Google Chrome steals a Safari design feature.
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Google Chrome now lets you move the address bar on your iPhone. Credit: Google
Google added a new feature to Chrome that is reminiscent of Safari’s current design. You can now move the address bar to the bottom of the screen.
This means you no longer have to stretch your thumbs to reach the top of your phone in a way that interrupts your typing flow. Sorry, Android users — this feature is only available to iPhone users at this time.
You can move the Google Chrome address bar to the bottom or keep it at the top. Credit: Google
Why move the address bar to the bottom?Phones are gigantic these days. Hell, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the iPhone 15 Pro Max have nearly seven-inch displays — they’re practically tablets.
The iPhone 15 Pro Max in all of its giant glory. Credit: Stan Schroeder / Mashable
As such, the top of the screen is becoming harder for our thumbs to reach. So Google is allowing users to move the address bar to a more convenient position.
“We know people prefer different address bar positions depending on the size of their hands and devices, and we took those preferences into account when building this highly requested feature,” said Nick Kim Sexton, Google product manager for Chrome.
If you prefer the address bar on top, don’t worry: You can simply leave it in its default position.
How to move the address bar to the bottomTo move the address bar to the bottom, you must press and hold it. Next, select the “Move address bar to bottom” option. That’s it!
You can also go to Settings, tap on “Address bar,” and choose your preferred position.
Kimberly Gedeon is a tech explorer who enjoys doing deep dives into the most popular gadgets, from the latest iPhones to the most immersive VR headsets. She’s drawn to strange, avant-garde, bizarre tech, whether it’s a 3D laptop, a gaming rig that can transform into a briefcase, or smart glasses that can capture video. Her journalism career kicked off about a decade ago at MadameNoire where she covered tech and business before landing as a tech editor at Laptop Mag in 2020.