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BHIM App Launched by PM Modi to Simplify Digital Payments in India

BHIM App Launched by PM Modi to Simplify Digital Payments in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched a UPI (United Payments Interface) based app called BHIM, short for Bharat Interface for Money. The BHIM app is a straightforward UPI app, which would allow anyone to make simple digital payments directly from their bank account.

UPI-based app allows anyone to pay or receive money through online banking, unlike a wallet where you have to first load the money before you can use it.

“Be it a smartphone or feature phone of Rs 1,000-1,200, BHIM app can be used. There is no need to have Internet connectivity,” says PM Modi. “One only needs a thumb. There was a time when an illiterate was called ‘angutha chchap’. Now, time has changed. Your thumb is your bank now. It has become your identity now.”

What is BHIM app?
With the BHIM app, anyone can send or request money through the app to make a digital payment. The app is linked to your bank account, so you don’t have to load money in it unlike a wallet, and a merchant does not have to worry about transferring the money back to their bank account.

How can I get it on my phone?
Download the BHIM app by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on Google Play to start using the free Android app. The app will soon come to the iOS platform.

How do I use it?
After you download the BHIM app, you’ll have to register your bank account through the app, and set a UPI PIN. Your mobile number is your payment address, and you can start transacting. Through the app, you can send or receive money to a phone number, check balance, or scan a QR code to make a payment without sharing a phone number.

Money can also be sent to non-UPI banks through IFSC, like you do with normal net banking.

Does it work on feature phones?
Apart from an app, the interface can be accessed using USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) from feature phones – you will need to dial *99# to access it. With this method, an Internet connection will not be required.

Which banks support this?
All the major apps are supported by the BHIM app – as long as the bank supports UPI, you will be able to access your money through the BHIM app. The list of supported banks is: Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Catholic Syrian Bank, Central Bank of India, DCB Bank, Dena Bank, Federal Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank, IDFC Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, IndusInd Bank, Karnataka Bank, Karur Vysya Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, RBL Bank, South Indian Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, State Bank of India, Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India, Vijaya Bank.

Are there transaction limits? There is a maximum of Rs. 10,000 per transaction permitted, and Rs. 20,000 within 24 hours.

Android Toolkit – Must Have Apps for your Android Phone

Best Android Apps

This is a list of some of the best Android apps for your phone that will help you be more efficient and productive.

  • My Tracks — Record you path, speed and distance as you walk or drive.
  • Fing — Find out which devices are connected to your Wi-Fi networks.
  • File Wrangler — An easy to use but powerful file management app for your Android.
  • Any.Do — Easily manage your tasks and to-do lists with Google Tasks sync.
  • Focal — A full featured camera app for even older Android phones.
  • HomeStyler — Snap a picture of a room, place furniture and visualize the interior design in 3D.
  • Splashtop — Access your Windows or Mac computer from any Android phone or tablet on the same network.
  • Cogi — Record your college lectures or the conversations happening in meetings.
  • Photo Grid — Quickly create collages and photo walls in different layouts.
  • News 360 — A smart news reader that aggregates news stories and blogs around your topics of interest.
  • SchematicMind — Visualize ideas and brainstorm with mind maps on your phone.
  • Repix — Remix your photos and turn them into piece of art using brushes and other tools.
  • Clean Master — Speed up your slow Android phone and also recover precious disk space.
  • Reader — Read PDF files on your Android, the app can open password protected files too.
  • TeamViewer — Remotely access your Windows or Mac computers from any Android phone.
  • Keep — Create notes, to-do lists, voice memos and photo notes with searchable text.
  • Ustream — Broadcast any event live from your phone or tablet – anytime, anywhere.
  • tTorrent — Download torrents directly to your Android phone or tablet.
  • RingtoneMaker — Create custom ringtones using segments from one or more audio files.
  • WiFi Manager — Discover Wi-Fi networks around you and connect to the best network.
  • Timely — A beautiful alarm clock that automatically syncs with your other devices.
  • InstaFontMaker — Create custom fonts in TrueType format with your own handwriting.
  • TrueCaller — Identify calls from unknown numbers and block SMS from spam numbers.
  • LapseIt — Create stop-motion videos with background music on your phone.
  • FoxFi — Turn your phone into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and share your data connection.
  • Shush — It remembers to unmute your phone after a certain period.
  • Avast — Secure your Android device against theft, viruses and phishing attacks.
  • AVG AntiVirus — Protect your device from viruses, malware and fake apps.
  • MyScript — An advanced calculator that even recognizes your handwriting.
  • DU BatterySaver — The app solves your battery problems and extend the device’s battery life.
  • BatteryGuru — The app extends battery performance by monitoring your usage.
  • SuperBeam — The easiest and faster way to share files between two Android device.
  • SmartCam — It turns your mobile phone into a webcam for your computer.
  • Droid TimeLapse — Record high quality time lapse videos on your Android device without any complicated settings.
  • Tape-a-talk — A simple voice recorder app that can record voice notes and audio even when the screen is off.
  • Calculator — A simple yet advanced calculator with a beautiful halo interface and free of any ads.
  • Viber — You can send free messages as well as make free calls to other Viber users over 3G or WiFi.
  • Line — Send unlimited messages and make free calls from your Android phone over VoIP.
  • Screenshots — You can capture screenshots of your Android device with keys or action triggers.
  • Expensify — Travelling on business? The app make it easy to file expense reports.
  • Contacts+ — A contact manager app for Android that display rich profiles for your contacts.
  • Glympse — Remember Google Latitude? This is worthy alternative that shows where your friends are.
  • HelloText — If you aren’t too happy with the built-in SMS app of your phone, Hello is a good alternative.
  • AntennaPod — A simple podcast client for Android that allows automatic downloads for episodes.
  • Easy Backup — Backup your SMS, MMS and call records to the external SD card.
  • BackupPro — Backup your phone and easily move your data and media file to another device.
  • Podax — A basic podcast client for Android with widgets for the home screen.
  • WiFi Analyzer — Analyze your Wifi and expand the reach of your wireless router.
  • Veetle — You can easily broadcast and watch live video on your Android phone or tablet.
  • Easy Alarm — Set any YouTube songs as your wake-up alarm.
  • PocketCasts — The best podcasting app for your Android phone. Period.
  • MightyText — Send and receive SMS text messages from your desktop computer.
  • Shifu — The app knows when you have free time and suggest pending task that you may work upon.
  • Llama — Silence your phone at work or let it go quiet when its time for bed.
  • AirDroid — With AirDroid, you can transfer files to and from your Android device wirelessly without needing any USB cables.
  • Smart Voice — Record high-quality audio while skipping the silent portion from the audio.
  • Pixlr — A versatile photo editor from Autodesk that is absolutely free.
  • µTorrent — Torrent downloader from the team that invented the popular BitTorrent protocol.
  • Aviary — A suite of photo editing tools that will make your photos stand out.
  • MX Player — This is the best video player for Android that lets you watch any of your videos without conversion.
  • Readability — Send web pages to your Kindle for reading later in a clutter free environment.
  • RingDroid — Create your own ringtones and alarms sounds from songs or your own voice.
  • SoundHound — Recognize music playing around you with a single tap or by entering words from the lyrics.
  • Subsonic — Stream music from the desktop and listen on your phone or tablet anywhere, anytime.
  • Poweramp — The most advanced music player for Android with clean and beautiful interface.
  • Saavn Music — Unlimited access to Bollywood and Indian regional music and radio on your Android device.
  • PushBullet — Send web links, text notes and even push files from computer to your phone.
  • Flipboard — Read news and updates from your favourite source in a beautiful, magazine style layout.
  • TuneIn Radio — Listen to live radio stations and podcasts from all over the world.
  • Jango Radio — A personalized online radio service that plays the best music by artists you love.
  • Shazam — Tap the Shazam button to instantly recognize music playing around you.

How to Easily Recognize Web Colors from RGB Codes

If you’ve ever customized the design of your HTML website, or tried changing the background color of your social profiles, you’ve probably encountered Hexadecimal color codes. These are a string of 6 characters – like “0066FF” – that you know represent colors but we rarely make the effort to understand them.

rgb hexadecimal colors

Here is a simple guide to help you recognize web colors more quickly from their RGB codes. No more guessing or consulting the color palettes.

In a typical web representation #RRGGBB, the first 2 digits denote red, the second 2 digital are for green and while the last 2 digit represent the blue shade.

Each number denotes the strength of that particular color – FF0000 is only red (no green, no blue), 00FF00 only green (no red, no blue). If all colors are present in equal strength FFFFFF, you get white, if no color is present 000000, you get full black.

If you want to “darken” a color, you need to move the color towards black 000000. That means 880000 is darker than BB0000 that is darker than FF0000.

Similarly, if you want to “lighten” a color, move towards white FFFFFF. So, FF8888 is lighter than FF4444 that is lighter than FF0000

Color combinations are dictated by the “strongest” color. So BB8844 is a reddish shade, 33CC00 would be a little green, and 777777 gray (since it has no strongest color).

Similarly, the RGB code for Facebook blue is #3B5998 which is predominantly blue color.

If you’re uncomfortable with Hexadecimal arithmetic, you could use the standard Windows calculator in scientific mode to perform such calculations. Hexadecimal numbers use 16 unique symbols (0-F) as opposed to the Decimal number system’s 10 (0-9), and to make up for the extra 6 characters, the English alphabets A-F are used.

How do you Make Money on the Internet

You may have a well-paying job but it wouldn’t hurt if you can earn a few extra dollars every month utilizing the knowledge and skills that you already have. There are no shortcuts but if you ready to put in the effort and time, here are some “legitimate” ways to help you make money on the Internet.

make money online

25 Ways to Make Money on the Internet

  1. Start a website or a blog and earn revenue through advertising networks like Google AdSense and BuySellAds. You can even sell your own ads directly through Google DFP.
  2. Launch a curated email newsletter using MailChimp and find sponsors or use a subscription model where people pay a fee to receive your newsletter.  HackerNewletter, Now I Know and Launch.co are good examples.
  3. Create your own YouTube channel and become a YouTube partner to monetize your videos. You may use Oneload to distribute the same video to multiple video sites.
  4. Make something creative – like handbags, jewelry, paintings, craft items – and sell them on Etsy, ArtFire or eBay.
  5. Build your own online store with Shopify or SquareSpace and sell both physical goods and digital downloads. Sell everything from furniture to clothes to food.
  6. Create t-shirt designs and put them on Threadless, Zazzle and CafePress.
  7. Write a book and publish it on the Kindle store, Google Play and iBooks. You can also sell your ebook to other retailers through services like Smashwoods and BookBaby.
  8. Become an instructor at Udemy and SkillShare and get paid for teaching your favorite subjects – from guitar to literature to yoga to foreign languages – to a worldwide audience.
  9. Learn how to code and you can then hunt for software development projects at Guru, eLance or Rent-a-Coder (now Freelancer.com).
  10. Become a virtual office assistant and offer administrative or technical assistance to clients remotely from your home office. Head over to eLance, TaskRabbit and oDesk for finding work.
  11. Offer one-on-one help to anyone worldwide over live video using Google Helpouts. You can do live cooking classes, teach maths or even offer fitness and nutrition tips.
  12. Write scripts, browser extensions, plugins or mobile apps for iOS and Android and sell the source code of your software on CodeCanyon, Chupa or BinPress.
  13. People are outsourcing petty computer jobs – like data entry work, transcribing text from business cards or performing web research – and you find these jobs at Mechanical Turk, an Amazon service.
  14. Creative professionals can scan marketplaces like CrowdSpring, 99Designs and DesignCrowd for projects involving logo design, web design, brochures and other marketing material.
  15. Do you have a good voice? Sign-up as an audio narrator at Umano or become a voice over artist at VoiceBunny and Voice123.
  16. Record your own music and sell it on music stores like Amazon MP3, iTunes, Pandora or Spotify through DistroKid, Tunecore, loudr.fm and CDBaby. You can also sell your audio files directly on marketplaces like AudioJungle, Pond5 and Bandcamp.
  17. Become an affiliate for Amazon and various online stores and earn a commission on sales. You can use programs like VigilinkShareASale, CJ or LinkShare to know about the various vendors that offer affiliate programs.
  18. Educators and teachers can help students with homework or offer on-demand teaching class over the Internet. Apply to become an online tutor at Tutor.com, InstaEdu and TutorVista.
  19. Got an empty room in your apartment? You can list the property on Airbnb, host people and make some money. The other alternative is Couchsurfing but the service forbids from charging guests.
  20. Sell photographs that you have taken on Creative Market, PhotoDune, iStockPhoto or ImgEmbed. The latter lets you easily license photos you have uploaded on Facebook, Flickr or Instagram for online use.
  21. Sell the stuff you no longer use – like old books, children’s toys, gadgets, DVDs, furniture, etc. – on sites like eBay, Craigslist or, if you are in India, OLX.
  22. Apply to become a website tester at UserTesting and get paid to review and test websites from the usability perspective.
  23. If friend’s look at you for tech support, there’s no reason why you can’t offer similar services on the Internet. Get Skype (for calling) and Chrome Remote Desktop (for screen sharing) and you are all set to offer remote tech help from anywhere.
  24. Create an account at Fiverr and PeoplePerHour and offer a wide range of services from translation to graphic design to writing to SEO.
  25. You can make money by flipping websites. Flippa, GoDaddy Auctionsand Sedo are popular marketplaces for buying and selling registered domains while LeanDomainSearch is a good tool for finding available domain names.

When You Cannot Reject a Friend Request on Facebook

You meet this person at the gym everyday and one fine morning, he sends you a friend request on Facebook. What do you do? You have exchanged a few conversations with him, he seems like a genuinely nice person but still you don’t know him enough to approve that friend request.

How do you deal with these unwanted friend requests on Facebook coming from office colleagues or old classmates who are acquaintances but not really friends?

When you receive a friend request from someone who you do not wish to be friends with, you can either politely reject the request or ignore it and the request will appear as pending in their timeline. Or when you have no option but to approve that request, you can click “Confirm” to add that person to your Facebook but put him or her in your Restricted list.

When you put someone in the Restricted list, they will be listed as your friend on Facebook but they’ll only see your photos and other posts that are public. In other words, they can only see stuff that your public followers can see except that they are friends with you.

To put someone in the Restricted List, go to their Facebook profile, choose the “Add to List” option from the Friends drop-down and select Restricted. Now they will only see your public stuff in their Facebook newsfeed.

facebook friend requests

Write Emails in HTML and Send them through GMail

The all-new HTML Mail app lets you compose and send emails using the new Gmail API. You can sign-in with your Gmail account and compose emails using the WYSIWYG editor, or if you are comfortable with code, switch to the HTML mode and write messages in HTML and CSS directly.

The HTML Mail app sends emails using your own Gmail account but unlike the previous versions, it does not require full access to your Google Account. It only needs permission to compose and send messages on your behalf and would not be able to read anything else in your mailbox. The app is open-source but you can always revoke access from your Google Accounts page.

html mail

Why should I use HTML Mail

While Gmail itself offers an excellent visual editor for composing emails, the big difference between Gmail and HTML Mail is that the latter lets you write and style emails in HTML directly. For instance, there’s currently no way to insert a table in Gmail’s but you can easily do that in the HTML Mail app – either use the Table tool from the toolbar or switch to the code view and add the <table> tag manually.

Also, if the Gmail.com website ever goes down in the future even for a few minutes, it happens sometime, you should still be able to use the HTML Mail app to at least send messages via your Gmail account during that downtime.

If you wish to embed images, or even social media icons, in your email messages, you can upload them to a site like imgur.com and put the URL of the uploaded image into the “Insert Image” box.

Once you are done composing an email message in the HTML Mail app, enter the subject and the recipient’s email address and hit Send Email. The number of emails that can send per day is the same as your daily Gmail limit.

And there’s a full screen mode as well to help you write emails in a distraction free zone. The visual editor is internally powered by TinyMCE with some CSS tweaks.

How to Schedule your Google Forms and Limit Submissions

Google Forms impose no limits. Any poll or survey created inside Google Forms has no expiration date and it can collect unlimited number of responses until the form owner decides to manually close* the form.

For some Google Forms though, limits may be necessary. For instance, if you doing a contest or a giveaway on your website, you may only want to accept the first ‘n’ entries strictly on a first-come first-served basis. A teacher may want to open a form to students at a certain data and close it automatically at another date.\

Google Forms - Schedule and Close Automatically

Set an Expiration Criteria for Google Forms

Google Scripts can help you easily schedule your Google Forms and they’ll automatically open and/or close at a certain data. Similarly, the script can be configured to turn off your form after a certain number of entries have been received through the form.

  1. Go to your Google Drive and open an existing Google Form or create a new form.
  2. Inside the Forms Editor, click Tools -> Script Editor and copy-paste the code snippet available below.
  3. While the Script Editor is open, go to File -> Project Settings and make sure that the correct time zone is selected.
  4. Set the RESPONSE_COUNT equal to the total number of entries that you would like to receive after which the form is closed automatically. If you would not like to set a limit, set this value to blank.
  5. Set the form’s open and close dates in lines #1 & #2 in  YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM format. If you would rather not have an open or close date, just set the corresponding value to blank.
  6. Press Ctrl+S (or Cmd+S on Mac) to save the script and choose Run -> Initialize to authorize the script.

The script will now run in the background and you’ll get an email notification when one of the conditions is met and the Google Form is closed for new responses.

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Google Script for Scheduling Google Forms

  1. FORM_OPEN_DATE = “2014-12-20 08:00”;
  2. FORM_CLOSE_DATE = “2014-12-25 23:30”;
  3. RESPONSE_COUNT = “100”;
  4.  
  5. /* Web tutorial: http://labnol.org/?p=20707 */
  6.  
  7. /* Initialize the form, setup time based triggers */
  8. function Initialize() {
  9. deleteTriggers_();
  10. if ((FORM_OPEN_DATE !== “”) &&
  11. ((new Date()).getTime() < parseDate_(FORM_OPEN_DATE).getTime())) {
  12. closeForm();
  13. ScriptApp.newTrigger(“openForm”)
  14. .timeBased()
  15. .at(parseDate_(FORM_OPEN_DATE))
  16. .create();
  17. }
  18. if (FORM_CLOSE_DATE !== “”) {
  19. ScriptApp.newTrigger(“closeForm”)
  20. .timeBased()
  21. .at(parseDate_(FORM_CLOSE_DATE))
  22. .create();
  23. }
  24. if (RESPONSE_COUNT !== “”) {
  25. ScriptApp.newTrigger(“checkLimit”)
  26. .forForm(FormApp.getActiveForm())
  27. .onFormSubmit()
  28. .create();
  29. }
  30. }
  31.  
  32. /* Delete all existing Script Triggers */
  33. function deleteTriggers_() {
  34. var triggers = ScriptApp.getProjectTriggers();
  35. for (var i in triggers) {
  36. ScriptApp.deleteTrigger(triggers[i]);
  37. }
  38. }
  39.  
  40. /* Send a mail to the form owner when the form status changes */
  41. function informUser_(subject) {
  42. var formURL = FormApp.getActiveForm().getPublishedUrl();
  43. MailApp.sendEmail(Session.getActiveUser().getEmail(), subject, formURL);
  44. }
  45.  
  46. /* Allow Google Form to Accept Responses */
  47. function openForm() {
  48. var form = FormApp.getActiveForm();
  49. form.setAcceptingResponses(true);
  50. informUser_(“Your Google Form is now accepting responses”);
  51. }
  52.  
  53. /* Close the Google Form, Stop Accepting Reponses */
  54. function closeForm() {
  55. var form = FormApp.getActiveForm();
  56. form.setAcceptingResponses(false);
  57. deleteTriggers_();
  58. informUser_(“Your Google Form is no longer accepting responses”);
  59. }
  60.  
  61. /* If Total # of Form Responses >= Limit, Close Form */
  62. function checkLimit() {
  63. if (FormApp.getActiveForm().getResponses().length >= RESPONSE_COUNT ) {
  64. closeForm();
  65. }
  66. }
  67.  
  68. /* Parse the Date for creating Time-Based Triggers */
  69. function parseDate_(d) {
  70. return new Date(d.substr(0,4), d.substr(5,2)-1,
  71. d.substr(8,2), d.substr(11,2), d.substr(14,2));
  72. }

[*] If you would like to close your Google Form for new responses, open the Form inside your Google Drive and click the “Accepting Responses” option. You can re-open the form anytime later by checking the “Not Accepting Responses” button.

Add Collaboration Features to your Website with a Line of Code

Tools like Google Docs include real-time collaboration features that let multiple people work on the same document or spreadsheet at the same time. Then you have screen sharing tools, join.me or Chrome Remote Desktop for example, where there’s a master presenter and remote viewers can follow along.

Website with Real-time Chat

TogetherJS is a Mozilla project that brings similar collaboration features to your own website but without any coding. Once enabled, visitors to your website will be able to interact with each other on your site in real time.

They’ll able to see each other’s cursor (like in Google Docs), the clicks are highlighted and the screen content stays synchronized. Visitors will also have the ability to text chat and audio chat (using WebRTC) with each other while staying on your website. All this and more with a line of code.

Add TogetherJS to your own Website

To get started, all you have to do is insert a little JavaScript snippet anywhere on your web page(s). There are several configuration parameters available for the widget but we will use the default settings to keep things simple.

  1. <script>
  2. TogetherJSConfig_autoStart = true;
  3. </script>
  4. <script src=“https://togetherjs.com/togetherjs-min.js”></script>

This will add a little floating widget to your website that will be visible to all visitors. They can click the “+” button in the widget to generate a unique TogetherJS URL. Anyone who clicks this URL will be able to interact with each other on your page in real time. It can’t get any simpler.

I have put up a quick page where you can test TogetherJS capabilities. Click the “+” icon and send the unique URL to another person to chat in real-time.

Add TogetherJS to any Website

There’s more. You can add TogetherJS features to any web page on the Internet with the help of a bookmarklet.

TogetherJS

This bookmarklet will load the TogetherJS library on the current web page and you can give the chat session a unique name. Another person can launch the bookmarklet on the same page on their own computer, enter the same session name and you’ll be instantly connected.

Restart your Android Phone in Safe Mode to Troubleshoot Problems

Do you know that you can restart your Android phone in safe mode much like your Windows or Mac computers? Press and hold the Power / Sleep button on your phone and you’ll be presented with an option to Power Off the device. Tap and hold that option and you will now be able to reboot your phone in “safe” mode.

Android Safe Mode

When the phone is in safe mode, you’ll see the words Safe Mode in the lower left corner of the screen. Apparently I am very late to the party – the safe mode feature has been available in Android for many years – but it does seem to solve two problems:

  1. If your Android phone freezes or crashes on startup, or randomly restarts, you can force restart your phone in Safe mode and uninstall any of the recent app(s) that may be preventing your phone from working correctly. Now when your phone is in safe mode, you would only see the factory-installed apps on the phone but you can still go to Settings -> Apps to uninstall any apps that you have recently downloaded.
  2. If your Android phone has become slow over time – because of all the installed apps, themes and widgets – you can use the safe mode to temporarily turn the tortoise into the hare without having to do a factory reset. The phone becomes insanely fast in safe mode and you can still use all the Google apps including Gmail, Chrome, Maps, Calendar and so on. The device feels more responsive too.

To exit the safe mode, restart your device by holding the power button, then power off and restart. The device will open in the normal mode automatically. All your apps and screens are preserved but the one big downside with Safe mode is that will log you out of all the non-Google apps. So if you have Android apps like Dropbox, Twitter or Facebook on your phone, you’ll have to login again in all these apps.

How to Work Offline in Google Chrome

When you open any page inside Google Chrome, it connects to the Internet, fetches the latest version of the page from the server and displays it on your screen. If your computer is offline, Chrome will display an error message with a dinosaur* image saying it is unable to connect to the Internet.

Internet Explorer and Firefox offer an offline mode that auto-saves a copy of web pages as you browse the Internet and displays this local copy when you are not connected to the Internet. Thus, if you are offline in a flight, you can still open and read websites that you accessed while your computer was online.

Offline Browsing inside Google Chrome

The recent versions of Google Chrome also support offline browsing though the option to easily access the cached version of any web page is hidden deep inside the settings.

While inside Chrome, type chrome://flags/ to access the experimental features page and search for the “Enable Offline Load Stale Button” option. Click “Enable” against the option and restart your browser.

Now if you are offline, your Chrome browser will give you an option to load the “stale copy” if the page you are trying to access is available in the local cache (see screenshot).

Google Chrome Offline Browsing

Google Chrome caches the HTML content, images, JavaScript and the CSS stylesheets associated with a page so your offline copy should not look very different from the original. However, if there are resources that require an active Internet connection, like JavaScript widgets or videos, they’ll be replaced with placeholder images.

To test the feature, open any page inside Chrome, turn off your Wi-Fi or disconnect the Ethernet cable, and restart the browser. If the offline mode** is enabled, the cached version would show up on your screen.

[*] This is the Tyrannosaurus rex (or T-rex) dinosaur that had tiny little arms and the image probably illustrates that Chrome, like the dinosaur, couldn’t reach the Internet because of its short arms. (source: Quora).

[**] The offline browsing option was added in Chrome v36. If you are still using an older version, you need to open the Chrome flags page and enable the option that says “Enable Offline Mode.” It willl no longer serve the “not connected to the Internet” error if the page you are trying to access is available in the local cache.

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