Using a light browser can be a good option for those who have an old cell phone or with simple hardware, since the browser pre-installed on the device may not be the best option for those with little RAM and limited storage, for example. Sometimes, it may be more advantageous to download an alternative application that, although it occupies part of the free space, can result in lighter operation due to data saving features and other functions.
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In addition, alternative browsers may have extra and differential functions. Opera Mini, for example, has data saving mode so the user does not spend a lot of Internet. Firefox Lite offers more privacy with automatic blocking of online crawlers. Below are five lighter browser options to use instead of Chrome and Samsung's Android browser, or Safari, for the iPhone (iOS).
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Opera Mini is still one of the best alternative light and fast browser options for Android. With data saving modes and ad blocker enabled by default, the application always loads simplified versions of Internet pages to save the user's data package.
The features also help save RAM and smartphone storage, offering reduced performance impact. IPhone users have only Opera Touch, which offers the same functions as part of a more robust package.
Opera Mini is a lightweight browser with integrated data saver Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Via Browser is an ideal browser for those who have little space on their Android phone: its download weighs around 900 KB and, when installed, occupies just over 2 MB. Built on the basis of Chromium, it offers guaranteed compatibility with any website
Its highlight is simplicity: made only to load pages very quickly, it exchanges the lack of advanced features, such as ad blocker and extension support, for a clean interface and fluid operation even on basic smartphones.
Via Browser weighs about 2 MB after being installed on the cell phone Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Lighter version of the traditional Firefox, Firefox Lite weighs less than 6 MB and brings the main features you can expect from a mobile browser. The app promises to load pages quickly with Turbo Mode, and offers an advanced privacy mode that blocks ads and trackers and does not record the browsing history.
It is only available for Android. On the iPhone, an alternative is to use Firefox Focus, which specializes in privacy and is lighter than conventional editing.
Firefox Lite brings the main features of the famous Mozilla browser in a lighter package Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Another based on the same technology as Chrome, Brave is a fast browser and has some privacy features enabled by default, such as automatic blocking of crawlers. It also has a reward system that accumulates tokens for watching non-intrusive advertising that can be distributed as a form of payment to the sites that the user likes most.
The app also allows you to synchronize the app for Android or iPhone with the desktop version on your computer, facilitating the migration of those who are used to using the same browser on all devices.
Brave fast and pays for viewing ads Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Google Go isn't exactly a browser, but it can serve as a lighter replacement for Chrome on your Android phone. The application is a search engine with fewer resources, but that can open website links without having to use a full browser: just search and click directly on the results page, or use one of the shortcuts that appear on the home screen. The app also features anonymous mode and dedicated buttons for voice search, Google Images, YouTube and Google Lens.
Google Go works as a lighter search engine and browser in one app Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
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