Downloading large files on a smartphone, consumes a lot of data. So if you often ask yourself “is this file really important now?”. The Chrome Flag might have a solution for you. This new Chrome Flag helps you download files later when using WiFi. Or you can even schedule downloads to specific dates and times. For the unknown, the Chrome Flag is an experimental feature in Google Chrome, which you can activate manually to use it.
However, here is how you can activate the download schedule with the Chrome Flag.
Schedule Downloads on Android Chrome
Although Flag is available on the Stable version of Android, as of now, this feature only works with the Chrome Canary version. Although, usually these features get them to the stable version of Chrome too.
Once installed, open the browser, navigate to the Chrome Flag by opening this URL and looking for “Enable Download later”.
Here, you can see the Chrome flag “Enable download” is set to default. Click and a pop-up appears, set to “Enabled”. Now click on the “Relaunch” option at the bottom. After it’s finished, you can start scheduling your downloads.
To schedule downloads, start downloading anything, instead of asking you to start the download, Chrome will give you a pop-up window asking you to download “Now” or “On WiFi” or “Choose a date and time”. If you want to download while using any WiFi, you can choose the “On WiFi” option. Make sure you have turned off the check mark next to “Don’t Show Again”. So you can decide at any time, or Chrome will only download when you use WiFi.
Or you can manage to download files at a specific date and time by selecting the “Select date and time” option and setting the time to download.
You will get a notification when downloaded. You can always disable this feature in a similar way by logging into Chrome Flags and setting “Enable download.” Mark to “Disabled”. But remember that if you have a download schedule, they will no longer work.