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Google Chrome: Fast & Secure for Android

By Google Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Google Chrome: Fast & Secure

  • Browse and bring your personalized Chrome experience with you anywhere you go
  • Last updated on 03/12/21
  • There have been 20 updates within the past 6 months
  • Also available on iOS

Editors' Review

clifford.colby Mar 21, 2017

Google's Chrome for Android brings many of the desktop browser's features to your mobile device, so you can move effortlessly between platforms without having to change browsers.

Pros

Sync: Chrome can sync between the desktop and mobile versions of the app, displaying bookmarks, recent searches, passwords, and other settings across devices.

Bookmarks: In addition to having access to all your desktop bookmarks, you can create mobile-only bookmarks that you only need on your phone, such as a bus schedule page.

Handles tabs: Open a new tab by tapping the More menu in the top-right corner and then tap New Tab. You'll see a collection of recently or frequently visited websites. To access open tabs, tap the small square with a number inside that's to the left of the More menu. If you leave an incognito tab open, the app will remind you to close it if you browse away from it.

Trim data usage: If you turn on Data Saver, much of your Web traffic will go through Google servers, which will compress pages before sending them to your phone.

Be private-ish: Don't want Chrome to record where you browse and what you download? Turn on incognito mode. The browser won't keep a record of your activities, but your ISP, your company's IT department, and the websites you visit may keep a record of your activities.

Avoid trouble: Turn on Safe Browsing to see a warning before you navigate to a potentially dangerous website or download a potentially harmful app.

Cons

Confusing tabs: Having browser tabs on Android is handy, but they are a bit more work to use in their mobile iteration. It takes two taps to move to another tab, for example, and the Android browser offers no way to reopen a closed tab, as you can with the desktop version.

Bottom Line

Google Chrome for Android offers much of what you expect in Google browsing -- syncing, bookmarks, an incognito mode -- and manages to handle much of it skillfully on a small screen.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 89.0.4389.86

This release includes stability and performance improvements.

General

Release March 12, 2021
Date Added March 12, 2021
Version 89.0.4389.86

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 254,255
Downloads Last Week 19
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Developer's Description

Google Chrome is a fast, easy to use, and secure web browser. Designed for Android, Chrome brings you personalized news articles, quick links to your favorite sites, downloads, and Google Search and Google Translate built-in. Download now to enjoy the same Chrome web browser experience you love across all your devices.

Browse fast and type less. Choose from personalized search results that instantly appear as you type and quickly browse previously visited web pages. Fill in forms quickly with Autofill.

Incognito Browsing. Use Incognito mode to browse the internet without saving your history. Browse privately across all your devices.

Sync Chrome Across Devices. When you sign into Chrome, your bookmarks, passwords, and settings will be automatically synced across all your devices. You can seamlessly access all your information from your phone, tablet, or laptop.

All your favorite content, one tap away. Chrome is not just fast for Google Search, but designed so you are one tap away from all your favorite content. You can tap on your favorite news sites or social media directly from the new tab page. Chrome also has the "Tap to Search"- feature on most webpages. You can tap on any word or phrase to start a Google search while still in the page you are enjoying.

Protect your phone with Google Safe Browsing. Chrome has Google Safe Browsing built-in. It keeps your phone safe by showing warnings to you when you attempt to navigate to dangerous sites or download dangerous files.

Fast downloads and view web pages and videos offline Chrome has a dedicated download button, so you can easily download videos, pictures, and entire webpages with just one tap. Chrome also has downloads home right inside Chrome, where you can access all the content you downloaded, even when you are offline.

Google Voice Search. Chrome gives you an actual web browser you can talk to. Use your voice to find answers on-the-go without typing and go hands free. You can browse and navigate quicker using your voice anywhere, anytime.

Google Translate built-in: Quickly translate entire web pages. Chrome has Google Translate built in to help you to translate entire web to your own language with one tap.

Save Mobile Data. Turn on Chrome's Data Saver to browse and navigate the web while using less data. Save up to 60% of data as Chrome compresses text, images, videos and websites without lowering the quality.

Smart personalized recommendations. Chrome creates an experience that is tailored to your interests. On the new tab page, you will find articles that Chrome selected based on your previous browsing history.