Are you looking for the best web browser for android? The default web browser for most Android Phones is Google Chrome because of the functionalities and trust users have in Google. In my testing, Google Chrome performed better than others. So does that mean other android browsers aren’t worth trying? No, many browsers have features that Chrome lacks, such as Extensions or Themes.

Good thing is that Google Play Store is flooded with Browsers that will get you confused choosing over the right one. So which Browser should you Install? Well, I have compiled the list of the 10 best web browsers in 2021 for Android phones.

In case you are an iPhone or Windows 10 user, then you can also check the below articles:

Note: All the browsers are in random order so you can choose any browser you like.

Top 10 Best Browsers for Android (2021)

  1. Google Chrome
  2. Mozilla Firefox
  3. Brave Browser
  4. Microsoft Edge
  5. DuckDuckGo Browser
  6. Mozilla Firefox Lite
  7. Samsung Internet
  8. Tor Browser
  9. Opera browser
  10. Opera Mini

1. Google Chrome

Google Chrome for Android

SizeVaries with device
Downloads5B+
Ratings4.1
PriceFree
OriginUSA

Google Chrome is one of the top browsers on Android and there is nothing much to talk about Chrome since most of the mobile phones come with a pre-installed Chrome browser and most of you are probably using it right now. So you probably know what it is can or can not do.

But there are a few cool features that you may not have heard of. You can switch tabs by swiping left and right on the address Bar, enable dark mode, and much more. The best thing that I loved about Chrome is its simple and clean design. And also the sync between Google Chrome desktop and mobile works excellent and is one of the handiest features.

Google Chrome has its own Ad-Blocking system which protects you from harmful Ads or spammy ads by blocking it. You can also save mobile data up to 60% by enabling Lite Mode, which reduces the page size, but note that it doesn’t work on Incognito mode.

If you want the latest features of Chrome before others, then you can download the Google Chrome Beta version, but chances are it will slightly buggy.

Download Google Chrome from Play Store

Download Google Chrome Beta from Play Store

ALSO READ: 15 Best Chrome Extensions Right Now

2. Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox for Android

SizeVaries with device
Downloads100M+
Ratings4.2
PriceFree
OriginUSA

Just like Chrome, Mozilla Firefox is also one of the most popular Android browsers. Almost all the major android browsers are built on Chromium, a free and open-source web browser developed by Google. But Firefox is the exception, it uses the same Quantum engine as Mozilla Firefox for desktop.

Firefox has always lagged behind Chrome on Android in terms of performance and responsiveness, but over the past year or so, many of the ‘Quantum’ speed improvements from the desktop browser have come to the Android version. These days, Firefox is more or less on-par with Chrome on Android (depending on the page).

Starting with the UI of the app, it looks more modern and clean than the Chrome browser. Also, the address bar and settings at the bottom make it much easier to access everything.

The other advantage Firefox has over Chrome is the ability to run extensions from the Firefox Add-ons Store. You will find many useful extensions like uBlock Origin, Dark Reader, HTTPS Everywhere, Ghostery, and many more.

On the other hand, Firefox app UI looks more modern and clean than the Chrome browser. Also, the Address Bar and Setting at the bottom makes it much easier to access everything.

Few other notable features are Block third-party cookies, sync across devices, and unwanted ads that follow you around the web with Enhanced Tracking Protection. So if you want privacy and security while surfing the web, then Firefox is the best mobile browser. And like Chrome, Firefox also comes with a Beta program to try its early features.

Download Mozilla Firefox from Play Store

Download Mozilla Firefox Beta from Play Store

ALSO READ: 15 Must-Have Android Apps

3. Brave Browser

Brave Private Browser

SizeVaries with device
Downloads10M+
Ratings4.7
PriceFree
OriginUSA

Brave Browser is a free and one of the most secure browsers on Android and is built on the Chromium web browser because of that, the User Interface (UI) is slightly similar to the Chrome browser. Its homepage is simple and clean, with no unnecessary articles or news or any short of Ads. What I liked about this browser is its appearance of a toolbar at the bottom which is easy to navigate. In the latest update, they also made the homepage of the app more appealing. Now it shows different wallpapers every time you open a new tab.

Other Features of Brave Browser

  • It has Dark Mode for saving the battery if you have an OLED screen on your phone or maybe using it at night to get less strain on the eyes.
  • Built-in Ad-blocker (pop-up blocker)
  • HTTPS Everywhere (for security)
  • The Brave browser also has a background Video Playback feature where you can play audio from video in the background, even if the tab is not active or the device screen is turned off.

For many users, Brave Browser is the best web browser because of the features, simplicity, and security it offers, and even you can give it a try.

Download Brave Browser from Play Store

ALSO READ: Top Free VPN Apps for Android

4. Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge - Android

SizeVaries with device
Downloads10M+
Ratings4.5
PriceFree
OriginUSA

Microsoft Edge is one of the most underrated Android browsers. But recently it started to attract many users with its amazing features. It has a few unique features which probably you won’t see on other browsers such as Continue on PC, and with One Tap you will be able to send web pages directly to your Windows 10 PC.

Other Features of Edge Browser

  • Reading mode that reorganizes content on a webpage to make it easier to focus.
  • Read-aloud that reads the current webpage article for you with one click. You also get the option to choose either a male or a female voice.
  • It also has a built-in Adblock Plus to block unwanted ads, which makes it one of the best AdBlock browsers on Android.
  • You also get daily news articles on the homepage.

Microsoft is trying hard to make the Edge browser more Robust with its every update. In the recent update, they also announced the option for a Light/Dark Theme. The default search engine in the Edge Browser is Bing, which you can easily change under settings.

If you are looking for the best Google Chrome alternative for your android device, then Microsoft Edge is the best option. In my usage, both the browser performed well and didn’t find much of a difference.

Download Microsoft Edge from Play Store

ALSO READ: Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox – Desktop Browser Comparison 

5. DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser

DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser (Android)

Size13 MB
Downloads10M+
Ratings4.8
PriceFree
OriginUSA

If you are a tech enthusiast, then you may have heard of DuckDuckGo if not, it is a Web Search Engine that focuses on protecting the searcher’s privacy. The DuckDuckGo Browser for Android has a simple UI and is a very light browser. It uses Android’s built-in rendering engine, so it will perform just as good as Chrome.

DuckDuckGo Browser is probably the most basic browser in this entire list with no desktop sync support, no extensions, no customization, and no advanced features, but still provides a nice experience. It has a feature to clear all tabs and data shortcuts with one tap and also comes with a Light or Dark theme.

The unique feature of the DuckDuckGo browser is when you search and browse, it will show you a Privacy Grade rating when you visit a website (A-F) in the Address Bar. Do note that the default search engine will be DuckDuckGo, and there is no way to change it. So if you don’t want to compromise your privacy, then DuckDuckGo is the best Android browser for privacy.

Download DuckDuckGo from Play Store

ALSO READ: Top Location Tracker Android Apps

6. Mozilla Firefox Lite

Mozilla Firefox Lite (Android)

Size6.5 MB
Downloads5M+
Ratings4.4
PriceFree
OriginUSA

If you are looking for a lightweight browser, then Firefox Lite is one of the best Android browsers in the Play Store. The app is super light, simple, and easy to use. There are barely any heavy features that you mostly see on regular mobile browsers. In the app, you will only get basic features such as themes, ad-block, and night mode. So if you are low on storage, RAM, or want tracking protection while browsing, then you should definitely go for Firefox Lite.

Download Firefox Lite from Play Store

7. Samsung Internet

Samsung Internet - Android

SizeVaries with device
Downloads1B+
Ratings4.4
PriceFree
OriginSouth Korea

Samsung Internet was started as a pre-installed browser on Samsung phones and tablets, but now it is available for all Android devices. The browser is based on Chromium and is loaded with a lot of features like ad-blocker, tab swipe, dark mode, autoplay videos, QR code scanner, and so on.

The most amazing thing about Samsung Internet Browser is its Dark Mode feature. It not only changes the browser’s interface to a dark theme but also turns webpages to dark. You can also show tabs below the address bar, just like you see on most of the browsers on Desktop.

And like Chrome and Firefox, Samsung Internet also has a Beta program. So if you want to try early features, you can give it a shot.

Download Samsung Internet from Play Store

Download Samsung Internet Beta from Play Store

8. Tor Browser

Tor Browser (Android)

SizeVaries with device
Downloads10M+
Ratings4.4
PriceFree
OriginUSA

Tor Browser is based on Mozilla Firefox, so you can expect similar functions and performance. It is one of the most secure browsers on this list. It helps isolate each website you visit so third-party trackers and ads can’t follow you. All the cookies will automatically get clear when you’re done browsing.

The browser uses a network of servers to send requests over multiple links to hide your online identity while you’re visiting websites, which results in a slight decrease in page load time.

Hey, but at least you’re having safe browsing without worrying about anything and you can also run blocked sites that have been either blocked by your ISP or are geo-restricted. Furthermore, you can also install Extensions on Tor Browser from Mozilla Add-on Store.

Download Tor Browser from Play Store

9. Opera Browser

Opera Browser for Android

SizeVaries with device
Downloads100M+
Ratings4.6
PriceFree
OriginNorway

The opera browser is another most famous and fastest browser on Android. The browser’s interface has a simple design with news feeds that you can disable through settings. It also has a feature like Data Saving, which can save a lot of your internet data and load the web page faster.

The other top features of the Opera Browser for Android are:

  • It has a Build-in Adblocker which will help to load the page faster.
  • Opera Browser comes with free and unlimited use of VPN so you don’t have to install VPN apps from Play Store.
  • It also has a Night Mode feature with adjustable lighting options to help you browse at night without causing any strain on the eyes.
  • Opera on Android can easily sync with the Opera browser for computers.

Other features of Opera browsers are themes, where you can either choose the White or Dark theme and app layout to choose between phone or tablet. Overall, the Opera browser is one of the best Android browsers with a VPN.

Download Opera Browser from Play Store

10. Opera Mini

Opera Mini for Android

SizeVaries with device
Downloads500M+
Ratings4.3
PriceFree
OriginNorway

Opera Mini is another best lightweight browser for Android. It is a perfect browser for smartphones that have low RAM and onboard storage. Even though it is a lite version of the “Opera” browser but still it has few features in common such as a built-in ad blocker, night mode, sync, private mode, Data Saving, and news feed.

Other than that, the browser also comes with a built-in File Sharing feature through which you can share files with other Opera Mini users on nearby devices without an internet connection.

Download Opera Mini from Play Store

Conclusion

Well, these were the list of the top 10 best web browsers for Android in 2021. All the browsers in this list are feature-rich and provide maximum privacy, security, and ad-free web experience. You can install any apps from this list that you think will give you the best browsing experience on your Android Smartphone.

General FAQ

1. Which is the best web browser for Android?

In my opinion, Microsoft Edge is the browser you should go for as it has all the features of Chrome and comes with few additional useful features like ad-blocker, honey, Continue on PC, tracking prevention, and so on.

2. Which is the best browser with VPN?

Ans: Opera browser is the best browser with VPN, and the best part is it offers free and unlimited VPN usage.

3. Which browser is the best Google Chrome alternative?

In my opinion, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox are the best Chrome alternatives.

4. Which is the best privacy-focused browser?

I would recommend you to go with either Mozilla Firefox, DuckDuckGo Browser, or Brave Browser. However, if you are willing to compromise on speed for enhanced security and privacy, then I would recommend you go with the Tor Browser.

5. Which is the best lightweight browser?

There are many lightweight browsers in the Play Store, but for me, Firefox Lite is the best lightweight Android browser. Not only it is low in size but also lightning fast, privacy-focused, minimal UI, and has a built-in ad blocker.

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