How to download files with Google Chrome on iOS

By , Jul 18, 2012

Just a few minutes ago, a new tweak entitled Chrome Download Enabler appeared on Cydia. Excited about the prospect of finally being able to download files via the Google Chrome Browser on iOS, I quickly paid the somewhat steep $2.00 asking fare, and jumped in.

What did I find? Chrome Download Enabler works well, allowing you to download files that you ordinarily wouldn’t be able to in Google Chrome. It’s not pretty like Safari Download Manager, but as you’ll see in the following video walkthrough, it does get the job done…

Let me just be clear and reiterate the fact that Chrome Download Enabler is no Safari Download Manager — both in the function and looks department. In fact, it doesn’t even pretend to be Safari Download Manager in any aspect, as that tweak is leaps and bounds ahead in terms of development and scope.

Chrome Download Manager is an absolute bare bones tweak that allows you to do one thing and one thing only — download files. There’s no file management, and there’s not even a way, from an interface standpoint, to access the download landing place, or to manage files that have already been downloaded.

Once you download a file via Chrome using this tweak, you’re brought to the landing page where you’re given a status of the download. It updates this status by means of refreshing a fairly crude and basic page with a link to your download that opens via iFile.

In other words, don’t expect flowers and roses with this tweak, but do expect function — something that can get the job done in a crunch.

Admittedly, $2.00 (ModMyi) is a high price to pay for something that has absolutely no options and is designed as basic as it is, but at this point in the game, it’s the only option for Chrome users who want to download files.

Would you consider buying it? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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  • billypuntove

    I think the developer just wanted to get the draft out there to discourage others from developing the tweak. He can be easily beat though. Especially with that price tag. Hopefully it will get close to its Safari counterpart via updates. Otherwise that is indeed a steep price based on Cydia standards; even if it gets the job done.

  • http://twitter.com/Ramesses Messiah

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  • mrdrewstone

    idownloader pro is a free app from the App store that downloads pretty much any file, and it’s free!!

    • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

      It’s a standalone app. You can’t merge it with Google Chrome to enable downloads.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marlon-Greg-Ceballe/1261923209 Marlon Greg Ceballe

    The Safari Download Enabler is free so why do i have to pay for this anyways? But nice try thou for the dev. I

  • http://thatsangel.com/ Angel

    It’s not like Safari is an app I can delete. It’s not that big of a deal to me download something from the stock browser and load it into Dropbox, especially if only for a moment. This is nice, but definitely a waste of $2.

  • Tashawn Brawner

    I like the idea but I don’t like this developer delivery. This tweak UI look basic, he’s promoting a link, and the price is a bit much for just a downloader add-on. Somebody should make a chrome package with everything in one, I’d pay for that. (Downloader, refresh botton, fullscreen, etc)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Cooper/100000164561256 Matthew Cooper

    Why does this jackass have to put his name on every tweak he makes? Am i the only one that likes tweaks that look like they were meant to be there? Hard to do with NobitaZZZ on everything

    • SimonReidy

      +1

      Every time I see a tweak with his stupid username plastered all over it I cringe. He also pays no attention whatsoever to aesthetics of his tweaks. In other words they are all butt-ugly.

      I was sucked in by his pricey Chrome Share tweak, only to find its an ugly blue popup box that doesn’t use the proper Facebook/Twitter sharing API’s, and looks like something from iOS 3. Instant delete.

      $2 is definitely a rip for this. There’s no doubt someone will release a better download manager for Chrome for free or 99c at most.

    • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

      I’m sorry, but I had to laugh at this. I kinda agree. I must admit I don’t go in expecting much…

  • SimonReidy

    I think Nobita is catching too many ZZZ’s instead of making his tweaks more pretty and functional (and worth the asking price).

  • http://www.facebook.com/lance.faulkner1 Lance Faulkner

    is there a way to upload files yet from ios chrome?

  • http://www.facebook.com/zakee.latif Zakee Latif

    i tried downloading a movie with this tweak.. bluntly it CAN’T

  • phua

    omg