Safari vs. Chrome for Mac: 9 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Chrome

Safari vs. Chrome for Mac: 9 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Chrome

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Google Chrome’s overwhelming popularity on macOS is quite a feat for a non-default browser, but it makes sense. In its early days, Chrome had a reputation for being lightweight and fast. It was better than Safari and Firefox, people said.

It may have been true then, but not true anymore. Safari beats Chrome because it’s more energy-efficient, better at protecting your privacy, and obviously, works with the Mac environment better. Here’s why you should avoid using Google Chrome on Mac.

1. Chrome Drains Your MacBook Battery

Chrome Energy Usage

MacBook battery life has been a huge feature for Apple in recent releases of macOS. Mavericks brought energy impact measuring tools to the operating system, which you can find by clicking the battery icon in your menu bar.

If you’ve got Chrome running, Chrome will often show up here. Because of this, if battery life is important to you, avoid using Chrome on your MacBook.

Google is reportedly working on the issue, and has made progress, but the job is far from finished. And you don’t have to take my word for it: open up the Activity Monitor on your Mac, then head to the Energy section. Open some tabs in Chrome and the same ones in another browser—Chrome will almost always use more energy for the same job.

2. Chrome Works in Its Own Way

Chrome Settings Menu

Unlike Safari, many of Chrome’s features have their roots in ChromeOS, as opposed to macOS. This leads to a less than ideal experience.

Most Mac apps close instantly when you hit Cmd + Q; Chrome, by default, makes you hold the combo for a while (though you can turn that feature off). Most Mac apps have their own preferences window; Chrome uses a website in a tab for that.

Chrome is also slower to catch up with macOS features. macOS Mojave introduced Dark Mode in September 2018, which Safari supported out of the gate. But Chrome didn’t respect this feature until March 2019—half a year later. Safari also has a feature that will turn supporting websites dark, whereas you have to install a Chrome extension for this.

The old notification system was also a mess. Chrome used its own notification setup that didn’t integrate with the Notification Center. Thankfully this is no longer the case, but it was a huge pain for far too long.

Obviously, it’s less than ideal to force a user to learn an entirely separate interface when they’re used to one already. Safari uses the same buttons and symbols as the rest of macOS, which leads to a more seamless experience.

3. Chrome Extensions Come With a Price

It’s true that in the head-to-head showdown of Chrome vs. Safari, Chrome is the clear winner when it comes to extensions. Even so, a big extension library comes with a price.

One of the main reasons Chrome uses so much of your CPU and drains so much of your battery life is due to installed extensions. Extensions can also introduce privacy problems, as many of them need extensive access to your browsing. As great as extensions often are, their strain on your system can be a high price.

If there are a few you can’t live without, don’t forget that Safari has plenty of great extensions too.

4. Google Is Watching You

While Google and Apple’s interests might seem like they overlap, the companies are structured quite differently. Google’s revenue is primarily ad-based, which means that as the user, you aren’t really the customer; you’re the product. Google only makes money if it can somehow acquire information about you to sell.

While you can tweak Chrome to protect your privacy to some degree, you’ll never be completely safe with a company whose business model is built on obtaining your data.

If that sounds Orwellian to you, Chrome on Mac probably isn’t for you.

5. Apple Watches You Less

Apple’s business model is based on selling you, the user, its hardware. Its software is usually free, and is only valuable as much as it makes Apple hardware more attractive to the customer. The company has a more direct incentive to provide you with a browser that works well with other Apple products.

As a sign of this good faith, Apple introduced a whole suite of privacy protection measures in macOS Mojave. Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2 (ITP 2) is an update to a feature introduced in High Sierra that attempts to combat cross-site tracking, making it harder for websites to follow you on the web. It also attempts to scrub fingerprinting, which makes it harder for websites to identify you in the future.

6. No Chrome Support Below Yosemite

Chrome’s system requirements cut off any Mac that’s below macOS Yosemite. Sure, you can update your Mac free of charge, but many people don’t want to for a variety of reasons. This includes people on older computers that don’t support the latest version of macOS.

7. Safari Is Actually Really Good

For a long time, the collective response to the above points was “Sure, but nothing is better”. However, recent versions of Safari are faster, sleeker, and better than Chrome.

Seriously, if you haven’t tried this browser out for a while, you don’t know what you’re missing. Even the extension ecosystem has come a long way; the most common tools are already waiting for you. It’ll be an adjustment, but you’ll never look back. Try some essential Safari tips and tricks to get acquainted again.

8. Safari’s Reader Mode Is Great

Safari Reader Mode

Have you ever tried to read an article, but couldn’t get past the ads? Safari’s Reader mode cuts through all the bad formatting, strange fonts, and ad splash pages to deliver what you came for: pure, streamlined text. Images, videos, and links are included, all in an easy-to-read format.

9. Safari Integrates Better With the Apple Ecosystem

If you’re all-in with the Apple platform, Safari is the better choice. All the little aspects just integrate better: your passwords, for example, are managed by Apple’s system-wide tool and synced using iCloud. The same goes for your Bookmarks. Continuity with iOS only works with Safari.

If you use an iPhone or iPad, Handoff allows you to go to a site on Safari on your mobile device, pick up your Mac, and go immediately to the same site.

You Can Always Try Another Browser

Though the Chrome vs. Safari debate includes the two heavyweights of the Mac browser battle, there are other options. If you dislike both browsers, you can always look to our list of best alternative browsers for Mac users. Why not check out some of Opera’s coolest features and give a lesser-known browser a chance?

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9 Ways to Sync Firefox and Chrome: Bookmarks, Passwords, and More

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Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome? We say both!

These top two browsers come with awesome features, extensions, and hacks. It’s easy to switch between them seamlessly if you keep your data in sync across them. Let’s explore nine ways to do that and make Chrome and Firefox work in harmony.

1. Use a Common Password Manager

LastPass extensions for Chrome and Firefox

Many popular password managers come with a Chrome extension as well as a Firefox add-on. LastPass, 1Password, Keeper, Bitwarden, Dashlane, and Roboform are a few of your best options.

For any password manager you pick, install the corresponding Chrome and Firefox extensions. After you do that, filling forms and passwords in both browsers is painless. All you need to remember is the master password. And there’s zero effort involved in syncing your data!

If you don’t want to install the extensions, you can still use the service’s web portal to access your passwords anytime. You can even import your passwords from Chrome and Firefox into the third-party password manager you use.

2. Sync Your Bookmarks

Raindrop bookmarks app interface

Raindrop is one of the best options for carrying your list of favorite websites with you everywhere. Its free tier lets you gather unlimited bookmarks, turn them into collections, and carry them across unlimited devices. With a paid subscription, you can do a lot more—create nested collections, remove broken links and duplicates, and so on.

EverSync is another way to back up your favorites and keep them in sync on Chrome and Firefox. And how can we forget Pocket? It’s one of the slickest and most-loved digital bookmarking services around.

If you have a Google account, you can also use Google Bookmarks to access your favorite websites from any browser. We must warn you that it’s not as advanced as the other options above, but it just might work for you. Your Google Bookmarks are different from the Chrome bookmarks that sync with your Google account if you have set up Chrome sync.

3. Switch to a Common Speed Dial

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Call it the speed dial, the new tab page, or the homepage. Whatever you call it, that start screen keeps your most-used websites and functions handy at all times. It’s like the catchall bowl by the door that keeps your keys, coins, and wallet ready to go.

You can tweak the start screen in both Chrome and Firefox with the in-built settings. But, we recommend using a third-party solution to keep it in sync across all browsers. FVD Speed Dial is a good option here. It allows you to create speed dial groups, customize backgrounds, back up your dials, and so on.

Want alternatives to FVD Speed Dial? Try Speed Dial 2 or Yay! Another Speed dial!. The latter can sync your bookmarks too! And did you know you can build a custom start screen yourself with Start.me?

4. Install Common Extensions

Wherever possible, install extensions that have both Chrome and Firefox versions. Doing so will keep interfaces and workflows the same even when you switch between the two browsers. Here are a few sample extensions to begin with:

  • Evernote Web Clipper (Chrome | Firefox): To capture items from the web and add them to your Evernote account
  • The Camelizer (Chrome | Firefox): To display price history and get discount alerts while shopping
  • OneTab (Chrome | Firefox): To reduce tab clutter and save browser memory

5. Port Useful Features

Tree style tabs in Chrome with Tab Tree extension

Consider yourself trapped in Chrome due to a specific feature or two? Find certain Firefox features or extensions irreplaceable? The good news is that with a few smart extensions you can import the features you need from one browser to the other.

For example, you can bring the popular hierarchy-based tab management style of Firefox’s Tree Style Tab add-on to Chrome with Tab Tree. The latter displays active tabs in a tree format, which is accessible from the extension’s toolbar button. A more popular alternative to Tab Tree is Sidewise Tree Style Tabs. Unfortunately, the extension hasn’t seen an update in a while.

Want more extension ideas along similar lines? Try:

Google Apps launcher in Firefox

6. Keep the Look and Feel Consistent

Take your Chrome and Firefox integration further by dressing them up in matching garb. Choose themes that come from the same developer or that have the same source of inspiration. For example, if you use Dark Theme for Firefox, also install its Chrome counterpart, Dark Theme for Chrome. With the Stylish extension, you can also come up with a custom theme to use on both the browsers.

Like Chrome’s material design look? Bring that to Firefox with MaterialFox or ChromeFox.

7. Memorize Common Keyboard Shortcuts

Certain keyboard shortcuts are standard across various browsers including Chrome and Firefox. For example, in both these browsers, Ctrl + T opens a new tab and Ctrl + D bookmarks the current page. Learn and use all common shortcuts like these to speed up your workflow. With the Shortkeys browser extension, you can even remap shortcuts as you please to match them across the two browsers.

8. Share a Notepad

Whether you want to create a to-do list or jot something down, having a digital notepad at the ready is important. A web-based app like Writer, Simplenote, or Laverna is a good choice for this. It will auto-sync your notes. Keep the app in a pinned tab for quick reference.

If you use Google Keep, install its official Chrome extension and its unofficial Firefox version too. And remember, there many more Google Keep extensions worth trying!

9. Sync Browser Behavior

You may not pay much attention to how your browser responds at every step, but it becomes a part of your workflow. For smooth switching between Chrome and Firefox, tweak them to respond in the same fashion. Here are a few ways you can do that:

  • Use the same primary search engine and keyword shortcuts.
  • Set up a common homepage.
  • Use the same Downloads folder.
  • Tweak tab behavior for similarity.
  • Have a common social media dashboard and workflow.

Also, check our lists of the best Chrome extensions and the best Firefox add-ons. They’ll give you more ideas on how to keep Chrome and Firefox (or any two browsers of your choice) in perfect sync.

Do Your Browsers Walk Hand in Hand?

Make it easy on yourself to go back and forth between your favorite browsers for a time-saving and seamless browsing experience.

Now, are you ready for a little more customization? Why not integrate Windows Timeline with Chrome and Firefox next?

Read the full article: 9 Ways to Sync Firefox and Chrome: Bookmarks, Passwords, and More

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The 12 Best Chrome Flags to Upgrade Your Browsing Experience

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Google Chrome is the world’s most popular browser, but even though it gets a lot right, you can still improve it. Chrome experts probably know that some of its best options are hidden.

Many of these secret options live in the Chrome Flags menu. Let’s discuss some of the best Chrome flags that you can tweak for a faster, handier, or more enjoyable experience.

How Do I Get Chrome Flags?

Chrome has a list of experimental features that you can access by entering this address in your search bar:

chrome://flags

Doing so will grant you access to the backdoor list of new options. This is a hidden Chrome page to prevent novice users from playing with them and accidentally creating issues. Not all of them are applicable for normal use, but you’ll find several that are worth tweaking.

Please note Chrome’s warning that these flags can cause security issues and potential data loss.

Note that since the flags aren’t in any sort of order, use the search bar at the top of the screen to easily jump to them. Google may change or remove these flags at any time, so you shouldn’t get too attached to them. Sometimes they end up in the stable release of Chrome as full features; other times they disappear.

Once you’ve enabled the Chrome flags you want to try, just click the big Relaunch Now button at the bottom of the screen. Chrome will restart and you can use the flags you’ve turned on.

Chrome Flags Home

How Do I Enable the New UI in Chrome?

Google released Chrome version 69 in September 2018. This version marked a revamped user interface, complete with more rounded tabs than before. Since Chrome updates automatically, you’re almost certainly using the new UI already.

It doesn’t hurt to check for updates while you’re at it. You’ll need to head into Chrome’s options to do this. Wondering how to get to Chrome’s settings to update? Click the three-bar Menu icon and browse to Help > About Google Chrome to check for browser updates. We used Chrome version 73 when creating this list.

How Do I Go Back to the Old Chrome?

Shortly after the new layout released, you could use a flag to go back to the old Chrome look. However, this flag is no longer available. Thus, the only way to go back to the old Chrome look would be to use an older version. We don’t recommend this, as older versions aren’t as secure.

How to Reset Chrome Flags

If you change some Chrome flags and later find something isn’t working right, don’t panic. Just open the flags page again and click the Reset all to default button.

1. Picture-in-Picture Mode

Search: #enable-picture-in-picture. This also requires enabling #enable-surfaces-for-videos.

Doing one task at a time is so last year. The latest trend is picture-in-picture mode, which allows you to pop out a window on your mobile device to watch a video or other content on top of another app.

Using this flag, you can try the same on your desktop. It works fairly well; right-click twice on a YouTube video and choose Picture in picture. This will pop the video out into a window you can move around anywhere—even outside of Chrome.

Chrome Picture in Picture

2. Tab Discarding

Search: #automatic-tab-discarding

Chrome is infamous for sucking up a ton of memory. If you have a lower-end computer, you can use this flag to help conserve some RAM. Enabling it will make Chrome “disable” tabs that you haven’t used in a while. They stay at the top of your browser and will reload when you click them.

Visit chrome://discards to see some information about tab discarding. The list shows how “important” Chrome thinks each tab is.

Chrome Discards Window

3. Quickly Mute Tabs

Search: #sound-content-setting

Everyone hates sites that blast auto-playing videos every time you visit. To combat this, Chrome lets you right-click a tab and choose Mute site to keep it quiet in the future. But doing this will mute all future tabs of that site, which you might not want.

Set this flag to Disabled and you’ll get the old Mute tab action back. This lets you mute one tab of a website without affecting the audio if you open that site in the future.

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4. Generate Passwords Automatically

Search: #automatic-password-generation

You hopefully know that using a strong password is paramount to online security. We recommend using a password manager to create and save strong passwords. If you don’t want to try a dedicated app, you can try a built-in Chrome feature.

Enable the flag above, make sure you’re signed into your Google account in Chrome, and your browser will generate passwords on account creation pages. It syncs these to your Google account automatically.

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5. Stop Websites from Hijacking Navigation

Search: #enable-history-entry-requires-user-gesture

Have you ever clicked the Back button on a website and found that you stayed on the same page? This is due to websites abusing the History feature in your browser and writing dummy entries that keep you on their page when you click Back. Thus, you have to click the button several times quickly to escape.

Chrome’s developers noticed this and added a flag to battle it. Enable it, and websites won’t be allowed to write extra entries into your history unless you interact with the page.

6. Smooth Scrolling

Search: #smooth-scrolling

When you scroll a page using your mouse wheel, arrow keys, or touchpad shortcut, you might have noticed a jerky animation, especially if you have lots of tabs open. This flag will smooth out that stutter and make your scrolling nice and crisp.

The Default setting on this flag seems to enable smooth scrolling. However, some claim that when you have many Chrome tabs open, the browser reverts to the clunky scroll format. So while you might not notice a difference with this one if you have a powerful PC, you can still give it a try if you like.

Chrome Flag: No Smooth Scrolling
Without smooth scrolling
Chrome Flag: Smooth Scrolling Enabled
With smooth scrolling

7. Get Extra Warning About Insecure Sites

Search: #enable-mark-http-as

You’ve probably noticed that Chrome displays secure sites (using HTTPS) with a green padlock icon. Whenever a site uses an insecure connection (HTTP), however, Chrome doesn’t use any colors. It displays a Not Secure message, but that’s easy to miss.

Set this flag to Enabled (mark as actively dangerous), and Chrome will feature that Not Secure text in red instead. It’s a minor touch, but a good reminder not to enter any private information on insecure sites. Note that Chrome will always display a red warning icon on unsafe sites, like those with invalid security certificates.

Chrome Flag HTTP Warning

8. Enable HDR

Search: #enable-hdr

HDR, or high dynamic range, is one of the latest advancements in display technology. It essentially makes colors richer by increasing the contrast and providing more colors to display.

If you own an HDR monitor, you should take a moment to enable this flag so Chrome supports HDR content. It might not do a whole lot yet, but we’ll surely see more support for HDR in the near future.

9. Easily Show Cached Websites

Search: #show-saved-copy

When you visit a website, your browser stores a copy of it in the cache. This allows it to quickly display the page without downloading everything again when you next visit it.

Normally, when you try to access a website that won’t load, your only options are refreshing and waiting. But if you set this flag to Enable, you’ll see a new Show saved copy button. This lets you see the website as your browser last saved it, as long as you haven’t cleared it.

Chrome Show Saved Cache

Of course, if the website isn’t responding, you can’t do much with it. But this will at least let you finish an article you were reading.

10. Show Autofill Predictions

Search: #show-autofill-type-predictions

You probably use Chrome’s autofill all the time to populate fields with common info like your address. You can use a flag to take this handy feature a step further. Enabling it will pre-populate fields with your autofill text.

11. Automatically Reload Offline Tabs

Search: #enable-offline-auto-reload

If your browser goes offline and you have a ton of tabs open, you usually have to manually click each of them to activate and reload them. If you enable this flag, Chrome will automatically reload any offline tabs when you get back online.

Use it with caution, as it could result in a heavy workload if you have lots of tabs open. If you prefer, you can disable this flag and enable a similar flag, labeled #enable-offline-auto-reload-visible-only. This will only reload offline tabs when they’re visible.

12. Reduce Tracking

Search: #disable-hyperlink-auditing

It’s no secret that all sorts of web entities love to track your browsing. While it’s not one of the strongest ways to block trackers, you can set this flag to Disabled to turn off the sending of “hyperlink auditing pings.” Every little bit helps.

What Are Your Favorite Chrome Flags?

We’ve looked at some of the best Chrome flags; now you have all sorts of new Chrome options to play around with. Google could easily remove any of these flags or add new ones, so keep an eye out if you’re interested in trying more experimental features. You can also try the Chrome Beta for access to the latest features before they go mainstream.

For more like this, our list of power user tips for Chrome on Android covers some handy Chrome flags for Android.

Read the full article: The 12 Best Chrome Flags to Upgrade Your Browsing Experience

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Update Google Chrome to Beat Zero-Day Exploit

Google has revealed that a zero-day bug in its Chrome browser was being actively exploited. Google released a patch on March 1 to fix the problem without publicizing the fact. The upshot is that you need to update Google Chrome as soon as possible.

What Is a Zero-Day?

A zero-day, also written as 0-day, is a vulnerability that hackers have discovered and exploited before a developer has found and fixed the issue. The “zero-day” referring to how long developers have to patch the problem before it’s exploited in the wild.

It’s rare for Google to be hit by zero-day exploits. The company has countless security researchers working to find and fix these issues before the bad guys start exploiting them. However, on this particular occasion, it looks like Google was caught with its pants down.

Codename CVE-2019-5786

Google is describing CVE-2019-5786 as a memory mismanagement bug in FileReader. This is the part of web browsers that allows web apps to read files stored on a user’s computer. And it’s thought this could allow malicious code to be executed.

Details are thin on the ground at the moment, as Google wants to get everyone updated before revealing all of the gory details. But it seems this bug can be used to implant malware and then potentially used to take over your computer remotely.

Update Google Chrome Now

It’s likely that your Chrome browser has already updated itself, thereby killing this bug before it can be exploited any further. However, just to be on the safe side, you should check for updates and make sure you’re running Version 72.0.3626.121 or higher.

To check what version of Chrome you’re running, open Chrome, then click the three vertical dots to open Settings. Then click Help, then About Chrome. This will tell you what build you have installed, and you can click “Check for Updates” to ensure you’re up to date.

To learn more about Google Chrome, check out our essential Google Chrome FAQ.

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7 Essential Tips for Chrome Users on iPhone

If you’ve switched from Safari to Chrome on your iPhone, you’ll find the layout quite different than what you’re used to. It’s not difficult to find your way around in Chrome, but the following tips will come in handy nonetheless.

Note: The Chrome toolbar appears at the bottom in portrait mode and at the top in landscape mode. We use portrait mode below.

1. Add Webpages to Reading List

Chrome has a Safari-style Reading List that allows you to save webpages for reading them later. To add a webpage to this list, when you have the page active, tap on the Share button in the address bar and then Read Later in the Share menu.

The option also appears in the More Options menu (look for the ellipsis icon in the toolbar). In this menu, you’ll find the Reading List option too. It leads to the list of webpages that you have saved for later.

Chrome also allows you to add webpages from other apps on your iPhone to your Chrome Reading List. To access the Read Later option within another app, you have to enable Chrome in the app’s Share menu. If you need help with this step, take a peek at our tips to master and expand your iPhone’s Share menu.

Once you make the required change and select Chrome while sharing a link, the Read Later option appears.

It’s a pity that Chrome hasn’t implemented a “reader” view to give you a stripped-down version of webpages for easier reading, though.

2. Switch Tabs, Reload Pages, and More With Gestures

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Chrome makes your most-used browser actions painless with gestures. Switching tabs is as easy as swiping back and forth across the address bar.

(If you want to jump to a specific tab, you’ll have to use the card view or tab switcher button hidden behind the number icon in the toolbar. That number refers to the number of open tabs.)

To reload a webpage, all you have to do is pull down the page and release when the Reload button shows up. See the New Tab and Close Tab buttons next to Reload? You can select them with this gesture instead by swiping left or right before you release your finger.

You also have the option to swipe your way through the history of an active tab. Swipe from the left edge of the screen to go back one page and from the right edge if you want go forward.

By the way, here’s why you should use browser gestures in the first place.

3. Search With Your Voice

After you open a new tab, tap on the microphone button embedded in the search box on the homepage. You can now ask Google to find web addresses and search for keywords with your voice thanks to the Voice Search feature.

Of course, for the feature to work, you’ll have to grant microphone access to Chrome first. Do so either when you’re prompted, or from Settings > Chrome.

If you already have a webpage loaded, you can trigger voice search via the Search button located right at the center in the toolbar. Tap on that button and you should see the microphone button above the keyboard that pops up. In the landscape mode, the microphone button appears directly in the address bar.

You can also trigger a voice search from a third location, which we’ll cover later on.

4. Scan QR Codes

Your phone’s Wallet app allows you to scan QR codes, and so does Notes. But Chrome speeds up this action a bit with its in-built QR code scanner function.

The Scan QR Code button is hidden behind the Search button. (You’ll find it next to the Voice Search or microphone button we mentioned above.) Although that’s not the fastest way to start scanning a code. Try a Spotlight search for qr and you’ll see Scan QR code as the top result.

Better yet, keep the Scan QR Code button handy with the Quick Actions widget, which we’ll discuss in the next section.

5. Add Quick Actions to the Today Menu

When you install Chrome, it brings a couple of useful widgets to your phone’s Today menu: Quick Actions and Suggested Sites.

With the first widget, you can start a new search quickly. Plus, you can trigger the QR code scanning function, a voice search, and an incognito search.

Of course, to make use of these functions, you’ll have to add the Quick Actions widget to the Today menu. To do this, first tap on the Edit button in the Today menu. Next, tap on the green “plus” button next to Chrome—Quick Actions and then the Done button to wrap up.

6. View Tabs Open on Other Devices

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If you enter the tab switcher and swipe left to the Recent Tabs section, you’ll find a list of the tabs you have closed recently. And below this list, you’ll see all the tabs you have open on other devices.

To view the contents of the second list, you’ll need to sign in to Chrome with your Google credentials—you’ll see a prompt to do so. This list comes in handy when you’re away from your desktop or laptop and want quick access a tab you were viewing on that device.

You can also access the Recent Tabs section from a second location: the More Options menu.

7. Use 3D Touch Actions

If your phone supports 3D Touch, you can “long press” your way to a few important actions.

For starters, open a new tab (even an incognito one) or close the active one by force-pressing the tab switcher button in the toolbar.

Now try pressing the More Options button. When you do, you can slide your finger up and down the menu to highlight any option and then release your finger to select it.

Pressing on the Search button in the toolbar gives you quick access to the Voice Search and Scan QR Code options.

Want to jump from the current tab to a page you visited before? Press on the left arrow (or the Back button) in the toolbar to reveal the tab’s history and then tap on the webpage you need. Likewise, press the right arrow and select an entry to move forward.

You can also press the Share button in the address bar to reveal Copy and Paste and Go options.

Chrome vs. Safari on iPhone: Why Not Both?

Browser wars are pointless. There’s no rule that says you have to stick to one browser. If you decide to use Chrome as well as Safari, you’ll want to master both. In addition to these Chrome tips, don’t miss out on these essential Safari tips for iPhone users.

Read the full article: 7 Essential Tips for Chrome Users on iPhone

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How to Delete Cookies on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari

HTTP cookies have both positive and negative traits. Yes, third-party cookies can follow you around the web and record your actions, but cookies can also be used for authentication, personalizing websites, and automatically filling in forms.

If you delete them, you’ll lose all that stored information and will have to enter it again.

However, if you still want to press ahead and delete your browser’s cookies, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to clear cookies on four popular browsers.

How to Delete Cookies on Google Chrome

If you’re running Google Chrome, use these instructions to clear your cookies:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the More menu in the top right-hand corner.
  2. Go to Settings > Advanced > Clear Browsing Data.
  3. Click the checkbox next to Cookies and other site data.
  4. Select Clear data.

How to Delete Cookies on Mozilla Firefox

If you’re a Firefox user, you need to follow these instructions instead:

  1. Open Firefox and click on the Menu button (three horizontal lines).
  2. From the menu, choose Options.
  3. Select Privacy and Security in the left-hand menu.
  4. Click on the Manage Data link.
  5. Choose Remove All Shown.

How to Delete Cookies on Microsoft Edge

Edge is still a relative newcomer in the world of browsers, but it’s becoming increasingly popular among Windows users. Here’s how to clear cookies on Edge:

  1. Open Edge and click on the More button.
  2. Go to Settings > Clear Browsing Data > Choose what to clear.
  3. Mark the checkbox next to Cookies and saved website data.
  4. Click Clear.

How to Delete Cookies on Apple Safari

Lastly, let’s look at how to delete cookies on Safari.

  1. Go to Safari > Preferences.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. Select Manage Website Data.
  4. Click on Remove All.

To learn more about other non-mainstream browsers, check out our article about open-source web browsers you should check out.

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