Customizing Chrome Sync Settings on Your Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK

By Corey Sandler

You can easily customize Chrome Sync Settings on your Galaxy Tab S2. Although most users want to synchronize everything that uses their Google account, you can turn off specific utilities. Here’s how:

  1. Tap the web icon on the Home screen.

    Or, tap the Chrome icon in the Apps menu or any shortcut you may have created for Chrome.

  2. Tap the Menu icon in the upper-right corner.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap the Basic panel on the left side, if it isn’t already selected.

  5. Tap your account name.

  6. Under Services, tap the Sync option.

    You see a panel of data types. If you put a checkmark under Sync Everything, then everything is synced.

    If you remove the checkmark from Sync Everything, choose from the settings: Autofill, Bookmarks, History, Passwords, and Open.

    Back out of Chrome by pressing the Back key, or return to the Home screen.

Encrypting your Google account data

Google promises that all synced data is encrypted (coded) when it travels between your computer and Google’s servers. You can apply an extra level of encryption to the data stored on your own device. To become the encryption keeper on your tablet, do this:

  1. Tap the web icon on the Home screen.

    Or, tap the Chrome icon in the Apps menu or any shortcut you may have created for Chrome.

  2. Tap the Menu icon in the upper-right corner of the Chrome page.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap the Basic panel on the left side of the screen if it isn’t already selected.

  5. Tap your account name.

  6. Under Services, tap the Sync option.

    You’ll see a panel of Data Types.

  7. Tap Encryption.

    A panel opens.

  8. Your choice here is to Encrypt All with Passphrase or Encrypt with Google Credentials.

    For most users, it’s acceptable to leave the security work for this sort of information to Google, using credentials or passwords that are generated by the system.

    If, however, you want full control, you can enter a passphrase of a few words. Retype the passphrase when you’re asked to confirm.

    If you create your own passphrase, it doesn’t go to Google and you’re responsible for keeping it in mind. If you forget the passphrase, you have to reset the sync process within your Google account.

Turning on Data Saver management

Chrome users can retrieve most web pages through Google’s servers instead of directly from wherever they’re stored. Although it ordinarily adds at least one extra hop — and a bit of time — between your request and the moment a web page appears on the screen of your tablet, Google offers the possibility of more than making up for the lost time by compressing the web page so that it moves faster to you.

This Data Saver bandwidth management scheme works by converting certain types of images to smaller files; on average, about 60 percent of web pages consists of images. In addition, the Google technology also performs other tricks to reduce the overall size of web pages.

You can try bandwidth management and see if it works well for you. If it causes problems, turn it off. Here’s how to turn it on:

  1. Tap the web icon on the Home screen.

    Or, tap the Chrome icon within the Apps menu or any shortcut you may have created for Chrome.

  2. Tap the Menu icon in the upper-right corner of the Chrome page.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap the Advanced panel on the left side of the screen if it isn’t already selected.

  5. Tap Data Saver Management in the panel on the right.

  6. Turn the on/off slider to enable or disable the feature.

You can see a report that estimates the amount of compression that has been applied in the last month. If the report says 25%, in rough terms that means that pages that’ve been compressed through the Google servers have been on average about 25 percent smaller by the time they arrived on your tablet, and your system has responded about 25 percent faster than it would have without this feature enabled.

Using Data Saver also enables Chrome’s Safe Browsing system, which can detect many malicious web pages and protect you from certain phishing, malware, or other nasty attacks. On the downside, using Data Saver might interfere with access to premium data services provided by some Internet carriers. You can experiment with enabling or disabling this feature to see what effects you might encounter.