If you use one of the best iPhones or iPads and are also a fan of Google’s Chrome web browser, we have good news for you.
This is because Google announced (opens in a new tab) a sweet enough update to Chrome for iOS and iPadOS, giving users an even better reason to download an alternative to Apple’s Safari.
The update, available for download now (opens in a new tab)makes one of the best browsers even better by adding much needed features.
Traditionally, Apple has made it rather difficult to use anything other than the default Safari, but that doesn’t stop Google from trying.
Starting with iOS 14, Apple introduced a way to select the default browser (opens in a new tab) it has been a big boost for Chrome, Firefox, Brave, and other third-party alternatives.
Let’s take a look at the five new features.
Chief among the groups is privacy, a topic that Google is increasingly focusing on as the European Union and other regulators challenge its relatively data-intensive practices.
Already a feature on Chrome otherwise, improved Safe Browsing (opens in a new tab) does what it says on the package: protection from malware, phishing and other web threats while browsing.
Chrome predicts and warns users of potentially dangerous websites and looks for compromised usernames and passwords. It’s a pretty neat and useful feature.
Automatically fill passwords
If you’re stuck in the Chrome ecosystem (which means you’re using it on a computer), this is a great feature – the ability to auto-fill passwords (opens in a new tab).
It takes a little more work, but go to Settings> Passwords> Autofill password and select Chrome as the default option.
find new things
If you’ve spent time away from Chrome, the update makes it quick and easy to highlight new content simply by starting a new search, expanding the ability to sync bookmarks and tabs between different versions of Chrome.
Get this: Google first released the feature on iOS and says it will arrive on Android in the future.
Using machine learning intelligence, Google will automatically start translating websites into your favorite languages, opening up large swaths of the web for easy reading.
Google says it has worked to detect websites that need to be translated automatically, which has resulted in a higher rate of successful translations.
Finally, Google has anticipated the release of Chrome Actions on iOS, allowing you to quickly trigger an action from the Chrome address bar.
Actions include things like clearing browser data, opening a tab in disguise, and setting Chrome as the default browser.
After a while, Chrome’s address bar will also start predicting relevant actions that might help you.
Google says the actions will be rolled out in the coming weeks.