Google Chrome On Android Gets Native Download Scheduling

One of the most appreciated features of download managers is the ability to schedule your downloads. Well, in a bid to make downloads more versatile, Google Chrome on Android is gaining a download scheduler.

According to reports by Techdows, Google will name the feature as “Download later”. As the name hints, users can pick a date and time to download your files. With this new feature, there won’t be much need to install a dedicated download manager on your device for scheduling downloads.

How To Enable Download Later On Google Chrome

Currently, Download Later is only available behind a Chrome flag in the latest Canary version of Google Chrome. You can start using the feature by enabling “Enable download later” and “Show download later dialog on WiFi” flags. After you enable, restart the browser.

Schedule Download on Google Chrome

After enabling the feature, when you try to download a file, you will be asked if you are interested in scheduling the download. A date and time picker will now popup that you may use to schedule accordingly.

As seen in the image below, the feature works as intended, at least on Chrome Canary version 86.0.4207.0. Do keep in mind that you should enable both of the flags for the feature’s UI to appear.

Schedule Download on Google Chrome

For now, we can’t be sure if ‘Download later’ will eventually get incorporated into the stable version of Chrome on Android. If it does, it would help general users who are not willing to download a dedicated download manager just for the sake of scheduling downloads.


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