Download Google Chrome 101: Improved Downloads UI And Password Manager

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It is now exactly 4 weeks since Google Chrome 100 was released, and now it is time for Chrome 101. Google has released Chrome 101 on the stable channel for desktops, as well as other platforms which include Android, Chrome OS, macOS, etc. The complete build number for this release is 101.0.4951.41.

Chrome 101 offers some exciting new features . However, since they are still experimental, they need to be enabled through Chrome flags. Along with these features, 30 security improvements have also been made, out of which 7 are deemed of high importance.

Let us now dig a little deeper into the new features and then you can decide whether to upgrade to this version or make a fresh install using the given links below.

Release Summary

New in Chrome 101

Improved Downloads User Interface

You can now view the latest and current downloads in a flyout that can be expanded from the top of the Chrome browser. Not only that, Chrome will also display the progress bar of downloads with the activation of a flag.

The new improvement also gives the user more control through the context menu in the flyout that allows you to automatically open the download file when it completes, pause it, and other options.

Improved downloads UI
Improved downloads UI

To enable this feature, perform these steps:

  1. Paste the following into Chrome’s address bar and hit Enter.

  2. Here, expand the drop-down menu in front of “Enable download bubble” and select Enabled. Then click Relaunch to implement the changes.

    Enable improved downloads UI
    Enable improved downloads UI

When Chrome relaunches, you will see your downloads from the above menu, rather than displaying them in a horizontal bar at the bottom.

Save Grouped Tabs

This feature was first introduced in Chrome 95. However, it has since been in an experimental phase. With Chrome 101, it has seen significant improvement.

Saving grouped tabs allows you to save any open tabs within a group, so you can return to them even if you close the browser or reboot your PC.

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Save grouped tabs

Since this, too, is an experimental feature at the moment, it needs to be enabled via a Chrome flag. Here is how:

  1. Paste the following into Chrome’s address bar and hit Enter.

  2. Here, expand the drop-down menu in front of “Tab Groups Save” and select Enabled. Then click Relaunch to implement the changes.

    Save tab groups
    Enable saving grouped tabs

Once the browser relaunches, you can save the group while creating it by switching the slider in front of the Save Group to the On position.

Manually Add Passwords and Notes

Chrome 101 now allows you to add passwords manually through the Password Manager.

Add password manually
Add password manually

Additionally, you can also add a custom note to your password, which can contain anything, such as a password hint, a security question, etc. This note field appears when you attempt to edit a saved password.

Add custom note to passwords
Add a custom note to passwords

Here are the steps to enable these flags:

  1. Paste the following into Chrome’s address bar and hit Enter.

  2. Expand the drop-down menu in front of “Password notes in settings” and select Enabled.

    Enable password notes
    Enable password notes
  3. Now paste the following into the address bar:

  4. Now expand the drop-down menu in front of “Add passwords in settings” and select Enabled. Then click Relaunch to implement the changes.

    Enable adding passwords manually
    Enable adding passwords manually

Upgrade to Chrome 101

If you already have Google Chrome installed on your computer, then updating it would be easy. Follow the guide below to update your existing Chrome browser to version 101.

  1. Launch Google Chrome and click on the ellipses (3 dots) in the top-right corner of the browser. Then, expand Help, and click About Google Chrome.

    About google Chrome
    About Google Chrome
  2. As soon as the About page opens, the browser will start searching for an update and then automatically download it. Once it is ready to install, you will be presented with a Relaunch button. Click Relaunch.

    Note: The browser closes when you click Relaunch and then reopens, restoring all closed tabs.

    Relaunch Chrome
    Relaunch Chrome

The browser will now close and reopen. Once it does, you can navigate to the About Google Chrome page again and confirm that it has indeed been updated to version 101.

Chrome successfully updated
Chrome successfully updated

There are a few different methods that can also be used to update your Chrome browser to the latest version, including:

  • Update using Google update
  • Use the downloaded Chrome installer
  • Using Ninite
  • Download Chrome without using a browser

You can learn more about these methods in this guidepost.

You may also download the Chrome browser from the links given below if you do not already have it.

Download Google Chrome 101

Click on the links below to download Chrome 101:

DownloadGoogle Chrome web installer

DownloadGoogle Chrome offline installer

DownloadGoogle Chrome MSI Installer [Enterprise Edition]

DownloadGoogle Chrome for macOS

DownloadGoogle Chrome Offline Installer for Linux

DownloadGoogle Chrome for Android

DownloadGoogle Chrome for iOS

DownloadGoogle Chrome Portable

Install Google Chrome 101

Installing the Chrome browser on a Windows PC is as easy as downloading them. The process may vary for different platforms.

Download the file from the links above and then double-click it to execute. The rest of the process is pretty much automatic. The setup will download the required files (if the web installer was downloaded), install them for you and the browser will launch itself as soon as it is installed successfully.

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Chrome 100 installing

The process is the same for all Windows versions.

Google Chrome Releases Version History

Chrome VersionRelease DateFeatures
Chrome 122 (Early Stable)20-Feb-24WebGPU enhancements, Read Aloud for Android, and Help Me Write introduced
Chrome 12123-Jan-24Auto-grouping of tabs using AI, experimental generative AI tools to write text and create custom themes.
Chrome 1205-Dec-23Auto-grouping of tabs using AI, copy and save video frames, pin side panel elements to toolbar, improved transparent navigation bar on Android
Chrome 11931-Oct-2315 security updates, save and sync grouped tabs, smart Omnibox with typo detection, and continue where you left off on another device for iOS.
Chrome 11810-Oct-2320 security patches, extended Passkey support, Read Aloud in Reading Mode
Chrome 11712-Sep-23New Material You designs, intimation of potentially malicious web store extensions .
Chrome 11615-Aug-23Security update cadence changed to weekly from biweekly, One-Time permissions, 26 security patches
Chrome 11512-Jul-23Includes Topics API (Privacy Sandbox), reading mode, improved Memory Saver UI, HTTP automatic conversion to HTTPS
Chrome 11430-May-23Improves the Google Password Manager, introduces Popover API for developers , and adds auto-verification of CAPTCHAs.
Chrome 11326-Apr-23Makes notes in the sidebar, deletes the last 15-minute browsing history on Android, adds a bookmark or translate button in the toolbar on Android, enable or disables all extensions, and WebGPU enabled by default.
Chrome 1124-Apr-23Removal of Chrome app support, improved UI (experimental), CSS Nesting, WebAssembly Tail Call
Chrome 1116-Mar-23Automatic lazy-loading, sharing selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
Chrome 1107-Feb-23Improved Password Manager and Google Translate controls, Cookies Having Independent Partitioned State, opt-out support for Secure Payment Confirmation
Chrome 10910-Jan-23Conditional focus on screen sharing, Material You theming support
Chrome 10829-Nov-22Evergy saver mode, COLRv1 fonts, resize virtual keyboards (Android)
Chrome 10725-Oct-22HEVC hardware decoding, screen-sharing improvements, and User-Agent reduction (Phase 5)
Chrome 10628-Sep-22Selective text translation, integrated RSS reader, and advanced search improvements to Omnibox .
Chrome 10530-Aug-22Improvements for web applications in terms of customizations
Chrome 1042-Aug-22Automatic lazy-loading, share selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
Chrome 10321-Jun-22Pre-fetch page data for faster loading, local fonts for web apps, and block notifications automatically.
Chrome 10224-May-22Extensions Starter Kit, New Keyboard Shortcuts, And Continued Searches
Chrome 10126-Apr-22Improved downloads UI, save group tabs, and password manager
Chrome 10029-Mar-22Multi-screen API , audio controls
Chrome 991-Mar-22Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements
Chrome 981-Feb-22Built-in screenshot tool, smoother emojis with COLRv1, Emojis to screenshots on Android
Chrome 974-Jan-22Delete data saved by websites, zoom settings, better web application layouts, HDR enabled
Chrome 9615-Nov-21Faster navigation, dark mode per site, flags for testing v100
Chrome 9519-Oct-21Save grouped tabs, secure payments
Chrome 9421-Sep-21HTTPS-only mode, sharing hub
Chrome 9015-Apr-21AV1 codecs support, window naming feature
Download Google Chrome Offline Installers [Stable, Beta, Canary]
Google Chrome features introduced in each version
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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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