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Chrome for iOS now lets you move the address bar to the bottom

Chrome for iOS now lets you move the address bar to the bottom

Google’s new feature for Chrome on iOS doesn’t change the browser hugely, but it could be useful if having to stretch your fingers to reach the address bar disrupts your workflow. The company has implemented the ability to move the browser’s address bar to the bottom of the screen from the top and return it to its original location, if desired. MacRumors‘contributing writer Steve Moser stained The feature was released in the TestFlight version of Chrome for iOS in August, but is now coming to the public version of the browser for the mobile platform.

The idea is to make it easier to reach the address bar with your thumbs, as you can do in Safari and Opera on mobile devices, which allow you to relocate the element on your screen. All you have to do is long-press the URL bar and then choose “Move address bar down” from the options that appear. You can do the same to move it back to the top of the screen, although you can also find the new feature in the Settings menu.

Unfortunately, Google told Engadget that it doesn’t have a timeline for bringing this feature to Android and that it will only be available on iPhone for now. The company tested a Chrome Home interface that had the URL bar at the bottom in 2019, but it did not leave the experimental phase.

Update, November 1, 2023, 8:29 am ET: This story has been updated to add that Google has no immediate plans to bring the feature to Android.



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