Google Issues a Major Chrome Update on iPhone and iPad

Posted on June 23, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Google Chrome, iOS, iPadOS, Mobile with 7 Comments

Google announced today that it is bringing five major new features to its Chrome web browser on iPhone and iPad.

“With Chrome [on iPhone and iPad], you can securely save your passwords so there’s no need to keep guessing,” Google’s Nasim Sedaghat writes in the announcement post. “Your payment and shipping info can be automatically filled when you’re ready to check out, and your favorite tabs and bookmarks can be synced across your devices, whether you’re on your phone, tablet, or laptop.

Google is bringing the following five new features to Chrome for iPhone and iPad:

Enhanced Safe Browsing. Available previously on desktop, Enhanced Safe Browsing provides stronger protection from phishing and malware on iPhone and iPad. When enabled, Chrome will predict and warn you proactively if web pages are dangerous by sending information about them to Google Safe Browsing to be checked. It will also warn you if your usernames and passwords have been compromised in third-party data breaches and then suggest you change them everywhere.

Google Password Manager. Available previously on desktop and Android, Google Password Manager can now be configured as your Autofill provider on iPhone and iPad.

Discover new content or start a new search. In addition to accessing content from recently opened tabs, Chrome on iPhone and iPad will now make it easier to browse content, start a new Search, or easily get back to your most frequently visited sites via the new tab page. This feature is coming to Android soon as well, Google says.

Faster language translation. Chrome for iPhone and iPad will now use on-device machine learning to automatically translate websites to your preferred language. The browser is using an updated language identification model to accurately figure out the language of the page you’re visiting, and then determine whether it needs to be translated.

Chrome Actions. Chrome actions are coming soon to iPhone and iPad. This feature helps you get things done more quickly from the Chrome address bar by typing an action’s name. For example, you can do things like clear browsing data, open an Incognito tab, or set Chrome as your default browser.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Google Issues a Major Chrome Update on iPhone and iPad”

  1. johnlmiller620

    This is timely. After not needing Chrome for anything on my Mac or iPad for about three years, suddenly something-something Java causes Safari to hang irretrievably, rendering many websites useless. Switch over to Chrome and no issues.

    • will

      On iOS and iPadOS Chrome is using the WebKit engine if I am correct, the browser front end is just a shell for features and UI. Same for Edge or any Apple mobile browser

    • michael_babiuk

      Try opening the same web site that hangs in Safari in a Safari Private Window. This work around should solve your problem with "something-something Java" induced web page crashing.

  2. red.radar

    Been living under a rock I suppose. Just tried Brave Search and it is certainly a breath of fresh air. I like that results highlighting dicussions are promoted. That is helpful when trying to solutions to what you suspect is a common problem and avoids the SEO spam from top 10 sites.


    Going to explore this more.

  3. digiguy

    Until Chrome tries to forces mobile version of sites, zero chances I'll be using it on iPad. Gmail and youtube always try to open the mobile version, sometimes even when you manually try to switch to desktop. Safari is always desktop by default.

    • dftf

      Not sure if the iOS version of Chrome will offer this, but on the Android version:

      In Chrome, tap the "..." icon

      Tap Setting

      Tap Site Settings

      Scroll-down to the bottom, then tap Desktop site

      Turn the setting in the next screen ON to always default to the desktop mode for websites

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