Why Google Chrome is the best web browser for mobile and desktop

When Google first started it looked to rethink how things were done on the web. In about a decade, they have gone from startup to one of the largest companies in the world due to its creative thinking and ingenuity.

I recently wrote about Google Messenger, and how it is the best text messaging app you need to be using on your Android device right now. I know there will be naysayers who will disagree, but for the vast majority of you, sticking with stock Google Android apps is the way to go. Not only are they easy to use, but the resources for help are far greater than you will find anywhere else. For example, when my mother has issues using her Gmail app, I can simply walk her through a fix because I am using the same app. If she stuck with her stock Samsung email app, I would need to get a Galaxy device in order to help her. That’s one area where iOS excels, is the uniformity it has across the most widely used apps like internet browsers, text messaging, phone dialers, contacts, and email.

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No matter which iPhone you buy today, they will all have the same stock apps installed across all devices: Phone, Safari, iMessage, Mail, and Camera which are the most widely used. In contrast, depending on which Android device you buy, you might get an entirely different set of stock apps from manufacturer to manufacturer. The “Internet” app on a stock LG G5 is different than the stock “Internet” app on a Samsung Galaxy S7, and both are not Google’s own Chrome. The duplications of the most basic, but widely used apps, can make using your phone a little more complicated to use. That’s just part of why I am recommending you make sure to set Google Chrome to your default browser for your desktop and Android device.

Below I listed a variety of features of Google Chrome for desktop and mobile, and these features are what set it apart from the rest.

When you sign into Google Chrome, on your tablet, smartphone, and desktop, you can sync bookmarks, history, and tabs across all devices. If you leave work and want to pick up from home using Chrome, just make sure to sign in before you use it.

  • Your browsing data, like your bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings, are saved and synced to your Google Account. That way, your data is available on any device where you sign in to Chrome with the same account. And, any changes you make to your data on one device sync to all the devices where you’re signed in to Chrome.
  • If your computer is stolen or broken, you can get back your bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings just by signing in to Chrome again on your new computer.
  • Your Google services, like Gmail, YouTube, and Search are easier to use, since you’ll automatically be signed in to them as well.

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Save mobile data while you browse

Don’t let mobile data plans slow you down on the web. With Chrome’s data compression and bandwidth management feature, you can reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web on Chrome for Android and iOS. That means more browsing wherever you are.

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How Data Saver works

When you’re using Data Saver, Google’s servers reduce the amount of data that is downloaded when you visit a webpage.

Note: Even with Data Saver, you won’t reduce the amount of data you’re downloading when you’re on secure pages, whose addresses start with https, or incognito pages.

With Data Saver turned on:

  • Some websites might not be able to accurately determine your location.
  • Some images might look a little fuzzy.
  • Internal websites, such as your company’s internal sites, might not load.
  • Sites that your mobile carrier uses to authenticate and bill you might not work. For example, you might have trouble logging in to your mobile phone provider’s website.
  • Local settings will be ignored if you manually modified your /etc/hosts file.

Turn on Data Saver

  1. Open the Chrome app .
  2. Touch the Chrome Menu  > Settings.
  3. Under “Advanced,” touch Data Saver.
  4. Slide the switch ON. You can switch this off at any time.

Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace, where you can discover thousands of apps, extensions and themes for Google Chrome.

To start exploring the store, visit chrome.google.com/webstore or click the store icon on Chrome’s New Tab page.

Learn more about about the Chrome Web Store.

Translation in the browser

Chrome is the first browser to incorporate machine translation in the browser itself, without requiring additional plug-ins or extensions.

When the language on the web page does not match the language preferences set in the browser, Chrome will automatically ask to translate the web page into your preferred language.

Learn more about setting language preferences in Chrome or using the translation feature in Chrome.

Themes

Customize your browser with themes from artists around the world.

Learn more about adding themes to the browser, or preview a few Chrome artists’ themes.

Incognito mode

When you don’t want your website visits to be recorded in your browser history, you can browse in Incognito mode.

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Get Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a free web browser. Click the links to download:

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