The 7 Best Web Browsers for Android – MakeUseOf

Not sure which browser to use on your Android device? We take a look at seven of the best that are worth checking out.
When you get a new Android phone it comes with its own default web browser. It's usually Chrome; for Samsung users, it's Samsung Internet; and for other Android users, it could be something else.
But with a quick download from the app store, you can change your phone's default browser in minutes. If you don't like the privacy level or organization of your phone's default browser, give another one a try. These are the best web browsers available to download for free right now.
Google Chrome is easily one of the most popular web browsers out there right now. With Google as most of the world's primary search engine, it's a no-brainer that Google Chrome is such a hit. Most Android phones already come with Chrome pre-installed, even if it's not automatically set to your phone's default internet browser.
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When you first open Chrome, you're greeted by Google's always-changing logo based on a current event or a holiday, along with trending searches. Then, when you're ready to search for something, it's easy to switch between everything, images only, videos only, and more.
You can log into your Google account and easily access your Gmail, Drive, and other Google-specific programs, as well as sync bookmarks across your devices. Chrome is compatible with everything, although is not as full-featured (or as private) as some of the other options you can get.
Download: Google Chrome (Free)
Opera is another great web browser, especially if you're after something a bit more secure and private. This web browser comes with a built-in ad blocker, helping eliminate ads that get in the way of reading an article. Opera also comes with a free built-in VPN, which increases your privacy and security on public networks.
Aside from the extra security, Opera's user interface looks great and is easy to use. You can customize your color scheme, choosing from five different colors. There are also a few nifty features like a data saver mode for slow networks and a personalized news feed that's powered by an AI news engine.
Download: Opera (Free)
Firefox is another web browser that's been around for a while and has almost perfected its stuff. Although more people might know about or use Google Chrome, Firefox is a safer option that still has a super streamlined interface.
Your Firefox home screen is personalized, showing you all of your open tabs as well as your recent searches, bookmarks, and favorite sites. You can also customize the placement of the search bar, which is useful if you typically use your phone one-handed.
And as far as security goes, Firefox automatically blocks trackers and scripts, like social media trackers, cross-site cookie trackers, cryptominers, and more. It's also compatible with Firefox add-ons, so it'll work just like on your desktop.
Download: Firefox (Free)
Vivaldi gives you control over how you want your home screen to look. You can choose your preferred layout, theme, tab style, and more to make it your own.
With the tab style customization, you can choose between using a tab bar or a tab switcher; the tab bar is better for larger screens and the tab switcher allows you to quickly swipe between open tabs, private tabs, and recently closed tabs. It's perfect for one-handed use.
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There are also some pretty useful built-in features, like an ad blocker, tracking protection, and private translation technology. Vivaldi also lets you take notes as you browse the internet and sync those notes securely across all your devices.
Download: Vivaldi (Free)
DuckDuckGo is perhaps the most famous web browser for privacy. As with a few other options on this list, DuckDuckGo automatically blocks hidden third-party trackers on the websites you visit, preventing those companies from mining and selling your data.
This web browser also comes with built-in technology known as Smarter Encryption, which forces you to visit sites with HTTPS whenever possible (a more secure web address). There's also a nifty fire button that lets you clear all your tabs and browsing data in an instant.
If privacy is your main concern, DuckDuckGo is the browser to choose.
Download: DuckDuckGo (Free)
Brave is another fantastic web browser that prioritizes your internet safety and information privacy. It comes with a built-in ad blocker, pop-up blocker, and tracking blocker to help minimize interruptions and distractions in your browsing.
Similar to DuckDuckGo, the Brave web browser also uses HTTPS Everywhere to ensure you're browsing on the most secure web address.
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Brave also does something unique compared to other browsers. They say that with your old web browser, you view ads and make other people money. But with Brave, they want to reward you for your browsing attention by way of real money (in the form of BAT).
You can turn on Brave Ads to earn money that's paid out every month; the ads that are presented to you are based on your interests and browsing behavior, but no personal data or browsing history ever leaves your web browser.
Download: Brave (Free)
Although Microsoft Bing is technically a search engine, and not a browser per se it still made it onto this list because it can easily replace your internet browser. After all, what else do we use the internet for if not to search for stuff?
Plus, Microsoft Bing lets you pick your own wallpaper from a collection of images provided by Microsoft, making your browser feel more like you. You can also use quick buttons at the top to access the latest news, current weather, and more. And overall, the user interface just looks polished and modern.
If you want to cut down on your reliance on Google, this is a good place to start.
Download: Microsoft Bing (Free)
Although your phone's default internet browser may be one of the options listed above, it's still worth checking out the other options and seeing if they offer more of what you're looking for.
And although it's not on this list, Microsoft Edge has made quite a few improvements to its once ridiculed browser. So if none of these options look like they're up your alley, be sure to check out Microsoft Edge as a bonus eighth choice.
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Sarah Chaney is a professional freelance writer for MakeUseOf, Android Authority, and KOINO IT Solutions. She enjoys covering anything Android, video game, or tech related. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her baking something delicious or playing video games.
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