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March 28, 2015

Google Data Saver beta app now available to desktops with a Chrome extension

Google_ChromeGoogle has extended the ability to desktop Chrome users with a new extension called Data Saver, previously it was only available to mobiles. Now available in the Chrome Web Store, Data Saver beta aim to furnish you with the same results that mobile users have been taking advantage of for a while now, by compressing the data on Google’s servers first before sending it through to be downloaded. Judging by the screenshots listed in the Web Store.Data_Saver_2b


The Data Saver extension has the likelihood to even be able to reduce certain web page sizes by almost 50%. Keep in mind that this extension is still in beta, so results might not be completely accurate for the time being. It puts the extension icon put in the top right corner as circled in the image below.

Google ‘open-source Chromium evangelist’ François Beaufort points out that you can see what’s happening with the extension behind the scenes if you put  copy chrome:net-internals#bandwidth into the address bar. You will see the ‘Capturing events’ increasing as it runs through all the events on our bandwidth, as you can see ours below.


This will allow you to see Data Reduction Proxy settings such as primary and secondary URLs and recent events so you can do some manual debugging if need be. The full list is shown in the image below.


In the description on the extension page:

Reduces data usage by using Google servers to optimize pages you visit.

Browse more for less!
When this extension is enabled, Chrome will use Google servers to compress pages you visit before downloading them. SSL and incognito pages will not be included.
Please note that this extension is still in *Beta* mode. We appreciate you trying it out and sending us any feedback you have by clicking on the Chrome Menu in the top right corner then  Help > Report an Issue.
You can also enable Data Saver on Mobile Chrome on Android and iOS from the Settings menu.
Learn more about Chrome’s Data Saver at
By installing this extension, you agree to the Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy at

Data Saver will certainly be less useful on the desktop than it is on mobile because most folks on a computer normally don’t need to worry about saving on data. But if you’re connected to a hotspot or are on a tethered connection of some sort, now you’ll be able to save on some precious bandwidth.


Source: Chrome Web Store | Francois Beaufort (G+)

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini