Not good enough!
I really want to use Chrome over Safari as that is the case on my macbook. I recently noticed Chrome has undergone some improvements, like being able to type a URL instead of a google search in the search bar so I thought I’d give it another try. After a few days , I’ve come to the conclusion this app is still not good enough. It loads pages faster than Safari, but lacks in many other aspects.
There is something about the Safari app that makes it easier to browse. Maybe it’s that as soon as you open a new tab, it has your favorite sites as opposed to the recent ones like on Chrome. Password auto fill doesn’t always work properly, swiping down to reload the page only works if you’re at the top of the page or it’s a 2step process - same thing to close a tab; in fact, everything feels like a two step process. The 3 swipe gestures (close, reload, new tab are practically useless),
Chrome is just not as user friendly as its counterpart. Today I was trying to search a keyword on a document, but Chrome wouldn’t let me tap on “find in page” so i had to open Safari to do it. So that was it, I have now switched back to Safari and I’m writing this review in hope that the app is improved!
I love chrome but not recently
Chrome has been nightmare to use for the past few months, at first I continued using it thinking maybe you guys are going to notice or maybe other people are going to complain and we’ll get an update or something but for the past three I’ve been waiting. My main problem is when my phone accidentally goes into landscape mode the app crashes and pushes everything to the right and then when I try to undo it by flipping the phone again and flipping it back it brings edges around the the text and brings everything to the middle and then pushes everything to the lest again. Another problem is on my asus zenbook version. The chrome app is acting so strange, I can’t acces the google apps from a new tab because it keeps logging me out but on the little top bar where it shows my profile and where the bookmarks are it shows I’m logged in. I have many gmails and google different settings on my accounts so the little circle you can use to switch between accounts is very important. Both chrome on my iPhone 11 and my laptop are acting very weird and I hope and update can come out soon cause I love using them and have so much information saved in my accounts
CAN’T Download PDFs
I like google chrome, but I really dislike that I cannot download simple files that I need to save to my phone, because of some error that keep refusing to let me save or download any PDF. It keeps on telling me that “The file could not be downloaded at this time.” I thought I tonight be because I wasn’t running the latest version of chrome, but even after the update, it still shows the same error message. I’m going to leave it as 1 star, so the issue is noticed and hopefully fixed ASAP, thanks! Also if you can make it an option to set the tabs to line up like back to back like it used to, that would be amazing, because me personally, I enjoyed the old Tabs set up over the newer one, as it makes it much easier to bring older tabs to the front if I wanted to, where as the next window tabs set up, makes it a slow and frustrating hassle, especially when you missplace the tab and have to start all over again, just annoying and frustrating. Please consider making it an option to have it set up stacked or windowed and let the people choose the way their tabs are set-up.
Every browser on mobile is terrible in one way or another but Google Chrome has one thing that makes it especially terrible: the close all tabs button. It’s in the worst possible place on the screen if you have an iphone newer than the 8 and it’s way too easy to hit. Never, ever ever have I hit the button to close all tabs and meant to do so, only ever accidentally and in the worst possible times. That button should not be on the screen at all, much less right where it’s easy to hit. It’s not possible to reopen all the tabs because the history doesn’t include enough of them so I’m completely out of luck trying to go back to all the important websites I had open. Remove the button. No one uses it, it’s unnecessary and should be in the options menu, not on the main screen. I only use google chrome because safari is worse and microsoft edge crashes and also closes everything I have open. Overall, it’s an okay app with a terrible layout that desperately needs to be fixed. I will update my review to 5 stars when and if they remove the close all tabs button.
Counterintuitive and unproductive!!
By the actual people
I really wanted to like the Chrome app for iOS but it turned out to be counter productive. I use a lot of other Google apps over Apple (notable Gmail and Google Maps) and after a lot of prompting from those apps to use Chrome when pushing to Safari, I decided to give it a try. After a month of Chrome usage, the app options, gestures, buttons are counterintuitive and slow. For example, I understand some people like to close their browsing session after but I never do- sure, have a close all button but why is it displayed so prominently in the app start. I have pressed it accidentally so many times and closed out my plethora of tabs which is really annoying. There’s no way to recover them if you open a new tab. There’s no option for opening tabs in background, quick new tab from a current tab just to name a few others. Page loading is slowing and constantly reloads instead of saving page data. The iOS Chrome app needs a major refresh and update before I use it again. But right now it is counterintuitive, inefficient, and unproductive.
Love Chrome but the new update is making things a hassle
By d bozo
Terrible privacy problems. Find a better browser
By Christofer Williams
It lets me sync my bookmarks with my laptop (on which I also use Chrome). That’s a nice feature. But it’s so mind-blowingly awful with privacy that I’ve deleted it from all mobile devices. iOS Chrome is completely lacking in every basic privacy control one would expect of any browser built after 2014.
This thing doesn’t just track and save everything you do; it presents a list of all recently-visited sites any time you open a new tab... and there’s no way to opt out of this or turn it off. You can’t even delete in bulk; you have to remove these recently-visited sites one by one unless you’re willing to clear your entire browser history.
The new tab also automatically loads a selection of news stories, and there’s no way to turn off that feature. It’s like logging onto AOL circa 1996.
Sure, you could use incognito mode, but it shouldn’t be an all or nothing choice. If I want to have my cookies and history saved without my search history being immediately presented to anyone who picks up my iPad, that should be an option.
(And why, when visiting Google sites, does it assume I want to use the most recently added Google account used in my Gmail app? Wouldn't it make more sense to assume I'm using the default/primary one if it's going to autofill the login screen? And why make it so difficult to log out so that I can log in to the proper account?)
Drives me crazy!
While most things about this browser are fantastic- but the one thing that absolutely ticks me off about this app, on nearly a daily basis, is the random crash. This problem has exceeded my threshold of tolerance, as it is such an inconvenient, annoying, fault of this app- which easily docks it down three stars for me. Out of nowhere, almost every day, I need to turn off my phone, turn it back on, open the app, and press the restore link that pops up in the right corner. And of course, this always seems to happen when I need to pull something up quickly. I have done everything from cleaning out my phone storage, deleting history, closing all tabs- to completely deleting and re-downloading the app, etc, etc... I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps iOS and chrome don’t mix- and I should just use safari on my phone- but that is a whole other kind inconvenience.
No Real Desktop Browser Support
By Solomon Arnett
The fact that the screenshots for this app are in portrait should tell you all you really need to know about this app. With the initial release of iPadOS, Apple brought desktop browsing support to the iPad Pro. Google Chrome has been extremely slow in receiving updates to bring it up to par, and it's still miles away.
Even when the Request Desktop Site option is enabled, it is hit or miss. Usually miss for me. And there's no inspect window support in this app, so if you're looking to use your iPad for quick webkit debugging, use Safari. Don't waste your time downloading this app. Transfer your passwords over to keychain and get comfortable with Safari as it has better password support and, like Google Chrome, will inform you whenever your passwords have been compromised.
I'm in no way affiliated with Apple or the Safari development team, but I am a developer that has been perpetually let down by Google's iOS and iPadOS development team.
why with all of the unexpected crashes
the app has been crashing unexpectedly and randomly crashes for months on end for me and I don’t know weather or not the app can’t handle all the searches I do on the actual app itself or my iPad Pro can’t handle the searches from the Chrome app leading to a crash. And for further notice, it’s been behaving like this for me for 2 years now and my perspective is the Chrome app can only handle limited searches were the desktop version can handle nearly insane amounts of searches depending on the laptop or computer and experiencing sudden random crashes almost makes me think weather the Chrome app has a hidden bug or something like that or an hidden virus possibly. So developers do the best of your knowledge to fix and repair it now please because it gets on my nerves if something doesn’t work properly...