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Google Chrome for iPhone now lets you move the URL bar

Now, instead of playing thumb gymnastics to reach the top of your screen, you can simply glide your thumb down to the bottom.

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Google’s Chrome browser for iPhone is rolling out a new feature that’s all about giving your thumbs some much-needed R&R.

Now, you can move the address bar to the bottom of the screen, making it easier than ever to type in those URLs and search queries.

This change, which mirrors a design tweak in Apple’s Safari, combines the URL and toolbar buttons into one convenient bottom bar. It’s a small adjustment, but it could make a big difference to your browsing comfort.

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Android users, don’t feel left out. While this feature is currently only available on iPhones, if it proves popular, we might see it on Android devices in the future.

But Google isn’t stopping at relocating the address bar. They’ve also been fine-tuning other features in Chrome for iOS, including more accurate translation, better address detection, and personalized search suggestions.

Plus, they’ve added a handy 1×1 home screen widget for quick access to passwords.

How to move Google Chrome’s URL bar to the bottom of the screen on iPhone

Thankfully, there are a couple of ways of doing this, so we’ll show you both. Here’s how you can move the Chrome address bar to the bottom on your iPhone:

Option 1: The easiest way is to long-press the address bar in Chrome. This will bring up a popup menu. From this menu, select the option that says “Move address bar to bottom.”

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Option 2: If you’re more technically inclined, you can also change this setting through the flags menu in Chrome. To do this, enter the following into the address bar and tap Go: chrome://flags/#bottom-omnibox-steady-state. This will take you directly to the setting that controls the address bar placement.

Remember, this feature is currently only available on iPhones, so if you’re an Android user, you’ll have to wait a bit longer for this thumb-friendly update.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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