1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Dear Android Central,

    When I woke up this morning, I could no longer copy web addresses in the Google browser on Android. This basic feature has been removed. What the hell! Likewise, I could no longer view websites as if on a PC. That basic feature has also been removed.

    Dumbing down and primitivization of previously perfectly usable tech is taking place at a frightening rate.

    Please help me get any use out of my phone for browsing: What apps or alternative browsers are there, that allow copying of links and viewing webpages as if on PC?

    Otherwise I must stop using the phone as a work and research tool.

    Thanks in advance.
    10-01-2021 05:05 AM
  2. hallux's Avatar
    In Chrome? If I tap in the address bar it acts as though it's a blank tab and has a blank address bar, but it drops the address below that bar and gives options for copying and sharing the address. It is a bit of an odd implementation, but that's how it's working on my Pixel 4a 5G.

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    10-01-2021 06:42 AM
  3. hallux's Avatar
    Here are 2 screenshots showing what I mean, one is the page itself, the other is after I tapped in the address bar.How to copy URLs of websites you are visiting, and display them as if on PC, while on Android?-screenshot_20211001-074245.jpgHow to copy URLs of websites you are visiting, and display them as if on PC, while on Android?-screenshot_20211001-074258.jpg
    10-01-2021 06:45 AM
  4. methodman89's Avatar
    Clear the cache partition and reboot the phone. Good luck
    10-01-2021 09:53 AM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! In Chrome, another easy way to copy the URL is to tap the Menu button, then Share, then Copy Link.

    I certainly wouldn't call this "dumbing down and primitivization."
    10-01-2021 12:42 PM

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