How to Download Files in Google Chrome for iOS
Good news for any Google Chrome users: you can now download files directly from Google Chrome for iOS the same way popular tweaks like Safari Download Manager
have allowed you to download files from Mobile Safari to iOS’ file system. iOS developer Nobita.ZZZ has just released a new jailbreak tweak into the ModMyi repository called Chrome Download Enabler
. The tweak is illustrated in action above attempting to download the popular jailbreak tool, redsn0w, from the iPhone Dev-Team's Web site.
As shown, the tweak doesn’t have much of a graphical user interface like Safari Download Manager for Mobile Safari does – the tweak directs you to a page where the download progress is unclear and the interface tells you that the file is “downloading.” In the middle of downloading, the page will appear to keep loading data – this is the file downloading. When the download finishes, the word, “OK” appears to the right of the file name. As soon as the file is finished downloading, you can tap on the blue file name, which will link you to a file browser such as iFile to view the file you have just downloaded:
In the folder you are brought to, you will find the file you downloaded and you will also see a ‘.plist’ file that basically tells you the name of the file you just downloaded. It really wouldn’t matter if you deleted that ‘.plist’ file or not.
Chrome Download Enabler only works for the free Google Chrome Web browser and not for other third party Web browsers in the App Store. It also will not work with Mobile Safari. The developer of Chrome Download Enabler promises that a future update will give the user the ability to remove downloads from the interface that downloads files from the Google Chrome Web browser. For now, there will be a history there every time you download a new file that shows what you have downloaded in the past.
Being the first tweak to be released in Cydia allowing Google Chrome to download files to iOS’ file system, Chrome Download Enabler works pretty well. It works just as advertised and gets files from the internet to where they need to be – on your device. Even though it works well, we would really like to see Chrome Download Enabler come with some kind of GUI that displays your download progress and download speeds rather than just a picture that keeps you in question of the download progress.
Dustin Howett, the creator of Safari Download Manager, has recently Tweeted that he might also be taking the challenge to create a download manager for Google Chrome. It will be interesting to see how his version stands up to Chrome Download Enabler.
Chrome Download Enabler