For many users, the Firefox browsing app is a cornerstone app that has proven to be reliable and convenient time and time again. But there are several other mobile browsers available for download on Google Play that are very similar to Firefox and have increasingly helpful features and functions.
These alternative apps might be what you're looking for.
Similar to Firefox, Google Chrome offers a clean and updated appearance available to the everyday user. Favorites are able to be accessed on a New Tab page. Chrome takes its efforts one step further by providing results that are useful and calculated when users use the Omnibox search bar.
A very versatile browsing app and great alternative to Firefox, Google Chrome possess the unique ability to sync your data across multiple devices with ease simply by signing into your Google account. This helpful feature allows the user to access saved data, bookmarks, and other preferences with simplicity. This casting feature is not available on Firefox and is unique to Chrome letting you look up a video on Netflix or YouTube (for example) and then allowing you to be able to play it on a separate device using the same app.
Add-ons available by Chrome offer enhancements to your browsing experience. You can opt for a variety of password managers that help you create strong passwords and even log you into sites automatically.
Also equipped with a built-in Ad-Blocker for 3rd party ads, The Brave Browser app is a fast Android geared browser that has been recommended by many. Currently, the app holds a 4.3 out of 5-star rating. The app is considered very secure as it offers a private browsing service and allows you to set up a password manager.
Similarly, to Chrome, the Brave Browser also has the capability of syncing across devices. This aspect is quite impressive as it truly does bring a hefty convenience factor.
With Brave, users are able to browse up to 8x as fast as the average browsing experience and allows users to save money on data as less data is used when operating on Brave Browser.
The DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser was launched approximately 10 years ago and holds a rating of 4.7 out of 5 from a total of over 140,000 user reviews. It is simple, straightforward, and users are able to choose a theme that is based on their preference and comfort on the eyes. This browser offers standard functionality including tabs, bookmarks, and even an autocomplete feature.
Hosting over 22 billion anonymous searches and counting, this browser offers anonymity to the browsing experience. With growing public awareness and concern about how personal data is treated online, this app has become highly popular with users. It emphasizes privacy above all and does not store a single thing regarding your online history. It also provides extensions that prevent you from being tracked elsewhere. Also, this browser includes a Fire Button that allows you to erase all data and tabs with one simple tap.
Still a developing project, the Tor Browser for Android is a mobile browser that has been created by the Tor Project. The aim of this browser is to be a strong tool for freedom on line and privacy. It has some known issues as it is still developing and must be downloaded along with a proxy application titled Orbot. The creators of the Tor Browser aim to have this mobile browser independent of Orbot in the future.
One unique aspect of the Tor Browser is its goal of making users resemble one another so that a digital fingerprint based on browsing information is impossible to make. Data on the browser is encrypted three times and connections from websites you visit is defended from outside sources seeking to monitor your browsing habits.
Also, interestingly, the Tor Browser is set to include a manual to help users easily navigate through their offered services. It is an app created by a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that is focused on advancing human rights and is made possible by donors.
Similar to Firefox and many other browsing apps, the Phoenix Browser offers an incognito Private Mode for untraceable internet access. Other features of the Phoenix Browser include an ad blocker feature as well as the ability to bookmark favorite sites and use your History to revisit previously visited sites. This mobile browser offers the ability to switch between search engines including Google, Bing, AOL, DuckDuckGo and Yahoo.
Rather uniquely, the Phoenix browser offers a No Image Mode in which images and videos are disabled to help save data when a weak internet connection is present. Also, pretty amazingly, this app allows you to download various video content from a large multitude of websites. You are also able to read news updates, including various sports and entertainment headlines all for free. The app stores some data to speed up navigation and save cellular data usage. Additionally, this mobile browsing app includes a built-in-video player in which you can watch videos directly on the app without existing to redirect to other links.
With more than 2.3 million downloads, CM Browser has slowly become a strong browsing contender. A great alternative to Firefox, this browser offers an ad blocker tool, to eliminate pesky ads and offers an incognito mode to browse with privacy.
This mobile browsing app includes a smart detection function that can automatically detect videos that are downloadable while you browse the web. You can save or download videos from most sites (with a few exceptions) and along with this comes a download protection service. This service scans files for malware to keep your device secure once a download is completed. Also unique to this app, each time you exit the app, all history data is deleted automatically to protect any privacy data from being leaked. CM browser also informs the user if links on websites may lead to malware or unwanted software downloads. This browser differs from Firefox in many ways, but provides essential and additional features that are helpful to users daily.
The Dolphin Browser is a browser with a key feature of blocking popups, ads, ad-videos, and banners. Like many other browsers discussed, this app also offers a private browsing mode that leaves untraceable data. Some great features include a personalized search, fast download speed, bookmarks and add-on sidebar, multiple tabs bar, and flash player. Also similar to other browsing apps, the Dolphin Browser offers a wide selection of backgrounds to customize the overall theme of your app.
Sonar is the real game changer of this browser. Using Sonar, an amazing feature, users can actually talk to their web browser, using their voices to search the web, share on social media networks, bookmark sites, and overall navigate the browser. Additionally, another unique feature to this app is the ability that users have in being able to create a personal Gesture for particular websites or features such as drawing a “B” to go to Bing.
Similar to the Dolphin Browser, the Dolphin Zero Incognito offers the inventive Sonar and Gesture functions for the easier use and navigation of the app. Independent of the Dolphin Browser, this app is an Incognito Browser that solely function as a private browsing experience. It is one of the best rated browsers for keeping personal information safe.
When selecting the default “Do Not Track” feature on the Dolphin Zero app, this app will never store, collect, or even share browser history, input data, passwords, cookies, user address book, or location information. It is a rather simple mobile app with quick loading speeds and great privacy.
In place of browsing history, users are able to access most visited websites by creating one-touch speed dial icons. This will lessen the time spent finding key sites while still maintaining a level of security that is incomparable. It is a rather new mobile app, launched in 2018, that updates regularly to continue to be vigilant in protecting its user’s privacy.
Including a translation into 60 different languages, the Kiwi Browser is super new and still in the progress of testing and updating. It is equipped with a strong ad-blocker and has an optimized rendering engine that increased the page load speed. It also has a night mode feature that can be toggled on and off similar to other mobile browsers.
An amazing feature unique to the Kiwi Browser is a cryptojacking protection aspect and Kiwi has become the very first Android browser to be equipped with this element. It also blocks invasive trackers and annoying notifications to make browsing the internet simple and annoyance free. Kiwi is based on the very best Chromium and even offers the ability to access the mobile Facebook messenger app without having to install the FB messenger application.
A proxy application with Tor, Orbot is considered one of the only apps for Android that create a truly secure and private browsing experience. Orbot uses Tor for the encryption of your internet traffic and hides all of it by bouncing it through many different computers around the globe. For an increase in privacy, this app has a built-in VPN, a feature not common to Firefox that may prove beneficial for users.
Additionally, Orbot encourages user feedback and allows users to send them messages so that a feature of interest can be added if possible or so that an annoying bug can be dealt with. This creates an element of community not found in all mobile browsing apps.
The Mint Browser, designed by Xiaomi for Android devices, is a web browser that offers speed, privacy, and security. The app itself is only 10MB and prioritizes a few key features. Some of these key functions include ad-blocking, lower storage requirements to increase speed, an incognito mode, a night mode, and a data saver mode.
This browser also has an automatic detection service for downloadable video content. Whenever a video that is downloadable appears, a tap of the “Download” button that presents itself will immediately begin to save the video onto the user’s device.
One of the newest mobile browsing apps, the Nox Browser offers many key and common features such as an incognito mode, an ad-blocker, a night mode, and a no image mode (along with others). The incognito tab allows for an internet browsing experience without history (browsing or search) and cookies.
A download manager is also embedded in the Nox browser allowing users to easily access and view information regarding downloads. The user is able to see the progress of downloads and includes a pause, resume, and cancel option. A cool function of this browser is also its ability to swipe left on the homepage and view current popular videos on YouTube with ease.
Awarded “Best Browser” for three consecutive years on About.com, the Maxthon Browser has been created for individuals who spend a great chunk of time on the internet daily. It is a fast and light browser that is efficient and saves cellular data, and therefore money.
Some amazing functions and features of this app include a built-in note-taking tool that allows you to collect and save content with a simple tap. Offline, you can then read, organize, or edit the collected content. When registering for various websites and services, the Maxthon app gives you the option of using their built-in email addresses manager that will input an unlimited number of shadow email addresses to avoid spam, ads, and junk mail.
Currently, more than 25 languages are supported on the app and a customizable speed dial function is also available to reduce the amount of time users take in reaching desired sites. This cloud browser also gives users the option of an incognito mode and night mode, along with the ability to sync data across devices.
A browsing app that can be linked with any other device running on Windows 10, the Microsoft Edge app is a fast and safe browser. It is equipped with ad-blocker, AdBlock Plus, which can be toggled of or on when wanting to avoid unwanted ads. Your passwords are safe with the browser’s password manager that allows you to save time when revisiting favorite sites by automatically remembering passwords. The layout and functionalities of the browser are simple and effective.
Unique to this app, is a rewards system teamed with Microsoft Rewards to offer users the ability to rack up points as they use Bing as their search tool. Also a great addition, Microsoft Edge gives users the ability to enable a reading view that will help you focus on content through reorganization.
Equipped with a personalized news feed, a night mode function, and an effective ad blocker, the Opera VPN browser is a safe web browser for an Android device. The browser uniquely includes a text size setting that helps you adjust pages to your reading preferences. An additional highlight of the Opera VPN browser is its ability to give users the option of choosing to always open the mobile app with a new tab or to allow the user to continue off on the last visited site prior to leaving the app.
This mobile browser has an unlimited, free, and built-in VPN function to increase the level of security and privacy has while online. This protects you from your location or identification information being shared with third party users.
Also, by Opera, the Opera Mini is a safe and lightweight browser that allows you to speedily browse the internet even at time when Wi-Fi connection is poor. It allows you to easily download videos found on social media, provide a personalized news experience, and even blocks pesky ads. The Opera Mini is similar to Firefox in that Wi-fi speed and data usage is highly focused on. However, this browsing service aims to save 90% of data through a compression mode.
The Opera Mini also gives users the ability to maintain a tab gallery, opening several pages at once and being able to easily navigate between the opened tabs. With over 6 million downloads, this app continues to gain popularity and has become a top alternative to the Firefox browsing experience. Its user-friendly interface and light weight has sparked the interest of people all around.
A relatively new browser, the UC Browser brings a user friendly, social media centered browsing experience. Unique to the UC app is its ability to allow users to share memes or gifs to WhatsApp or so simply save them on their mobile devices.
This browser also enables users to enjoy hilarious videos (sharing and saving these videos) and functions as a Fast Download app. The UC browser includes an ad-block function and supports users in accessing music and sports information. Currently, the Cricket channel is a very popular topic searched for and accessed through the UC Browser. A new page has been recently added containing a channel of video status as well as a massive sticker collection that can be used on social media networks.
The Puffin browser app has been rated as a super-fast mobile browsing site that implements cloud servers so that websites are able to run quickly on tablets or phones. With the Cloud usage, the Puffin app encrypts all traffic to protect users from nearby hackers, especially when on non-secure public WiFi.
This app updates regularly and currently gives users the ability to use the latest Adobe flash player directly on the browser. A virtual trackpad and gamepad are also additional features to the app. Users are able to use a theater mode for games and videos using Flash.
Similar to Firefox, Puffin offers a full web experience by offering a desktop and mobile viewing option. Additionally, the app also offers Incognito tabs that will auto-clean browsing data within the app.
The Via browser is an adequate alternative to the Firefox browser as it has been known to be as fast as lighting when referring to the opening and closing of the app. This app is a quiet one, that does not present news or use much memory storage on your device. The design of the Via browser is very minimalistic and offers a smooth online experience.
The main goal of this browser is to make difficult things simple for the everyday user. Using the Via browser, users can customize their experience, enable a night-mode, translate pages from several different languages, and even use a web page save function.