, and then pressing save.
8. Disable Notifications –
Doesn’t it drive you crazy when you get annoying pop-ups from sites which are ads and other clickbait? A lot of these websites also ask you for permission to send you notifications and keeps giving you pop-ups whenever you visit them. Do the following to prevent any future pop-ups and also any notifications. Go to Chrome’s notification page chrome://settings/content/notifications and disable the toggle next to ‘ask before sending’ option.
Changes for Chrome’s Mobile Version –
9. Manage Site Permissions –
To prevent Chrome from sharing your personal data, go to Settings -> Site Settings and click on individual options to see and deny permissions.
10. Turn On Safe Browsing –
To block websites that seem unsafe, Chrome has a built-in Safe browsing option to save you from malicious websites. To enable this setting, just go to Settings -> Privacy and turn on the “Safe Browsing” option.
11. Disable Usage Report Sharing –
Why share information with Google, even though it is anonymous. I prefer my business to be my business. To disable usage report sharing with Google, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Usage and crash reports and turn it off.
12. Add Websites to Home Screen –
This is really no secret setting, but a lot of people miss it. It is very simple indeed. To access all your websites directly from your home screen, all you need to do is visit the website that you want to create the shortcut for and then tap on the three-dot menu. Then, tap on the “Add to Home screen” option to create your shortcut.
13. Change Default Search Engine –
Even though Google is the most common search engine, if you prefer any other, all you have to do is open Chrome on your mobile device and then go to Settings -> Search engine and then choose from the list of available options.
14. Turn Autofill On/Off
There is no way I am ever turning Autofill off, but for anybody who seems to have trouble turning it on, or find it to be bugging you so need to turn it off, here is how –
Open Settings and under “Basics” check out the “Passwords”, “Payment methods”, and “Addresses and more” options. Here you will find your saved information, along with a toggle for auto-filling the data in websites. You can just turn this toggle off to disable autofill in Chrome mobile.
15. Turn On Data Saving –
This is a boon to people with limited internet – like me. This option saves 60% of your data consumption, which is incredible. To enable this setting go to Settings -> Data Saver and turn on the toggle.
These are 15 settings you should consider changing on your chrome.