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6 great Google Chrome gestures for Android and iOS

Ben Patterson | May 25, 2015
With Chrome on your phone, there's no need to dig through menus or take aim at tiny buttons to make the most of your tabs and webpages.

With Chrome on your phone, there's no need to dig through menus or take aim at tiny buttons to make the most of your tabs and webpages.

Instead, just swipe, flick, tap and hold, or tap and pull to open a new tab, close one you don't need anymore, copy an interesting URL to the clipboard, reveal all your tabs, and more.

Read on for 6 gotta-know Google Chrome gestures, starting with...

1. Tap and pull to reveal all your tabs (Android only)

For a bird's-eye view of all your open tabs, one option is to tap the square "Tabs" button in the top-right corner of the browser window.

There's also another, easier way: Just tap and hold the address bar (the one with the webpage's URL), then pull it down.

When you do, all your open tabs will slide into view. Just tap a tab to select it.

Bonus tip: If you turn your phone sideways in the "all tabs" view, your open tabs will display onscreen horizontally rather than vertically.

2. Swipe to close a tab (Android and iOS)

So, all your open tabs are now in plain view. To close some of them, you could tap the tiny "x" in the top-right corner of the tab, but (again) there's a better way.

Just flick any unwanted tabs away — left to right or right to left, whichever way you like. (That's opposed to Safari for iOS, which lets you flick only one way to close an open tab).

3. Swipe to cycle through your open tabs (Android and iOS)

Seeing all your open tabs at once is one thing, but what if you'd rather switch from one tab to the next without bothering with the bird's-eye view? No problem.

On an Android phone, just flick the address bar one way or another. When you do, Chrome will switch to the next open tab. Keep flicking to cycle through all your tabs, one at a time.

On an iPhone, instead of flicking the address bar, go to the webpage itself and swipe in from the left or right side of the screen. (It's a gesture that could be a bit confusing for Safari users, given that swiping in from the side of the screen in Safari for iOS will either go back or forward a page within a given tab.)

4. Tap and hold the address bar to copy a URL to the clipboard (Android only)

There are a couple of ways to copy a URL on an Android device.

Method one: You can tap the menu button in the top-right corner of the page, select Share, then tap "Copy to clipboard."

 

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