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Google Chrome on iOS gets 6 new features to take on Safari

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While Apple is tightening privacy and giving new capabilities to tabs in Safari with iOS 16, Google is updating Chrome for iOS with six new features. Some of these features are already available on Android, and others will be available later. Anyway, iPhone and iPad owners who use Chrome have a lot to look forward to.

The new update brings enhanced protection to iOS, which protects you from phishing attacks and malware by alerting you to password breaches and warning you of potentially risky websites. By entering these credentials in Chrome on Android or your desktop, you may receive a warning if your username or password is compromised. That feature – called Enhanced Security Browsing – is now making its way to iOS. You can turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing on your iPhone or iPad by going to Chrome> More> Settings> Improved Safe Browsing.

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Google also presents a better password manager experience so you can discard your particular password manager app. You can choose Google Password Manager in iOS to allow Chrome to create, save, and fill in your passwords on any website or app you like. Why you should discard the built-in password manager in iOS and go for the Google service is debatable, but if you prefer Google to handle your passwords, you now have that option.

If you’ve been away from Chrome for a while, a new feature will allow you to discover new content or start a new search in Chrome for iOS at such times. The change will also appear soon for Android. Google also uses on-device machine learning to make those websites available in your preferred language by updating their language identification model.

Chrome for iOS address bar.

Of the six updates, this next feature seems to me the most useful. With this Chrome iOS update, you’ll now be able to type action titles into the address bar. For example, if you want to open clear browsing data, you can quickly type “delete history”, and Chrome will display an action to jump right into the settings. Currently, it is limited to three actions: clearing browsing data, opening the Incognito tab, and setting Chrome as the default browser.

Google also makes it easier to use Chrome’s three-point menu by modifying the current look based on user comments. The Bookmarks tab or Playlist options will now be at the top of the drop-down menu. Google will launch additional updates to Chrome for iOS in the coming weeks.

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