Google Chrome's Data Saver feature to get much better, will save you up to 70% more data

Google Chrome's Data Saver feature to get much better, will save you up to 70% more data
Now, the data-saving feature that Google's immensely-popular Chrome browser flaunts is nothing new. Dubbed Data Saver, this feature debuted in early 2014 and aimed to reduce data usage by compressing the web pages through Google's own servers before downloading them to the user's handset. 

This nifty functionality saves up to 50% of data usage, which is quite neat, especially if they have a not-so-generous plan. From our experience with it we can say that it does work as advertised, saving us 40 to 50% of data on a regular basis, and we like it very much!

Well, it seems that the team behind Google Chrome has decided to make Data Saver even more awesome. Tal Oppenheimer, the Product Manager for Google Chrome, just revealed that the data-saving functionality has been vastly improved and will be able to conserve users up to 70% of data usage. 

It seems that the feature will be able to automatically detect if the Internet connectivity is poor and won't download any images before the body of a certain website has been successfully loaded. This will potentially speed up your After the page has been loaded, the user will be presented with the option to manually download all or several images. 

That's great news for those who have to keep tabs on their data usage or surf the web in a low-signal area. However, it is not available for just anyone yet - the expanded Data Saver of Chrome is being soft-launched on Android devices across India and Indonesia, with users across more countries getting it in the upcoming months. However, we don't know when it will become available to all users. No mention of iOS devices either, but we are hopeful the enhanced feature will eventually pop up on the iOS version of the popular browser as well. 

By the way, you need to manually enable the existing Data Saver in Chrome - check out how in our handy guide.

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13 Comments

1. JMartin22

Posts: 2311; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I like that they keep improving it, but I still tend to stick to stock browsers because they still seem better optimized for the phone for some particular reason

2. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Yay!!!

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Yah, iOS already has it, it's called Content Blocking! Just AdBlocking part of it saves about 35% of data wasted... I can customize it anyway I like with countless apps to choose from....

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This goes beyond ad blockers. Ad blockers still bring in images. This new update will not even load in the images until you click on them. So this will save lots of data, especially if you really low data plans. Safari can't do that.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Content blockers allow you to control if you don't want images, thumbs, custom fonts, even those darn share buttons for FB an Tweeter. You can also control if you want to omit comments on an article. Content blockers is Not just for ads. I use purify app - and it lets you do all that.

4. contender

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 30, 2015

Compared to safari, Firefox , opera chrome is just a piece of s******

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Blanket statement, unsupported statement, total polarity in contrast, with one of the best browsers posed as the "piece of sh...", and coupled with an avatar depicting a religious figure of a former Apple CEO in attempt to portray a nut-case derivative of an iFan -- most definitely an angry Android Troll attempting to portray an iFan with such conviction because there isn't one to point to in order to make an argument that iFans are fanatics.... Basically: contender is an 8-yr-old girl who's angry at iFans for some odd reason....

7. contender

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 30, 2015

My mom always told me that boys that won't leave you alone and pick on you must have a crush on you I love fruit products but sorry mate I don't have any fruit in my tank

5. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

on opera I'm getting 96 percent savings... with pictures.

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I've seen barely 10% savings, but what I'd like to see squeezed, if not squashed, would be ads. But Google being an ad agency, that'll never happen. So it's not worth giving Google yet another means of profiling me.

11. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

It all depends on what sites you visit. HTTPS doesn't go through the compression. On my Tablet where I do most of my mobile browsing I hover around 40% savings.

12. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Maybe I'll eventually give chrome a shot, if it's also less of a memory hog.

13. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

70% more savings than zero is still zero... I dont save ANY data using chrome data-saving.

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