What are the best browsers for iOS?

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20 solutions
  1. 34

    #1Safari

    Safari

    Safari is a fast and energy efficient web browser for macOS and iOS devices developed by Apple based on the WebKit engine. It has a built-in privacy feature and works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices.

    Software

    Mac, iOS

    Free

    Albert Baker
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Safari is the go-to browser for iOS and it's one of the best browsers out there. I have it on both my iPhone and my iPad and it syncs between the two flawlessly. Even though Chrome is the big dog on the block, Safari is made by Apple, integrates well with its own devices, and that shows here. Plus it's based on the industry-standard Webkit, so it does everything Chrome does, and with cloud based session storage just like Chrome, there's no reason to use anything bu Safari on an Apple device."
  2. 30

    #2Mozilla Firefox

    Mozilla Firefox

    Mozilla Firefox is a web browser developed by Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corp. Compatible with Linux, macOS, Windows, Fire TV, and other operating systems, Firefox features private browsing, spell-checking, plugins, and so on.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Jose Howell
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Some people love Firefox, some love Chrome. I'm the latter. Firefox tends to be my backup browser, but I have it installed and it hasn't really done anything negative. It used to be my main before a huge memory leak problem a while back and simply never swapped back over."
  3. 28

    #3Google Chrome

    Google Chrome

    Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google LLC. Initially released as a browser for Windows, this freeware application was later on release for iOS, macOS, Linux, and Android. This also includes extensions and plugins.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Li Ma
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Google chrome is not just for android anymore. I enjoy my unique browsing experience that I get with chrome. I can switch devices and pick up right where I left off. This has saved me time and makes me more productive at both work or home."

DID YOU KNOW?

Despite the emergence of rival browsers, Safari still holds the crown as the best browser for iOS. Why? It is because of the integration of the iPhone and iPad's operating system with it. As restricting as it may sound, if you want to change your default browser for your iOS device, you can't. You cannot, because Safari is the native and proprietary web browser of Apple. By native, it means that Safari feels like a natural extension of the iPhone, its menus and settings. In fact, the Spotlight feature of Mac utilizes Safari to search on anything the user types. On a similar note, all external links found on Facebook or Twitter will open in Safari. When talking about security and private browsing, Safari has some restriction settings. This feature is for the parents who want to limit the websites their children could visit.

Yet, alternative web browsers for iPhone exist in the market. One great competitor is Google Chrome. While Apple takes pride that iOS devices are not prone to viruses, Google Chrome also stepped up its game. Thanks to Safe Browsing technology. Well, to be fair, almost all modern browsers use this technology. It works by checking a list of suspected phishing and malware sites. Google then checks the list of sites stored in your computer and finds a match. If there's any, a red warning page will appear to inform you that the page might harm your computer. Alongside the security feature is Chrome's some built-in quirks on iOS. This makes Chrome the best browser for cross-platform syncing. It has a built-in QR scanner, Google Now-support, a translator, and a friendly interface. In deciding which one is the fastest among them, Safari is still the winner.

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    #4iCab Mobile

    iCab Mobile

    iCab Mobile is a web browser for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It supports Tabs, has a download manager, can upload files, has a fullscreen mode and much more. It is also compatible with Dropbox, iCloud, Twitter, and other social networks.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Lawrence Washington
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Paying for a browser is ludicrous but I decided to take the plunge anyways to see what this browser offers. I am currently not impressed. This browser has so many features that doesn't work well on a phone. Who shares phone enough for multiuser to be useful for example? Overall, I find safari just far simpler and smoother in browsing experience to consider using iCab again. "
  2. 23

    #5Red Onion

    Red Onion

    Red Onion is a full-fledged Tor-powered browser that offers you a real solution, with multiple tabs, customizable start screen, built in ad-blocker, history, bookmarks, and much much more.

    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99

    Tammy Phillips
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Red Onion is a good browser for IOS, but there are others that do just as good if not a better job and are also free. I don't see a reason to pay for what Red Onion offers, the security measures and customization that they tout are hallmarks of many browsers these days. It's a good choice, but there are others if you don't want to spend the money."
  3. 21

    #6Brave Browser

    Brave Browser
    Brave Web Browser is a free web browser focused on ad blocking, security protection, data optimization and an enhanced battery experience for the user. It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices.
    Software

    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    Tyler Rose
    Written on November 5, 2018
    "While brave doesnt try to block every ad out there, this helps pretty much block very malicious ads. Safe browser for my kids when using the ipad."
  4. 20

    #7Firefox Quantum

    Firefox Quantum

    Firefox Quantum is a free, lightweight, web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop computers. It is capable of loading pages up to 44% faster with its built-in ad and script blocker, and secure private browsing.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Joseph Richardson
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "Well, there really are only two big things worth using these days. I was looking for a solution to stop using Chrome after some questionable decisions google made politically. Firefox is a wonderful replacement, I daresay it even runs better!"
  5. 19

    #8Ghostery

    Ghostery

    Ghostery is a private and security-related browser extension and mobile browser application developed by David Cancel. It aims to help users spot and block advertisements from a webpage.

    Apps

    Web, Chrome Browser Extension, Firefox Browser Extension, Opera Browser Extension, Android, iOS

    Free

    Louis Fuller
    Written on November 16, 2018
    "This is great. Custom settings to set exactly what type of privacy your comfortable with when browsing. Easy to use and lag free."
  6. 18

    #9Maxthon

    Maxthon

    Maxthon Browser is a free web browser released in 2005 for Windows, Mac, and more. It features built-in note-taking took, password manager, email addresses manager, ad blocker, night mode, multi-tab management, and so on.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Jacob Long
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "I wanted a different browser due to Safari and Chrome having their bad elements. With the ability to go incognito and as well support Flash, Maxthon was the best alternative out there. Seamless to download and does not clog up run time, this is a must have "
  7. 17

    #10Onion Browser

    Onion Browser

    Onion Browser is the original open-source Tor-powered browser for iOS which helps you to access the internet with more safety and privacy. It is available on different platforms such as Windows, Mac, and iOS. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Gloria Morales
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Tor is the best browser for iOS if you are concerned about your privacy and the safety of your information. Tor's network is run on volunteer-operated servers & they have the users best interest in mind. You should use this browser if you want to keep websites from tracking you."
  8. 15

    #11UC Browser

    UC Browser

    UC Browser is a web browser that enhances download speeds and helps you to save data when you access data consuming sites like Facebook or when you are consuming videos. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Larry Bell
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "I've used a lot of browsers for iOS and the best I have found is UC Browser. It's pretty similar to everything else out there but it also has a built in ad-blocker which is really nice. You should try it out"
  9. 13

    #12Puffin Web Browser

    Puffin Web Browser

    Puffin Web Browser is a mobile browsing app created by CloudMosa, Inc. It offers cloud protection for safe browsing, regularly updated Flash player, and bandwidth management. Only works in US.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Joan Fuller
    Written on October 12, 2017
    "Can not help but mention Puffin Web Browser "Most of the great technology and design that this application uses are inherited from the browser on the computer platform, good security support, data synchronization, Many add-ons enhance the user experience."
  10. 13

    #13Photon

    Photon

    Photon is one of the few browsers for iOS that can handle Flash Player. In fact, Photon offers one of the best Flash playbacks you will be able to find on the App Store. 

    Apps

    iOS

    $3.99

    Frank Schmidt
    Written on December 2, 2017
    "Finally! A browser for ios that can use flash player! On top of that, it's a great functional browser for day to day web use. It works better than safari on streaming quality as well."
  11. 8

    #14Dolphin Browser

    Dolphin Browser

    Dolphin Browser is a lightweight web browser with a built-in Flash Player and an AdBlocker. It also features fast downloading, private browsing, and voice-operated commands which is available for Android and iOS.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Chirag Pawar
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "This browser just didn't fit what I was looking for. It tends to crash constantly and is not up to par with what I am used to. It tends to crash a little too much and does not really get the job done the way that it is supposed to. Upon typing in my favorite site, it displays an error and just crashes my IOS phone. In my honest opinion this is how it tends to mess up overall"
  12. 6

    #15Opera

    Opera

    Opera is a web browser developed by Opera Software AS. Featuring a built-in ad blocker and VPN, this free browser is compatible with Linux, Mac, and Windows computers. Opera is also available as a USB portable browser.

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Heather Phillips
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "I used Opera when it first came out and thought it was alright but it quickly fell behind other browsers in performance and speed. Recently I decided to give it another try and I could not be happier. It is lightning fast and has features other browsers don't."
  13. 5

    #16Opera Mini

    Opera Mini

    Opera Mini is a lightweight browsing app for Android and iOS devices created by Opera Software AS. Its features include blocking ads, saving data, unlimited tabs, private browsing, night mode, and video boost.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Phillip Miller
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "I have limited data on my phone and I have used many browsers to figure out which one is the best and Opera Mini by far saved me the most data. Opera mini has big advantage in sense that it uses a compression technology to save your data and lower the image quality. Great little browsers and super fast for me I recommend Opera Mini for your Apple devices. Opera Mini has saved me countless times data and I have never went over my cap since I have been using this little browser."
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    #17APUS Browser

    APUS Browser

    APUS browser is the best performing web browser for low-end smartphones. The mobile web browser is great for daily needs and nothing else which is available on Android devices.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Victoria Obrien
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "APUS browser is an internet browser app that is available on both Android and iOS that is designed for optimal performance on lower-tier smartphones. It seems like a good choice for anyone aiming to speed up their phone."
  15. 2

    #18Mercury Browser

    Mercury Browser

    Mercury Browser has a rich set of features such as ad-blocker, tabbed browsing, gesture controls, and private mode browsing. It is available on Android and iOS devices. 

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Apps

    Abhinav Chattopadhyay
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "A great mobile browser. It's not my first choice, but it's very well made and it's plugins are easier to access than most other browsers. This would be my choice if I personally didn't like firefox as much as I do."
  16. 0

    #19Microsoft Edge

    Microsoft Edge

    Microsoft Edge is a browser built for Windows 10, Windows Mobile and Xbox One. Edge is faster, safer & gives you longer battery life. Stream 4K & take notes on web pages. 

    Software

    Windows, Android, iOS

    Free

    Ashley Fields
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "Didn't know that Microsoft Edge is also available as an iPhone web browser. Might as well try it. 😉"
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    #20Endless Browser

    Endless Browser

    Endless Browser is an app developed by Superblock in 2014. Available on iOS, it features automatic blocking of pop-up ads, integrated HTTPS Everywhere and disables SSLv2 by default. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Nicole Cunningham
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "Endless Browser was pretty fast compared to other browsers for iOS. I like the tight security feature of it. 👍"

Summary

Best What are the best browsers for iOS
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1SafariSoftware 34 Free
2Mozilla FirefoxSoftware 30 Free
3Google ChromeSoftware 28 Free
4iCab MobileApps 24 Free
5Red OnionApps 23 Paid
6Brave BrowserSoftware 21 Free
7Firefox QuantumSoftware 20 Free
8GhosteryApps 19 Free
9MaxthonSoftware 18 Free
10Onion BrowserSoftware 17 Free
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