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10 Hidden Gestures for Google Chrome on iPhone

The Chrome app icon on an iPhone home screen.

Google Chrome is a great alternative to Safari on iPhone. You can even set Chrome as your iPhone’s default web browser. Chrome is packed with hidden tricks, so here are the touch gestures you need to know.

Swipe Down to Close Tabs, Reload, and Open Tabs

Chrome has a convenient shortcut for quickly closing the current tab, reloading the open web page, or opening a new tab. Just touch your screen and swipe downward with your finger. By default, the “Reload” shortcut in the center of the screen will be focused. (If you’re in the middle of a web page, you’ll have to scroll back up to the top of the page first.)

To close the tab, move your finger to the right to focus “Close Tab.” To open a new tab, move your finger to the left to focus “Open Tab.” Release your finger to trigger the selected action.

You can do this in one smooth motion. For example, to close the current tab, touch the screen and move your finger down, move it to the right, and quickly release. Chrome will close the tab. (If you’re in the middle of a web page, you can scroll back up to the top and keep scrolling to open the actions, all in one swipe.)

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Swipe down to access more actions in Chrome for iPhone

Swipe the Location Bar to Switch Between Tabs

Chrome has a very quick way to switch tabs. You don’t have to tap the Switch Tabs icon on the toolbar at the bottom of the app.

Instead, you can simply swipe left or right on the toolbar (the URL bar) at the top of the Chrome app. This will switch to the tab to the left or right of your current tab, depending on which direction you swipe. Keep swiping to switch between tabs.

If you’re viewing a New Tab page that doesn’t have a visible toolbar, you can still swipe to the left or right in the area at the top of the screen where the toolbar will be.

Swipe left or right on Chrome's toolbar

Drag and Drop to Rearrange Tabs

To better take advantage of the swipe-to-switch-tabs gesture, you can reposition your open tabs. To do this, tap the “Switch tabs” icon at the bottom of the Chrome app to see all your open tabs. (It looks like a rounded square with a number in it.)

Touch and hold on a tab thumbnail. After a moment, Chrome will gray the other tabs out. You can move the tab’s thumbnail to any location on the screen. Release your finger when you’re done.

When swiping between tabs from the toolbar, tabs above other tabs in this list will be to the left, while tabs below other tabs will be to the right.

Hold and drag thumbnails in Chrome's Tab Switcher

Long-Press to Search in a New Tab

You can tap the “+” button at the bottom of the Chrome interface to quickly open a new tab. However, you’ll find more options if you long-press the “+” button.

Tap “New Search” to open a new tab with the search field focused so that you can immediately start typing, or tap “Incognito Search” to do the same with a new Incognito tab. If you want to search with your voice or scan a QR code, tap the “Voice Search” or “Scan QR Code” options here.

If you’ve copied text in Chrome or another app, you’ll also see a “Search for Text You Copied” option. This will immediately open a new tab and search for the text in your iPhone clipboard. There’s no need to open a tab and manually paste text into the search bar.

Long-press the "Switch Tabs" button

Long-Press to Open Incognito Tabs or Close a Tab

To find these tab management options, long-press the “Switch Tabs” button on the toolbar. Here, you can tap “New Incognito Tab” to quickly open an Incognito tab for private browsing, or you can tap “Close Tab” to close the current tab.

There’s also a “New Tab” option in this menu. It opens a new tab, just like tapping the “+” button on the bottom toolbar.

Long-press the "+" (plus) sign button in Chrome on iPhone

Swipe Left or Right to Go Back and Forward

This feature is also found in Safari on iPhone, so you may already be familiar with it. However, you can go back and forward with gestures rather than by tapping the Back and Forward arrow buttons on the toolbar.

To go back, touch the left side of your screen and swipe right toward the center of your screen.

To go forward, touch the right side of your screen and swipe left toward the center of your screen.

Swipe left or right from either edge of your iPhone screen.

Quickly Go Back or Forward to a Specific Page

Tapping the “Back” or “Forward” buttons over and over again to find a page you were just viewing can be obnoxious. There’s an easier way to dig through a tab’s Back or Forward history.

To do so, long-press either the “Back” or “Forward” arrow buttons on the bottom toolbar. You’ll then see a list of the pages in your Back and Forward history, and you can tap a page to go directly to it.

Long-press the "Back" or "Forward" arrow buttons

Swipe to Switch Screens in the Tab Switcher

You don’t have to tap the three small icons at the top of the Tab Switcher view to switch between your Incognito tabs, normal Chrome tabs, and recent tab views.

To switch between them, you can swipe left or right anywhere on the Tab Switcher screen. It’s much easier, and you’ll never have to adjust your grip to tap those small targets at the top of your iPhone’s screen.

Swipe left or right on Chrome's tab thumbnail screen

Pinch a Video for Full-Screen Mode

On many (but not all) websites, you can use a pinch gesture to quickly enter full-screen mode while watching a video. While a video is playing, touch it with two fingers and move them apart. Chrome will play the video in full-screen mode.

You can also leave full-screen mode by performing the opposite gesture—touching the video with two fingers and moving them closer together—or by swiping down on the video.

Pinch outwards on a video

Open a Menu Item in One Smooth Motion

Rather than tapping the menu button and then tapping the option you want, you can touch the menu button with your finger and hold for a moment. The menu button will pop up. Move your finger up until the menu option you want is selected and release your finger to activate it.

This works in Chrome’s other long-press menus, too. For example, when long-pressing the “+” button, you can move your finger up and then release to activate a menu option in a single gesture.

Long-press the menu button and move your finger upwards

One more thing: Chrome’s menu is longer than it looks at first glance. You can drag up or down inside the menu to find additional options.

Chrome has various other features that are useful, including the ability to sync with Chrome bookmarks, open tabs, and history. It’s very convenient if you also use Chrome on your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS desktop or laptop.

If you’re a fan of Chrome on desktop, you should definitely check out Chrome on iPhone—especially since Chrome can now replace Safari as your default browser. Chrome is available for iPad, too.

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Fire TV’s Updated Interface Brings User Profiles to Your Streaming Stick – Review Geek


If you own any Fire TV products, Amazon is giving the user interface (UI) a fresh coat of paint. In addition to a new look, you’ll be getting a few new features including User Profiles and an improved Alexa experience. The new UI is rolling out to the Fire TV Stick (third-gen) and Fire TV Stick Lite in the coming weeks, and on everything else sometime next year.

While it’s not available on every streaming stick out there yet (looking at you Chromecast and Roku), user profiles makes for a pretty seamless experience especially with improved Alexa integration. The voice assistant will now be able to both recognize and switch to your profile as well as search for TV shows, movies, and more. Alexa also takes up less on the screen when asking for basic tasks such as asking for the time. It will appear at the bottom, versus taking up the entire screen.


The new UI is pretty neat too. There’s a new “home bar” near the top of the screen. That houses your Library, Home, Find, and Live tabs in addition to a list of your most used-apps to the right. The Find tab is the most interesting as search has been revamped to better recommend you movies and TV shows.

In addition, the new update also includes picture-in-picture support, letting you continue to watch your video uninterrupted while doing other things.

Amazon’s Fire TV lets you watch TV and movies from all the major streaming platforms, including HBO Max and YouTube TV. As we mentioned at the top, the rollout is a bit weird. The Fire TV Stick (third-gen) and Fire TV Stick Lite will be getting the update first, and everything else will see it early next year.

via The Verge

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These Beth Harmon Chess Bots Are Ready to Test Your Chess Prowess – Review Geek

Beth Harmon playing a game of chess in "The Queen's Gambit" series from Netflix

If watching Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit got you interested in chess (or reignited your love for the remarkable game), you’ll likely be delighted to hear that you can now play a game against the show’s protagonist Beth Harmon. A new series of chess bots developed by allows you to play against Beth at her varying proficiency levels.

The seven Beth Harmon bots are set at varying chess strength levels, noted below in parenthesis, allowing a wide variety of players to play a well-matched game. The bots include: Beth aged eight (850), Beth aged nine (1200), Beth aged 10 (1600), Beth aged 15 (1800), Beth aged 17 (2400), Beth aged 20 (2500), and Beth aged 22 (2700).

One of's seven Beth Harmon chess bots

Netflix stated that The Queen’s Gambit—based on the novel of the same name, written 37 years ago—has been its “biggest limited scripted series ever.” The series has caused Google searches for chess to double, searches for “chess sets” on eBay to soar 250%, and the number of new players on to increase five fold to 3.2 million. CNN noted that the series caused the sales of chess sets to spike 87% and sales of books about chess to leap by 603% three weeks after its release. Playing chess has always been a beloved pastime, and looks to remain a popular game for the foreseeable future.

via Gadgets 360

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