If you store all your passwords in Chrome and use an iPhone, logging into your various accounts will become easier. The latest browser version for iOS (version M104) allows you to set Chrome as your autofill provider. It also adds new “enhanced secure browsing” and Chrome actions to the app on iPhones and iPads. Many of these features are already available in the Android edition of Chrome, such as the Password Manager, which uses data you’ve saved in the browser to sign into apps on your phone. Improved Safe Browsing, when activated on your iPhone or iPad, will check if websites you visit are dangerous. “Chrome also warns you if your username and password have been compromised in a third-party data breach” when you enter your credentials on a website. It will then urge you to change them everywhere.
Something not yet available on Android is the first page when you reopen Chrome after a while. Google’s blog post says, “We’re making it easier for you to discover new content or start a new search in Chrome for iOS after you’ve been away for a while.” This would “make it easier to browse content, start a new search, or easily return to your most visited sites” while still being able to find your recent tabs. Google added that this would “come to Android soon as well”. Those who rely on Chrome’s built-in translation tools may find the updated language identification model helpful. Google says this new on-device version will help you “accurately determine the language of the page you’re visiting and whether it needs to be translated to match your preferences.”
Meanwhile, Chrome actions make things like clearing browsing data or opening an incognito tab easier on iOS. You no longer have to go to the three-dot menu to search for those options – you can type a search term for the setting in the URL bar. “Delete history”, for example, will take you to the page to clear your browsing data. And if you searched online for information about that setting, you’ll still see the suggested search results below the proposed action.
Finally, Google has also tweaked the three-dot menu “to be scannable and to highlight key destinations, such as your history, passwords, and settings. The company said that “your most-used destinations will be available at the top of the menu.” and actions like creating bookmarks or adding things to the reading list will be moved up in the vertical menu. Our editorial team, independent of our parent company, has selected all products recommended by Engadget. Some of our stories contain affiliate links. We may earn an affiliate commission if you buy something through one of these links.