Best iPhone Web Browsers 2021 [RANKING]

By Chrisfugiel

The web browser is one of the key elements of a modern smartphone. Steve Jobs, presenting the first iPhone, boasted that it will revolutionize the way we browse the web. He was right, 12 years after the presentation of the first iPhone, we browse the internet with the phone practically all the time. We can read news, work and many other things while commuting to work / school or elsewhere. With the fourth-generation high-speed network and smartphone, we are no longer limited to computers.

Safari for iPhone was the first touch-enabled web browser, but is it still the best iPhone browser? There are certainly many alternatives for it. We test seven of the most popular browsers available on the App Store.

We check each program in terms of speed, functionality, ease of use and characteristics.


Safari is the default web browser on iOS devices. It offers great synchronization between Apple devices.

The Safari browser built into iOS has both its supporters and opponents. Certainly, even if we do not use it on a daily basis, it will be necessary to run it from time to time. Safari has many advantages too.

First, the design of iOS does not allow you to change your default web browser. This means that all links in email, Facebook, Twitter, and other applications will always open in Safari. iOS does not offer the user the ability to quickly open a link in an application other than Safari.

Safari is very much integrated with the entire iOS system and this is evident at a glance. The aesthetics and the way to use the Apple browser is the same as for the entire operating system.

Another advantage is the fact that Safari is installed by default and can be used immediately after starting and activating your iPhone. You don't need to spend time searching for and installing another program.

The owners of other Apple devices will certainly not give up on Safari. Using Handoff and Continuity, you can easily transfer bookmarks and open tabs between different devices such as iPad and iPhone.

Despite the fact that most iPhone users use Safari, there are also many alternatives in the market. They have a different look and functionality, but each of them is free.


Chrome is the most popular web browser for PCs. It also has an iPhone version.

The Google Chrome browser for iOS is the most dangerous competitor to built-in Safari. Interestingly, the iPhone browser looks completely different than the version for Android smartphones. Chrome is a good choice if you are constantly using the desktop version of Chrome on your computer. By installing Chrome for iOS you will get full data synchronization. This feature works very well.

Like Dolphin, Chrome also allows voice search, but in this case it's free.

Chrome tab management is great, and newer versions of the browser are more convenient than Safari. You can quickly create new cards, add new ones, rearrange them and move between them with the 3D manager. Swipe down while browsing the web to quickly refresh or close the active tab. We'd love to see a feature like this in Safari and the Android version.

The entire interface is based on gestures and is significantly different from the look of iOS, which may not appeal to aesthetes.

It is very easy to invoke incognito browsing. There is also a place for a list of saved articles and a packet data optimization mode. According to Google, this option can reduce packet data consumption by up to 50 percent.


Opera is a browser for people who value individuality.

Opera is a web browser that differs significantly from other programs of this type and has its fans and loyal users. This program only has a 1% market share of desktop web browsers, but users say it is the best program of its kind ever created, and for good reason.

The Opera browser is available for iPhone.

The manufacturer informs that the browser was designed to be used while traveling and on the move, which is to explain quite poor functionality. The graphical interface is very interesting. All the most important elements are available in the fillet circle displayed at the bottom of the screen.

The user can interact with it using various types of gestures. It is possible to bring up the browser main screen or an open tab. Holding down allows you to open the quick menu where you can find, among others, a QR code reader.

Interestingly, Opera does not allow the use of bookmarks. This solution can scare off a large number of users. Luckily, your browsing history has not been deleted. It is also possible to use the Flow function, which allows you to quickly and conveniently transfer web pages between the browser installed on the iPhone. and the PC version.

It is a strange move to remove many useful features, and to use a cryptocurrency wallet that supports Etherum, among others. Another useful option is the presence of a built-in adblocker. It all adds up to a very strange and intriguing web browser.


Dolphin is one of the most powerful browsers for iPhone. This solution has both advantages and disadvantages

Dolphin is an interesting alternative for people who expect the best functionality from the browser. In addition, it has great gestures, the operation of which is very convenient and speeds up the work with the browser. With their help, you can trigger countless functions, such as refreshing the currently viewed page.

The app allows you to draw and define your own custom gestures right on the screen, and recognizing them is surprisingly effective and accurate.

Night mode dims the screen and is perfect for browsing the internet in bed before going to bed. Next to the URL bar, the developers have placed a QR code reader. The sharing panel can be sent to Facebook, Twitter, Evernote and Pocekt. It is also possible to use a solution from Apple - AirDrop. Nothing prevents you from using Dolphin Connnect timing.

The amount of functions in the browser is impressive, but on the other hand it is very overwhelming for new users.


Firefox does not have most of the functions, but it perfectly cares about the user's safety and privacy.

Firefox is the browser that puts the privacy of its users first. The software can block ads and a number of algorithms that track the user and collect data about him.

Unfortunately, Firefox has significant limitations. History, menus, and even bookmarks are missing. These are serious drawbacks, but if security and privacy are your top priorities, Firefox is the right choice. This is why Focus made it to our ranking.


Ghostery is another browser for users who value privacy.

Ghostery is the perfect browser for people who hate advertising tailored to their browsing history.

The application has been designed in such a way as to provide users with the greatest possible anonymity and privacy. These two traits were the main focus of the developers. The program does not collect cookies, does not collect user data and alerts the user when it detects that a website is trying to track him.

Microsoft Edge

Windows developers also have their own iOS browser.

Very often, iPhone users have a Windows computer, and even if they have a Mac, they must use Microsoft software at work. This means that they cannot use all the features offered by the Apple ecosystem.

Microsoft Edge allows the iPhone to connect to Windows 10. This solution allows you to synchronize bookmarks, Cortana settings (not available in Poland) and several other things between devices. Edge is a full-featured tabbed browser with privacy protection, ad blocker, password manager, reading list, translator, and more.

Microsoft Edge is the best browser for iPhone users and there are plenty of Windows PCs out there, but it's also a pretty decent browser for everyone else.