Google Chrome for Android gets its home button back

According to XDA, Google Chrome for Android is getting its home button back on the address bar. Most browsers, desktop and mobile, feature the button, which takes the user straight to a webpage selected by him/her as the home page. While Google Chrome for the desktop continued to sport the icon, Google removed it from Chrome for Android in an earlier build. Now, the home button appears to have returned.

While earlier reports indicated that the home button was showing up in the latest beta version of Chrome for Android, it turns out that on our stable version of the app, the home button is there (see accompanying image). If you haven't set up a webpage to be your home page, tapping on the home icon will take you to the Google Search page by default.

To set up your own home page, click on the overflow menu at the top right of Chrome and click on settings. Tap on Home page and type in the URL of the website you want the home button to quickly take you to. Make sure you leave the toggle switch in the "enabled" position. Check out the slideshow to see how it's done.

source: XDA



1. KingSam

Posts: 1472; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Samsung Internet.... The only feature I miss is the ability to save pages for offline reading

2. warrenellis93

Posts: 550; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

But chrome uses as much battery when the screen is off as when using the app

3. frogec

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 15, 2018

I'm using Puffin for the last 6 months and it has been a wonderful experience.

4. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't understand why Google removes small things like this that are more beneficial to have. These small changes are annoying sometimes.

6. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

It’s one thing I really don’t like about android, Google is very inconsistent with things, and changes back and forth all the time. This isn’t a bash at Google or android, a genuine concern, so please save the “bbuuut Apple did this” replies.

7. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

They change these small unimportant things pretending perfecting the perfect browser, when in fact chrome is the most boring browser.

5. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I wish Google would bring back the option to have chrome tabs in the recent apps menu. I loved that feature.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.