iCab Mobile is a web browser for the iOS. It provides many unique and useful features you won't find in other iPhone browsers.
The Watch App is a remote control for iCab Mobile, so you can navigate, zoom, scroll, open bookmarks, links, the homepage, switch tabs or sitch on/off the fullscreen mode. It is also possible to let iCab read a web site using speech output.
iCab Mobile can upload any files on web pages (Due to limitations of the iOS this does not everywhere, but it works fine on many web sites).
iCab Mobile comes with several default search engines you can choose from. You can easily add new search engines.
FILLING OUT FORMS:
iCab Mobile can save web forms and restore the form content later (manually or automatically). The saved forms data can be password protected. Supports many third-party Password Manager Apps as well.
There’s a built-in fully customizable filter feature. It allows to block resources, ads, banners, user tracking scripts, cookies etc. Supports AdBlock Plus/EasyList filters as well.
iCab Mobile supports Tabs, so you can open multiple web pages at the same time. Links can be opened in Tabs (in the foreground or background) manually or automatically.
Bookmarks can be organized in folders. You can import/export the bookmarks from/to your PC/Mac browser.
iCab Mobile provides a fullscreen mode where the whole screen is used to display the web page. No screen space is wasted for toolbars.
iCab Mobile has a built-in Download Manager so you can download almost all files from the internet. The downloads can be easily transfered to a Mac/PC/Linux computer but also to other Apps on the device which can open these files
You can create multiple user accounts, each user has its own private bookmarks, filters, settings, etc.
iCab Mobile supports Dropbox. Export/Import bookmarks; transfer downloads, images, files, web pages to your Dropbox account.
In this mode, you can have two browsers side by side on the iPad. This is especially useful on the large iPad Pro.
The App is also accessible for visually impaired and blind users. If VoiceOver is enabled, the App plays soft ticks while a page is loading, so blind users are able to identify when the page load has finished.
- Configurable multi-touch gestures
- QuickStarter feature
- AirPrint support
- Browser ID (UserAgent) is configurable
- iCab Mobile fully supports international domain names
- Cookie Manager
- Private Browsing (no history and no cookies are stored)
- Privacy settings allows to delete all kinds of private data (history, cookies, databases, saved forms, passwords etc.)
- URL autocompletion
- Simple built-in RSS reader
- Save images, whole web pages, PDF files
- Kiosk Mode - a restricted variation of the fullscreen mode for Kiosk environments.
- Addressbook support lets you access the web pages from the addressbook.
- When launching iCab can either open an empty page, the homepage or restore the Tabs which were open the last time
- Page-Compression is supported to save bandwith.
- There are different color schemes and designs
- Document Sharing lets you pass downloads and files to other Apps in the device
The App includes a store providing several InApp purchases. These are meant as a tip jar. The InApp purchases are available for different prices, so you can pick the amount for the tip yourself. Doing so will unlock a few cool features as a reward, these are always the same, regardless of the amount of the tip. Users who have purchased the App within the last 12 months do get all these features for free, no need to buy one of the InApp purchases. Though they can nevertheless give me a tip, if they want to... ;-)
- It's now possible to add options to delete private data (like history, cookies, etc) into the action menu.
- Loading of web archives (saved web pages) does work under iOS 12 again
- Dragging Quickstarter items around to reorder them did not work if the default dark mode option was enabled.
- In case external (VPN based) content blockers blocked content within iCab Mobile, error messages could make it difficult to read the web sites
Ratings and Reviews
Love it but 12.3 problem
iOS 12.3 seems to have broken the URL / search input field. When text is entered to attempt to do a Google (or whatever) search, or when entering a URL, instead the current page is searched like a “find” command. A failed “search in page” message box pops up in either case which leaves you and the browser dead in the water. You can still select from your bookmarks but that’s about it. Can’t type in anything new, unless you manually add a bookmark for a search engine or something else. I have not been able to fix this by changing anything in settings, not even “combined URL+Search Field”. This is a real show stopper with the 12.3 update.
The other problem I have always had is that on older style textual “bulletin board” type forums that involve lots of hyperlinks up and down the page, iCab usually doesn’t
“Go to” the right place when you click a link; in other words it goes to the wrong message which is a bit annoying. It sometimes returns to a previously visited link and in other cases seems to go some fixed percentage of the way up or down the page. So I have to do a whole bunch of manual scrolling to get to the right place and this is constantly!
Even given the above, iCab is still pretty much the only browser I’ll use on iOS (but the URL field problem has to be fixed pronto!)
The browser that does everything
iCab includes every feature of a desktop browser--and then adds more. It's ad block capability is first rate, particularly the feature that analyzes filters to display those that are actively blocking content, and importantly, reports domains that aren't being blocked so additional filters can be written if desired. I especially like the download folder and the enhancement that automatically backs these up to iCloud. An action can also be added to format and download web pages to pdf format without the use of third party converters that typically insert ads or format the page poorly.
Given the large number of features and large degree of customization that is possible, it can become confusing at times, particularly the grouping of features in the Settings menu. By necessity it's granular and seeking that particular option you know exists but cannot immediately find can require scouring Settings and the action menus. The dev has added a search capability to Settings which is immensely helpful, but I’d suggest new users become acclimated to the default settings before customizing.
Lastly, I used in-app tool to provide the dev some incremental revenue and encourage others to do the same. Unlike some devs that require purchasing new versions to receive the latest enhancements, Alex has enhanced and supported iCab without requiring us to drop one cent beyond the initial investment. It hasn't gone unnoticed.
Too many problems
I'd love to love this browser. It's more like a good desktop browser than a mobile browser.
However, it just plain does not work. No matter what browser ID I use (even WebKit), pages don't render well, they reload, it's like looking at bits and pieces of a page being placed where other bits and pieces are so it re-renders. It's also dead slow rendering some sites, bits and pieces float all over the place, frequently covering what you want to read, some sites crash (Trip Advisor, Reuters), the folks at iCab obviously love social networking sites as the ribbon with all their links is usually there, at times floating around in the middle of pages, even when it's off to the side there's no margin for it to stay in so you have to read around it. iCab can block ads. But then again, not all ads. Not nearly as many ads as Safari. And there's no way to ad a filter list to improve its ad blocking or get rid of annoyances.
As the web gets worse and worse to visit, iCab has gotten worse and worse to use. The one good functionality that always works though is the "Open in Safari" button.
- Alexander Clauss
- 21.2 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Catalan, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
- Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2019 Alexander Clauss
- In-App Purchases
- Upgrade $0.99
- Upgrade plus Generous Tip $2.99
- Upgrade plus Extra Generous Tip $5.99
Get all of your passes, tickets, cards, and more in one place.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.