A new feature has been discovered in Chrome for Android that will allow users to delay when downloads happen, right down a specific date and time if desired.
As ZDNet reports, details of the new feature were posted on Reddit, including a screenshot showing a pop-up box with “Choose when to download” written across the top. The available options include “Now,” “On Wi-Fi,” and “Pick date & time.” It’s also possible to tick a box saying “Don’t show again,” which we have to assume isn’t an option when selecting a specific date and time to perform a download.
The option to download later should come in very useful when there’s a big download you want to perform, but don’t want to eat up your mobile data, or you want to continue using your phone for the internet and don’t want to take the speed hit of the download at the same time. The latest version of Chrome available for Android is Chrome 84, with Chrome 85 expected in September. However, this new download feature isn’t expected to arrive until Chrome 86 launches in October.
Chrome 86 is already available in Beta form and Techdows has managed to enable the download later option on the Beta build, but only once. If you’re running Chrome 86, try launching Chrome, visiting the chrome://flags page, and searching for “Enable download later.” If it appears, select “Enabled” from the dropdown list and restart the browser. Your next download should/may bring up the options to delay.