In the post, we’ll go over some of the best web browsers available for Android. You’ve undoubtedly heard of some of them, but we’ll compare them directly to see what you might be missing.

Mozilla Firefox

Most of the web browsers available for Android are based on Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome. That means they all load web pages the same way, they’re pretty much equal in performance, they have the same quirks, and so on. Firefox is the main exception to this rule — it’s one of the few browsers on Android with a completely custom rendering engine (in this case, the same ‘Gecko’ engine that desktop Firefox uses).

Rendering engineGecko
Dark modeNo
Desktop syncYes

Firefox for Android has traditionally lagged behind Chrome on Android in terms of performance and responsiveness, but over the past year or so, many of the ‘Quantum’ speed improvements from the desktop browser have come to the Android version. These days, Firefox is more or less on-par with Chrome on Android (depending on the page).

The main advantage to Firefox on Android (besides that you help reduce Chrome’s near-monopoly on the browser market) is the massive collection of extensions. Firefox for Android works with nearly all extensions created for the desktop browser, including uBlock Origin, Ghostery, HTTPS Everywhere, NoScript, Privacy Badger, and many more.

Other features include syncing with Firefox Accounts, an auto-play blocker, and an optional blocker for tracking scripts


Google Chrome

A list of the best web browsers for Android wouldn’t be complete without Google Chrome. It’s the default browser already on most phones and tablets, but Google hasn’t quite rested on its laurels. Chrome updates roll out every six weeks, with each update usually having several new features (even if most of them are for website makers).

Rendering engineBlink
Dark modePartial (interface can go dark, but not web pages)
Desktop syncYes

,Chrome is the dominant web browser on both desktop and mobile platforms, so there’s not much to talk about — most of you are probably using it right now, and you probably know what it can (and can not) do. Because most of Chrome is open-source, and most other browsers on Android use that open-source base, the vast majority of Chrome’s features end up duplicated in other apps.

Google Chrome: Fast & SecurePrice: Free 

Chrome DevPrice: Free 


You may already know that DuckDuckGo is a web search engine focused on privacy, but did you know the company has a web browser too? The DuckDuckGo browser for Android is (very) light on features, but it still provides a nice experience.


Rendering engineAndroid WebView (usually Chrome)
Dark modePartial (interface can go dark, but not web pages)
Desktop syncNo

This is probably the most basic browser out of this entire list, as there is no desktop sync support, no extensions, and no advanced features. However, tracking scripts are blocked by default, and the browser gives every site a privacy rating with a full list of every blocked tracker. Most browsers (except Chrome) have some sort of tracking protection at this point, but DuckDuckGo lays out the information in a very easy-to-understand way.

DuckDuckGo Privacy BrowserPrice: Free 

Samsung Internet

Samsung Internet started out as the pre-installed web browser on Galaxy phones and tablets, but Samsung opened it up to all Android devices in 2017. It’s now one of the most popular browsers on the platform, and it’s jam-packed with features.

Rendering engineBlink
Dark modeYes

Samsung Internet is based on Chrome, but it has a completely custom interface that fits in with Samsung’s One UI design language. Some of the advantages it has over Chrome include tracking protection, a limited selection of add-ons, and a button layout that is easier to use on tall phones.

My favorite feature is the complete dark mode support — not only can the browser’s interface turn dark, but it can also modify the appearance of sites to make them dark too. This doesn’t always work as intended, but it’s still great to have for late-night reading. Google is working on a similar feature for Chrome, but it’s not ready yet.

Samsung Internet BrowserPrice: Free 

Samsung Internet Browser BetaPrice: Free 

Kiwi Browser

Kiwi Browser was first released last year, as yet another Chrome-based browser for Android. However, last year the app added something that no other browser on Android has — support for desktop Chrome extensions. That’s right, nearly every extension that works on Chrome will work on Kiwi.

Rendering engineBlink
Dark modeYes
Desktop syncNo

Firefox for Android supports Firefox extensions, most of which are functionally-similar to their Chrome equivalents, but Kiwi’s compatibility is still very impressive. Beyond that, all the usual features are present — ad blocking, tracking script blocking, a dark mode, and so on. There’s also a feature for blocking AMP pages, though the same is also possible with Firefox and this add-on, and the dark mode also makes pages dark (like Samsung Internet).

Kiwi Browser – Fast & QuietPrice: Free 

Opera Mini

Opera Mini has been one of the most popular mobile browsers since flip phones were fashionable. It’s designed to save cellular data, either by downgrading images and other resources, or by rendering the entire page on a server before it is sent to your phone. If you’re on a cell plan with little available data, or you often find yourself with a spotty connection, Opera Mini is a solid option.

Rendering engineBlink in most modes, Presto in ‘Extreme’ data saver mode
Dark modeNo
Desktop syncYes

Beyond the data-saving features, Opera Mini also has tracking protection, an ad blocker, and a clean interface with easy-to-reach buttons. Sadly, there’s no dark mode, only a ‘Night mode’ that just lowers the brightness. Opera Mini can also sync bookmarks, tabs, and other data with other Opera browsers.
Opera Mini – fast web browser
Price: Free 


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