What’s the Fastest Android Browser? 7 Top Apps Ranked
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The Google Play Store features a ton of browser apps in fierce competition to become your default mobile browser. This has forced developers to bundle a host of unique features and fresh designs in their offerings.

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But when you’re browsing the web for work, the factor that matters most is how quickly the app can load pages. Thus, we’ve decided to pit the top mobile browsers against each other to see which is the fastest. Here’s what we found.

How We Conducted the Tests

To offer an unbiased perspective, we ran a standard web benchmark test called Basemark across several mobile browsers. Basemark 3.0 is a platform-independent service which examines browsers’ ability to handle modern web applications and features.

It also includes graphical evaluations and is compatible with all major new standards and technologies. Additionally, there are stress tests for understanding how efficiently a particular platform will render a resource-intensive website. For our purposes, just know that a higher score is better.

We took a few additional measures to ensure fair testing. We closed all background apps and active tabs, plus disabled settings such as ad-blocking or data saver if available. All the tests executed based on every browser’s latest stable version on a Google Pixel 3 running Android Q.

1. Google Chrome

Google Chrome, Android’s premier browser which comes preinstalled on nearly all phones, managed to score a 306.21. The app comes with most standard utilities you’d expect from a modern browser such as cross-platform sync, data saver, various settings for a more private experience, and more.

Download: Google Chrome (Free)

2. Opera

At 256.85, Opera produced a markedly lower outcome than Google Chrome. It’s worth noting that both the browsers are powered by the same Blink engine. Plus, Opera ships with more built-in features like an ad-blocker, night mode, and a crypto wallet. These are just a few of the tricks hidden in Opera’s mobile browser 10 Essential Tips and Tricks for Opera's Mobile Browser 10 Essential Tips and Tricks for Opera's Mobile Browser Opera is a great browser for both Android and iOS users. Here are some must-know features of Opera's mobile browser. Read More .

Opera also offers a wide range of alternate browsers for showing experimental interfaces or targeting a specific set of users. Opera Touch, for instance, has gesture-based navigation which is ideal if you struggle with browsing on big phones. Another one called Opera Mini is for people with underpowered devices and slower connections.

Download: Opera (Free)

3. Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla’s primary Firefox browser is built on top of the Gecko engine, and got a much lower 192.71 in the test. In spite of this, Mozilla Firefox’s speed is on par with the rest on this list. The only aspects where you will notice considerable lag is when you’re buffering a video or browsing a demanding website.

Apart from that, Firefox’s smartphone counterpart promises a more secure experience with settings to cleverly ward off trackers and cookies. It’s even compatible with add-ons and has a modern aesthetic.

Like Opera, there are a few other branches of Firefox you can try. Firefox Focus is a privacy-focused app with no browsing history, tabs, lists of your most-visited websites, or other features that display info about your browsing.

Download: Mozilla Firefox (Free)

4. Brave Browser

Since Brave Browser blocks all advertisements, trackers, and scripts by default, we ran the test both with and without these blockers enabled. As it turns out, there wasn’t much difference between the two.

With the shields turned off, Brave scored 226.36. When enabled, its score was 237.81. For the uninitiated, Brave Browser takes a rather unorthodox approach to online experience and replaces the contextual advertisements you encounter with its own that don’t follow you everywhere. To learn more, check out our introduction to Brave.

Download: Brave Browser (Free)

5. Samsung Internet Browser

Samsung’s own browser (which works on non-Samsung phones as well) deserves a place on this roundup. It’s feature-rich, performs well, has a night mode, and packs a series of nifty, standout additions. In the Basemark evaluation, it scored a 175.

One of the reasons why some browsers feel snappier in real usage than in benchmarks is that they compress the pages in your everyday browsing sessions. Conversely, testing platforms assess them in the most challenging conditions.

Download: Samsung Internet Browser (Free)

6. Kiwi Browser

Kiwi browser, which bills itself as a no-frills lightweight app, ended up with the worst score of 148.24. But Kiwi isn’t meant to be the most powerful platform. For day-to-day tasks, it fetches web pages quicker than others.

On top of that, you’ll find a ton of handy features for making your experience even more comfortable. For instance, there’s a reachability mode which pulls down the entire page so that you can easily interact with it on larger phones.

Download: Kiwi Browser (Free)

7. Via Browser

Via, a browser which is under a single megabyte (at just 890KB), fulfilled its “fast and light” claims with a healthy score of 223.31. What’s more, Via Browser houses a minimalistic, fresh design and checks all the essential boxes, including a dark theme.

Download: Via Browser (Free)

Or Maybe You’d Like to Try a Unique Android Browser

So now we have some hard data to show which Android browser is fastest. Google Chrome is still the king, at least on paper and as far as extremes are concerned. Opera stands at second and still offers a much wider set of features than Chrome. The ones intended as lightweight browsers, as expected, secured the bottom spots.

But in reality, you don’t need a ton of raw power. Instead, you could go for something unique and more thoughtful. Have a look at some unique Android browsers you should try 7 Unique Android Browsers That Offer Something Special 7 Unique Android Browsers That Offer Something Special If you're unsatisfied with your Android web browser, check out these alternative Android browsers with awesome features. Read More .

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  1. M Amin R Neo
    March 30, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Microsoft Edge is the fastest. Try it.

  2. glen
    January 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    try Via Browser, the fastest I've tried

    • Laszlo Tihanyi
      December 11, 2017 at 4:21 am

      I agree and like many other things from Via, especially the easy way to Translate pages

  3. Tushar Shah
    November 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Why not tested UC Browser
    &
    Now a days VC BROWSER id FASTER THEN UC Browser.

    VC browser works very fast even in 2G Network.

    • Doc
      March 27, 2019 at 5:50 pm

      UC Browser has been known to be vulnerable to "man in the middle" attacks.
      Also, it's THAN, not THEN...THEN means "at that time," THAN compares things.

  4. droid user
    September 26, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Yandex is the fastest mobile browser on the market. You should test it nothing can compare to the speed of Yandex. Even when your network is limited to specific speeds it can load sites 10x faster.

  5. Jon P
    July 25, 2016 at 12:17 am

    I like SRIron as it does not track you lie Chrome does and it is just as fast. I use it on the desktop as well.

    • Ayush
      August 15, 2016 at 4:34 am

      Dr Mr please be informed that "SR Iron" and privacy protection is a hoax. Never use their products either on desktop or on android phone. Their are evidences which suggest it hardly does anything to protect your privacy, but rather collects your private information.

  6. asdf
    March 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    test the AdBlock browser

  7. IamShemul
    March 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Fast thing is comparative. Also need to consider the net connection and phone hardware capacity. I prefered dolphin, now testing Maxthon.

  8. Larry C
    August 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    test CM Browser

    • sabrina
      February 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      CM browser is good and fast i like it

  9. Jon
    June 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Google chrome runs great on my transformer tablet, but skyrockets the temperature on my HTC phone.

  10. Antonio N
    June 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Chrome is still my favorite browser... Having said that I've not used Opera at all so I can't give a definite answer. I'd stay away from IE if possible. Can't believe Microsoft still hasn't made it right.

  11. cristi
    June 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I am using Dolphin, because my 512mb ram phone gets killed with Chrome running.... chrome uses extremely much ram on my PC also, but on my phone it also takes to much time until it starts up... whereas Dolphin takes 1 second.
    So for phones that don't have 1-2-3gb of ram...i think chrome is really not a good solution

  12. glen
    May 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Opera mini was always the best for me , but I just switched to the new CM (clean master) Browser, it is excellent...try it!

    • Mark
      February 6, 2015 at 3:41 am

      I agree, I have been using CM Browser for 3 months and it is amazing

  13. Jon S
    May 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Hello.
    @"Susendeep D"
    Many thanks for the extension inf—just what I've been looking for.

    Have a GREAT day, Neighbors!

  14. Ankit
    May 31, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Chrome might lead on performance, but on usabilty its way behind. There are tons of browsers that will fare better.

  15. Andy
    May 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

    The fastest mobile browsers are those that have server side compression. That would include Opera mini, which, for whatever reason is much faster than Opera Mobile with Turbo. There are other browser that claim to do that including UC Browser, but I have not tested them.

    Of course, there are trade-offs, but if you are talking speed, your list is missing the fastest ones.

    • Tushar Shah
      November 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      U R Right, UC Browser is fast then Chrom, Opera Mini & Others
      & now a dasy I had been testing VC BROWSER is even FASTER then UC Browser.

      Please test it guys & let me know. I am getting amazing speed even on 2G NETWORK.

  16. vishal kumar ram
    May 30, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    you left boat browser this list is dam useless and taking about crome that is worst one and hell god sake don't include stock browser

  17. Deen.desperado
    May 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    May not hold true for everybody but Dolphin with Jetpack enabled does feel faster than Chrome on my Nexus 4.

  18. platform
    May 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    None are. Android itself is a laggy mess. I switched to Windows Phone and never looking back.

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2014 at 6:25 am

      agreed

  19. Adrian
    May 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I love firefox on the desktop. It works reasonably well on my tablet but keeps having problems playing videos. So I find myself going back to Chrome. Bummer.

  20. Dann A
    May 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Very interesting results! I use Dolphin (without Jetpack, though that'll change now), and I never noticed it being that much slower than Chrome. I'd be really interested to see how it stacks up with the add-on enabled. Also, I'd really like to see these results for iOS as well!

  21. Scott H
    May 30, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    It depends on how your browser or internet setup using setting. I've got my fast and instant by turning the encoding to automatic and turning rss update off and auto delete data so clear cache and cookies and id/passwords save and database and to reject all cookie and hide ads also make it fast plus turn off google suggestions off and set default memory to microsd card that a class 10 ultra and that speed up response time and search fast because it do not need to load any ad and the google suggestions up so that make it faster and thing a lot more cleaner on websites. I alway find that useful and help speed things up.

    • Scott H
      May 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Im getting webkit 534 on my one using a old samsung wave s8500 which is using dolfin browser v3.0 and it opensource

  22. likefunbutnot
    May 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Firefox has adblock plus and, unlike mobile Chrome, renders data the same way on mobile and desktop versions. I think it's a better overall product.

    • DutchPete
      May 30, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Firefox may be better than Chrome but it is not the fastest in an Android environment, neither is Chrome.

    • Ed
      May 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Unfortunately, Firefox does not render (desktop mode, not mobile) web-based email like Yahoo, Zoho, etc... the way it does on the desktop.

      Actually, no Android browser is capable of properly rendering most desktop mode web-based email sites. I don't know why this is (since these browsers use the same engines as the desktop - Gecko, Blink, or web kit), but Firefox is no exception unfortunately.

    • Susendeep D
      May 31, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Ed,

      why not use phony extension.It allows you to set Firefox desktop as a user agent and hence will allow you to load desktop sites.

  23. DutchPete
    May 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I find it hard to believe these results. While I use Firefox as my default browser on my laptop, I found it unacceptably slow on my S3. Chrome I also found unacceptably slow, even though it is pretty fast as a desktop version.
    I tried several Android browsers: Dolphin with Jetpack, which I thought was fast, until I discovered Puffin, which I found to be faster. But the fastest so far is Habit & I am sticking with it.