Google brings ‘Back Forward Cache’ to Chrome 86 for Android

Google recently announced the cross-site navigation caching for its Chrome for Android.

Back Forward Cache in Chrome
Back Forward Cache in Chrome

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Back Forward Cache feature in Chrome

Google is scheduling to add a new feature for its Google Chrome web-browser. This feature will be adding new accessibility for its user. And from us with a better browsing experience. This will cache the pages before and after the user navigates. This helps in making the back and forth navigation faster for better browsing.

This feature will be first shipped to Chrome for Android. And after that, the feature will come for desktop OS like Windows, Mac, Linux. But it is available for testing in Canary version behind the flag for all OS.

This feature is already present in Firefox and Safari. And chromium-based chrome is late for releasing it. Which is unusual as we see all feature coming first in Chrome and the other follow.

The company on 22-July-2020 revealed the roadmap for the feature. And shared a few documents that announced the feature. The said Chrome 86 for Android will add cross-origin navigation support and the following milestone will add support for the same-origin navigation.

The said the feature will gain more features and will be available for desktop platforms too…

  • Here is our plan:
  • Increase the size of the experiment with Google Search to further confirm some of the movement on key metrics and inform our roadmap of features and user journeys to support
  • Short term:
  • Launch BFCache for cross-origin navigations in M86
  • Add support for same-origin navigations in a following milestone
  • Longer term:
  • Add support for more features to further increase BFCache’s hit rate, and add support for desktop platforms
  • Work with Safari and Firefox, improve interop and standardize the behaviour.

How to Enable the Back forward Cache Feature in Chrome for Android

Currently the featue is available for chrome canary Browser for all the operating systesm. And is under the flag and needs to be enabled. before enabling the feature users are warned about the issues that can be associated with it.

The flag description state – “if enabled, caches pages after cross-navigations.To enable caching pages on same-site navigations too, choose ‘enabled same-site support“.

Now, let’s see the steps to enable the feature and the way to test it on your smartphone. We tech geeks want to try out everything first, before common people. so, Here is a chance to explore more.

  1. Download and install Chrome canary → Open it.
  2. Go to chrome://flags page → search for Back-forward Cache
  3. In the dropdown select Enabled. And restart the browser to update the changes.

This is how you can enable the feature. Now, it’s the time to test the feature, their is a site the can help you in that. Here, are the steps to do it:

  1. Open Google Chrome → Visit the demo site:
  2.  Scroll down to some links heading → from here, visit any link and navigate back-forth the speed of navigation will be quick.
testing back forward cache in Chrome
Testing back-forward Cache in Chrome

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