A Look Into the Google Chrome iPhone App

It seemed as though Mozilla Firefox had found a strange monopoly on the Internet browser world, stealing it from the corporate big boys of Microsoft and Apple.  This was until the growing Google behemoth came in and began sweeping its social networking inspired Internet tool chest into this realm as well.  Google Chrome is quickly becoming one of the most important Internet browsers around and very well may permanently dethrone its competitors.  Now it has come to the iPhone in the form of a free app, which may even take away the important of the built in Safari software.  Here is a look at how to use Google Chrome on the iPhone since it may end up being the standard for surfing the Internet, both on computers and mobile devices.

The first thing you have to note is that you must download the Google Chrome iPhone app from the App Store as it is not built in to the iOS in the same way that Safari is.  Since this is free it will only take a few moments and then will appear on your desktop, though you can move it down to the lower app list to where Safari is by default.

When you first open the Google Chrome iPhone app you will need to read and accept their Terms of Service.  After that you will need to sync your email address over since Chrome will want to actually take all of the settings, bookmarks, and the like that you have on your home computer and port it over to your iPhone.  This is an incredibly useful tool and a way of Google making itself the center of your multi-platform computing needs.  If you are not already centralizing your email and other content around Google then this may end up being less attractive, but is a reason to begin utilizing all of these services together.


Once you are done with that you have the option to begin taking a tour of the app, which is useful the first time around.  In general, Chrome will operate in a way that is similar to Safari on your iPhone.  You will be able to open multiple tabs and then swipe between them by sliding on the touch screen.  There will be a search box that you can use for engine results, just as you have with Safari.

If you hit the button in the upper task bar that looks like three lines stacked on top of each other you will be given the option to open a new tab, open an Incognito tab, go to bookmarks, or move to other devices as long as you have synced Chrome up.  The Incognito tab is one of the great options since this allows you to open up a tab that will remain secret from your history and will not follow you in the same way.

When you hit the button to the upper right that looks like several sheets of paper with a number in the middle it will open up access to all open tabs, and will be horizontal in display rather than vertical.  This allows you to see what is there in a very simple option and will keep things organized.  You also have a button here that will allow you to open up a new tab.


The functionality will be generally the same as the address bar will function the same way as other mobile browsers and the basic interactivity of the iPhone is maintained all the way through, such as saving photos or copy and paste commands.  At the bottom of the screen will be quick buttons to allow you to interact with the Chrome tools.  A star button will allow you to quickly bookmark a web page.  The six square buttons will take you to an easily viewable screen where six slides will be in place for open tabs, though the number of tabs you have open may be less.

Many independent and built in apps have their settings area in the general iPhone Settings spot, yet Google Chrome has them internal to the app itself.  If you go to the button with three stacked lines you will find a Settings option.  Here you can sign into your Chrome account, determine what search engine you prefer, determine whether or not you want to save your passwords, set the language for voice searching, clear browser data, report issues to Google, or sett privacy and content settings.    All of this is similar to the types of elements built into the iPhone and are likely to increase as new versions come out, especially since you can count on Google to continue adding new iPhone and iOS features into the Chrome app.


In general, the big benefit from using Google Chrome on your iPhone is if you are utilizing a sync between Google Chrome already.  This will then allow you to connect with all content across devices that are already being used.  This is especially important for categorized Bookmarks and omnibox data, and similar to the way that you sync Google contacts with your iPhone contacts.  Beyond that it operates as a superior browser interface, yet is standard and simplified in the same way that Safari is on the iPhone.

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