Best Android browsers: surf the web, your own way
You probably spend a lot of time on the Internet. So isn't it worth making sure that you're using the right browser for you needs? Everyone has different criteria when trying to find the best Android browser. Some want the fastest, while others are looking for a browser that will consume as little data as possible. Here are the best Android browsers you can get, whatever features or experience you're looking for.
Opera: best for data savings
"Do more online with Opera for Android," is Opera's slogan, and with more than 100 million installs from the Play Store, it appears that many believe in it. Opera has been around on desktop for almost 20 years and the Android version offers many of the same great features, plus some helpful extras.
Opera browser syncs across multiple devices so you can take the same browsing experience from your smartphone to your PC. It also includes typical functions such as bookmarks and private browsing.
But it's Opera’s data-saving features, called Opera Mini mode, that really set it apart from other Android browsers. Opera can compress videos when viewing on mobile, so they use up less of your data (but still provide a great viewing experience), in addition to saving a few bytes when viewing regular pages.
It's not the fastest browser but once a page opens you almost always get the whole of the page at once; there's no waiting around for extra images to load.
Opera touch: best for one-handed use
Another good alternative from Opera is Opera Touch, the browser designed especially for smartphone use. Even though most of us surf the web from our smartphones nowadays, most web browsers are not really designed for one-handed operation. Enter Opera Touch, the web browser optimized for surfing on the go.
It might be hard to break up with Chrome and Co., but the more you use Opera Touch, the more it's likely to impress with its speed and thoughtful design. If you’re browsing on your commute, and need a hand free for a bag or a coffee, you'll soon wonder how you lived without having your search, new tab, refresh etc all within easy thumbs reach.
Remember when Twitter put navigation buttons on the bottom, how much easier it got? Opera Touch basically does this for the internet. Be warned, however, that Touch doesn't have the data compression or cross platform tab synchronization of the standard Opera. Instead, it uses "Flow", which lets you send links, videos and notes to yourself via a QR code on your computer screen.
- Get it on the Play Store
Ecosia browser: most eco-friendly
Ecosia is a browser with an eco-friendly twist—searches made through Ecosia’s own search contribute to a fund that goes toward planting new trees. As much as 80 percent of Ecosia’s profits go toward planting new trees with the aim to plant a billion new trees by 2020. Let's face it, our planet could use the extra foliage.
Ecosia browser is actually based on Chromium, so it should feel quite familiar to Google Chrome users. If you're worried about being scammed, Ecosia posts all of its tree-buying receipts on its website, as well as financial reports for transparency's sake.
Microsoft Edge: not your dad's Internet Explorer
No, really. Stop. Listen. Internet Explorer is a joke, but Edge more than atones for the sins of the past. The main advantage is that if you use Microsoft Edge on any other device (like say, your Windows PC), then you can use this browser to continue where you left off on your phone, and you will find all your passwords, favorite sites, and reading list waiting for you.
There also are a few nice extra features such as a text-reading mode to make reading easier, and a QR code reader and voice search option. Then there's the Hub View feature, great for keeping your favorite content easily accessible.
DuckDuckGo: best for privacy
After the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal brought privacy back into the minds of the Internet-using public, you might be thinking about ways to stop websites gathering information about your browsing habits online. After all, it's not only Facebook tracking you.
DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused open source browser which allows you to surf them with maximum security and privacy. Not only does DuckDuckGo not track your movement, but it keeps you free from ad-trackers, forces the highest level of encryption and provides information about the privacy of sites you visit.
Chrome Beta: to stay ahead of the curve
I'm not just talking about boring old regular Chrome. This is the better version of Chrome. It's the Beta version...
Stay ahead of the pack by getting the latest Chrome updates before they reach your mates who are still rocking the standard Chrome version (losers). Chrome Beta gives you access to new features first, and although you're encouraged to provide feedback, it's not a requirement.
Stability problems with Chrome Beta are to be expected, but they are so infrequent that we are still recommending this browser ahead of the normal Chrome.
Firefox: best for customization
Firefox is a stalwart of the browser domain and, as such, offers a very solid experience. But more than that, its comprehensive features list makes it a close contender for the top spot. Syncing the mobile browser with the desktop version works brilliantly, and it offers tons of customization options, from reorganizing your home panels to a host of fully-integrated add-ons.
Elsewhere, Firefox comes packed with the usual array of privacy and sharing options, and the reader mode provides a clean way of displaying articles without any clutter.
Surfy Browser: the best UI
Surfy Browser is a relative newcomer to this scene and one that not a lot of people have heard of it. It features a fluid interface and a host of features that make browsing the web a breeze. if you are looking for something that ticks a lot of boxes whilst being easy on the eye, Surfy is the browser for you.
You can protect individual bookmarks with a passcode or fingerprint, build your own toolbar and menus, listen to pages with text-to-speech, and there are multiple search providers supported such as Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Yahoo! There's also an incognito mode, a full-screen browsing mode and an Adblocker.
Dolphin Browser: best user-experience
Dolphin Browser is a favorite among the Android community. It's functional, it looks great, it's feature-packed and comes with some great gesture controls too. It's also very handy when it comes to transferring preferences between devices and sharing content.
Possibly the best part of the Dolphin Browser experience is that it still supports good-old Flash Player, meaning you don't have to suffer just because older websites can't keep up with current technology.
What's your favorite Android browser? Do you use a safe and private browser? Or do you just care about speed? Tell us what you think in the comments.
Kiwi browser is best for Android 😊
Firefox is second best.
Kiwi Browser should be included
Check out Surfy Browser. It is highly underrated browser but it stands on its own. Blocks ads, customisable toolbars, tts, passcode and fingerprint protection the list goes on.
Edge and Opera Touch are faster than Chrome or Firefox but the second is faster then the first. However, they both, especially Edge, have problems with Flexbox and some more advanced JS functions or HTML tags. Here Firefox behaves quite like its desktop version.
I have just checked that Edge 42 does not support AngularJS libraries, at least version 1.7.2. Opera 52.3, Firefox 67.0.3 and Chrome 74.0 do that.
Monument Browser is a new internet browser for Android, it's small and minimalistic but feature full.
It has some unique features, like, Read Mode with speech synthesizer, full dark Night Mode & a built in AdBlocker, all this packed in an app with less than 2MB of size.
Hope to see your feedback so I can improve it much more...
The app is only maintained by me and I won't sell nor collect your data.
What is the best browser for android box with air remote?
Thanks for the update androidpit. I'm currently using chrome, chrome beta, Firefox, dolphin, Opera, and Opera touch depending on what I'm trying to do. Particularly if I want to move seamlessly between my phone, tablet, and laptop.
That’s a lot of browsers, and I don’t see how you keep track. If you’re interested try Firefox rocket, and toss chrome beta for chromes canary version. I got rid of canary, and chrome for kiwi browser, as it seems that when chrome versions get updated with new features, so does kiwi. FF rocket for speed, kiwi for stability, that’s enough browsers for me.
I ain't got time for that! Chrome. Done.
Recently made a switch from Mozilla Firefox Quantum to Microsoft Edge browser on both Windows and Android OS. Enjoying the new experience and things seem to be better than I expected. I think I am not going back. Though I wish there was inbuilt tracking protection in Microsoft Edge on Android. Edge is a great browser, fast and secure (on both the platforms) and has a decent set of features. That is indeed a fact.
Surfy Browser has some unique features. www.surfybrowser.com
I'm one of the creators. We’re a mum and dad operation, not a big company that’s going to sell your data.
Besides it's fluid interface, it's packed with features such as immersive full-screen browsing, passcode and fingerprint protection, ad blocking, incognito, menu and toolbar customization, instant theme colors. It has text-to-speech, so you can listen to pages while browsing or using other apps.
The passcode and fingerprint lock can be used to protect launching the app or even for individual bookmarks. You can save a session to a lockable tile and have private browsing automatically switched on.
You can set up the browser exactly how you like it, by building your own toolbar and main menus.
It has real swipable tabs that automatically collapse to get the browser out of the way when your browsing. It also has a full screen immersive mode, where Android's status bar and navigation bar are hidden.
It’s more customizable than other browsers; with 21 thousand color variations, you can set the color of the tabs, application bar, and accent; and even set the background to your favourite photo.
Our users love Surfy. We also have 25 volunteer translators that have translated Surfy into as many languages.
I invite you to take a look. I think you'll be surprised.
Chrome Beta is my favorite one in the list. It offers many new features which are useful for different functions. I like these features in the new version of this app:
- Faster checkout during online shopping through Google Wallet data
- Fantastic refresh gesture
- Various bug fixes
I use the Samsung browser, best browser out there right now bar none, and I have tried them all, it also has add blocker feature, which helps with the speed of web pages loading. You can get it in the play Store, if you don't see it with the phone you are using, just download the latest apk. I have disabled the Chrome browser in my app settings.
I'm happy with Chrome, mainly because it conveniently syncs desktop bookmarks and would add Firefox for the same reason if I liked small screen browsing better than I do, but don't. I also install Ghostery which seems the best anonymous browser (not for wickedness, but because it doesn't store browser fat after opening one-off URLs) and a little app called "Better Open With" that brings up a quick choice of apps before launching.
Dolphin and Chrome
Opera is the best on PC and the best on phone.
I've been trying alternatives to chrome on my Galaxy note tablet, over the past couple of days. So far just firefox and dolphin, but it's left me wondering why they deserve a place anywhere near the top eight. Firefox has a subtle but unpleasant 'permanently zoomed-in' look (and actually loads pages zoomed in, with a slice off the right side); it's slow; it mucks up page loading so that all tappable/clickable elements... aren't, or that parts of the page offscreen don't load at all; keys on my touchwiz keyboard go dead; and so on. Dolphin isn't much better. It crashed twice in two attempts to comment on a blogspot page, along with the rest. Google wouldn't let me sign in after umpteen attempts because it said 'there's something strange about the way you're trying to sign in'. (what is this I don't even) It randomly jumps to different parts of the page while scrolling. It's almost incapable of dealing with flickr. Heck, even using it to browse Androidpit right now, it's causing huge blank gaps to appear between comments.
I'm astounded to find out just how clunky these highly-regarded, highly-recommended browsers actually are. The native browser on my tablet might be almost completely devoid of features, some of which I'd actually like, but it can effortlessly carry out some of the ridiculously basic tasks that firefox and dolphin struggle with, in my experience. I'll take that over any amount of customisability, gestures or flash, thanks.
It's almost enough to make me run back to microsoft. But in the event that I don't have £300 to spend on a working browser, I guess I need to keep looking. Next up, UC browser. Let's see what kind of fit *that* throws when I make such unreasonable demands like 'look at a web page'.
Can i get Google play
I've tried most on the list. Ultimately I've settled on Yandex. The browser is smart, intuitive and has one of the most pleasant UI I've ever experienced. They just had an update and their developers seem to be highly engaged. Additionally, the various feeds that you have the option to choose from actually returns relevant information based on your browsing. I'm very excited about this browser and I was a heavy Chrome user. One more thing; If you decide to try it, take the time to get familiar with it's capabilities. Just go to settings>help to gain insight on all the features.
I don't trust anything from Russia.
Currently using UC. It's been performing well so far.
There's a new browser on the block and it's pretty cool, if I do say so myself. (my wife and I are the creators). It's name is Surfy Browser and it was recently app of the week on Gizmodo UK.
It has a passcode and fingerprint lock for launching the app or for individual bookmarks. You can save a session to a lockable tile and have private browsing automatically switched on. It has an ad blocker. It has text-to-speech, so you can listen to pages while browsing or using other apps.
It has real swipable tabs, mobile optimizer.
It's more customizable than other browsers; with 21 thousand color variations, you can set the color of the tabs, application bar, and accent; and even set the background to your favourite photo. There are too many features to list, but here are a few more:
✔ Desktop mode
✔ Multiple search providers: Google Bing DuckDuckGo Yahoo! Baidu
✔ Searchable history
✔ Clear cookies and cache with history.
✔ Set desktop or reading mode for individual tabs
✔ Share pages via Email SMS, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, & NFC
✔ Night dimmer
✔ Save images & open links via context menu
✔ Find on Page
✔ Customize tabs and application bar colors
✔ Pin pages to the Launch Pad
Also, we're a mum and dad operation, not a big company that's going to sell your data.
Chrome has features? Who knew.
I used Chrome from KitKat to Lollipop in my Nexus 5 and my Macbook...... but looking for a good (and free) way to sync bookmarks and opened tabs i tried Opera (in computer too).
That is a good Combo.
I would like to suggest you cool browser.In todays era there are many apps which are available on net and have lots of feature.but I would suggest you cool browser pro.which provides you an ocean of information and you can download music and videos.It is cool app as per its name.It is user friendly.As per my suggestion you must have cool Browser Pro.Following steps will help you to download cool browser pro.
1) Download & Install Cool Browser Pro from Here.
2) Launch Cool Browser Pro and Set it as your default browser.
3) Now go to the video which you want to download
4) You will see a blue color icon with down arrow on the bottom right of your mobile screen.
5) click on it, select the size and dimension of the video and your download shall start.
I will stick with the stock Android browser, thank you (which means I never use whatever browser is included in the bloatware in an Android Smartphone)
Because the company behind this browser is going into the shitter (Mozilla) I wouldn't recommend it, but I know a lot of Firefox browser fans are moving on to the Vivaldi browser
It all comes down to personal opinion as far as I'm concerned ;-)
This post is really helpful for me, Thanks for sharing this. Currently I am using Nano Browser and it works great as well.
I use Opera full time and a fan of Dolphin as well.
Search en google Play: Androwser: Multiview Browser
Androwser: Multiview Web Browser is a new concept of multiview Web browser, specially designed for mobile and tablets to quickly view and configurate your bookmarks. Idea comes from the need to visualize and compare the newspapers, loading them all at once and quickly also it can be used as a complement to bookmarks to your default browser in the mobile or tablet (as can be Chrome).
My fav. browser is BROWSE SIMPLY WEB BROWSER it's very smooth and light weighted specially for low ram phones. and the best part is it is developed by a young Pakistani boy Arsal Khan
I'm using Dolphin and I'm very happy with it. I also liked Opera mini.
I use rs browser for Snapdragon chiped phones (works best on forums and very fast )and dolphin ,when im down loading gifs or pictures i still use Chrome as Android seems to put them were you can find them again with it 😒 dont know why 😦
I'm presently using uc browser and it seems to be the best I have ever used in terms of speed and data savings
I like CM Browser, it's fast and light. I've tried Opera, Chrome, Firefox and UC, but I always go back to CM Browser.
opera mini is also good for those who have low RAM .Great list any way.
Why uc didn't make the cut i used them all and uc is best next time include uc browser ok
bcos uc browser is chinese browser and writer may be from US or other westren countries
Hello Parvind Chahal: are you by chance saying that Opera Browser collects and controlled settings as dies Google, chrome and Gmail? These are the ones I currently have installed. I would love to not have to use Google. I hate all of the permissions .if I close some permissions, my 2015 Motorola Moto X Pure Edition U.S. goes mad. My alarm does not work, can't send nor receive texts SMS or SSM , and I don't get a ring tone for incoming calls, notifications, texts, ... I I even created a Google+ public. Account and page where it uploaded my personal information, private photos, exact location, basically rendering my phone uselessness and Google has yet to destroy this Google+ & Picasa photo album of very personal family photos of my deceased father, friends. Physicians. Family ,their names, addresses, phone numbers and more. Any truthful help you or anyone familiar with this experience or not. I would greatly appreciate advise I can verify. This is my first Android phone. If it weren't for the great price, quality, 5.7 screen and SD card storage up to 128 GB , I, trade it in in a second . Thanks for any assistance.
budy mind get divert n by mistake i write opera
with google+ google try to control android with google apps but was total faliure..
I was surprised to see Opera first on the list. That's what I'm currently using and I like it.
haha haha,as usual all in here r just a bunch of idiots,anyway chrome browser is not much better that it's big brother on PC which is known to get behind firefox by far,(is not me saying it but actually the chrome staff said it),have safety problems and it is slow,anyway,UC is a very gd browser as is firefox,both powerful browser,i am a firefox user myself on PC,but on my device,i use 1 that i don't see it much or at all in this kinda tops,it is NEXT browser,it is battery friendly and very easy to use,it has gd addons and i really like it more than all the others,maybe the 1 making this tops should try more the less known browsers around and do a real nice top,not just a few with browsers known of every1
I like this blog a lot but sometimes I wonder where they get their ideas. For so long the only browser that I can rely on is UC Browser it is fast and reliable. Why it wasnt popular and you have to pick Apus, Bubble instead. Opera was ok but this time it was laggy. Dont know but it's your choice.
I've tired plenty of other browsers. Firefox lags from time to time. Google Chrome Beta is fast but doesn't do much else. After trying 8 browsers i found UC Browser and have been using it every since
Am using Chrome Beta of my Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 WiFi, both running Cyanogenmod 12.1, and have Facebook etc as bookmarks.. Sweet..!!
I wonder if UC was on top of all this crap. I have been using for 5 years and nothing can match it's beauty and speed. That's all
dude uc is made by cinese so why they should make uc in this list....watvr chinese made these american hate it
The Chinese 5py on us. They have no reason to 5py on your country.
No. Just no.
What about the praising of Xiaomi?
It puts too much crap on your phone. I can't disable the Facebook notifications
What about battery? Only Opera Mini and stock Internet browser don't eat too much battery while browsing on my phone. Chrome Beta and Firefox eat a lot!
How about Habit Browser. Super fast and totally customizable.
where is UC browser ?????
Ghostery is worth a look to keep the advertisers back a bit
Lots of choices - to me the convenience of integration and online sync with PC browsers overcomes any "features" so I'm happy enough with Chrome as I would be with FF or Opera, I suppose. I'd throw in that I always keep one other "privacy" browser that does not store cache or cookies, not for any dirty secrets but to pop open from aggregators and other apps without storing junk files from one-off viewing. After trying Dolphin Zero, InBrowser (and beta versions) I've settled on Ghostery as being small, faster and better at page rendering. The no-residue browsing is a blessing for internal storage.
Nano Browser is most reliable web browser for android users.it offers some of the best features available for the android browsing experience.Make it your default browser and it makes it easy to navigate on the web when you're on the go.
I have found some more new options to use, as I had found lots of unique features to use like user can Capture the whole page or any portion and changes the page's text size, contrast and layout for better readability. Moreover, online user data is also secured. I recommend you all to give a try to this browser once.
Adam, can you elaborate a bit more please. Interested in finding a fast, reliable, secure ( as possible) with options and. fairly small, easy on battery.
I like Maxthon it is a cloud browser and you can push any text or pics to any of your connected devices and it keeps all your browsing data and can view them on another device.
I like Maxthon, you can push content from one device to another, also it keeps your website history so you can view it on whichever devi e you are on, very handy
Now what about UC Browser. Great speed , Great UI , and overall great performance. A must have browser if you ask me
Where can I find and review UC Browser Ron? Thanks
Nano browser is the browser most committed to separating the workload and letting the operating system act as a referee.If we had to pick one however,I found Nano browser is also a good browser best for speed, support across devices, and integrated features..
thanks for sharing informative browsers, and i want to also share with you a new browser that is Nano Browser, i searched on web of it, its user friendly and easy to download, it is compatible with all devices such as Mac, Android, Smartphones, i Phones and Windows. you can review on this browser and after that share your experiences, you can also add this browser in your list.
I like using uc browser very much
Opera!Opera is the best!
No firefox ?
I love Chrome on my Windows PC and on my Android I mostly use Dolphin browser.
Puffin is seriously speedy and fast. But I keep coming back to chrome because of its integration with Google now and it syncs across different phones/PC/tablet.
This is not a review, it is just a personal opinion without testing a significant number of browsers
Using flashfox pro
Thank You Ahmed lahbib, tried twice to reply via gmail didn't work, as I stated, looks like it's going to take more time than I thought learning the Android OS . I thank you for you responding . I also attempted to leave a comment but it timed out asked to click on and sign back in , thought it would then post. I clicked the OK yet, there was no place to re- type my password or sign in. :)
Anyway, Thanks again!
Well I am fully satisfied with my original Chrome browser. The weblages load faster than any other browser.
seems like a paid review, No browser can match the speed and beauty of UC browser. I have come a long way from KitKat to lollypop but UC has always been there !!
Yep... UC browser is awesome...
You have forgotten UC BROWSER I think it is the best and the fastest of all.
According to speed tests, Puffin Browser is known to be the fastest Android browser ever made.
It is laggy
By "fastest", I mean that it browses pages quickly.
I just switched my tablet and phone to puffin and it is indeed faster then some of the other browsers I have tried. I will have to check out UC next.
NoChromo. Thank me later ;)
Thk for posting latest browser. I also like apus launcher, it is best launcher . It makes phone fast and beautiful.
I love APUS. APUS launcher makes my phone fast and beautiful.
BEWARE OF APUS!!! I thought it was really nice and good - until I looked at a log of what my phone was doing after installing this app. First - you should know - APUS is made by a CHINESE SOFTWARE COMPANY in Beijing!
My log shows after install a constant attempt to talk with various websites, including Fabric's Crashlytics, as well as constant attempts to download ads. Several new processes constantly running on the phone - one from Fabric, and others all designed around advertising including with a unique identifier for you,
I think this is a very dangerous app, the disclosure of what they're doing is highly deceptive and I suggest taking this app off the phone and off this website!
what's your problem with the company being Chinese?
A country known for 5pying? Seriously?
Thank you for the info, I was going to install it after reading that it's the 'smallest'.
uc is missing in this list..its best
I like maxthon and cheetah browser. But Yahoo is still #1 for me
I tried to use Yahoo many times back in 1999 and had nothing but problems. I vowed to never use Yahoo again and I never will. I'm glad I stayed away from them.
I use Opera or Next browser...
Your post was totally different and newest info compare to others. Thanks for posting latest browser info
Another recycled article. You guys could go months without writing anything new.
I disagree that this is "recycled", but I've added a paragraph in the text to make what has changed a little clearer.
We had an app in there which we no longer consider to be one of the best browsers for Android. We've updated the article to include an app which we do think is one of the best browsers for Android.
It's a topic that a lot of readers are interested in and I want to ensure that it remains up-to-date. I appreciate your comment all the same and it's good to get feedback on this kind of stuff.
I use NakedBrowserPro, because dont care the ui, and this little browser is the best. (in my opinion)
And AdAway for sure.
And orbot of course.
And smart launcher pro too.
Light and effective combo.
As a hardcore Firefox fan, I must say that FF crashes in my phone. I use UC browser because the integrated ad blocker is really great.
I use Chrome, Flynx & Firefox
I use Opera or default Android browser. Firefox and Chrome need more computating power. For security I use McAfee or AVG that integrate themselves with browsers. Simpler browsers are insufficient as for their interface or skills.
Opera is the best browser for all OS
in my opinion UC Browser and Opera Browser.
Firefox is the best one
Chrome Beta for me! :D
for incognito browsing it's CB (Cheetah Browser) It's a light footprint and loads quick too. And other is Opera. pair any browser with Duck Duck Go search engine and I get secure searches too.
There are a number of good web browsers that are available for Android. There are many options available and some of them may be perfect for syncing with the desktop while others could be useful for browsing at a super speed.
There's this new app out called clickchat its out in Google play right now checn it out
Chrome Beta all the way!
i use Next Browser built by the devs of Go Launcher..i have not looked back, it is just superb..!
Firefox is the winner here!
Firefox is the best
CM Browser is by far the best I've tried...Opera Mini is 2nd
Firefox for me.
I had Maxthon Browser on my phone when I got it and it seems worth keeping, it works for me! and I just discovered Apus Launcher which is nice too! Give them a try.
Yeah Google Chrome needs to work out its issues with Adobe (no support for Flash Player is bull sh@t) I give it 4 Stars ....
I sure miss Flock Browser !
There are a number of good web browsers that are available for Android. You can choose among the options according the features in need.
For me Firefox is the best one, because it supports Adobe Flash Player 11 :)
But firefox is buggy. Crashing every time I use to play videos.
the best brosers in android are so far these ones :
1- uc browser
3 i like dolphin browser in many things