Chrome for Android will soon let users schedule file downloads

The feature is in beta and available in Chrome Canary.

Chrome for Android will soon let users schedule downloads
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Android users will soon have the ability to schedule downloads on Chrome.

As spotted by Techdows, Google is working on a new feature that lets users download files for later. As of writing, the feature is in beta and available on Chrome Canary, the mobile app developers and community testers use for various Chrome features.

To use the feature, fire up Chrome Canary and go to chrome://flags and enable the “download later” feature. After restarting the app, you’ll be able to download files ahead of time.

Chrome for Android will soon let users schedule downloads
How Chrome for Android’s “download later” feature works // Techdows

Currently, users have three options: Now, On Wi-Fi, or Pick date & time – all pretty intuitive, self-explanatory stuff. The implementation is still a bit clunky, and 9to5Google notes that the feature is early into experimental stages, so expect bugs and errors.

The lowdown? Don’t stake your life on the feature just yet. While it’s nice to have this handy download tool for Chrome, it’s quite a ways away from being a stable feature you can use. We’ll loop you in as early as we get more details about this.