Browse with tabs

This article applies to Chrome for Mobile.

Browse multiple web pages on different tabs in Chrome. Use the New Tab page to quickly access your favourite sites.

Tabs on phones

Open a new tab

Touch Menu > New tab.

The New Tab page

The following sections appear on new tabs to help you get to the page that you want quickly.

Android icon iOS icon What it means
Most Visited. Snapshots of the web pages that you visit the most are shown here. Just touch a snapshot to visit the site.
Bookmarks. Icons for sites that you've bookmarked are listed here. Touch a bookmark icon to visit the site.
Other devices. Chrome tabs that are opened on other devices are shown here. Touch a page icon to open the same tab on your device. Note: You must be signed in to Chrome to sync your open tabs across devices.

Note: You can touch and hold items in the Most Visited and Bookmarks section to edit them. It can take up to 15 seconds for open tabs to refresh on other devices.

Work with tabs

Open an Incognito tab (browse in private)

Touch Menu > New Incognito tab. When browsing in the incognito mode, your browsing history, cookies and cache are automatically cleared once you've closed all your incognito tabs. You still have access to your usual bookmarks and omnibox predictions. Changes that you've made to your bookmarks are saved.

Switch in and out of Incognito mode

  1. Touch the tab switcher icon .
  2. Swipe from right to left to bring Incognito tabs to the front.

    Swipe from left to right to return to other tabs.

Jump to another tab

Choose from a list of all your tabs:

  • Android and iOS: Touch the tab switcher icon . > Scroll vertically and touch the tab to which you want to switch.
  • Android only: Touch the toolbar and drag vertically to view all of your open tabs.

You can also swipe to switch tabs:

  • Android: Swipe horizontally across the top toolbar to go to the next tab in the list.
  • iOS: Swipe horizontally from the edge of the screen to go to the next tab in the list.

Close your tabs

  • Close a single tab. Touch the tab switcher icon and touch the X at the upper-right-hand corner of the tab. Or swipe the tab to the left or right to close it.
  • Close all tabs. Touch the tab switcher icon , then Menu > Close all tabs.
Some gestures used to switch between and work with tabs are not available on devices with limited memory, such as those with less than 1 GB of RAM.

Tabs on Tablets

Open a new tab

Touch to open a new tab.

The New Tab page

The following sections appear on new tabs to help you get to the page that you want quickly.

Most Visited. Snapshots of the web pages that you visit the most are shown here. Just touch a snapshot to visit the site.

Bookmarks. Icons for sites that you've bookmarked are listed here. Touch a bookmark icon to visit the site.

Other devices. Chrome tabs that are opened on other devices are shown here. Touch a page icon to open the same tab on your device. Note: You must be signed in to Chrome to sync your open tabs across devices.

Note: You can touch and hold items in the Most Visited and Bookmarks section to edit them. It can take up to 15 seconds for open tabs to refresh on other devices.

Work with tabs

Reorder tabs

  1. Touch and hold the tab that you want to move.
  2. When other tabs are greyed out, drag the tab to a different position.

Alternatively, you can touch and swipe down the tab that you want to move. Then drag the tab to a different position.

Close a tab

Touch X to close the tab.

Browse in private mode with Incognito tabs

Open an Incognito tab

Touch Menu > New Incognito tab. When browsing in Incognito mode, your browsing history, cookies and cache are automatically cleared once you've closed all your Incognito tabs. You still have access to your usual bookmarks and omnibox predictions. Changes that you've made to your bookmarks are saved.

Switch in and out of Incognito mode

  • Touch the tab switcher icon tab switcher to change in or out of incognito mode.

The information below applies to Chrome for Android only.

Homepage

You may see a Home button on your browser toolbar that takes you to your mobile operator's website.

To remove the Home button touch the Chrome menu > Settings > (Basics) Show Home button > slide the switch to the OFF position.

The information below applies to Chrome for iOS only.

Incognito* tabs

Due to platform limitation, regular and Incognito* tabs share HTML5 local storage, which is typically used by sites to store files on your device (client-side caching) or to provide offline functionality. This means that the same sites can always access their data in this storage in both regular and incognito* tabs. Incognito* tabs will still keep browsing history and cookies separate from regular tabs, which are cleared once those tabs are closed.