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Navigate Forward and Backward between Pages in Chrome on Android

Do you need to visit the previous and next pages in your Chrome browsing sessions? Learn how to navigate between pages on your Android device.

The Google Chrome browser for Android offers a soft touch navigation button in the browser UI. It helps in navigating between the pages in browsing sessions. Alternatively, we can tap and hold the navigation button to see the navigation history and select the desired page. These navigation buttons are disabled when you launch the browser or haven’t started browsing.

Navigate Forward and Backward on Chrome browser

The Chrome desktop version has a navigation icon to move forward or backward into the website page in the toolbar section.

Similarly, Chrome Android has a navigation system in place. However, both forward and backward buttons are located at different places but help the user easily navigate the site.

Generally, I get too engrossed in reading without realizing the number of pages I have consumed. Often it happens that I also want to refer back to the previous page or even before that.

I did not know how to do that earlier before I stumbled upon the Chrome Android navigation. Hence, browser navigation helps and makes this navigation hustle easier.

Within the Chrome browser, we can navigate backward as well as forward. The forward button is under the options menu, while the back button on the Android navigation system helps to move backward to visit the previous page.

On this page, you can find and jump to:

Navigate Forward

If you’ve visited previous or even earlier pages within the browsing sessions, you can move forward and go to the last page until the button is grayed out. The forward button serves an excellent purpose for easy navigation on Chrome. Follow the steps to navigate forward using the forward button:

  1. Launch Chrome Android browser.
  2. Open a website and start navigating within the websites and links.
    Assuming you already navigate backward on the website.
  3. Tap on the More vertical 3dots icon options in the right-hand top corner.
  4. At the top, you can see the right side pointing arrow icon.
  5. Tap on the to move forward in site navigation.

Chrome Android Forward Navigation Icon

Please note that you’re on the last page if you see the arrow icon slightly greyed out or not moving forward in navigation. The forward button makes browsing easier, especially for readers who like to read articles online!

Navigate Backward

The back button helps to revisit the page you left without reading or wanting to refer back to. Tapping on the back button on the Android system will take you to the previous page and earlier pages until it takes you to the first page. Follow the steps to navigate backward:

  1. Launch Chrome Android browser.
  2. Open a website and start navigating within the websites and links.
  3. Assuming you have already browsed a few web pages.
  4. Tap on the back button < icon on your Android navigation menu.

Chrome Android Back button icon and history

You’ll be directed to the previous page on Chrome Android by using the back button. If you continue tapping on the back button, you will continue to navigate to the previous page until you see the first page where you started the session from.

If you tap and hold the back button, the option will list the recently closed history of the website pages you’ve visited in the session. This allows you to jump back to any older page without navigating to the subsequent back page.

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Note: If you have the swipe navigation enabled, you may not see the soft touch navigation button on the Android system. In that case, you can use the system navigation to move backward or to the previous page.

Video Demo

Watch this video demo to learn backward and forward navigation in Chrome for Android. You can also list the recent website history by using the back button.

How to Navigate Forward and Backward in Chrome Android?

Bottom Line

The chrome navigation within the Android phone is valuable and important for an avid reader. If you are a person who 100% relies on a web browser rather than a native app, then you should use the navigation system. It will make you productive and eliminate the task of using new tabs and windows in the browser.

Chrome’s forward and back buttons have made browsing comparatively easier for me. It helps me go back and forth between the pages without much effort. I can even skip to the last page of the session without any worries.

Similarly, you can find the browser navigation on a Chrome computer that works similarly to the Android browser. Let us know how useful you find the navigation system.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and creating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

4 comments and feedback

  1. 30 years of commonly used internet and we’re talking about forward and back buttons like it’s something new?! it’s pathetic that we have to search to find these stupid basic functions. I’m so fed up with how downhill the internet and apps have gone, I’m about to stop using any devices going forward. not melodramatic I’m serious.

    1. Hi Johnson, we need to use system navigation to move backward. For example, Pixel devices, we have right & left edge swipes for navigation. If you need to navigate back, then swipe the edges. A similar navigation system does exist in Samsungs OneUI.

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