Earlier in the month we showed you a way to download files on iOS with Google Chrome. The jailbreak tweak that allowed us to do this was dubbed Chrome Download Enabler
and while it got the job done well, it lacked something special Ė a download manager. Today, a new jailbreak tweak called Chrome Download Manager
, by iOS developer Skram
, is now available in Cydia and it allows you to download files with a visual download manager.
You can see important details such as the file size of the file you are downloading, your current download speed, and the download percentage. The tweak even shows you the download directory where you will be able to find the file when it finishes downloading.
Unlike Chrome Download Enabler, Chrome Download Manager allows you to see the progress of your downloading files, which is a huge plus. In addition, it supports several kinds of different file types. The application works very similarly to Safari Download Manager
except itís made for Google Chrome for iOS rather than Safari. After downloading a file, you will be able to view it in your filesystem with a file browser such as iFile.
Badges will appear on the Google Chrome interface to alert you that a download is in progress and you can have more than one download going on at once. You can choose between directly downloading the file to your filesystem or e-mailing the file instead Ė as long as it is under 20MB.
Chrome download manager is not without its faults as it doesn't always pick up every download that a Web site has to offer. It is not able to download every single file type, but the good news is Chrome Download Manager can download a large variety of different kinds of files including the ones that youíll be using day by day such as .zip, .mp3, .jpg, and so forth. That being said, the jailbreak tweak works great for moderate use and it will work decently for the average user trying to save files on their mobile device.
Furthermore Chrome Download Manager does not slow down your performance in Google Chrome. Chrome Download Manager integrates so fluidly to Google Chrome that you might forget that itís a jailbreak tweak doing the work behind the scenes. In addition, the jailbreak tweak adds some very useful and demanded functionality to the popular and free browser for iOS, so it is certainly worth the install if you need a way to save files through Google Chrome.
Depending on your mood, you can enable and disable Chrome Download Manager on demand from the preferences pane in the Settings application:
Chrome Download Manager will set the buyer back $3 to grab a copy, however even at that price it remains cheaper than Safari Download Manager and can get most of the same jobs done. Itís a good option to consider especially if you enjoy Google Chrome more than Mobile Safari.
More good news? Ė Chrome Download Manager works on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad!
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