How to move address bar to the bottom in Chrome mobile browser

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For a more user-friendly mobile browsing experience, you can follow these steps to move address bar to the bottom in Chrome browser for Android.

Having web browsers with the address bar located at the top of the screen is something that we are comfortable with on PC browsers. It makes sense there on PCs, but then smartphones came along and developers just carried over the practice to mobile.

It isn’t so user friendly though, especially as smartphone screens have gotten bigger. One holds the mobile device in the bottom half of the device and address bars (and other controls) located at the top of the screen results in a lot of stretching and hand movements. It is a common mistake that is present in most mobile web browsers.

Chrome browser for Android has its address bar at the top by default
Chrome browser for Android has its address bar at the top by default

Chrome browser for Android is one of the culprits. It is funny in a sad way that the only mobile browsers that got it right belong to platforms that are dying off – Edge for Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 browser. Those two browsers have the address bar and all user controls and interactions are at the bottom of the screen, making them much more user friendly.

Since I am stuck with Android OS till further notice, I needed a 3rd party browser that handled this issue well or a way to make Chrome switch the address bar and controls to the bottom of the screen. I found a way to make the latter happen, like this:

move address bar to the bottom

How to move address bar to the bottom in Chrome for Android

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. To get there, open the Google Chrome app and type “chrome://flags” into the address bar.
  2. Scroll down to (or search for) “Chrome Home Android”, tap the drop-down menu and select “Enabled” there.
  3. You will be prompted to relaunch Chrome. After the browser restarts, the address bar will display at the bottom of the screen.

Web browsing on my smartphone has gotten much more pleasant since I effected this change. At some point in time, Google, Firefox and other mobile browser makers will have to make the bottom position default.

If You Do Want A Browser That Has It Already

If you would rather not mess with the technical process of having to tweak things to move address bar to the bottom in Chrome, but you do want a browser that has its address bar and controls located at the bottom by default, dash to Google Play and search for Habit Browser. Download and just start using it without needing to tweak stuff.

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