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Chrome Dev debuts page saver, download manager

A download manager and page saver feature have arrived on Chrome for the Android app’s latest developer build.

Published onSeptember 1, 2016

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A download manager and page saver feature have arrived on Chrome for the Android app’s latest developer build. The update comes on the heels of the release of a feature-packed Chrome 53.

The download manager in Chrome Dev is set up pretty much like the one in the desktop version of Chrome. You can access it by the navigation bar’s Overflow button, which is denoted by its three-dot column.

Inside of the download manager, you can monitor and moderate downloads. You can also view current and completed downloads by category by tapping on the Download menu’s hamburger button.

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Download categories include Audio, Video, Images, Documents, Other and Pages.

On the subject of Pages, the latest version of Chrome Dev lets you save them for offline access. That means that even if you’re up in the air, down in a basement, inside a tunnel, or out of tower range, you can still access your favorite webpages on Chrome.

There’s a big catch to this feature, however, because the Save Page feature only lets you save one page at a time. You’ll have to do a little bit of manual labor if you’d like to peruse web pages offline.

While some logical additions to Chrome for Android are being test driven in Chrome Dev, Chrome 53 was recently released with a batch of updates that may interest developers much more than end users. 

Chrome 53 is out now for desktop platforms and is expected to see an Android release next month. While we wait for all these features to be finalized, give Chrome Dev’s new download management capabilities a spin by clicking the button below. Head back to the comments section to let us know what you think of the new interface!

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