Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser on the planet. I want to say that the browser has captured more than 65% of the market share, which is quite phenomenal. While the browser works as an input brooch, there are certain hidden settings and features that can make your experience even better. In this article, we are going to take a look at all the hidden settings that you should change to make Chrome better for you. So, here are the 15 Chrome settings you should change:
Chrome settings you should change
Since Google Chrome is available for both desktop and mobile browser, we have divided this article into two sections to make it easier for you.
- Chrome desktop settings
- Chrome Mobile Settings
Chrome desktop settings you should change
1. Assign keyboard shortcuts for extensions
One of the most important reasons behind Chrome's popularity is the huge support extension that allows users to modify Chrome and give it more power. While, by default, Google Chrome makes it easy to access the extension gallery, if you want the process to be easier, you can assign keyboard shortcuts to your favorite extensions . For example, if you are using Pocket as your post-reading service, you can assign a keyboard shortcut that can save items in Pocket.
This is just an example to show you what you can do with keyboard shortcuts. To configure keyboard shortcuts for Chrome extensions, first go to the extension shortcuts page (chrome: // extensions / shortcuts) and type the keyboard shortcut for the different extensions. This adjustment has made my life with Chrome much easier and I think you will enjoy it too.
2. Allow Extensions in Incgnito
While we are talking about extensions, there is another configuration that you should know. Have you ever browsed the web in "incognito" mode and wondered where all its extensions are? Good, by default, Chrome does not allow extensions to work incognito, since you don't want any service to track you that way. However, if there is an extension that you cannot use Chrome without, there is a way to allow extensions in incognito mode.
To do so, open the extensions manager page ("chrome: // extensions /") and then click on the "Details" button of the extension you wish to use in incognito . Now, find the option "Allow incognito" and enable it by clicking on the sliding button.
3. Prevent Chrome from running background applications when closed
Not many people know that, but by default, Chrome runs all of its applications in the background. That's not acceptable since I don't want Chrome to run anything once I close the application. Fortunately, there is a setting that you can disable to prevent this from happening. To do so, open Chrome and then Go to Settings -> Advanced, and uncheck the option "Continue running applications in the background when Google Chrome is closed" . This will save battery and system resources when you are not using Chrome.
4. Disable Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash is an archaic software that should already be dead. However, thanks to the thousands of websites that are still using it, it is still alive and non-stop. Google has taken action, since the Chrome browser now asks you before running Flash by default, however, it is still not good enough. There is a high security risk involved in the execution of Flash and if you value your data and online security, you must disable it permanently . To disable Flash in your Chrome browser, go to the Flash settings page (chrome: // settings / content / flash) and then disable it by turning off the switch.
5. Add / Remove payment methods
Whenever you use a credit or debit card to make an online purchase using the Google Chrome browser, ask that you save that information so that next time it will be easier to check out. Well, most of us, knowingly or unknowingly, agree to save that information in Chrome, which is a problem if your device is used by someone other than you too. Even if you are the only user of your device, you should monitor the payment information that Chrome has about you and remove the information that you do not want Chrome to have.
Conversely, You can also add payment methods if you want to facilitate future online purchases. If you want to add or remove payment details, the point is that you should know this setting. To manage your payment methods, go to the Chrome payment page ("chrome: // settings / payments") and verify all saved information. Here you can click on the "Add" button to add new payment methods or disable the "Save and complete payment methods" option to disable it.
6. Manage addresses
Like payment information, Chrome also saves other autocomplete details to make it easier to fill out forms in the future. The saved information includes your addresses, phone numbers and more. However, for a long time, Chrome completes incomplete or incorrect addresses. If you want to solve this problem, simply go to "chrome: // settings / autofill" and remove incomplete or incorrect addresses, while adding the correct and complete addresses, so that Chrome automatically fills in the correct address the next time you complete them. form.
7. Enable the guest profile to browse the web more privately
If you are browsing the Internet on the computer of a public or a friend and want to keep your privacy online without losing any function, creating a guest profile is an excellent option. When you browse the Internet using a guest profile, the pages you see do not appear in the browser's history and do not leave other traces, such as cookies, on the computer after closing all open Guest windows. In addition, Guest profiles do not obtain access to your personal data, so the websites you visit with the Guest profile will not have access to any of your personal data, which is an additional advantage.
To navigate Chrome in Guest mode, simply click on the profile cone in the upper right and click on "Open guest window". Once you have finished surfing the Internet, simply close all the Guest windows and delete your browsing information.
8. Disable notifications from all sites to block annoying pop-ups
One of the most annoying things about Internet browsing is that the Most websites want to send you notifications and notify you with a pop-up message every time you visit them. That is very annoying and becomes a real problem when by mistake it allows a website to send you notifications. Well, this configuration not only prevents sites from sending you any notification, but also prevents any future pop-up window from asking you for permission to enable notification.
To disable notification of all sites to block annoying pop-ups, just go to the Chrome notifications page ("chrome: // settings / content / notifications) and then uncheck the option "Ask before sending (recommended)" .
Chrome mobile settings that you should change
1. Manage site permissions
Our mobile devices contain a lot of personal information, including our location, access to the microphone and camera, and more, and you probably don't want your phone to share that information with websites. That is why it is important that you administer the permissions granted to different websites and revoke access to things that are not easy for you to share with the websites. To manage site permissions, click on the three-point menu and then go to Settings -> Site Settings and click on the individual options to view and deny permissions for things you don't want websites to access.
2. Activate secure browsing
The Internet is full of malicious websites and you should never be very careful when surfing the web. Fortunately, Chrome has a built-in secure browsing option that allows you to block websites that you consider unsafe. Everyone should enable this setting if they want to enjoy the Internet without fear of malicious attacks. To enable this setting, just go to Settings -> Privacy and activate the "Safe Browsing" option.
3. Disable sharing of usage reports
By default, Chrome sends its usage reports to Google to improve the browser in the future. And while the data is animate to protect your privacy, you can disable sharing all together if you want to be more careful with the data that Google may collect from you. To disable report sharing with Google, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Usage and lockout reports and disable it.
4. Add websites to the home screen
This is more a trick than a Chrome setting that needs to change, but it is very useful, so I couldn't help including it in the list. If there is a website or a list of websites that you like to visit regularly, Chrome allows you to access them instantly by creating shortcuts on the home screen. To create these shortcuts, first, visit the website for which you want to create the shortcut and then touch the three-point menu. Here tap on the "Add to home screen" option to create your shortcut. Repeat this for each website you want to add to your home screen.
5. Change the default search engine
While Google is the best search engine on the market at the moment, there are people who prefer to use alternative search engines for personal reasons. Well, if you are one of them, you can do it opening Chrome on your mobile device and then accessing Settings -> Search Engine and then selecting from the list of available options.
6. Activate / deactivate the AutoComplete function
Another mobile Chrome setting that you should keep in mind is the autocomplete configuration, which allows Chrome to autocomplete things like passwords, addresses, payment information and more. If you want Chrome to have access to all this information, it is your choice and you should definitely review the settings. To see your autocomplete preferences, open Settings and in "Basic concepts" check the options of "Passwords", "Payment methods" and "Addresses and ms". Here you find your saved information, along with a switch to automatically complete the data on the websites. You can only disable this option to disable automatic filling in Chrome mobile.
7. Activate data saving
Most of us are in a limited data plan on our mobile devices and, therefore, it is necessary to save the data whenever possible. Fortunately, Chrome has a data save setting that, when activated, results in 60% less data consumption. To enable this setting, go to Settings -> Data Saver and activate the switch.
While the previous fifteen are the main Chrome settings we want you to see, there are a couple of additional settings that you should also pay attention to:
1. Create shortcuts for frequently visited websites
The Chrome Desktop browser allows you to create shortcuts for the websites you want to visit. For example, when I type the shortcut "xb" in my Chrome browser and press enter, our own website opens. To create and save these shortcuts, just go to the search engine settings page in Chrome (chrome: // settings / searchEngines) and click on the "Add" button next to the "Other search engine" menu. Here Enter the name of the website in the first field, the shortcut you would like to use in the second field and the URL of the website in the third field . Once you have added all the information, click on the "Add" button to add the shortcut.
2. Search your email directly from the address bar
Using the above process, you can also create a custom search for the Gmail account that allows you to search for emails directly from the browser's URL bar. To add this custom search bar, as before, go to the add page and enter the name (use Gmail since we are creating a Gmail search) in the first field and the shortcut in the second field. Now, in the last field, you will have to add a custom Gmail search URL that is provided below.
Finally, click on the "Add" button to add this custom search. Now, when you want to search for an email, simply type your personalized shortcut and press the tab or space button. Now type your search query and press enter again to get the search results.
Take control of Google Chrome with these awesome settings
That ends our article on the most important Google Chrome settings that you must change to get the most out of the Chrome browser. If you have any problem managing any of the settings mentioned on this page, let me know in the comments section below and I will help you. If there is an important Chrome setting that we have omitted and you want to share with us, download it below.