UC Browser has just been banned in India due to concerns about the security of user data. The super-popular Chinese web browser gained notoriety for its fast page-loading speeds, lightweight nature, and (crucially for Indian users) a Cricket Card Feature. But it is now out of the picture in India, leaving users looking for UC Browser alternatives.
Even if you’re a UC user outside India, the security issues around the app may cause you to see if there are better options available. So we’ve put together a list of the best lightweight browsers that can replace UC Browser, offering speed and features while preserving your privacy.
Probably the closest thing to UC Browser when it comes to interface and features, the Indian-developed JioBrowser should be a natural go-to replacement for those migrating from UC Browser. It’s hugely popular, offers regional language support across India, and yes, it offers live Cricket score updates just like the exiled UC Browser!
Beyond that, JioBrowser offers many of the standard features you’d want from a modern browser. It has functional battery- and data-saving functions, incognito browsing, and the ability to download and read pages offline, as well as the all-popular dark theme.
It’s a good offering all round, particularly for the millions of Indian users who have been left looking for a new browser following the UC ban.
2. Brave Browser
Brave for Android is a security- and privacy-focused browser, making it a good alternative to UC browser. Additionally, the Brave browser can automatically redirect unsecured pages to HTTPS using HTTPS Everywhere while also blocking ads and other trackers. Brave also has built-in data optimization techniques to minimize data consumption. Other features of Brave include, but are not limited to, private browsing, script blocking, third-party cookie blocking, etc.
If you are looking for a full-fledged web browser with no compromises, then give the Brave browser a try and see how it works for you.
3. Puffin Web Browser
If all you need is super-fast web browsing, then Puffin is the way to go. Compared to all other browsers in this list, Puffin seems to load web pages really quickly thanks to its in-house compression algorithm. Do keep in mind that this deep compression comes at a cost – when there are multiple tabs, Puffin eats up a lot of memory.
The other interesting feature of Puffin is that it supports Adobe Flash via its cloud server. This enables you to access the Flash-only content, like old browser games, right in your mobile device. Other features include a game mode for flash games, customizable UI, private browsing, built-in video player, etc.
4. Maxthon Browser
Maxthon browser is not just a browser that loads web pages faster – it has several other useful tools built into it. Some of those useful tools or features include a password manager, note-taking tool, email manager, web clipper, and night mode. While Maxthon compresses the web pages to save data consumption, you can save more data by enabling the Smart Image Display feature. When enabled, Maxthon loads images in low quality or only when needed.
Other than that, Maxthon’s user interface is clean and customizable. If you are a heavy mobile web browser user, then Maxthon is a pretty good choice.
5. Firefox Focus
Firefox Focus by Mozilla is a very basic and lightweight browser that purely focuses on your privacy, nothing more and nothing less. In fact, Firefox Focus doesn’t even have basic features like bookmarks, form filling, homepage shortcuts, etc.
When browsing through Firefox Focus, all your browsing history is completely erased when you exit the browser. Additionally, the app won’t let you or other apps take screenshots, hides the browsing page when switching between apps, blocks ads and tracking scripts, blocks third-party cookies, etc.
If all you need is a reputable and secure browser that protects your privacy and don’t mind the lack of features, then Firefox Focus is the way to go.
6. Opera Mini
Opera Mini is one of the oldest and most popular web browsers when it comes to fast web browsing on slow connections and reducing data consumption by compressing web pages and images. Opera Mini allows you to download online videos with just a single tap. Of course, Opera Mini has all the features you’d expect from a good web browser. Other features include smart downloads, tab gallery, ad blocker, night mode, etc.
Once you have found the best alternative to replace UC browser, you may want to restore some privacy to your social networks, too. See our list of the best Facebook alternatives. Or, if you want to get your white hat on, check out the best hacking apps for Android.
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