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Disable the Google Chrome browser on Android Device

Want to disable or remove Google Chrome from your Android device? Learn how to hide the Chrome app using the phone settings.

Google Chrome is the default browser for Android Smartphones. It’s part of the system application; hence, it can’t be uninstalled.

But we can disable the Chrome app from the Apps Settings menu. It will not uninstall the app; however, it hides from appearing in the App Drawer or home screen.

Hide Google Chrome app on Android Phone

In this guide, we have shared the steps to disable the Google Chrome app on the Android device.

Disabling the Chrome App on an Android Phone

Removing Google Chrome is more complex than any other app. It is pre-installed as a system app and set as a default browser for Android. Hence, we cannot simply uninstall it as we remove the other apps.

However, we can disable it to hide from the App Drawer menu. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Open Phone Settings on the Android device.
  2. Scroll down and select the Apps tab.
    Remember, the term “Apps” might vary on your Settings page depending on your cellphone variation. If you are using a Samsung device, it is mentioned as Apps.
    Google Chrome Apps Settings Page
  3. Lookup and select to open the Chrome app settings.
  4. Tap on the Force stop command and then hit on Disable button.
    Disable and Force Stop Chrome Android BrowserThe Chrome app will be hidden.

Force stop might uninstall the updates and make it a factory default version. And Disable command will hide the Chrome app from the App launcher. One good thing is that this trick will work on all Android phones, and you can hide the app without any trouble.

Sometimes, you might encounter some common issues, such as a few sites not working correctly, or maybe when you enter your login credentials, it shows an invalid login attempt.

These are common with most browsers. And for such reasons, uninstalling Chrome won’t help you. Instead, you can try clearing your browsing data, which might help you.

Bottom Line

Undoubtedly, Google Chrome has consistently offered excellent service to all its users. And according to recent stats, it is found to have around 68% of the world market share. However, users still prefer switching to browsers other than Google Chrome.

There are multiple alternatives to Chrome browser on Android. You can download your preferred browser from Google Play Store.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

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

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