If you are annoyed about the amount of bandwidth consumed by the websites you open with Chrome on your PC, I have some good news. After being an important part of the mobile version of Google Chrome, the Data Saver extension has finally become available for the PC builds of the web browser. Even though it is still in its beta stages, the app works pretty well and can be downloaded for free from the Chrome Web Store.
Data Saver is a Chrome extension that compresses the data which a server transmits to your PC, then unpacks it when once the information reached its destination. This doesn't only mean that the browser will take up less of the available bandwidth, but also that it will take you longer to reach your data cap (in case you have one). As it is only natural, this beta version (and probably the final one as well) have a few disadvantages and limitations:
- Certain websites and services might not be able to pinpoint your exact location while Data Savers is active.
- Internal websites (intranet) might not load.
- Some pictures may look be a bit blurry or unclear.
- Certain websites, such as the one that your mobile carrier uses to bill you, might not work properly.
- Data Saver doesn't work on websites that use the secure connection protocol (HTTPS).
- The extension doesn't work on pages visited in the Incognito mode.
If you want to download and install the extension, you can find it by clicking on this link. If you want to check out how much data usage the extension helped you save, simply click on its icon after installing it.