10+ Best Google Chrome Alternatives

It has been almost ten years since Google launched Google Chrome and the browser has taken over the world by becoming one of the most used browsers in the world. Back in May 2018, the browser has captured over 77% market share.

Also, the second biggest browser in the world, the Mozilla Firefox has just 11% market share. That is enough data to show the dominance that the Google Chrome has to exert in the browser space.

That being said, while it is the most used web browser at work, it’s not flawless as it too has its fair share of problems. By far, the major problem with Chrome is that it is too resource heavy. That is, open a few tabs in Chrome browser and if your machine has less than 8 GB of RAM, you’ll notice what I am talking about.

And secondly, what concerns me most is the issue of privacy that comes with using Google Chrome. Everyone knows that Google is a giant in the data collection industry, and as such, chrome users are signing over their entire web data to Google.

But if for these reasons or some reason of yours, you would like to switch from Google Chrome then you have reached the right place. I will be sharing with you in this article the best 10 Google Chrome alternatives that you can use to surf the internet:

Best Google Chrome Alternatives You Can Use

Mozilla Firefox Quantum

Mozilla Firefox Quantum

There was a time when Google Chrome had clear speed advantages over other browsers and then it was difficult to recommend any other browser despite its faults. Now, that is not the case anymore.

With the launch of Firefox Quantum, the popular Firefox browser has become as speedy as Google Chrome, even surpassing it in specific metrics. Firefox Quantum has been built from scratch with a new and powerful engine which brings about a quick performance.

This means that users will experience faster and better loading times with less consumption of computer memory. Firefox has also solved one of the most significant problems we encounter while using the Google Chrome browser which is the memory usage.

The Firefox Quantum is very light on resources, and even after opening a dozen tabs at a time, you won’t feel any noticeable system slowdown. As for Firefox, the new browser consumes 30% less memory than its counterpart Google Chrome, and while I can’t attest to that number, I have noticed significant improvements.

Firefox has also brought improvements to the private browsing experience. The browser will not only delete all your data after your private browsing session ends but will go another length also to block online trackers which chase you across different websites to serve you ads.

If you’re looking for a Chrome alternative and have not yet used Firefox for a while, I compel you to give it a chance, and I am sure you won’t go back.

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Compatibility: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS

Opera

Opera

Here is another excellent alternative to Google Chrome which is the opera browser. This browser is based on the same chromium architecture which Google Chrome uses. What it means is that you will find many features in the opera browser quite similar to the Google Chrome. That is for sure a good thing as even longtime Chrome users will feel right at home using the opera.

Apart from exporting similar features from Chrome, opera brings its own set of features which makes it unique. My favourite opera feature is the built-in unlimited VPN tool. This tool is not only great when it comes to unlocking region locked content, but it also helps in protecting your privacy by marking your IP address.

Opera also comes with built-in ad-blocker, this allows you to surf the internet without seeing any ads. Another great feature of opera is the opera Turbo Mode which when enabled compresses all the data. This feature not only results in faster load times but also less usage of data making it perfect for users with limited internet data connections. There is also a battery saver mode which causes the browser to consume less battery power thereby giving you up to 50% more battery life.

As you can see, there is a lot of features which can come in handy, and you should consider opera if you are looking for a Chrome alternative.

Compatibility: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS

Tor Browser

Tor Browser

If you are a lover of the web and you value your privacy over everything else, then Tor Browser is just for you. As mentioned in the introduction of this article, one of my major personal concern about using the Google Chrome browser is its data collection policies. But with Tor Browser you don’t have to worry about such related problems.

When you are using Tor Browser, your footsteps on the web are hidden, enabling anyone to track your data, and you can browse the internet entirely anonymously. The Tor browser achieves this by re-routing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.

This means that if somebody is watching your internet connection, they won’t be able to learn your whereabouts on the web. Not only that, but the browser can also prevent the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it allows you to access sites which are blocked in your region. Tor Browser is also the browser which enables you to access the Deep Web, but that is not something I recommend that you do if you don’t have any knowledge about it.

Stay tuned with my post because I will be writing about both Deep Web and Dark Web. That said, remember accessing the Deep and Dark Web is at your own risk. The bottom line here is that browsing anonymously, and there is no better browser out there than Tor.

Compatibility: Windows, macOS, Linux

Vivaldi Browser

vivaldi browser

Although Google Chrome is customizable, its customizability has limits. If you’re on the lookout for a browser which can be customised to look and behave the way you want it to, then you should be using the Vivaldi. The browser has become popular in the recent months as it brings a lot of customizability features that no other browser offers. For beginners, you can use ultra-customizable themes to give your browser a look that is uniquely yours.

And not only that, you can even create a schedule to change your browser’s theme throughout the day. It also comes with an editable sidebar which allows users to add any website as they like. Whether it is your favourite chat apps, news sites, or social feeds, you can add as many websites as you want. You can even rearrange those websites position by using a simple drag and drop tool.

One of the great features of Vivaldi is its adaptive interface. The browser picks up the main colour of the site you are viewing and uses it as an accent colour. Other features of Vivaldi include the ability to save open tabs as sessions, excellent keyboard shortcuts, a built-in fully functional notes extension and mouse gestures for navigation, and so much more. The browser also comes with extra security for its users as it never collects or tracks user data.

Vivaldi also works on end-to-end encryption of your data while synchronising across devices which supposed to release soon. And finally, I like this browser, and if you want a browser that gives you control over its looks and behaviour, you certainly should use it.

Compatibility: Windows, macOS, Linux

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

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If you are a proud Windows user and have not gotten over Internet Explorer’s debacle to give Microsoft Edge a try, it is time you rethink your decision. Microsoft Edge is a speedy and fast browser which brings a great browsing experience. It also brings some unique features which are not found in Chrome. One of the great features of Microsoft Edge is that it allows you to read both PDF files and eBooks. Not only that, you can even annotate on PDG using its built-in tools. If you have a Windows device that supports pen input, you can use that to annotate your PDFs too.

The browser also allows users to store favourite websites right in the Windows 10 taskbar. That makes it very easy for you when you want to access sites instantly. But one of the drawbacks of using Microsoft Edge in the past was lack of extension support. Though, that is not the case with the Microsoft Edge because it supports extension. While its extensions store is no closer as big as Chrome’s, you’ll be able to find most of the popular extensions here.

To crown it all up, I love Microsoft Edge as it brings a clean user interface which is very user-friendly with a fast browsing experience. So if you have not used it in a while, it is time to go back again to it.

Compatibility: Windows, Android, iOS

Torch Browser

Torch Browser

If you are that type of person that love downloading media from the internet and is always looking for software that can help you download everything you want without the help of third-party software? Well, that is what Torch Browser does, and it is very good at it. The browser which comes with a built-in media grabber tool which gives you a download button close to videos hosted on any website allowing you to download the media for offline consumption easily.

One of the best thing about this browser is that it comes with a built-in media player to enable the users to play the videos which have been fully downloaded. Also, it brings built-in support for torrent allowing the users to download torrent files without needing any ‘third-party’ software. The Torch browser also comes with a music extension which allows users to listen to their favourite music without paying a dime. Finally, there is a game extension which will enable users to play games powered by the browser for free.

The Torch Browser is the best browser for fun and entertainment and a worthy alternative to Chrome for media lovers out there.

Compatibility: Windows, macOS

Safari

safari Browser

If you use a macOS or iOS devices, Safari is the best Chrome alternative for you. Not only that the browser is fast, but it’s also pretty secure. Over the last few years, Apple has worked on user privacy features, and that has turned Safari into heaven for privacy-concerned users.

First, Safari automatically blocks ad trackers from following you along different websites thereby preventing their efforts to access your browsing pattern. It means that whenever you search for shoes on Amazon, you won’t be seeing ads for shoes for the next couple of days.

Safari browser also blocks videos from auto-playing on websites. We all hate sites that keep auto-play videos on their websites as it takes away the control from its users. But with Safari, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. One of the features you will find interesting is its reading mode which when activated removes all the distractions and lets you read articles in a clean user interface. If you want, you can save materials for offline purposes. This feature feels so unique and useful on iPhone as you won’t have to waste your data to read articles.

Safari is very fast, has a clean user interface, and synchronise amazingly well across devices which makes it one of the best Chrome alternatives that you can get out there.

Compatibility: iOS, macOS

Epic Privacy Browser

epic browser

Epic Privacy Browser is another Chrome alternative that mostly focuses on the privacy of its users. It includes built-in protection against thousands of tracking cookies, tracking scripts and other tracking agents, ad networks, lousy malvertising cryptocurrency mining scripts and third-party widgets.

As for their website, on the average, the browser is blocking more than 600 trackers in a single browsing session. That number on its own should make you fear a browser like Chrome which doesn’t come with any ad track blocking features.

One of the significant features of the Epic Privacy Browser is its one-click encryption tool which hides your IP address and encrypts your browsing once activated. The best part of it is that even DNS requests are routed through the encrypted proxy. This protects your browsing history from your Internet Service Provider (ISP), data collectors, your employer, your government and other network spies.

If you want to break free from all those annoying trackers which track you across websites and collect data on you, this browser is just what you need right now.

Compatibility: Windows, macOS

Chromium

chromium browser

Chromium is an ‘open-source’ browser project that aims to build a faster, safer, and even a more stable way for its users to experience the web. If you’ve never heard of it before now, you will be surprised to know that most of your favourite browsers are running Chromium including Google Chrome and Opera.

But what differentiates chromium from browsers like Opera and Google Chrome? It’s the fact that it is an open-source project, so potentially anybody cab reviews its source code. Chromium is also the go-to browser for many of the Linux distributions as they only support open-source projects. Chromium browser is even more private than Google Chrome as it does not collect user data.

Finally, if you are using the extension store, you will be given some information to the developers of the extensions. So if you love Chrome but want its open source alternative, chromium is the best alternative for you.

Compatibility: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android

Slimjet

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Slimjet

If you are tired of seeing numerous ads when surfing the internet, then Slimjet is a Chrome alternative for you. The browser automatically blocks all ads and ad-tracking scripts which hunts you across websites.

The browser itself is based on the same open-source Chromium project which Chrome uses, although it does not send your data back to Google. Slimjet is also equipped with the most advanced anti-tracking technology to stop various attempts to invade on your privacy.

It also brings protection against malware and phishing, advanced privacy control options, robust sandboxed, and multi-process architecture. There is also a built0in high-speed download manager which can download multiple files at once without altering the overall internet speed. If none of the above alternative browsers meets your needs, you should check Slimjet browser out.

Compatibility: Windows, macOS, Linux

That concludes our list of the best Chrome alternatives that you can use. Although I have tried to include browsers which should meet the needs of most users surfing the internet. Check these browsers out and let me know which your favourite Chrome alternatives are amongst the list.

And also, if you are at the moment using another browser which is not on the list mentioned above but you thought should be, share its name in the comments section below for other readers to see.

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