What are the best lightweight browsers for Android?

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    #1UC Browser Mini

    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

    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."
  2. 32

    #2Opera Mini

    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

    Free

    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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    #3Puffin Web Browser

    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

    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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Did you know that a 21-year-old undergraduate ignited the world wide web revolution? Marc Lowell Andreessen was an intern at NCSA and a student at UIUC when he started developing Mosaic. He started the project in 1992 and NCSA released it the year after. Mosaic was easy to use and introduced the World Wide Web to the public. "Several million then suddenly noticed that the Web might be better than sex," said Internet co-inventor Robert Metcalfe in 1995. Can you believe it? Andreessen just reached the legal age to drink but he was on his way to a career that would make him a billionaire. So what's your excuse?

His invention made Andreessen a big name in his field, but his browser failed to improve and compete with the changing times. Mosaic soon become obsolete with the arrival of better browsers. Microsoft's Internet Explorer became the preferred choice as the fastest browser for computers in the 2000s. Google Chrome was the staple browser for mobile Android devices in this decade. Nowadays there are different types of browsers for every need. There are browsers for speed, like the Naked Browser. And there are browsers for protection and privacy like Brave. Still, Andreessen's influence in the world of global communication is undeniable. He is a board member in Facebook, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Bump Technologies, and gaming giant Oculus VR. And remember, this guy started all this world wide web revolution with his Mosaic browser. A program he invented before he even got his undergraduate diploma.

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    #4Google Go

    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

    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "I think this is the best web browser for android if all you want to do is search about different stuff. but it is not suitable for some stuff like videos and tweeting, tho u have apps for that. "
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    #5Dolphin Browser

    Dolphin Browser

    Dolphin Browser is a lightweight web browser with a built-in Flash Player and an AdBlocker. It also features fast downloading, private browsing, and voice-operated commands which is available for Android and iOS.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    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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    #6CM Browser

    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

    iOS

    Free

    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. "
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    #7Naked Browser

    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

    Arthur Parker
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "Same here Aditya! for me Naked Browser is the way to go! Not onbly lightweight, but also very functional and efficient. Have no problem claiming it is the best browser for android!"
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    #8Firefox Quantum

    Firefox Quantum

    Firefox Quantum is a free, lightweight, web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop computers. It is capable of loading pages up to 44% faster with its built-in ad and script blocker, and secure private browsing.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    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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    #9Opera Mini browser beta

    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

    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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    #10Ghostery

    Ghostery

    Ghostery is a private and security-related browser extension and mobile browser application developed by David Cancel. It aims to help users spot and block advertisements from a webpage.

    Apps

    Web, Chrome Browser Extension, Firefox Browser Extension, Opera Browser Extension, Android, iOS

    Free

    Raymond Keller
    Written on November 28, 2018
    "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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    #11Fastest Mini Browser

    Fastest Mini Browser

    Get rid of unnecessary features with this tiny browser. 

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    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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    #12Monument Browser

    Monument Browser

    Monument Browser is an application created by Myrcello. It is a browsing app with its own adblocker and an accelerator for downloads. It can save pages for offline use and has an easy access mode and a night mode.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Xu Ding
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "😝 funny and slightly weird name for a browser but i think one of the fastest ones I used for my Samsung Android tablets, helps save precious data!"
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    #13Brave Browser

    Brave Browser
    Brave Web Browser is a free web browser focused on ad blocking, security protection, data optimization and an enhanced battery experience for the user. It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices.
    Software

    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    May Huang
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "do you use this much Vivaan? I do and I agree with you. my low ram phone (an old Xiaomi, not a shuang-hi or whatever that is) runs this well, loads pages fast and doesnt get stuck even when i read comics on multiple tabs, hope they keep improving this and supporting this till kingdom come! "
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    #14Via Browser

    Via Browser

    Via Browser is a  lightweight browsing app created by Lakor. It is a customizable app with its own ad-blocker, privacy protection features, night mode, translator, and more. It is designed to run smoothly on Android devices.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "great lighweight app, better than dolphin and puffin imho, that's just me tho, feel free to try or not, "
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    #15Lynket Browser

    Lynket Browser
    Lynket Browser is an application created by Arunkumar. It has a Custom Tab for modification, a mode where it only loads texts, or a mode where it will only load AMP versions of pages. IT was voted as one of the 15 best Android browsers by Android Authority.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Rakesh Lobo
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "used this when it was still Chromer! for me this is better than dolphin or puffin or even opera mini! Surprised to see it this low on the list of fast lightweight browsers. "
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    #16Yandex Browser Lite

    Yandex Browser Lite

    Yandex Browser Lite is a lightweight version of the Yandex Browser created by Yandex LLC. It is just 969KB in file size and can be run using a memory card on Android devices. It uses the Yandex Zen technology for a quickly updated newsfeed.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Ayaan Rathore
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "didn't really think this lite version browser will eat just this low of my phone's ram while running that smooth and fast. didn't disappoint me one bit!"
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    #17Firefox Lite

    Firefox Lite

    Firefox Lite is a lightweight version of the Mozilla Firefox browser. The app is less than 3.5MB in file size, has its own protection against trackers, and has a built-in adblocker. It has a night mode, a screenshot feature, and the Turbo mode for saving data.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Tomás Huerta
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "Guys believe me you'll save a lot in data and battery if you use the lite version of Firefox. My android phone and tablet, which are old-modeled and has small batts, now lasts longer and performs better since I switched to the Lite one. one of the best lightweight version of browsers for me. "
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    #18Jelly Web Browser

    Jelly Web Browser

    Jelly Web Browser is an application created by Exsoul-Ish. It is a browsing app that can be used with different search engines and has its own translator. Enhanced to be used with just one hand, and has 21 languages, including English, French, and Spanish.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Harini Yadav
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "I have to admit I thought I laughed my ass off when I saw Jelly Browser on the list. Didn't sound something for Android. But yeah, in terms of size and speed this one fits the bill and is one of the best browsers there."
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    #19Maxthon

    Maxthon

    Maxthon Browser is a free web browser released in 2005 for Windows, Mac, and more. It features built-in note-taking took, password manager, email addresses manager, ad blocker, night mode, multi-tab management, and so on.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Justin Dean
    Written on November 26, 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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    #20FOSS Browser

    FOSS Browser

    FOSS Browser is a free browsing application for Android devices created by FOSS Android Development. It is a browser enhanced to be used with one hand, has adblocker, and toggle image loading.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Arjun Jayaraman
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "saw this one too while I was searching for the fastest lightweight browsers on reddit. if it is here and on other list this might be something good. DLing now, will tell you about it later. "
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    #21DU Browser

    DU Browser

    DU Browser is an application created by DU Apps. It is a browser with T5 kernel for floating video playback feature and enhanced speed. It also has its own MP3 player and a news aggregator on the home page.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Hemant Jayaraman
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "really nice lightweight alternative to the ram-hungry chrome but I wish it has more protection like Brave browser."
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    #22XBrowser

    XBrowser

    XBrowser is a lightweight browsing application created by byteman.su. It is less than 1MB file size and has a minimalist design. It has its own adblockers and has powerful resource sniffers for downloading and saving web resource. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "got so angry that my old brickhouse of an android phone crash too much when i use updated chrome browsers so i landed on this list and tried a few, Xbrowse, Brave and Firefox lite are my faves. probably the best ones on this list too, without bias man"
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    #23Phoenix Browser

    Phoenix Browser

    Phoenix Browser is an application created by Shalltry Group. It is known for its fast video downloads on most websites, except for Youtube videos. It has shortcuts for easy access, bookmarks, video player, and a tab manager.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Brian Bailey
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "looked shady at first but really one of the best browsers i've seen for android in the bunch. Belive me or not I tried all before commenting and i can say this is the best, if not one of the top three. really easy to use and didn't take up much space on my device. "
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    #24Samsung Internet Browser

    Samsung Internet Browser

    Samsung Internet Browser is an application created by Samsung Electronics. It is a browsing app with features like privacy protection and an adblocker. It has an improved UI with a Reader Mode and Download Manager. Works on all Android devices.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Raquel Andrade
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "not really among the fastest android browser, and not that much lightweight compared to naked, but it has the best download manager and the best reader mode. recommended even non-samsung devices! requires Kitkat I think? Not sure but yeah."
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    #25Aloha Browser

    Aloha Browser

    Aloha Browser is a free browsing application created by Aloha Mobile. It is designed with free VPN, adblock, download manager, video recorder and player, and private tabs. It is available in both iOS and Android devices.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Cheshta Gavde
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "Aloha is not the fastest android browser but i have to admit it is a pretty damn good lightweight browser. really loads fast, but has some problem with videos and large sharp images. "
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    #26Firefox Focus

    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

    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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    #27Lightning Browser

    Lightning Browser

    Lightning Browser is a lightweight browser created by Anthony Restaino. It is designed for speed and security in browsing in Android devices. It is an open-source freeware for community-based development.  

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Cheshta Gavde
    Written on December 5, 2018
    "I thought Lightning Browser is one of those homemade apps that suck and will probably just scam your money away, but i really enjoyued fast browsing. far from the best browser on android, but a really good alternative. "

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Summary

Best lightweight browsers for Android
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1UC Browser MiniApps 40 Free
2Opera MiniApps 32 Free
3Puffin Web BrowserApps 24 Free
4Google GoApps 21 Free
5Dolphin BrowserApps 21 Free
6CM BrowserApps 20 Free
7Naked BrowserApps 18 Free
8Firefox QuantumSoftware 12 Free
9Opera Mini browser betaApps 10 Free
10GhosteryApps 7 Free
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