Best Android browsers for surfing the web 2022
- Brave Browser
- Dolphin Browser
- DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser
- Ecosia Browser
- Firefox Browser
- Google Chrome
- Kiwi Browser
- Lynket (formerly Chromer)
- Microsoft Edge
- Opera’s browsers (four browsers)
- Samsung Internet Browser
- Stargon Browser
- Surfy Browser
- Tor Browser
- Vivaldi Browser
Brave Browser is one of the newer Android browsers. It came out in 2016 and has a variety of features. There is an ad blocker built-in. Additionally, it can block third-party cookies, block scripts, and it has HTTPS everywhere. Included is per-site settings just in case you need that. It also boasts optimizations for speed and battery life improvements.
You can even keep track of all the stuff that it blocks. In real-world use, it is highly functional and even occasionally fun to use. It also has most of the basic features like bookmarks, history, extensions, and a privacy (incognito) mode. The app is entirely free with no in-app purchases or ads.
Dolphin Browser has seen a lot of success on Android. It has a decent set of features as well. That includes theming, flash support, ad-block, incognito mode, and some tertiary features like gesture controls. There is also add-on and extension support if you need that along with a native adblocker. It’s not quite as engaging of an option as it was back when a good browser was difficult to find. However, it retains a position on this list for still being more than good enough to be here.
DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser is a reasonably good alternative for folks who value privacy. It has a lot of the basic stuff like forced HTTPS, a private search, and a close button that deletes your browsing data and closes all of your tabs. Additionally, the app gives each website a privacy grade (on an A-F scale) so you can see exactly how bad any given site is. Of course, it blocks trackers and stuff like that as well. It doesn’t have some super useful features like password syncing (like Firefox and Chrome), but it’s otherwise a great mobile browser.
Ecosia is an environmentally friendly mobile web browser. It features all of the usual stuff like bookmarks, multiple tabs, a private browsing mode, and downloads. It pulls from Chromium’s open-source project. Thus, it looks and feels a bit like Chrome as well. The big draw here is the cause. The browser donates up to 80% of its profits to plant trees. That isn’t a browser feature, but it’s definitely nice. This one is good for those who don’t need to browse the web often, but still want something that works well. The trees thing is a bonus. It’s also free.
There are two really good Firefox browsers. The first is the standard Firefox Browser. It features all of the good stuff such as cross-platform syncing, a rock-solid browsing experience, tracking protection, a built-in password manager, and more. It’s Google Chrome’s biggest competitor and there really isn’t much that one has that the other doesn’t. The second good Firefox option is Firefox Focus, a privacy browser with a ton of security and privacy features. You can find the standard Firefox Browser at the button below or check out Firefox Focus here. They are both excellent Android browsers.
Chrome Browser the most popular Android browser. Many people have this pre-installed on their devices and opt to just keep using it. That’s a perfectly reasonable thing to do. It features syncing with Google Chrome on desktop along with the latest Material Design, unlimited browsing tabs, deeper integration with Android, and plenty of other features for both basic browsing and power users.
There are four total Chrome browsers. In descending order of stability, you have the regular Google Chrome, Chrome Beta, Chrome Dev, and Chrome Canary. Choose at your own risk. Google Chrome almost always has the latest Android features before other browsers as well.
Kiwi Browser is one of the newer Android browsers. It uses Chromium as a base. Thus, you may recognize a lot of its visual elements and settings options. It also loads pages pretty well. Some of the other features include native ad blocking, a pop-up blocker, a night mode with a 100% contrast mode for AMOLED screens, and crypto jacking protection. There are some UI tweaks as well, such as the address bar resting on the bottom of the app instead of the top. It also does the usual stuff. It’s surprisingly delightful to actually use, although we do miss the desktop syncing available on the big-name browsers. If you don’t need that, this is definitely one of the best options.
Price: Free / $4.54
Lynket is something a little bit different. It lets you open web links from basically any app in Chrome Custom Tabs, even if the app doesn’t natively support Chrome Custom Tabs. Additionally, the app includes Web Heads, similar to Flynx or the older Brave Browser. The one-two punch of Chrome Custom Tabs and Web Heads is enough to make this one of the more unique Android browsers. It works best for multi-taskers, frequent browsers, and people who really like Chrome Custom Tabs.
Microsoft Edge is a surprisingly decent mobile web browser. It competes favorably with Chrome and Firefox in terms of pure functionality. You can sync passwords, bookmarks, and history if you want to. Plus, you can continue browsing on the desktop version from the mobile version and vice versa. This used to be an original browser from Microsoft. However, the company switched to a Chromium base so it works a lot like Chrome with some light UI changes and you use a Microsoft account to sync instead of a Google account. You can’t go wrong either way.
Opera has a few different Android browsers. The first is their flagship browser, Opera Browser (Google Play). It features cross-device syncing with the desktop version, support for multiple platforms, autofill, and a native adblocker. Next comes Opera Touch (linked at the button below), a mobile browser with modern mobile features like tracker blocking and ad-blocking. The third is Opera Mini (Google Play), a lighter browser with the ability to save up to 90% of your data while using it. It also has an ad blocker, an offline reading mode, and more. Finally, we have Opera GX (Google Play), a gaming browser that includes a lot of the same features as the others, but also includes a gaming news feed, theming, syncing between the desktop and mobile versions, and more. You can go with any of the four browsers depending on your tastes.
Samsung Internet Browser is surprisingly good. It features swipe gestures, plug-ins, a quick menu, and some Material Design elements. Some of the plug-ins even allow for ad-blocking. There are also features for things like Amazon shopping, online shopping in general, and support for 360-degree video. This is likely the browser many Samsung phone owners see before they make Chrome their default. The app is labeled as beta. However, it’s more stable than some non-beta browsers even on this list. No, Samsung did not pay us to put this here.
Stargon Browser is a bit of a wildcard on this list. It has a bunch of features and it seems to work pretty well in our testing. The features includes a gesture control system, custom fonts, a DNS VPN for you International folks, a built-in translation service powered by Google Translate, and a video downloader function. There is even a dark mode to make sure it’s modern. Stargon lacks a lot of the big browser features like bookmark syncing, but it does everything quite well. Even its secret incognito mode is pretty good. The app is entirely free without ads.
Price: Free / $0.99
Surfy Browser has a hipster name and not the biggest following. However, it’s a surprisingly decent browser. It features the usual niceties like bookmarks, history, multiple search providers, and things like that. You also get another layer of power-user features like an ad-block, theming, and surprisingly fun toolbar customizations. The app’s claim to fame is the text-to-speech feature that reads website pages to you if you want it to. It’s not a bad way to go if you need something like this.
Tor Browser for Android is probably the best browser for privacy. It connects to Tor’s proxy network and hides what you’re doing from your ISP and basically everybody else. It surfs the web fairly well and it also blocks trackers, defends against surveillance, and includes multi-layer encryption. The app is in the very early stages of development at the time of this writing. It requires Orbot to use Tor’s network. However, future versions of this browser will be able to connect to Tor’s proxy network on its own. We’re comfortable enough putting this on here despite its early age. We do only recommend this for people who are serious about their privacy and power users who understand how this works.
Vivaldi is the newest browser on the list. It’s a reasonably decent browser with a surprisingly decent number of features. They include cross-platform syncing with the desktop version, a built-in note function, full-length website screenshots, a privacy browser mode, and the ability to quickly change search engines. The app’s developers are former employees of Opera so they know a thing or two about browsers. The app is in open beta at the time of this writing, but it should be stable enough for most people.