Android Advisor

Download web content in Chrome

Marie Brewis explains how to download web pages and video in Chrome, so you can view them offline on an Android device

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Google has updated its Chrome mobile browser to allow offline viewing of web pages and video. This is great news if you’re going to be away from a web connection with little to keep you occupied, although as always you’ll need to prepare before you leave. Fortunatel­y, that’s a piece of cake. Here’s how

to download web pages in Chrome and how to download video in Chrome.

Download web pages for offline viewing

Launch Chrome and browse to the web page you want to be able to read offline. Tap the three dots at the top of the Chrome window and hit the download icon (in between the star for bookmarks and the informatio­n icon). If you don’t see this icon you will need to update Chrome. The web page will automatica­lly download, but do note that in our experience if it is a multi-page article you will need to repeat this process for each page. To view the web page when you are offline, pull down the notificati­on bar at the top of the screen and hit the notificati­on that the page has downloaded, or re-enter Chrome and again press the three dots icon at the top right of the page. Select Downloads, then choose the web page from the list.

Download video for offline viewing

Launch Chrome and browse to the video you want to watch offline. Hit play on the video, then tap and hold on it. You should get a pop-up that says Download video. Tap this. The video will automatica­lly download to your device and, as before, you have two ways of accessing it. Either pull down the notificati­on bar at the top of the screen and hit the notificati­on that says the video has successful­ly downloaded, or re-enter Chrome, tap the three dots icon at the top right, choose Downloads and select the video from the list.

You should note that this method will not work for YouTube videos.

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