Most Android phone comes pre-installed with the Chrome browser and many users also prefer Chrome over any other browser. However, there are many browsers in the Play Store that are more or less better than Chrome. So in this blog post, I’m going to show you the 10 best browsers for Android in 2023.
In case you are an iPhone or Windows 11 user, then you can also check the below articles:
Top 10 Best Web Browsers for Android (2023)
- Brave Browser
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Edge
- DuckDuckGo Browser
- Opera GX
- Tor Browser
- Opera Browser
- Samsung Internet
- Opera Mini
1. Brave Browser
If you need a browser that protects your privacy and security while browsing the internet, then Brave is one of the best Android browsers for privacy and security. It by default blocks trackers and ads along with cookies and fingerprinting. And by clicking on the Brave icon (placed at the top right corner of the address/search bar) you will see the number of ads and trackers that Brave Shield has blocked on your current website.
It also forces some sites to open in HTTPS to increase your security further. And if you want your data to be wiped automatically after closing the Brave, then you have also got the option to ‘Clear data on exit’.
As for the browsing experience, the web page loads faster, all thanks to the built-in Ad blocker and web tracking blocker. With the Brave browser, you can also play videos in the background, even if the tab is not active or the phone’s screen is off.
As for the user interface, the Brave browser has a clean and minimal design and has many customization features such as:
- Move the toolbar to the bottom
- Light & dark theme
- Night mode (open web pages in dark mode)
- Tap groups
- Different background wallpapers every time you open a new tab.
- Widget Stack that shows Privacy Stats, Top Sites, and Binance balance.
Download Brave Browser from the Play Store
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2. Google Chrome
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Google Chrome is one of the top Android browsers, both in terms of market share and popularity. And most Android phone comes pre-installed with a Chrome browser and chances are you’re reading this article from the Chrome browser itself. So you probably know what it can or can not do.
But there are a few cool features that you may not have heard of. Such as you can switch tabs by swiping on the address bar, dark mode on web pages, translating any web page to your desired language, group tabs, and much more. The best thing I like about Chrome is its simple and minimal design, along with its ability to sync across all Google services and devices.
Google Chrome also has its own Ad-Blocking system which protects you from harmful ads or spammy ads. Although it only blocks ads on those websites that have too many ads or spammy ads. It also has a Lite mode feature which can help you save mobile data up to 60%.
Download Google Chrome from Play Store
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3. Mozilla Firefox
Just like Chrome, Mozilla Firefox is also among the most popular Android browsers. It packs tons of features that you might not see on other famous browsers. For instance, it has support for extensions, homepage customization, dark mode, and the option to set the address bar/toolbar at the top or bottom.
In this browser, you will also get an enhanced tracking protection feature that you can use to block online trackers that follow you around while surfing the web. To further enhance your privacy, you can also turn on the ‘Delete browsing data on quit’ functionality.
Other than that, you will get all the usual features like third-party cookies blocker, cross-platform sync, bookmarks, password manager, and so on. All in all, Firefox is a good Android browser and if you are worried about your privacy, then you should definitely consider it.
Download Mozilla Firefox from Play Store
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4. Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge is another chromium-based web browser that can be a great alternative to the Chrome browser. The UI of the Edge looks similar to its desktop version, which makes its homepage more customizable. You can change the home page layout to focused, inspirational, informational, or create your own custom layout. The bottom toolbar also makes it easy to access all the browser settings.
And thanks to privacy & security features like tracking prevention, ad blocker, do not track and Microsoft Defender, your browsing experience remains more private. Furthermore, if you do a lot of online shopping, then Microsoft Edge is the best mobile browser for shopping as it comes with a built-in tool to find coupon codes across thousands of sites.
Other than that, you will get all the usual features like read-aloud, voice search, dark mode, news feeds, translation, and more.
Download Microsoft Edge from Play Store
ALSO READ: Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox – Desktop Browsers Comparison
5. DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser
DuckDuckGo Browser is probably the most basic browser on this list. In this browser, you won’t find features like cross-platform sync, extensions, customization, or any other advanced features you are used to. However, you will get a few basic features like bookmarks, dark mode, favorites, and share.
The primary focus of the DuckDuckGo browser is to keep users’ online activities as private as possible. It does this by blocking trackers and ads. Moreover, when you visit a website, it will show you a Privacy Grade rating (on an A-F scale) in the Address Bar, and by tapping on the Privacy Grade icon, it will show you a list of blocked web trackers on the current site.
Furthermore, it also has a button right next to the address/search bar, which can wipe out all your tabs and browsing history with one tap. You can also enable automatically clear all tabs and data on the app exit.
Personally, the only thing I don’t like about this browser is its default search engine is DuckDuckGo, and there is no way to change it. All in all, DuckDuckGo is a good mobile browser and if you’re serious about your privacy, then it is one of the best browsers for Android.
Download DuckDuckGo Browser from Play Store
6. Opera GX
If you are tired of seeing the same old boring style design of all the browsers, then you should definitely check out Opera GX. Its UI looks gorgeous and will surely give you gaming vibes. And if the default theme doesn’t suit your style, you can easily change the theme to ultraviolet, purple haze, hacker man, white wolf, and many more.
This browser also covers the latest gaming news, deals, and release date. However, if you are not a gamer, you can still use Opera GX as a normal browser by disabling ‘GX Corner’ which will disable all the gaming-related boxes on the homepage.
In this browser, you will also get many advanced and useful features like:
- Connect your phone and computer with ‘My Flow’ and easily send your files to the computer and access them through the web browser.
- Custom homepage wallpaper
- Cryptocurrency mining protection
- Pop-ups blocker
- Force dark web pages
So if you need a browser that stands out from the rest, then Opera GX is the best web browser for Android.
Download Opera GX from the Play Store
7. Tor Browser
Tor Browser is one of the most secure Android browsers on this list. It helps isolate each website you visit so that third-party trackers and ads can’t follow you.
To make your online activity even more private & secure, the Tor Browser uses a network of servers to send requests over multiple links to hide your online identity when you’re visiting a website. The only drawback to this is that your website will load slightly slower.
So if you have good internet speed and you are just a casual internet user, then I think it is worth compromising on speed. At least you’re having safe browsing without worrying about anything. Furthermore, you can also run blocked sites that are blocked by your ISP or are geo-restricted.
In addition, all your browsing history and tab will automatically get clear when you close the browser. Apart from that, you can also install extensions on Tor Browser from Mozilla Add-on Store. To sum up, there is hardly any browser that comes close to the Tor Browser in terms of privacy and security, which makes it the best Android browser for security and privacy.
Download Tor Browser from Play Store
8. Opera Browser
Opera is another best Android web browser you may consider. It comes with a simple & clean design and can be customized as per your style. Some of the customization features are:
- Light & Dark mode
- Change app layout to either phone or tablet
- Hide toolbar
Other than that, it has useful features like:
- Built-in Ad blocker
- Data saving mode
- Free and unlimited VPN so you don’t have to install any 3rd party VPN apps from the Play Store
- Night Mode with the adjustable lighting option
- Cross-platform sync
- Swipe left or right on the bottom toolbar to switch between tabs
Download Opera Browser from the Play Store
9. Samsung Internet
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 comes with lots of features like an Ad-blocker, dark mode, news feeds, pop-up blocker, and so on.
You can also enable an anti-tracking feature that will prevent online trackers from spying on your web activities. Moreover, you can also check the list of all the trackers that are blocked by the browser in Smart anti-tracking settings.
And If you don’t like the top position of the address bar, then you can also move the address bar to the bottom position. On top of that, you can switch between tabs just by swiping on the address bar.
Download Samsung Internet from Play Store
10. Opera Mini
Opera Mini is a lightweight browser that can be very useful if you live in a region where the internet connection is slow or data plans are expensive. It strips down all the unnecessary things to make the web pages smaller. As a result, the website loads faster and you can save up to 90% of the data.
Even though it is a lite version of the Opera Browser, it still manages to pack many useful features, such as a built-in Ad blocker, night mode, sync, dark mode, themes, news feeds, and more.
Download Opera Mini from the Play Store
Benchmark comparison between all the Android browsers (2023)
To check the overall performance of each browser on this list, we used Basemark Web 3.0. It is a benchmark testing tool that is used for testing the browser’s performance, which includes geometry test, SVG test, page loading, WebGL test, etc. In this test, I used LG Wing Smartphone (Snapdragon 765G).
As you can see, Opera Mini has outperformed all the web browsers in our benchmark test with a score of 299. In the 2nd position, we have DuckDuckGo Browser with a score of 296, followed by Opera GX with 290.
Which is the fastest browser for Android?
For measuring the browser speed, we used the free tool called Speedometer. The following result will give you a clear-cut answer on how many tasks each browser can execute per minute.
—– FAQ —–
Which is the best Chrome alternative on Android?
In my opinion, the Brave browser is the best Chrome alternative for iPhone. It is not only fast and reliable but also privacy-focused.
Which is the safest browser for Android?
Tor Browser is the safest Android browser. It makes your web browsing private & secure by using a network of servers to send requests over multiple links to hide your online identity from trackers and ISP. The only drawback is it will load web pages slightly slower.
However, if you don’t want to compromise on slow website loading but still want a safe browsing experience, then you can either try Brave Browser, DuckDuckGo Browser, or Mozilla Firefox.