Data Saver extension for Chrome reduces data usage while browsing the web

Data Saver extension for Google Chrome

If you’re still on metered or capped internet subscription and you’re a Chrome user, you’ll be happy to know that Google’s web browser has a new extension called “Data Saver” that dramatically reduce the data used when you’re a browsing the web.

Data Saver is an extension that makes use of Google’s data compression proxy service to help the web browser reduce the amount of data that needs to be downloaded to render a specific web page.

The new feature doesn’t work with SSL and incognito web pages at the moment, and you’ll have to be using the latest version of Google Chrome to install Data Saver.

The extension is in beta and it doesn’t have any kind of configuration to set, once you install the extension, it’s already working. You’ll notice a new icon in the top-right corner of the browser, which you can click and view how much data usage you saved using Data Saver — from here you can also turn the extension off.

Data Saver is available for the desktop version of Chrome, and from Chrome on Android and iOS. If you like to enable this feature, go to Settings and tap Data Saver to turn it on.

Although the extension is new, Google has been in the works on its data compression service since 2013, and in the future, Google might feature this new functionality inside of Chrome.

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