Google Chrome for iOS now lets you move the address bar to the bottom

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You can now move the address bar from the top to the bottom of the screen in

Google Chrome
ORG

for iOS. The feature had been tested for

a few months
DATE

before it was made available in the stable channel.

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Google Blog
PRODUCT

)

Modern phones have become taller, and it is not always easy to reach the top of the screen, especially with a single hand. This makes it quite difficult to use apps like a browser, if their primary functions, such as the address bar, can’t be reached easily. I mentioned this problem briefly in my

Vivaldi
PERSON

for iOS review, and also outlined how this issue was quite common among many mobile browsers.


Google
ORG

is not the

first
ORDINAL

one on iOS to shift its browser’s URL bar from the top,

Apple
ORG

did

this 2 years ago
DATE

with

Safari 15
ORG

, when it released

iOS 15
DATE

.

Mozilla Firefox
ORG

and

Brave Browser
ORG

already have a bottom-based address bar.

How to move the address bar to the bottom in

Chrome
ORG

for iOS


1
CARDINAL

. Long press on the address bar.


2
CARDINAL

. Tap on the option that says "Move address bar to the bottom".

That’s all you need to do, easy, wasn’t it? Don’t like the new style? You can repeat the steps to move the address bar to the top.

You can also change the URL bar’s position from

Chrome
ORG

‘s Settings > Address Bar > and select the location where you want the address bar at. It’s a nice thing that

Google
ORG

gives users the option to choose where they want the URL bar to be, some people may prefer the old style.

Speaking of which, the navigation buttons including the back and forward arrows, the new tab button, tab switcher, and the

three
CARDINAL

-dot menu button still remain at the bottom of the screen. When you move the URL bar to the bottom, the address bar will be placed just above the nav bar along with the share button, which makes it quite convenient to search and browse.

The announcement post from the

Mountain View
LOC

company mentions that the option to move the address bar to the bottom was a highly requested feature from users.

Google
ORG

says that it is aware that people prefer different address bar positions, and that this depends on the size of their hands and their devices.

That is quite interesting, because

Google Chrome
ORG

for

Android
ORG

lacks the bottom-based address bar. It’s rather odd considering that the company has ignored it in the app on its own platform while adding the feature on its rival’s operating system, isn’t it? As

Android Police
ORG

notes,

Google
ORG

had once tested the feature in

Chrome
ORG

for

Android
ORG

. Unfortunately, the option to move the address bar to the bottom never came to

Android
ORG

devices, as it never made it out of the experimental stage.

Want to try the new address bar in

Chrome
ORG

? Head to

the App Store
ORG

and download the latest version of

Google Chrome
ORG

for iOS, which is

Chrome 119
PRODUCT

.


Google
ORG

recently announced

5
CARDINAL

improvements to the address bar, you can read more about them in our previous coverage.

Which style do you prefer for the address bar? Top-based or bottom-based?

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Google Chrome
ORG

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