I got a new iPhone XS a couple weeks ago. Chrome is my default browser. Now, when I click Chrome, it almost always opens a new tab (Google home), whereas it used to always open to the tab that I had previously loaded.

How can I revert to the previous behavior?

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    I have the exact same issue, started a few weeks ago and can not figure out why it keeps opening new tabs when I start the chrome app. Have the same issue on both my old and my new iPhone (8 and 12)
    – stinaq
    Aug 2, 2021 at 23:20
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    Tried reinstalling it? And does this happens in safari too?
    – Manan
    Aug 4, 2021 at 18:58

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I had the same answer until I came across your question and did some research, it works for me now. As explained in this answer on Google Chrome Help Communities, you can reinstall the application completely and then disable sync.

Although disabling sync is a precautionary step, it is not necessary. You can simply reinstall the application and your issue should be resolved.


Just had another idea. In the Google Chrome app for iOS, go to the Settings, then Sync and Google Services.

I wonder if maybe the 'sync tabs' is what's doing it. As in, if you close all tabs on the Browser in a PC or Mac, then it may be syncing those closures on the device?

Long shot at this point.

  • I tried turning off syncing and still the same problem. Aug 6, 2021 at 4:19
  • No I have syncing off and still having the problem.
    – Thinkr
    Apr 25, 2023 at 6:28
  • I see no option for syncing in iOS Chrome settings.
    – 2540625
    Jan 2 at 19:36

Might be a dumb question - but are you sure you're using Google "Chrome", and not "Google"?

There are two apps: Google with the "G" logo is the Google AI search app. Google named "Chrome" with the Color circle icon is the actual Browser.

Google with a "G" will always start you in a search window.

IOS App Screen

  • I wish! That would be a simple solution. Thanks for trying. 🙏🏼 Jul 28, 2021 at 17:31

Settings- click "On startup" then you should have a option to change it if not then you might be not able to.

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    I checked both in iOS Preferences->Chrome and in the settings within Chrome itself and didn't see such an option. Can you add some details and/or a screenshot to make it easier to find?
    – nohillside
    Jul 23, 2021 at 13:40

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