I've tried various different Google searches on this, but can't seem to find the answer or even someone reporting the same problem.

I cannot for the life of me find the browsers back button. It's annoying enough that google decided to remove the refresh button from the address bar, but they can't seriously have completely removed the back button from the entire app could they?

Screenshot (click image for larger variant)

I know under usual circumstances I can use the Android OS back button, however if I'm in the browser, then exit out to the home screen or switch to another app, and then reopen the browser, the back button no longer goes back in the browser - it goes back to the last activity I was in e.g. the home screen.

NOTE: This behaviour is not consistent. Like right now it is not happening, but a day or 2 ago, it was and I literally had no way to go back to the previous page because each time I pressed the back nav button the browser simply closed. So even if this does not always happen, I'm still puzzled as to where the browser back button has gone..and yet they leave the forward button in the menu...I almost never use the forward button.

p.s. If you too find the removal of the refresh button from the address bar ridiculous too, make sure to star the issue here so that the devs might notice and actually revert it.

  • I have starred the Chromium issue (it should atleast be an option to out it back). It is odd about the issue you have with the back button after leaving Chrome. When I leave the app and go back I can use the OS back button to go to the previous webpage within the same tab. Have you opened an issue for your odd back button behavior? – user1595 Sep 18 '14 at 4:07
  • @DainBinder I've currently not been able to recreate the issue reliably, so I've not created an issue about it. If I do manage to at some point I will. – Novocaine Sep 18 '14 at 8:10
  • The behavior is reliable for me. If I change to Chrome from another app, the back button always just goes back to the previous app, not the previous page. Very annoying. – BeeOnRope Dec 31 '15 at 21:36
  • Set the home button to javascript:window.location.back() and then you can use the home button as such. – William May 3 '17 at 0:08
  • @William If you can describe how to set the home button, you should post that as an answer. Comments are for seeking clarification, not for repeatedly posting half-assed answers. – Dan Hulme May 3 '17 at 7:41

Yes, they've completely removed it from the UI, so you have to use the Android back button.

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    Wow, then how do I go back two pages in history? – Protector one May 31 '16 at 15:40
  • @Protectorone Press it twice, or select the item you want from the History, which is still accessible from that menu. – Dan Hulme Jun 1 '16 at 9:06
  • What if your bank button doesn't work any more? I hate to have to use another android browser. – Christia Feb 18 '19 at 11:01

As a workaround you go to Settings->Home page and setting Homepage to javascipt:window.location.back() and use the home button as a back button. Here is a picture. It seems to work well but yes you did loose the home button.

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  • But where is the home button…? – Protector one Jun 9 '18 at 17:05
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    @Protectorone they may have removed this button in chrome also. I am using an iPhone now as my main device. – William Jun 9 '18 at 17:13

Found this thread and just wanted to update it with a proper workaround. I used this on Chrome for Android ver 7.0.0. On my Note 9 and it works like a charm

Go to settings > home page

Set your homepage as javascript:history.go(-1)

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