How to Disable Auto-Download of ‘Articles for You’ in Chrome Android?

Learn how to stop auto-downloading of Articles for You on Chrome Android. The suggestions are based on your interaction that is automatically downloaded.

The Articles for You are the suggestions displayed in Google Chrome App. It’s based on your interest that Google’s machine learning AI has learned about you over the period of time. Though most of the articles reflect correctly, few are irrelevant, seasonal, and may not interest anymore.

I always keep my phone connected to uninterrupted Wi-Fi at home and office. This causes the chrome and other apps to continuously consume data in the background and keep the apps up to date. The same thing happens when we use the chrome app. The articles for you are downloaded automatically when we are connected to Wi-Fi.

Google Chrome automatically downloads all the suggested articles for offline access, even though we are not interested in it. These articles also consume the storage space under the Chrome App storage. Thus, we can disable the option where the auto-downloading is enabled.

Related: How to Manage Download Settings in Chrome Computer?

In case if we need any website or page offline, we can always choose to keep an offline copy for reading on chrome android. Apart from the offline version, we can also print a webpage as PDF in chrome android which is way more convenient than offline pages.

How to Hide ‘Articles for You’ in Chrome Android?

Here are the steps to hide the articles for you Google Discover news feeds in chrome android:

  1. Launch Google Chrome App on Android phones.
  2. Scroll down to Google Discovery – ‘Articles for you‘ feed.
  3. Tap on the option Hide command on top of articles.

This will automatically hide the articles for your option in chrome android. Though this will continue to download the articles in the background.

How to Stop ‘Articles for You’ Download on Chrome Android?

The Auto-download only happens when you are connected to the WiFi router network. Chrome does not download on mobile data connection, thankfully!

Here are the steps to disable the auto-download of Articles for You on Chrome for Android:

  1. Launch Google Chrome App on Android Phones.
  2. Tap on vertical 3dots icon menu icon for options.
  3. Selects the Settings menu from the available options.
  4. Scroll down and tap on the option called Downloads.
  5. Toggle the button to turn OFF the option — Download Articles for you on WiFi

Download articles for you on Wi-Fi

That’s it. The Articles for You won’t be downloaded on your Chrome browser for Android. However, you will be still able to see the suggestion and those are refreshed automatically.

Next time when you tap on any Articles for You suggestion, you will need the network data connection to view the article.

Video on Disabling Article for you Download

In this video tutorial, we will learn how to disable the auto-downloading for ‘Articles for You’ suggestions on Chrome for Android. The suggestion once downloaded will be able for offline access.

How to Disable Auto Download of Articles for You in Chrome Android?

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Bottom Line — Chrome Android Articles Downloads

The ‘Articles for you’ auto-download helps in keeping the offline copy for reading on chrome android. However, in most cases, these downloaded pages are utterly useless hence keeping it turned off is mostly recommended. Thankfully, articles for you do not download over mobile data, perhaps saving the wastage of data packets.

You can always turn on the “Articles for you” auto-downloading over Wi-Fi from the download settings menu within chrome android.

Similarly, you can manage download settings in chrome computer. But, it’s not something like articles for you download since there is no such feature on the chrome computer browser.

What is your preferred option for Articles for You auto-downloading? Did you stop downloads just like me? 

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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