Google Chrome is one of the best web browsers for Android, in addition to being pre-installed on the vast majority of mobiles. Its use is quite simple, although it hides the strange trick to navigate faster with gestures.
Some of these gestures have been in Chrome for so long that you’ve probably seen them already, but others have been added relatively recently. Here you will find the final list with all the gestures and shortcuts available in Google Chrome on Android.
This gesture is so popular that the strangest thing would be if you don’t use it anymore when you need it. refresh current page, and it’s much faster than traditional mode, which would involve opening the menu and hitting the refresh button.
The gesture is as simple as slide down on an open page until a refresh icon ↻ appears. When it appears, remove your finger from the mobile and the web page that was open will refresh, the equivalent of pressing F5 in a desktop browser.
If instead of sliding down, you slide to the right, an arrow icon pointing left will be displayed. When you release your finger while the arrow is displayed, the browser returns to the previous page. In other words, it serves to go back in history.
Likewise, if you swipe from your finger towards the left On an open web page, an arrow icon pointing right is displayed. When you release your finger, you move forward in your browsing history. This arrow only appears when you have a page to “go forward” to, that is, if you have returned to navigation previously.
Switch to other open tabs
One of the most useful gestures allows you switch between open tabs without having to go through the tabbed view. This is very useful if you have few tabs open and need to quickly switch between them.
To switch between open tabs, you must swipe left or right in the address bar
If you need to see the open tabs you have right now, you have two options: tap the square button that shows the number of open tabs, or gesture. The gesture is as simple as swipe down from the address bar.
One-touch menu options
It is debatable whether this is a gesture, but definitely a shortcut. A slightly faster way to access a Google Chrome menu option is not to press the ⋮ menu button, but rather swipe down and release your finger when menu option is selected
Another relatively unknown shortcut appears when creating a long press on the back button, which opens a small menu in which at the moment there are two options: open a new tab or view the full history.
Another quick menu
Likewise, if you make a long press on the open tabs button from Google Chrome, another useful quick menu will appear. There are three options here: close tab, new tab, and new incognito tab.
Close open tabs
Another way to close tabs, which is very useful if you have a lot of tabs open, is from the open tabs view. In her, drag a tab preview to the side until it disappears and closes. You have a few seconds to undo the close, in case you made a mistake.
This last gesture it’s totally useless, beyond entertaining you for a while as a Fidget spinner virtual. From the lash preview, if you insist on dragging upwards, after about three or four tries the lashes will flip in the air. Because? Because yes.