In a bid to improve user experience, Google has introduced a new feature to the iOS version of its Chrome browser, allowing users to move the address bar to the bottom of the screen, much like Safari. As it stands, the address bar in Chrome for iOS is positioned at the top of the smartphone screen by default, with navigation icons at the bottom for backward and forward navigation, opening new tabs, and accessing the settings menu.
To provide users with greater flexibility and convenience, Google has now rolled out the option to relocate the address bar to the bottom of the screen, merging it with other navigation features. This enhancement aims to simplify the user’s browsing experience.
Configuring this layout is straightforward. Users can either long-press the URL and select the “Move the address bar down” option or change the location of the bar through the settings menu under “Address Bar.”
According to 9to5Google, Google has stated that this feature was highly requested, as users have varying preferences for the address bar’s placement, depending on the size of their hands and devices.
This configuration option comes two years after Safari introduced the default placement of the address bar at the bottom of the screen with iOS 15.
The implementation of this feature was previously shared by app developer Steve Moser in August, who noted that Google Chrome had initiated testing an option to configure the search bar at the bottom of the screen. Now, this feature is available to all iOS users with the latest version of Chrome, Chrome 119.
Google’s decision to provide this customization option is a step forward in improving the user experience of Chrome for iOS, allowing users to tailor their browser navigation to their specific preferences and needs.