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Ecosia is an application browser for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones that plants trees while you are on the Internet. The app, which acts as a Google-like search engine, makes money by selling advertising, but part of the amount raised to sponsor tree planting in deforested and burned areas, including in Brazil. According to the German company responsible for the browser, on average, 45 researches are needed to plant a tree in total, more than 65 million seedlings have already been planted.

The app recently went viral on Twitter and Instagram, with many mentions of the burning episodes in the Amazon region, in states like Rondnia and Mato Grosso, for example. The program was the most downloaded from the App Store in the country this Thursday (22), ahead of apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and Messenger. In the following tutorial, check out how to download and use the Ecosia app to navigate and search, helping the environment. The procedure was performed on a Moto G7 Play with Android 9.0 (Pie), but the tips also apply to Apple phone users.

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Learn how to use the Ecosia browser to plant trees and help the environment. Photo: Reproduction / Helito BeggioraLearn how to use the Ecosia browser to plant trees and help the environment. Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Learn how to use the Ecosia browser to plant trees and help the environment. Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

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Step 1. Install the Ecosia app on your mobile. When you open the browser for the first time, some project introduction screens will be displayed. Tap "Next" a few times, at the end, click "Start browsing";

Ecosia intro screens show project information Photo: Reproduction / Helito BeggioraEcosia intro screens show project information Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Ecosia intro screens show project information Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Step 2. Use the address field to access websites and perform searches. In the results of your searches, you can check the total number of searches performed. On average, 45 research is needed to plant a tree;

Performing searches in Ecosia; It takes about 45 surveys to plant a tree. Photo: Reproduction / Helito BeggioraPerforming searches in Ecosia; It takes about 45 surveys to plant a tree. Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Performing searches in Ecosia; It takes about 45 surveys to plant a tree. Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Step 3. Tap on the right button of the address bar to access tab management. From there, you can switch between open sites and open new tabs by tapping "+". To go back to Ecosia's home screen, use the left cone of the address bar;

Ecosia Tab Manager allows you to access more than one page at a time Photo: Reproduction / Helito BeggioraEcosia Tab Manager allows you to access more than one page at a time Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Ecosia Tab Manager allows you to access more than one page at a time Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Step 4. Access the application menu by tapping the button in the upper right corner of the screen. Here you can open new tabs, access your bookmarks and history, downloads, tools, settings and more, similar to Chrome.

Accessing Ecosia's options menu; app has interface similar to Chrome Photo: Reproduction / Helito BeggioraAccessing Ecosia's options menu; app has interface similar to Chrome Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Accessing Ecosia's options menu; app has interface similar to Chrome Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora

Ready! Take advantage of tips on how to use Ecosia to sponsor tree planting and help the environment.

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