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Free Download of Google Chrome on iOS or Safari – Choose Any One


Your iPhone browser should be able to give you, if not the same, at least less complex experience than their desktop version without compromising its performance.

Safari, Apples’ default browser, is always expected to perform well enough to satisfy even the most demanding users but simple enough to be easily accessible by everyone. Safari on iOS devices has been able to deliver all these to their users.

However, ever since Google Chrome for iOS was released, Safari is now looking at a competition with another capable mobile browser. Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers, so when it was announced that it will be available to download for free for iOS, its supporters were beside themselves. Even Apple’s Mac owners were excited for the iOS version of this browser because even they use Google Chrome on their Mac. While these two mobile browsers continue to battle it out, we made some tests on them and took notes of the things that differentiate them in terms of speed, sync capabilities, and usability.


We don’t see remarkable differences between the two browsers. Google Chrome has a slight less-than-a-second advantage over Safari, but Safari has the advantage when it comes to browsing data-heavy websites. Scrolling through these websites is much smoother on Safari. Both browsers, however, were able to maintain their good performance level even after a few hours of usage and multiple apps were open in the background. If you’re asking why the two has almost the same speed, it might be because they both use the same browser engine. This is because Apple only allows one browser engine to be used on iOS devices.

Sync Capabilities

This is where the two browsers show slight disparity. Both browsers allow syncing across different platforms such as other devices and desktop. Safari uses iCloud to easily sync bookmarks, browsing history, and tabs. Google Chrome for iOS is also capable of syncing the same information to different devices, but not without having to use your Google ID and entering all the devices that you want the information to be synced to. But then, Google Chrome allows you to sync across most platforms, whereas iCloud is not fully supported on other performs.


Back when Google Chrome was first released (2012), one might say that this is the aspect where the two popular browsers differ a lot. However, some of these differences were long since gone with the release of iOS 7 in 2013. Google and Apple are now on the same page of how browsing should be like. In the later iOS versions, tabs were shown in different pages where you have to swipe left and right to switch between tabs. Now, tabs on both browsers are shown in a vertical fashion and you can easily switch between tabs by tapping the “tap” button and swiping to the left if you want to remove a page.

Bottom Line

Overall, Safari and Google Chrome for iOS are able to deliver what’s expected from two great browsers. Choosing between the two is a matter of your own personal taste, but it’s more likely that whichever you use on your desktop is what you’ll be choosing to download on your mobile phone, for free.