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Navigate Forward and Backward between Pages in Chrome on Android

Chrome browser offers a soft-touch navigation button in the browser UI. This button helps you navigate between pages in browsing sessions.

Alternatively, you 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.

In this guide, I have shared the video tutorial and written instructions about:

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How to Navigate Forward and Backward in Chrome on Android

Navigating Forward or Next Pages

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 3-dots 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 or Previous Pages

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.

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.

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.

Similarly, you can find the browser navigation on a Chrome computer that works similarly to the Android browser.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating 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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