Chrome desktop users have long been able to outfit the browser with third-party extensions that track price and help you find the best deals, but those add-ons don’t work on Android. Fortunately, Google is rolling out a new feature in Chrome mobile which will keep a watchful eye for price drops on shopping tabs you have open in the background.
The new Android price tracking feature is part of the Chrome version 90 update available now from the Google play store. Once Chrome is up to date, you can enable price tracking by doing the following:
- Open a page with an item you want to track the price of in the Chrome app.
- Tap the open tabs icon to the right of the URL bar to open the tab selection grid.
- Tap the three-dot menu button at the top right of the screen.
- To select “Follow the prices”, then switch to the option in the next menu. You can also press “Receive a notification” if you see the option at the bottom of the screen.
- When price tracking is turned on, Chrome sends push notifications whenever it notices a price change on any of your open tabs. Remember to keep these tabs open in the background for the feature to work.
If you don’t see the Track prices even option after updating Chrome, the feature hasn’t been deployed to you yet. It should appear soon, but you can try to force it to appear using Chrome’s experimental flags menu:
- In a new Chrome tab, go to chrome: // flags / # enable-tab-grid-layout
- To select “Price notifications enabled” in the drop-down menu under “Tab grid layout.”
- Tap “Revive” to apply the changes to restart the browser.
- Once Chrome relaunches, follow the steps above to enable price tracking.
These steps may not work for everyone, even though “Price notifications enabled” is available in the tab grid layout indicator options; Android Police and 9to5Google report the success of turning on Chrome’s price tracker this way, but it didn’t work for us The edge.
Try anyway. And even if that doesn’t work, the price tracker should eventually show up for all Chrome Android users.