Google’s new feature for Chrome on iOS doesn’t massively change the browser, but it could be helpful if you find having to stretch your fingers to reach the address bar disruptive to your workflow. The company has rolled out the ability to move the browser’s address bar to the bottom of the screen from the top — and to put it back to its original location, if you want. MacRumors‘ contributing writer Steve Moser spotted the feature in the TestFlight version of Chrome for iOS back in August, but now it’s making its way 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, like you could on Safari and Opera on mobile, which both allow you to relocate the element on your screen. All you have to do is long press on the URL bar and then choose “Move address bar to bottom” in the options that pop up. You could do the same thing to move it back to the top of the screen, though you could 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 iPhones for now. The company tested a Chrome Home interface that had the URL bar at the bottom way back in 2019, but it didn’t make its way out of the experimental phase.
Update, November 01, 2023, 8:29AM ET: This story has been updated to add that Google doesn’t have immediate plans to bring the feature to Android.
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