Looking up things online is one of the main reasons most of us pay for a data plan, but let’s face it: Surfing the web on a tiny screen with a tiny keyboard can suck sometimes. Here are ten ways to make the experience at least a little better.
Chrome has a data saver setting that compresses pages and, on Android, blocks images from loading when you’re on a slow connection. This means you can browse pages faster and not have them eat up too much of your data. On Android, go to settings and then Advanced to turn data saver on. On iPhone, go to Settings then Bandwidth to find the setting.
Just as on the desktop, keyboard shortcuts for the mobile browser are timesavers. For example, you can switch between open tabs by swiping horizontally on the omnibar or refresh a page by swiping down from the top of a web page. Here are our top 10 iOS shortcuts and gestures and seven time-saving shortcuts for Android. (They’re not all browser-related, but still worth reviewing.)
5. Browse Without a Data Plan
In case you ever find yourself in an area without good data service, download Smozzy (for Android). The free app lets you browse the web without a data plan by using your cellular provider’s messaging plan. It work with T-Mobile and has some provisional support for AT&T and Sprint, with untested support for other wireless companies.
4. Share Web Pages Between Your Desktop Computer and Your Phone
Want to send some information you just found to your desktop or from your desktop to your phone? Sure you could email yourself, but there are more efficient ways to sync and swap files and more between your devices. Here’s how to break down the barrier between your Android or your iPhone and your computer.