µBrowser 17+

Mini Browser on your Watch

Arno Appenzeller

Designed for iPhone

    • $0.99

Description

µBrowser is the micro browser for your Apple Watch.
µBrowser is the quick way to do some basic browsing on your Apple Watch when it is necessary. While it is limited it is good way to browse the web when you have no other device around.

Features:
- Open any URL (Entering a URL works especially good with the new Series 7 keyboard)
- Search the web with DuckDuckGo
- See your last visited pages
- Save pages from the history to your favorites
- iOS companion app to manage bookmarks
- Complications to quickly access the browser from the watch face

Please note:
µBrowser is a limited browsing experience. At first it is limited by the device size.
Then there are limitations regarding Javascript and large webpages. Login on pages will most likely not work. There is no back button (swiping still works) you need to start a new sessions.

What’s New

Version 1.2

New in V 1.2:
- Favicons are now displayed
- History items can now be deleted
- Bookmark Complication icon fixed
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Previous updates:
- The 'Continue' prompt before starting browsing is no longer required - browsing starts immediately
- Complication support:

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Falcondragonslayer ,

Only bought it today but so far am impressed

Ubrowser works quite well seeing as the Apple Watch doesn’t have its own browser. There’s WebKit, but it’s got quite a few limitations. Ubrowser has limitations as wel, but I’ll discuss those soon. It’s not lightning fast like Safari on iPhone, but that isn’t that much of an issue. Websites are surprisingly scaled properly to the watch, so everything is readable and the buttons are large enough to press. Overall, it’s quite nice.

Now for the limitations, however. My main issue is that you cannot sign in on websites. I tried to go to Google chat and the sign in page repeatedly loaded and reloaded when I tried to sign in. Video playback also doesn’t work, although the browser recognizes a video. This isn’t a huge issue, but still a little annoying.

Should you buy it? Here’s my verdict, after a day of use: Yes, you should. It’s only $1 (for me), and for that dollar you get an almost fully-functional web browser (the only downsides being what I listed above). The companion app on your iPhone makes it easy to add bookmarks for sites you visit regularly. Duck-Duck-Go is not as fast, nor as smart as Google, but it still comes up with relevant results.

college professor ,

Great for the price

microBrowser obviously won't replace iOS Safari, and for me, honestly, it's more of a novelty than something I expect to seriously use very often, at this point.

That said, it works suprisingly well on many sites - especially on the larger screen AW Series 7. It's best for sites that don't require much interaction.

If your Watch has an internet connection via WiFi or Cellular, you don't need to have your iPhone with you to use microBrowser. This can be handy if you're jogging without your iPhone, or if you forgot to bring your iPhone with you.

Regarding my "novelty value" comment. That's how I felt about much of the Apple Watch functionality when I got my first Watch, a Series 3. I thought it was super cool to have essentially a tiny computer on my wrist that I could use to check my messages, see a few news headlines, get a quick overview of the weather, etc. But I never really relied on that early Watch, except for fitness tracking. But the Watch models of at least the past 2 years are far more capable, faster, and have bigger screens than the Series 3 - and they are far more useful in their own right.

I don't regret buying that Series 3, and I absolutely don't regret buying microBrowser for 99 cents. I've already had way more fun with it than with most 99 cent games I've purchased. And I do see myself using it occasionally to check some of my favorite websites when I'm on the go.

Stripeless ,

Smooth and efficient!

Series 5 Apple Watch here - this browser does a surprisingly good job at loading and displaying web pages on such a small screen. It makes it easy to sneak a peek at some of my favorite websites while at work.

I had to experiment a bit with the best sites to bookmark in the companion iOS app. I noticed that some will (understandably) crash if I scroll too fast, but otherwise no complaints.

If the app developer is taking suggestions: the ability to configure webpage settings would be appreciated.

App Privacy

The developer, Arno Appenzeller, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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