The page preview in Chrome for Android has landed! Here’s how to use them


The long-awaited page preview feature has finally arrived in Google Chrome for Android. In summary, allowing users to see an almost full screen preview of a page with a single long press on a link. The change is, according to reports on the subject, now arriving via a server-side update in conjunction with version 89.

What is a page preview in Chrome?

Expanding on the above explanation, what this actually does is pretty straightforward. The feature is enabled and active, with no need to access any experimental features. Once the feature arrives for a user, they just need to long press any page link in Chrome for Android to get a preview.

The option to display the preview appears as the third selection option at the bottom of the page in the corresponding context menu. Once tapped, the page appears in its entirety. But in a smaller window that shows the page title as well as the link to the page. Next to this header there is a square icon with an arrow to open the page in a full window for full access. There is also an “X” icon to close the preview. Swiping down from the top also closes the page.

Below the page preview header, Chrome for Android features a thumbnail that takes up around 3/5 to 3/4 of the display space. This can be scrolled and interacted with just like the entire page. Except for the page preview. This cannot be opened in an existing page preview. In fact, no context menu is available there. And there is still no way to open the preview page in a new or existing group directly from the preview either.

You should already have this feature

Now, this feature is being rolled out via a server-side update. And that means it should be a much faster update than through a full software update. But, as stated previously, Chromium 89 appears to be a prerequisite. Users who want to access page previews will therefore need to make sure that Chrome is up to date on their Android smartphone.

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