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Chrome for iOS gets bottom address bar, finally


Google’s latest addition to Chrome on iOS may not bring about a revolutionary change to the browser, but it can be quite convenient if you find the need to stretch your fingers to reach the address bar disrupts your workflow. The company has introduced the ability to relocate the browser’s address bar from the top of the screen to the bottom, and you can easily revert it to its original position if you wish. While MacRumors’ contributing writer, Steve Moser, initially detected this feature in the TestFlight version of Chrome for iOS back in August, it is now being made available in the public release of the browser for mobile devices.

The concept behind this update is to facilitate easy access to the address bar with your thumbs, similar to what you can do with Safari and Opera on mobile devices, both of which allow you to reposition this element on your screen. All you need to do is a long press on the URL bar and then select the “Move address bar to bottom” option from the menu that appears. Returning it to the top of the screen is just as simple, or you can locate this feature in the Settings menu.

We inquired with Google about whether this feature will also be extended to Android devices and will provide an update once we receive their response. It’s worth noting that the company experimented with a Chrome Home interface in 2019, which featured the URL bar at the bottom, but it remained in the experimental phase.

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