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Google Chrome for iOS: Overview and Features!

Google Chrome is a great alternative browser for Safari on iOS devices like iPhone and iPad. You can easily install from the App Store and get ready with Google sign-in for data sync and personalization. It has every feature that Chrome offers on Android phones and seamlessly integrated with Google services and products.

Google Chrome is excellent for choosing a fast and safe web browser for your iPhone or iPad. It is available on all platforms like Android, Windows, macOS, iOS, and many more. It is a great browser, but when it comes to iOS, many users use Safari instead of Chrome since it’s an inbuilt iOS browser made for Apple users.

Safari is also a good browser, but most users who switched to iOS devices after using Android prefer using Google Chrome. Chrome is much easier to use, and it has an excellent user-friendly interface with tonnes of options.

I was an Android user for a long time. Just a week back, I bought a new iPhone. Safari browser was available as the default browser on iPhone. However, I wanted to use Chrome for iOS since I’m more comfortable with it.

To use Chrome on iOS devices, you need to go to the app store and download the app. The only problem here is that you can not set Chrome as the default browser on your iOS devices.

However, according to the latest news, the new iOS 14 update will add a new feature to let you set Chrome as the default browser. This means now iOS users can use Chrome without any problems and enjoy internet surfing.

Let’s have a look at the features of Google Chrome for iOS —

Features of Google Chrome for iOS

Chrome for iOS has many features and benefits, and we will run through most of them in this article. We will share why you should be using Google Chrome and what it has to offer you. We will also suggest some tricks and tweaks that can help you in using Google Chrome iOS.

Firstly, we will start with the essential features and then the options. After that, we will see what it offers that makes it better to use over other browsers.

Easily accessible settings

You need to go to the phone settings every time if you want to modify Safari settings, but on the other hand, you can modify Chrome settings directly from the app interface.

Chrome iOS options list 1

You can access the menu by clicking on More horizontal 3dots icon in the lower right corner. It will open a menu that has all the options as well as the settings option.

Chrome iOS options list 2

You can create or manage bookmarks from there, you can access the browsing history from there, and after that, you can also switch to a desktop site if you wish to.

Portability between devices

You can connect Google Chrome with your Google account and easily access your bookmarks and other content on different devices using the Google ID.

Now, we know that Safari can connect to your Apple ID, but you might not have a mac computer or other unsupported devices.

Chrome Browser Settings menu in iOS

Once you log in using your Google account on the Chrome browser, your Chrome data sync with that account, which means you can sync your passwords, bookmarks, address bar, and view tabs on your PC as well as on all Smartphones.

Sync and Google Services in Chrome iPhone

As long as you sign in to Google Chrome with your Google ID, you can bring all your personalized information with you on any device within the Chrome app.

Special features for iOS

The latest version of Chrome is faster and more stable; you can use Chrome without fear of crashing. Google has updated the Chrome browser for iOS devices and added 3D touch support. Many quick actions are also added for iOS devices.

Chrome iOS Home Screen

All Android Chrome features like the voice search, open a new tab, or a new Incognito tab are also available on Chrome for iOS.

Chrome iOS Search or Type URL

Google updated Chrome, too, and added more keyboard shortcuts for your Bluetooth keyboard. These shortcuts include features like opening, closing, and changing tabs. After that conducting a voice search is also possible using a Bluetooth keyboard on your iOS device.

Chrome browser uses Apple’s latest rendering engine, which provides an overall better experience on iOS devices.

Incognito mode

Yes, the mobile version of Chrome also has the incognito mode, just like the computer version. You can use it to browse something personal and don’t want to leave a browsing history trail.

Private Incognito Tabs in Chrome iOS

It provides privacy to the users and lets you browse without collecting any history.

3D touch options

3D touch helps you to act without opening the app. You can open a new tab or an incognito tab or close the opened one by long-pressing the tab switching button in the toolbar.

Chrome iOS 3D Touch Options

Press on the left arrow or the Back button in the toolbar, and it will reveal available tab history. Similarly, press the right arrow or forward button and select an entry to jump forward on a tab.

If you long-press on the search bar on the toolbar, you can quickly access voice search and QR code scanner.

Different Options available on Chrome

Well, there are a lot of options on the Chrome menu. You can quickly access your browsing history, bookmarks, Browser settings as well as downloads using the Chrome home page. These are the options that are available on the Home Screen of the Chrome browser.

Chrome iOS options list 2

Bookmark: When you are on a website, a few new options can be helpful to you while browsing. This includes the Quick bookmark option that can bookmark a webpage in just one click.

Translate: After that, the next option is the Translate option. This option can translate the contents of the whole webpage into the language of your preference.

Share: The next is Share. You can share the webpage with your contacts and other apps using this option, and you can also copy the link using the same option.

Find in Page…: Find on the page is another option on the menu that can help you search the contents you are looking for on a web page. For example, if you are on a web page with many people’s data and you want to search for one name, you can use this option and enter the name. As soon as you proceed, every text that has the entered name will be highlighted.

Chrome iOS options list 2

Add to Home Screen: The next option Add to home screen will add the web page to your home screen. You can directly open that webpage in Chrome iOS from your home screen.

Request Desktop Site: If you want to access the desktop model of a site, you can enable the desktop mode option, and it will change the site to a desktop site from a mobile site.

That’s all for the different available options on the Google Chrome iOS browser.

Bottom Line: Google Chrome iOS

So this was the list of those features that make Google Chrome a great browser to use on an iOS device. Yes, some of these options are available on Safari as well, and Safari is nearly equal to Chrome, but Chrome is more comfortable if you love simple UI and many features. Chrome iOS will get more options with updates as well, so it is worth giving a try.

In my opinion, Safari is good if you don’t use browsers much and use them on a single iOS device. If you are a user who has many different devices to use for your work, some of them are Android, and some are iOS, then I suggest you use Chrome. Google Chrome is a robust browser with the flexibility to switch and continue working. It works well on iOS as well.

If you have an Android phone, then Google Chrome comes pre-installed. Since I got my new iPhone, I looked for ways and means to install the Google Chrome browser. I had doubts about Chrome iOS being as efficient as Android. So, I did my fair share of research and came up with this article.

Chrome is easy to use if you use different devices to sync all your data to all the connected devices. At last, according to some tests, Chrome is slightly faster than Safari, so I prefer Chrome over any other browser. I hope this article helps you and clears all your doubts about Chrome for iOS devices.

What is your personal favorite? Why do you choose Chrome over Safari? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are the few frequently asked questions about the Google Chrome browser for iPhone or iPad.

Can you install Chrome on iPhone/iPad?

Yes – Google Chrome officially supports iOS devices like iPhone/iPad and is available in the App Store for download and installation.

Is Chrome Safe on iPhone/iPad?

Yes – Google Chrome is absolutely safe and available in the Apple app store for download and installation.

Is Chrome better than Safari on iPhone/iPad?

If your day-to-day activity relies on Google and its services, Google Chrome will enable seamless integration within iPhone/iPad. However, if you fully rely on Apple services, like iCloud, Mail, etc., then stay on the Safari browser.

In terms of data privacy, Safari is much safer and more secured compared to the Chrome browser.

Why is Google Chrome so slow on iPad?

Google Chrome is resource hungry app that processes even in the background. It may load the web pages faster but generally make the device slow.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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8 thoughts on “Google Chrome for iOS: Overview and Features!”

  1. Thx. I always forget that there’s more menu options if you scroll. Is there a way to edit the order the items are listed with the items I use most at top?

  2. Hi! Finding this page has helped immensely with using Chrome on my iPhone. But 1 frustration: as I navigate around any web page the navigation bar disappears. The only way I find to get it back it to touch the address bar (at the top of my screen). Very inconvenient. Safari easily give me the navigation bar by touching anywhere on the far bottom portion of the screen. I would so appreciate your help.

    1. The chrome is built to have a better and bigger viewport for browsing. Unfortunately, we cannot customize the navigation bar behavior it is auto-hidden as we scroll through the page.

        1. Oh sorry, my bad. Those are called top site icons. Unfortunately, Chrome does not allow editing or adding the top site icons. It’s basically the recommendation from Chrome which can only be removed.

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