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Just days after updating Chrome for iOS with the ability to swipe right or left to navigate backward or forward, the search giant issued another app refresh this morning.

Bumped to version 44.0.2403.67, Chrome’s added a handy shortcut to switch between open tabs without having to reach for an icon in the upper right corner with your thumb.

Google’s mobile browser for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is available at no cost in the App Store.

To quickly switch between open tabs, just swipe on the address bar at the top of the Chrome interface. Quite handy, wouldn’t you agree?

Chrome 44 for iOS tab switching iPhone screenshot 001

Prior Chrome versions actually had a similar feature in place where you could swipe anywhere on the screen to switch tabs. But following last week’s introduction of swiping right or left to navigate backward or forward, the company has had to rethink tab switching so it doesn’t clash with the new swipe-based navigation.

Chrome has another neat trick up its sleeve.

Chrome for iOS 44 iPhone screenshot 002

A set of three icons will line up across the top of the screen when you pull to refresh. You can then swipe to the left to create a new tab, release the finger to refresh the webpage or swipe to the right to close the current tab.

To sum up, Chrome’s gesture-based navigation includes the following shortcuts:

  • Swipe left or right on the address bar to switch tabs.
  • Swipe right or left on the webpage to navigate backward or forward.
  • Drag your finger to the left or right during pull to refresh to create a new tab or close the current one. Or, you can just release the finger to actually refresh the webpage.

The 70.7-megabyte app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later.

Chrome is a free download from the App Store.

  • Al

    YouTube app update is up next..

  • ready1take1

    I always wanted the swipe feature to go forward and back in a web page. I rarely need to switch tabs as often as I need to go back or forward a page. At the very least I wish they would make this an option in their preferences.

  • AnoNymouz

    This has been there for a while. Not new at all.

    • Chris

      Swiping on the toolbar to switch tabs hasn’t been a gesture until this release of Chrome for iOS.

      • AnoNymouz

        Sorry sir but I found it useless to use this feature 2 weeks back as it was to much of a reach to do so.

      • Jack Haal

        Nope. This feature was also in the previous version of Chrome as well.

  • Joey_Z

    Swipe left or right from edge used to be switch tabs. Google replaced that with forward and backward in the last update. Today’s update is not adding a new feature, it’s a fix and partly reverting back…

  • besrate hogsa

    i like this feature

  • ispeakout

    I just wish Chrome had a feature similar to Safari’s “reader”. Would have considered making a switch if that were the case.

  • chjode

    Nice that they brought back this feature after suddenly disabling it in the previous update, but it seems to me that the two should be swapped. I’d think swiping on the address bar would go forward and back and swiping on the page itself would jump tabs.

  • Faisal

    Why not bring download manager feature?

  • Nitsud

    How about we change the icon by now…