A significant Google Chrome update is rolling out today for iPhone users that allows you to move the address bar for the first time. You can keep the search/URL bar at the top of the screen like you have it now, but it’s now simple to move it to the bottom of the screen instead.
Safari, the native iOS browser, offers the same option (after forcing users to adopt the bottom-edge address bar in the original iOS 15 release. Giving users the choice, as Chrome now does and Safari eventually did, is a sensible compromise, letting users who are used to the current layout continue as they are, but allowing others to swap if they want to.
Having the address bar at the bottom of the page can make it easier for people with small hands, or with larger iPhones like the latest iPhone 15 Pro Max, to navigate, either tapping on the bar to enter a URL or search query or to swipe side-to-side to move between tabs. I’m certainly a fan of it and have already made the change in Chrome on my own iPhone.
How to move the Chrome address bar in iOS
- Open the Chrome app on your iPhone.
- Tap and hold the address bar
- Select “Move address bar to bottom”
- Repeat the process to move the address bar back
- An alternative way to do this is to tap on the three dots on the bottom-right of the screen, scroll through the icons, and tap Settings.
- From here, tap on the Address Bar and choose Bottom. Finally, tap on Done present at the top-right corner.
- And that’s it! You’ll now see the Chrome address bar at the bottom on your iOS device.
- You can follow the same steps to move the search to the top.
So you see, it’s super easy to move the address bar to the bottom in Chrome on iOS. It’s nice to see Google finally allowing iPhone users to adjust the address bar according to the size of their hands and devices for a more personalized browsing experience.
It’s an optional change, and you still have the top-oriented address bar by default. Bear in mind that Google has just started rolling out this feature, so it may take some time to be widely available for everyone.