Google Chrome android is one of my favorite browsers that come pre-installed on any Android phone. If you do not have one, then you can download chrome for mobile from Android Play Store.
Google Chrome for Android is a vast browser with many features, settings and customization for every user. It’s not possible to cover everything that Chrome has inbuilt. However, I will try to cover it all and write a series of articles that will wrap all the features.
My mother is not a tech-savvy person like me. She is not as aware of what Google Chrome for Android can do. So, she asked for my help. I decided to help her.
Hence, in this article, I have shared a brief overview of Google Chrome for Android and the options and settings available for all.
Top Sites Icons
There are short icon links that are visible immediately when you open Chrome Android. These icons are the links to the website or webpage that you have frequently visited on the Chrome browser.
We can customize these top site link icons by touch-hold to get the options to remove. Quick link Icons are a fundamental and useful feature available in Chrome Android.
Articles for You
Very next to quick link icons is the list of Articles for You. These are the content suggestion based on your interaction with Google and Chrome browsers.
The suggested articles are purely based on your area of interest that Google AI has learned over the period. You may also receive the regional and local news as the suggestion in Articles for You.
If you aren’t interested, you may also hide the suggestions by tapping on the Hide link. But, we may not be able to disable it completely.
This is a typical search bar that is set to default as Google.com. The search bar automatically suggests the queries and even saves the search history in Google.
You can also type the website URL directly into the search bar to open the website instead of using a search engine.
Google Chrome for Android also provides the option to customize and change the default search engine to anything else than Google.
The home icon on the top will help you quickly navigate back to the home screen.
You can customize and set the home icon to any desired website URL apart from the default newtab page.
Profile Icon for Personalization
The Profile icon will take you to the Google account page within Chrome android, where you can personalize the Chrome layout according to your needs. You can customize the options like sync chrome data, autocomplete address, payment methods, search queries and URLs, safe browsing, etc.
The profile icon also helps to control the data that is being sent to Google. If you do not want your search history and page URL to be stored in Google, you can quickly opt out of the same.
The tab icon helps to switch and to control the number of open tabs in Chrome android. You can also open a new tab or new incognito tab using the tab icon.
You can also close all the open running tabs using the Tab menu option and selecting the Close All Tabs.
More Options Icon
Next, the 3 dots more options that we will frequently use. Many options and settings are hidden under this more options icon that we will be using.
The options available under this icon may get changed based on whether a website is loaded or not. You can perform actions like bookmarking a site, open new and incognito tabs, navigate forward and backward within the session, and tonnes of other simple yet useful tasks.
Under the option, you will have the Settings menu that has all the Chrome browser settings. These settings help in customizing the Chrome browser look and feel as well as usage.
The About Chrome is the last option available in the Settings menu that helps understand what version of Chrome you’re currently working on.
You can see information like version number, build number, OS, and legal information about the Chrome browser. If you’re outdated, then you can update Google chrome easily from Android Play Store.
Video of Google Chrome for Android
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Bottom line: Chrome Android Features
Google Chrome for Android is rich in features and does not compromise to give the best experience while browsing any website. There are plenty of other browsers evolving every day, with prominent players like Microsoft Edge for Android, Firefox for Android, etc.
However, Google Chrome is still the #1 choice for Android as well as desktop users lately. Since I know all the features of Chrome android well, it helped me explain my mother. She could use Google Chrome for Android with more ease now.
Do you use the Chrome browser for your Android or iOS Phone? Also, what is your favorite feature within the chrome android browser?
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I install Chrome on Android?
Google Chrome is pre-installed on all Android mobile phones. However, if it’s missing, then you can install Chrome from the Google Play Store.
What is the difference between Google and Chrome for Android?
Google Chrome is an internet browser, whereas the Google app is a complete application package of various Google services and settings to manage on the Android phone.
Do I need both Google and Google Chrome on my Android?
No, it’s not mandatory to have both apps on your Android phone. The Google app and Chrome are independent of each other. However, it’s recommended to have both to manage Google account from the smartphone.
What happens if I disable Chrome on my Android?
There won’t be any significant change as long as you’ve set any other browser as a default browser. Google Chrome will be in a deactivated state unless you open the browser again.