Chrome Extensions For Downloads
Are you seriously into downloading? Whether it’s for top music videos, high definition movies or for live stream gaming, if you are looking around for an extension, perhaps Google can still provide? If you use Chrome, you can try many extensions to make downloading easier. Here are the best Chrome download managers and Chrome extensions around to help you decide.
Google Chrome Download Manager Extensions (2020)
When it comes to Chrome download manager extensions, there are two kinds available. The first is the separate Chrome download manager extension to download without a complementary app. The second, with the applications catches the files that are downloaded. However, before diving into the details, there is something else to consider, Chrome Flags.
The Chrome download manager is probably not the very best out there, however with Chrome Flags the experience can be improved. Google is experimenting with different Chrome Flag features and options constantly to improve their users’ Chrome experience. In fact, Google lets users test new flags and features while they are still in development. The flags don’t change the way Chrome works but does allow users to tweak the settings to get things running how they like. ‘Parallel Downloading’ is a flag that breaks content down into small pieces which speeds up the download. This flag is ideal for people who are not keen on using third-party extensions.
Standalone Chrome Extensions for Download Manager
1. Chrono Download Manager
When it comes to Chrome download manager extensions, the Chrono download manager is one of the best. Usually, standalone extensions are not as efficient as separate programs, however, when tested the results revealed no lags in performance. It has all the features that are useful in a download manager. The process is easy. Simply click the link for the download to start automatically. The download history can be viewed by clicking on the icon in the top right corner of the extension.
This extension also has a feature known as ‘Sniffer mode’ which scans a webpage for any links that can be downloaded. It is possible to download 20 files simultaneously and more by changing the settings. We tested for errors in the downloading videos, documents, zip files, images and other files by pausing and resuming many times, and it passed the test easily. You can also use a filter that is available in the extension to choose the type of files you want to download.
2. Online Download Manager
Another extension that made the ‘best of’ list is the Online Download Manager. A decent enough extension that gets the job done. The download speed is good, however, it takes a moment or two to open this download manager. There is no need to keep shifting between windows to download files, since simply clicking on the extension icon gives you the option to download easily. You can also filter the files to be just video files or just images. This extension doesn’t download content from streaming websites, however, it can help you manage your downloads with one simple click.
3. Turbo Download Manager (v2)
You can manage all your downloads from one folder using the Turbo Download Manager (v2). With a built in video, image and audio grabber, this extension is a super efficient download manager. Multiple files can be downloaded simultaneously and users are able to stop and resume downloads without worrying about the connection being broken. A search bar, category filters and notifications for when the download is complete are just some of the features Turbo offers. If simple yet effective is what you are looking for, then Turbo Download Manager could be the right choice for you.
4. VLC Video Downloader
If you want to download media from frequently used sites such as Instagram or Facebook, then VLC Video Download Manager is the ideal choice. However, this Chrome extension does not download content from websites dedicated to media sharing such as YouTube. Even so, it is perfect for catching downloaded files on Chrome. The best feature is perhaps how downloaded media from streaming websites is directed straight to the VLC media player, making it easy to use. The extension called ‘Video Downloader professional’ can be used to download video content from Instagram and Facebook.
5. Internet Download Manager
One of the most popular and a must mention extension is Internet Download Manager available in Windows, although it can be used from any browser. Used with Chrome, it downloads content directly from the browser. It has advanced technology known as ‘Dynamic Segmentation’ for downloading content very fast. The extension lets you download all types of media files, including the usual images, audio or video, and it can even download content from YouTube and similar streaming sites.
Folx is often called the Internet Download Manager for Mac. Much like IDM, a Chrome extension is available for Folx to download content from the web. The Folx extension can be used with most of the popular websites as well as for any type of file that can be downloaded. It uses ‘Simultaneous Fetching’ which ensures a speedy download by breaking down the file into smaller packets and then merging them back together again when the file download is complete.
FlareGet is available for Linux, Windows and Mac and is a download manager that can be used on any platform. The FlareGet extension can be used with Chrome to download all kinds of content and the extension organizes the files with labels and tags. The file segmentation process allows for the files to be downloaded in chunks easily and seamlessly merged once the download is complete. What makes this a popular extension however is that if the connection is broken, the files can be recovered later to resume downloading.
Perhaps, now that so many more of us are internet-savvy, there is a much higher demand for faster, smoother, hasslefree downloading with easy to use extensions that let even the least technically minded manage and manipulate multiple files. These days, it seems even our most basic downloading requirements have simply outgrown the original Chrome. Even so, whichever extension you eventually go for, it looks as if in one way or another, Google Chrome still has everything covered.