How to enable cookies in Google Chrome on any device to improve your web browsing experience

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Enabling cookies in Chrome on all your devices can improve your web browsing experience.

Cookies are small text files used by websites to save information about you and your visit. If cookies are disabled in your Google Chrome app, web browsing is probably a bit harder for you than it needs to be.

Cookies can customize your browsing experience, helping sites keep you logged in, know who you are, and remember your preferences. They can also remember what’s in your cart on shopping sites and display articles you’re interested in on news sites.

If you or someone else has disabled cookies in your Google Chrome web browser on a computer or mobile device, you can enable them again with just a few clicks.

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How to download and install Google Chrome on your computer and iPhone, and sync your content across devices

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It’s easy to download the Google Chrome web browser on any device.

  • You can download Google Chrome on your Mac, PC, or iPhone.
  • When you use Google Chrome with the same Google account across devices, your history and favorites will be synced.
  • Google Chrome should already be downloaded on Android phones and Chromebooks.
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Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers because of its fast performance, stability, efficiency, and top-notch security. And if you use Gmail, Chrome makes the transition from checking your email to surfing the web seamless.

Unlike Chromebooks and Android phones – which use a Google operating system and feature Google Chrome as the default browser – most other devices don’t come equipped with Chrome. Therefore, you have to download and install it yourself. Here’s how to get started on Mac, PC, and iPhone.

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A lawsuit that accused Google of collecting the data of people who were using incognito mode can continue, said a federal judge

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  • A federal judge on Friday denied Google’s request for dismissal in incognito mode tracking case.
  • The complaint said users weren’t notified Google collected data even during private browsing.
  • “‘Incognito’ does not mean ‘invisible,'” Google’s lawyers wrote.
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A federal judge denied Google’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the search giant of tracking users even while they were using incognito mode on their browsers.

The suit, Brown v. Google, alleged that Google collected data when users were using Chrome’s private browsing mode. In some instances, other websites that used Google Analytics or Google Ad Manager sent “a secrete, separate message to Google’s servers in California,” the suit said.

In asking for a dismissal, Google said users were given enough information about how their activity might be tracked while using the private browsing mode. Insider has reached out to the company for comment.

“Google also makes clear that ‘Incognito’ does not mean ‘invisible,’ and that the user’s activity during that session may be visible to websites they visit, and any third-party analytics or ads services the visited websites use,” Google’s lawyers wrote.

But Google’s argument was rejected on Friday by Lucy Koh, a judge for the northern district of California.

Koh, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, wrote: “First, Google cannot demonstrate that Plaintiffs expressly consented because Google did not notify users that it would be engaging in the alleged data collection while Plaintiffs were in private browsing mode.”

The class-action lawsuit was filed in June 2020, with three plaintiffs attached to it. In their initial complaint, they said Google tracked their internet use between June 1, 2016, and the present. The tracking continued in private browsing mode, without their consent and without “a legitimate business interest” from Google, they said.

“Secret monitoring of web private browsing is highly offensive behavior,” the suit said.

In the months since the suit was filed, tech giants have wrestled with how much consumer activity should be tracked.

There was a battle brewing between Facebook and Apple, after the iPhone maker announced software updates that would limit some ad tracking. Known as App Tracking Transparency, the update will require app developers to request permission before they can track users.

At the same time, federal lawmakers are renewing their focus on whether the internet ad businesses run by Google and Facebook violate antitrust laws.

Rep. David Cicilline, antitrust subcommittee chairman, said during a hearing on Friday: “Overall, the market power of Google and Facebook is reinforced by the unprecedented amount of data collected by these companies, along with other factors that have tipped digital markets in favor of these firms and blocked rivals and new entrants from challenging their dominance.”

Google this month said it would shift away from precision-targeting ads and would no longer track specific users as they browse the web.

“We remain committed to preserving a vibrant and open ecosystem where people can access a broad range of ad-supported content with confidence that their privacy and choices are respected,” David Temkin, director of product management for ads privacy and trust, wrote in a blog post.

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How to search and switch tabs on Google Chrome to better navigate your browser tab clutter

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  • You can search and switch tabs on Google Chrome with its Version 87 update, which introduced in-browser shortcuts for tabs.
  • Upon rollout, some of these features were only available on Chrome OS, so you may need to enable them through the Experimental Features menu on Windows, Mac, Linux, and more. 
  • Google Chrome allows users to open an unlimited number of tabs within the browser, but having too many tabs open simultaneously may slow down both your computer and your productivity. 
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Between email, social media, news sites, and work resources, it’s easy for your internet browser to become cluttered with open tabs. These can cause you to lose track of what’s most important on your screen. 

For those who frequently have several tabs open at once, Google Chrome has added new in-browser features that make it easier to switch between tabs efficiently and search open tabs to find the one you need. 

The ability to search and switch between your open tabs on Chrome, introduced with its Version 87 update, eliminates the frustrating guesswork of multitasking, supercharging your ability to navigate your tab clutter. 

If your Chromebook or Chrome browser doesn’t have the latest version – or you don’t think these features haven’t been rolled out to you yet – you’ll need to activate these tools through the browser’s “Experimental Features” menu before you can use them. 

Here’s how to search and switch your tabs on Google Chrome. 

How to enable tab switch on Google Chrome

1. In the Chrome URL bar, type chrome://flags/#omnibox-tab-switch-suggestions

2. Click enter. 

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You will need to enter the Chrome Flags menu to activate the feature.

3. You’ll be taken to the Chrome Browser’s Experimental Features menu and a highlighted box that says, “Omnibox switch to tab suggestions.” 

4. Click the drop-down box to the right of the feature and set it to “Enabled.” 

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If the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet and you don’t enable the feature, it won’t work.

5. Relaunch your browser for the changes to take effect. 

How to switch tabs on Google Chrome

1. Open a Google Chrome browser window. 

2. With multiple tabs open, type a title or keyword in the URL box of any existing or new tab. 

3. In the drop-down suggestions, select the tab you want to switch to by clicking the “Switch to this tab” button that appears. 

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Type a keyword associated with an open tab in the Chrome address bar to activate the tab switch button.

How to enable tab search on Google Chrome

1. In the Chrome URL bar, type chrome://flags/#enable-tab-search

2. Click enter. 

3. You’ll be taken to the Chrome Browser’s Experimental Features menu and a highlighted box that says “Enable Tab Search.”

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This feature will activate an in-browser tool for searching your tabs.

4. Click the drop-down box to the right of “Enable Tab Search” and set it to “Enabled.” 

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If the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet and you don’t enable the feature, it may not work.

 

5. Relaunch your browser for the changes to take effect. 

How to search tabs on Google Chrome

1. Launch a Google Chrome session. 

2. With multiple tabs open, click the down arrow in the window’s top right corner. 

3. In the drop-down that appears, select either a listed tab or use the search bar to find an open tab using keywords. 

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Type a keyword associated with an open tab to switch to that tab.

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