Parallel Downloads Feature: Google Chrome pushed a new software update across all platforms including desktop and mobile rolling out a stable Chrome 63 version. The company has already pushed Chrome 64 into the beta channel which adds HDR video playback and a custom download folder. Another interesting feature rolling out to Chrome 64 is Parallel Downloads.
Google Chrome 64 Adds Parallel Downloads Feature for Accelerated Downloading
The new Parallel Download feature enables accelerated downloading which allows for faster downloads. The Chrome will create three parallel jobs to handle the download. The parallel download feature is automatically activated for all downloads which take longer than 2 seconds.
The feature will be enabled for 100% of users running Chrome version 64 and above. Users running one of the Chrome browser channels such as Chrome Canary, Chrome Dev or the nightly Chrome build will have this feature enabled by default. The feature will rollout for Chrome Beta and Chrome Stable afterward.
In case you would like to try the feature on Chrome Beta, you can enable the parallel downloads by copying and pasting the code below into your address bar:
Alternatively, you can also type “chrome://flags” in the address bar and search for “parallel-download” feature. Tick the checkbox, and you have the feature enabled.
Caution: Don’t try to mess with other settings in the Flags menu as this can cause your browser to malfunction.
So, theoretically, with Parallel Downloads, there will be an increase in your download speeds. However, only people who download large files from the internet will see a noticeable difference in the speed while it may not make difference to small sized downloads.