A Comprehensive List of the 10 Top Mobile Web Browsers

Mobile web browsers stress speed and privacy

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There are almost as many browsers for mobile devices as there are for computers nowadays, so it can be difficult to choose just one. Mobile web browsers differ in terms of features, but most of them have put in place privacy features to make your mobile web browsing safer. 

The two mobile operating systems with the most browsing options are Android and iOS. Most of the mobile web browser apps on this list are available for more than one operating system. All of them are free to download.

The popularity of Chrome on the desktop plays a role in the popularity of the Chrome app on mobile devices. The app automatically syncs everything from your desktop version of Chrome including your browsing history, login information, and bookmarks. 

This full-featured app offers many features, including: 

  • Safe Browsing that warns you when you attempt to navigate dangerous sites or download dangerous files
  • Incognito Mode to browse the internet without saving your history
  • Voice search, when you don't feel like typing in one more URL
  • Built-in Google Translate to translate entire web pages.
  • Data Saver feature that when activated lets you navigate the web using up to 60 percent less data as Chrome compresses images, videos, and websites.

The Chrome app is available as a free download for Android and iOS mobile devices. More »

Safari is a powerful mobile web browser with a clean user interface. It is the browser of choice on iOS devices because it is part of the operating system. It's been around since the first iPhone, but Safari's features are updated with each iOS release. Among its newer features are:

  • A setting to prevent Cross-Site Tracking by advertisers
  • Long-press options for the Safari Back and Forward buttons, the Bookmarks button, URLs, images on web pages, and lots of other places expand the possibilities of the working in the browser
  • An option to save web pages for offline viewing in the Safari Reading List.
  • Auto Reader View, which removes formatting and stylings and presents just a clean presentation of text and images
  • A Block All Cookies option 
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Mozilla's Firefox browser for mobile devices is full-featured, customizable and fast. If you use Firefox on your computer, you'll appreciate the access you have to saved passwords, browsing history and your bookmarks. With the Firebox mobile app, you can:

  • Send tabs between mobile and desktop devices
  • Enter Private Browsing mode with added tracking protection that prevents ads from following you wherever you surf and doesn't save cookies or browsing history
  • Add tons of extensions (Android app only) to customize the appearance and capabilities of your mobile device, including ad blockers, password managers, and themes.

The Firefox app is available for Android and iOS mobile devices. More »

Mozilla makes two Firefox apps for mobile browsers. Firefox Focus is its "privacy browser." This app has always-on ad blocking to block a wide range of common Web trackers. It is noted for:

  • Fast webpage loads because trackers and apps don't have to be downloaded
  • One tap that erases your history—no passwords, cookies or trackers are stored
  • Next-level privacy is free and always turned on.
  • Lightweight at less than 5MB.

Firefox Focus is available for Android and iOS mobile devices. More »

Microsoft Edge Mobile replaced IE Mobile in Windows 10. 

If you use a Windows 10 computer, you need the Edge app, because it allows you to move seamlessly between your mobile and desktop Edge browsers (even if you have an Apple iOS device).

The Microsoft Edge app has features you are familiar with such as:

  • The Hub that organizes the web and cuts through the clutter
  • Reading View to reorganize content on a webpage to make it easier to read
  • Built-in QR Code reader to pull up information at the touch of a button
  • Voice search
  • InPrivate mode

The Microsoft Edge app is available for Android and iOS mobile devices. More »

The Opera app does more than display web pages. It blocks ads and compresses images for fast page loads. Also, Opera offers:

  • A built-in news feed to locate content you'll enjoy
  • A Save Data mode to load pages quickly on slow networks
  • Private browsing tabs
  • Force zoom on any webpage to read comfortably
  • Add-to-home screen feature to add any website directly to your device's home screen.

The Opera browser app is available for Android mobile devices, but iOS users will have to use the Opera Mini app. More »

Owners of iOS devices may miss the Opera app in the App Store but look instead for the Opera Mini app. Opera Mini promises to let you do everything you want to do online without destroying your data plan. It blocks ads and offers an incognito mode. Other features include:

  • Faster browsing
  • Data savings
  • Unlimited tabs
  • Smart night mode
  • Video boost

Opera Mini is available for AndroidiOS, and BlackBerry mobile devices. More »

Windows Phone users like Surfy for its voice search and Cortana integration, but it does much more than that. Other features include:

  • A text-to-speech engine
  • Private browsing mode at start-up
  • Themable panoramic hub
  • Night dimmer
  • Searchable history
  • Passcode protection

The Surfy Browser app is available for Windows Phones in the Microsoft Store. More »

Dolphin is a fast personal web browser. It simplifies mobile browsing and offers plenty of features to tempt users away from the better-known browser apps. These features include:

  • Flash player
  • AdBlock
  • Multiple tabs bar
  • Personalized search
  • HTML5 video player
  • Incognito browsing
  • Sync bookmarks, history and passwords across platforms and other browsers
  • Customize with gestures for specific websites
  • Voice search
  • Themes

The Dolphin Browser app is available for Android and iOS mobile devices. More »

Claiming to be "wicked fast," the Puffin Web Browser app shifts part of the browsing workload to cloud servers so demanding web pages can run super-fast on mobile devices. As a result, Puffin loads web pages twice as fast as the other popular mobile web browsers. Puffin offers:

  • Encryption from Puffin app to Puffin server, so even using public non-secure Wi-Fi connections is safe through Puffin
  • Complete immunity to viruses
  • A 90 percent bandwidth savings on regular web browsing.
  • Color themes
  • Newsfeed
  • Incognito Mode

The Puffin Web Browser app is available for Android and iOS mobile devices.

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