5 Must Have Add-Ons For The Dolphin Browser On Your Android Honeycomb Tablet

Tina Sieber 25-10-2011

dolphin android browserDolphin Browser HD is one of the most popular browsers for Google Android, a fast browser that sports a clean interface and provides quick and easy access to full screen mode.


Dolphin supports tabs, bookmarks, and you can add favorite pages to the Speed Dial tiles, which are shown on every New Tab. While browsing with just the plain features is fine, there remains plenty of room for improvement. A variety of add-ons fill this space by offering cool extra features. This article covers five must have add-ons that will enrich your browsing experience with Dolphin.

Desktop Toggle

When browsing on a tablet, you will notice that many websites automatically load their mobile versions. While these page versions often load faster and are easier to browse, they may also lack features or impose screen size restrictions on you that are not necessary on a tablet. Desktop Toggle allows you to switch between the mobile and the desktop view of a website, granting you access to the best of both worlds.

To access the toggle button, swipe your browser window to the left, which will open the right-hand menu bar. Touch the button to switch between mobile and desktop version of the respective website.

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Tab Switcher

Per default, the Dolphin Browser switches to full screen mode when browsing websites. It provides temporary access to menus on the sides and tabs on top only by swiping them open. When you’re in the middle of a website and want to quickly switch to another tab, you have to scroll all the way up in order to view your open tabs. The Tab Switcher add-on solves this dilemma and makes it a lot more convenient to switch between tabs.

Click the right-hand menu button  (swipe browser window to the left) and switch to open tabs left and right via the respective bar. The green dots in each bar indicate the amount of tabs open on each side.

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Speed Dial

Dolphin supports bookmarks and you can access them through the left-hand menu by swiping the browser window to the right. You can also add bookmark tiles to the ‘Speed Dial’ section shown when opening a new tab. The Speed Dials add-on adds some extra convenience for when you want to open a favorite bookmark into an open tab. You can access the Speed Dial menu through the right-hand sidebar.


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Read Later

Read Later is Dolphin’s add-on for the popular Read it Later service.

After installing the add-on, the icon will sit in the right-hand menu. Sign in or create an account to start saving articles and webpages you want to read later. Once you want to park an article for later reading, click the icon in the sidebar. This will open your present reading list. Click > Save current URL in the bottom right to add the article you are viewing.

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Tab History

This add-on, which is accessible through the right-hand menu, stores the history for each tab, allowing you to return to a previous website. Note that the information is tab-based and hence the history of the respective tab is lost when you close that tab.

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What other add-ons are you using on your Dolphin Browser?


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  1. Illiterate Nigga
    February 13, 2016 at 11:22 am


  2. Anonymous
    January 18, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Your app sucks! It's the worst mobile web browser in the world! It could be the best! Though, if the app can't stay open for more than a few minutes at a time, locks up OFTEN, & no matter what you do it won't bring up your last browsing session most of the time (even though it's set to do so); then it isn't worth crap! The only reason I continue to use it, is because you can open more tabs on it than any other mobile browser on a Android.

    • Illiterate Nigga
      February 13, 2016 at 11:25 am

      The Truth exactly. Never thought id hear it.

  3. H KB
    October 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    kinda off topic but, is it possible that the Dolphin mini uses less battery than the HD??
    I tried it and I did feel that HD drains battery a little bit faster.
    Is there any out without lowest impact on battery??

    • Tina
      October 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      To be honest, I really don't know. I never used the Dolphin Mini.

  4. RagManX
    October 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    In addition to using Tab Switcher or scrolling all the way up to the top of your page, you can just hit the menu button, select the tab you want, then hit menu again to make the tabs go away. I used to use Tab Switcher, but found the menu key even more usable than "Swipe, tap Tab Switcher, tap side-to-side looking for the tab."

    • Tina
      October 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks for the tip, RagMan!
      That is indeed easier and faster if you want to switch to one specific tab.

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2011 at 9:15 am

      Good to know!