What are the best lightweight browsers for Android?

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    Andrew Chapman
    Written on October 3, 2018
    "The fact that I can have Lightroom on my phone to edit photos on the go before posting them is just fantastic! Plus, with one single monthly plan I get access to a ton of apps on my computer and phone which for me is essential since I work making movies, short films, and taking pictures!"
    1. 43
      UC Browser Mini

      UC Browser Mini is a lightweight browser app created by UCWeb Inc. It has navigation cards, smart downloading, night mode, and data saving features. It won the 2012 Best Android Browser Award from About.com.

      Apps

      Android

      Free

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      Silvia Saucedo
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "agree with zachary, i didn't really want to use it but my bf kept on installing this browser and i finally relented and saw how easy it was to use it and it saved a lot of..."
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      Silvia Saucedo
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "agree with zachary, i didn't really want to use it but my bf kept on installing this browser and i finally relented and saw how easy it was to use it and it saved a lot of data. lol!"
      JJ
      Justin Jensen
      Written on January 20, 2017
      "UC Browser Mini is a quite bloated piece of software that doesn't include many essentials. Missing is an ad blocker, I would constantly get ads while using this. It's frustrating when the software is slow to begin with."
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      Laxman Pratap
      Written on March 26, 2018
      "it is the best browser for every phone, it supports all the andiod phone and pc also, it required less memory space I m also using this browser, for more information"
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      Vincent Cox
      Written on January 14, 2017
      "My son recommend this app for me because I have an older Android and sometimes it just takes forever to download something. I guess he was tired of me calling him to ask why my phone was so slow, was I doing something wrong. He was here this weekend, downloaded the app for me and I could not be happier. It is so much faster than it was, I couldn't be happier."
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      Zachary Stewart
      Written on March 22, 2017
      "I was looking for a lightweigh browser for my Android to replace the clunky one I currently have. Thats when I found UC Browser Mini. Not only is it easy to use, but it only takes up 2 MB of space. The browser is responsive and I can do everything I need to do in it."
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      Johnny Gordon
      Written on March 12, 2017
      "This is one solid browser. I'm a diehard Chrome fanboy, and this has swayed me some. Lightweight and extremely quick, this can help when I'm trying to get a website to load but my signal is poor."
    2. 32
      Opera Mini

      Opera Mini is a lightweight browsing app for Android and iOS devices created by Opera Software AS. Its features include blocking ads, saving data, unlimited tabs, private browsing, night mode, and video boost.

      Apps

      Android, iOS

      Free

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      Gregory Simpson
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "once i tried using opera mini because my crhome kept lagging, never really looked back at chrome or firefox or other browsers."
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      Gregory Simpson
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "once i tried using opera mini because my crhome kept lagging, never really looked back at chrome or firefox or other browsers."
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      Jesús Gallegos
      Written on March 9, 2017
      "I really liked using Opera Mini. It was really fast and lightweight - didn't take up a lot of storage at all but it still had all the features I needed."
      Carlos Áviles
      Written on February 3, 2017
      "Opera mini is a great alternative to chrome. Since both browsers are from Google, there really isn't much difference. The one thing I do not like about opera is how everything that is usually in a task bar, is hidden in chrome. But the running rate and everything that is does matches chrome and all the others browsers. Good choice."
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      Benjamin Baker
      Written on January 26, 2017
      "I was looking for a browser which could help with browsing with good UI but without using too much data from my plan. I found Opera Mini to fit what I was looking for. I like that it is fast and lets me download from facebook easily too."
    3. 24
      Puffin Web Browser

      Puffin Web Browser is a mobile browsing app created by CloudMosa, Inc. It offers cloud protection for safe browsing, regularly updated Flash player, and bandwidth management. Only works in US.

      Apps

      Android, iOS

      Free

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      Robert Robinson
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "nice light browser.i don't know if it is a placebo effect but I think I've seen less ads since using puffin on my phone."
      RR
      Robert Robinson
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "nice light browser.i don't know if it is a placebo effect but I think I've seen less ads since using puffin on my phone."
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      Angela Spencer
      Written on September 5, 2017
      "My phone was getting really clogged up with apps and games and such. I decided to cull it down some, and also try out a lightweight browser instead of the default one since that gets bogged down sometimes. Puffin is not what I really needed, it crashes a lot and I don't know if it's optimized for all phones..."
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      Shreyas Jhadav
      Written on February 21, 2017
      "Now I'm not a huge seeker of alternative browsers kind of guy but I can actually see why you would want to on mobile. Mobile browsers can be clunky or slow and this one seems like it is a good option to try out to see how well it works on your device compared to chrome."
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      Jeremy Cox
      Written on February 11, 2017
      "I was looking for a quick browser for my android device, so I gave the Puffin browser a chance from the Google Play store. This app is super quick - the internet really flies on it. I like the clean interface and ease of use. I will definitely keep using this going forward."
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      Edward Cole
      Written on March 12, 2017
      "Great App! can save me money thanks to its proprietary compression algorithm and finally i can see any flash content on my browser and play my favorites flash games! and it has a fast page load and a great security features"
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      Google Go
      Google Go is a mobile app developed by Google for a quicker process of searching results online. This app only takes 5MB of space in mobile devices without lessening the quantity and quality of information that it produces.
      Apps

      Android

      Free

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      Jing Zhu
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "really worth it guys. saves a lot of space and data for me, 100% will recommend, and really crawls through the web and gives me what I am looking for."
      JZ
      Jing Zhu
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "really worth it guys. saves a lot of space and data for me, 100% will recommend, and really crawls through the web and gives me what I am looking for."
    2. 21
      Dolphin Browser

      Dolphin Browser is a lightweight browser created by MoboTap Inc. It has a Flash Player, an AdBlock, fast download, private browsing, fast download, and voice-operated commands.

      Apps

      Android, iOS

      Free

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      April Duan
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "I agree with Jacob, my android phone rarly lags now because dolphin browser really is not that much of a space taker in terms of RAM."
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      April Duan
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "I agree with Jacob, my android phone rarly lags now because dolphin browser really is not that much of a space taker in terms of RAM."
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      Philip Hicks
      Written on January 10, 2017
      "Dolphin browser is a dream come true for me. After started using Dolphin Browser I never had a second thought . Its really attracting especially the features it comes with are worth a try. I like its feature of opening and switching between web pages with multiple tabs at the top of the screen and using voice to search in Dolphin is a cool feature with the busy schedule i have."
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      Jacob Stewart
      Written on March 13, 2017
      "I have a cheap android phone and my problem are always the space and the RAM consumed by the apps. I found that the browser Dolphin it's not just light to run and low RAM consuming, but it also reduced the amount of occupied space on my device. I suggest its use to every android user!"
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      Keith Howard
      Written on September 5, 2017
      "I have tried every browser on the play store and Dolphin is one of the best. I have had some problems with crashing after updates but the developers are quick to fix the problems."
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      Nicholas Harrison
      Written on March 27, 2017
      "This is a great browser for Androids. I have used this browser many times and it runs just as well as Chrome of Firefox. It is easy to install and download as well."
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      Brian Bell
      Written on February 15, 2017
      "Chrome and Firefox having been hogging my phone's resources. Dolphin Browser's efficiency makes web browsing easier."
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      CM Browser

      CM Browser is a lightweight browser created by Cheetah Mobile Communications. It is just 6.1MB in file size with features like Adblock, Smart Download, speed search, and protection against malware.

      Apps

      Android

      Free

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      Tyler Thomas
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "thought it would be a useless app from a company known for games but it really is great, taking out the hassle from chrome and firefox and only giving me the best,."
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      Tyler Thomas
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "thought it would be a useless app from a company known for games but it really is great, taking out the hassle from chrome and firefox and only giving me the best,."
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      James Allen
      Written on September 5, 2017
      "I wasn't too thrilled with the performance I received from this product. It used too much resources and didn't remove all ads as promised"
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      Vincent Fisher
      Written on January 20, 2017
      "My browsing experience had doubled in speed and it's so much more convenient to download games and apps. I use this browser for everything and wonder how I managed things before I started using CM."
      JH
      James Harper
      Written on February 28, 2017
      "Browser pre-loads to speed up browsing and app is small file size to not slow down general use of phone. Really happy with this lightweight browser!"
      AF
      Andrew Ford
      Written on September 5, 2017
      "I wasn't too thrilled with the performance I received from this product. It used too much resources and didn't remove all ads as promised"
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      Tom Tan
      Written on February 22, 2017
      "CM browser keeps my hardware safe."
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      Naked Browser
      Naked Browser is a free lightweight browsing app for Android devices. It is only 120KB in size and has no bloatware. It requires minimum permissions to operate and only use data for what users requested. 
      Apps

      Android

      Free

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      Aditya Rodrigues
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "well once I forgot my charger and my powerbank but really needed to browse something, I DL'ed Naked Broswer and it saved my day, taking minimal data charges and battery power...."
      AR
      Aditya Rodrigues
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "well once I forgot my charger and my powerbank but really needed to browse something, I DL'ed Naked Broswer and it saved my day, taking minimal data charges and battery power."
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      Raymond Aguilar
      Written on April 10, 2017
      "Do you ever get frustrated that some web browsers just bog down your system? This browser is perfect! I have finally found a web browser that does not slow down my system!"
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      Bobby Cruz
      Written on February 27, 2017
      "Very cool app! This app was exactly what I was looking for. I was tired of the stock android browser bogging up my phone. This one is quick and simple!"
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      Vihaan Pillai
      Written on September 5, 2017
      "Naked browser isn't light weight at all. It ate up my phone's resources like crazy and constantly crashed. I got fed up with it and uninstalled it."
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      Douglas Hansen
      Written on January 2, 2017
      "Naked Browser is easy to use and is perfect for Android."
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      Firefox Quantum

      Firefox Quantum is the latest browser by Mozilla. Firefox 52 was able to do 32 runs per minute, Firefox Quantum is capable of doing 66. It counts on a developer edition and a nightly version.

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

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      Aanya Jayaraman
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "Great solution for the topic, though I know there are others there that fit the topic more."
      AJ
      Aanya Jayaraman
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "Great solution for the topic, though I know there are others there that fit the topic more."
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      Chirag Mehra
      Written on January 17, 2018
      "The lightweight browser I like for my Android tablet is Firefox Quantum. It is a very fast browser on android systems. I prefer this over Chrome."
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      Amit Patel
      Written on November 3, 2017
      "It looks like a browser that a lot of people use from a trusted company"
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      Opera Mini browser beta
      Opera Mini Browser Beta is a lightweight browser created by Opera. It is the beta version of the now fully operational Opera Mini browser. 
      Apps

      Android

      Free

      JS
      Jordan Simpson
      Written on March 3, 2017
      "Android browser is too slow and bloated. Chrome dumps memory like crazy. Firefox just loads too slow for me. Then I found Opera Mini, which has been a great browser for my..."
      JS
      Jordan Simpson
      Written on March 3, 2017
      "Android browser is too slow and bloated. Chrome dumps memory like crazy. Firefox just loads too slow for me. Then I found Opera Mini, which has been a great browser for my needs. I don't have a huge data plan, so every megabyte saved is important, and Opera Mini does just that. It may not be the fanciest browser, but I just needed something to get me around the worldwide web. Thanks Opera!"
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      Bobby Hudson
      Written on February 16, 2017
      "The most annoying thing about using an Android phone is how slow the browser is. Friends that have iPhones never seem to have the problem of pages loading up quickly. I am glad that I found Opera Mini. It totally increased the speed at which web pages on my phone loaded up. You don't realize how seconds matter until you see a difference in speed."
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      Howard Nelson
      Written on March 27, 2017
      "An elegantly designed browser that's a joy to use and easy to understand. It's become my go to browser. Fast, fun and packed with useful features, I'm having more fun with this browser than any other I've used. Opera knocked it out of the park, with this one!"
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      Diane Carroll
      Written on September 5, 2017
      "Not a lot to see and the features are basic. It needs some work."
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      Maxthon Browser

      Maxthon Browser is a browsing app with built-in note-taking tool, password manager, email addresses manager, and ad-blocker. It also has Night Mode, Incognito Mode,  customizable speed, and tab manager.

      Apps

      Android

      Free

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      Justin Dean
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "know what you mean there Ronald, really improved my phone's performance and data management since I used this as my main browser. I know Chrome has a lot more features but..."
      JD
      Justin Dean
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "know what you mean there Ronald, really improved my phone's performance and data management since I used this as my main browser. I know Chrome has a lot more features but Maxton is not that far behind."
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      Brian Salazar
      Written on February 10, 2017
      "I thought the Maxathon web browser was super fast and efficient. It strips back lots of the unnecessary nonsense and provides a speedy platform for my android phone."
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      Jordan Fields
      Written on January 28, 2017
      "Seems to be a subpar browser with rebooting errors and an inability to use tabs. Not sure why anyone is trying to improve on Chrome or Firefox at this point."
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      Humberto Bravo
      Written on September 5, 2017
      "This browser is not user-friendly whatsoever. Half of the time the browser doesn't even work as a browser. Don't waste the space on your phone."
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      Ronald Fernandez
      Written on January 12, 2017
      "this browser is pretty fast for when needing that extra power.It seems to be a really big benefit when using from day-to-day."
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      Fastest Mini Browser

      Get rid of unnecessary features with this tiny browser. 

      *NO LONGER AVAILABLE

      Apps

      Android

      Free

      JO
      Jeremy Obrien
      Written on April 14, 2017
      "This is a great alternative to the default browsers that often come with Android phones. It provides a sleek and fast option for those looking at moving away from mainstream..."
      JO
      Jeremy Obrien
      Written on April 14, 2017
      "This is a great alternative to the default browsers that often come with Android phones. It provides a sleek and fast option for those looking at moving away from mainstream brand browsers. It takes up less than 1MB of space as well. This is great for people whose phone storage is constantly being filled to the max."
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      Louis Lopez
      Written on January 24, 2017
      "I do a lot of web browsing at home and while on the go, and the worst part is how long it takes to load webpages on my phone. It seems fast, but I can always tell the difference between my phone and when on my computer. The Fastest Mini Browser, while still not what I would consider 'computer fast', has defintely been the closest out of all the different browsers I've tried on the app store."
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      Vishal Subramanium
      Written on September 5, 2017
      "Fastest Mini Browser is an Android app that offer the browser functionalities in about 1MB of space. It's very light and useful, I might replace all my other phone's browser with this one!"
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      Wayne Hall
      Written on January 21, 2017
      "Excellent! Great browser! Load pages and videos extra fast! Nice gif support! Good tools to enjoy and options to customize. No In-App Ads"
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      Ghostery Privacy Browser

      Ghostery Privacy Browser is a browser where you can browse like a ghost since you will go unnoticed as it cleans, speeds up, and locks down your browsing experience. It is available to download on Android and iOS.

      Apps

      Android, iOS

      Free

      JH
      Jerry Huang
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "I don't know what Raymond's problem is bu Ethan is right, this is a necessity in today's internet. Many people would take advantage of my browsing habits"
      JH
      Jerry Huang
      Written on September 3, 2018
      "I don't know what Raymond's problem is bu Ethan is right, this is a necessity in today's internet. Many people would take advantage of my browsing habits"
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      Raymond Keller
      Written on September 5, 2017
      "Oh, yay, another web browser. Granted, I put it on my Android (one of the non-exploding Samsungs), so it's not like it's competing on my desktop, but still. Chrome works fine on here; Ghostery is just a quasi-clever hack of an app. I installed it buying into the privacy hype, but it kept crashing, and I have no way of knowing if it actually is sending less data about me."
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      Ethan Nichols
      Written on March 24, 2017
      "I got tired of having my browsers hijacked by spammers looking to use my data to make a quick buck. I installed Ghostery Privacy Browser and haven't looked back since. It keeps my data away from prying eyes and gives me full control about who I share my data with."
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      Andrés Ochoa
      Written on April 5, 2017
      "A ver good app to protect your privacy. The reviews give it 4.1 stars, should really help you keep your personal information personal."
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      Randy Watson
      Written on February 17, 2017
      "Amazing browser, makes me feel much safer while browsing on line. Runs smooth and is so customisable!"
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      Firefox Focus

      Firefox Focus: Private Browser is a free mobile browser for both Android and iOS users. Firefox Focus blocks all kinds of online trackers for a secure web browsing. The app is available in English, French, and Spanish.

      Apps

      Android, iOS

      Free

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      Ashley Boyd
      Written on November 9, 2018
      "it's a new browser by mozilla, i tried it and it works. still not perfect, honestly but really helped navigation. if with lightweight you mean fast this firefox focus app..."
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      Ashley Boyd
      Written on November 9, 2018
      "it's a new browser by mozilla, i tried it and it works. still not perfect, honestly but really helped navigation. if with lightweight you mean fast this firefox focus app removes trackers and ads, so basically it loads faster.... any other had the same experience? what do u think? any other recommendations?"

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    Summary

    Best lightweight browsers for Android
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 UC Browser Mini Apps 43 Free
    2 Opera Mini Apps 32 Free
    3 Puffin Web Browser Apps 24 Free
    4 Google Go Apps 22 Free
    5 Dolphin Browser Apps 21 Free
    6 CM Browser Apps 19 Free
    7 Naked Browser Apps 19 Free
    8 Firefox Quantum Software 13 Free
    9 Opera Mini browser beta Apps 11 Free
    10 Maxthon Browser Apps 9 Free
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