Google Chrome is a solid and decent web browser designed to complement Google Search and Google’s suite of web services (Drive, Gmail, YouTube, etc.).
But even if Google Chrome is the first thing you install on your computer, don’t feel need to use it. There are plenty of great alternatives to Google Chrome that you might want to consider, given that the Google-owned browser is a heavy consumer of system resources and slow compared to the competition.
Here are some alternatives to Google Chrome that you should try. It costs you nothing to try them out and you might even prefer the features offered by some of these browsers.
OK, I hear you, calm down, I know. Now dead and buried, Internet Explorer was a terrible browser, but its successor, Microsoft Edge, is significantly better. Based on Chromium (Google’s open-source browser technology), Microsoft Edge isn’t exactly a terrible experience. Microsoft Edge would use less RAM and CPU resources than its cousin Chrome, despite having similar performance.
Microsoft Edge is designed to integrate well with Windows operating systems, leveraging an online rewards program and a streamlined tab system (which you can view at the top or left side of your screen). It’s even designed to look like Windows 10 and Windows 11, so if you’re mostly concerned about aesthetics, Microsoft Edge might satisfy you.
Microsoft Edge is available on Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android.
Brave’s browser is supposed to be faster than Google Chrome (although it’s a bit slower in rendering), with a focus on privacy. The browser does not track your web usage and also has a built-in ad blocker, cookie blocker, and VPN. It bills itself as a “super app” with a customizable news feed, offline playlist support for music, and anonymous network routing, hiding your IP address from web services. The Brave browser is also built on Chromium, so it will look like Chrome.
The Brave browser is available on Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
A bit of a legendary browser that dates back to 1995, Opera would make a decent alternative to Google Chrome. Today, based on Chromium, Opera is a simplified browser that works much faster than Chrome.
Opera has a built-in ad blocker, battery saving mode, built-in VPN, and support for Chrome extensions. You can even define your own keyboard shortcuts to easily move around the browser. There is also a gamer-oriented browser called Opera GX that allows users to limit the use of their computing resources.
Opera is available on Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android.
One of the last great browsers that is not Based on Google’s Chromium platform, Mozilla Firefox has always positioned itself as an alternative to Chrome. It’s a bit faster, although it does go into sleep mode a bit when not in use, Chrome is a bit faster when loading a web page after not using the browser for some time.
Firefox offers extensive aesthetic customization, DNS security support, and picture-in-picture mode, allowing you to take videos out of your browser to view items without the browser open. The browser also has autoplay blocking, a browser-based screenshot tool, social tracking blocking, and cookie blocking.
Mozilla Firefox is available on Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android.
Based on Mozilla Firefox (not Chromium), Waterfox is an alternative to Google Chrome that you probably haven’t heard of. It’s all about speed, and as Slant reports, it’s much faster than Chrome. Additionally, Waterfox allows you to use Chrome, Firefox and Opera web extensions (back when Opera used its own browser source and not Chromium). Waterfox’s whole deal is speed and minimalism, so if you need to load pages quickly, give Waterfox a try.
Waterfox is available on Windows, MacOS and Linux.