Samsung Internet

Overview for Android

One Browser for all Samsung Galaxy devices.

Samsung Internet for Android is a Simple, Fast, and Reliable web browser for your phone and tablet. It has replaced the Android Stock browser on Samsung Galaxy devices since 2012 to provide a browser highly optimized for our devices.

Samsung Internet for Android, the best browser for Galaxy devices. Continuously evolving to provide you with the best browsing experience.

Overview for Android

Expanding the Galaxy Experience to the Web

Samsung Galaxy devices come with innovative technologies that change ordinary tasks into extraordinary experiences - bio sensors, virtual reality, and Samsung Pay, just to name a few.
Samsung Internet for Android lets you continue the extraordinary experience in the web space. One of our latest additions, the iris scanner can now be used as a user authentication method in Samsung Internet for Android - adding a more secure and simpler option for 'web auto login' and 'secret mode'.
Samsung Internet for Android also tries to utilize the underlying hardware in the most efficient way, resulting in prolonged battery time and better touch responsiveness during web browsing. To Samsung Internet for Android, support for the various Galaxy modes and advanced S Pen is a matter of course.

More secure

Take your browsing security and privacy into your own hands.
Samsung Internet helps you protect your security and privacy while browsing the internet. Separate business and personal life or safely share your browser with your friend. using secret mode!
Secret mode is accessible only after user authentication, and never reveals your browsing data (including browsing history, search history, cookie, cache, ID/password, auto-fill data).
In addition, Secret mode stores bookmarks and saved pages in a separate space with encryption, using the same level of security as Samsung KNOX.
You can choose to use iris or fingerprint authentication when entering Secret mode for higher security.

More comfortable

Samsung Internet supports features that make your everyday browsing more comfortable.
Our content blocking extensions free your web pages from unnecessary contents to provide you with less visual clutter. Content blocking extensions may even reduce your data usage, speed up loading time and reduce battery usage. This technology enables extensions to better control your online privacy and detect malicious web content as well.

Note

Samsung Internet does not provide the contents blocking filters. Separate apps for such filters need to be installed.

Starting from Samsung Internet for Android 4.2, you can also use web content provider extensions to let your favorite content providers recommend web contents that might interest you. This will let you access interesting contents from your favorite web sites more easily.

Note

Separate apps need to be installed in order to enable the web content provider feature.

Better integrated with Samsung devices

Samsung Internet aims to provide a consistent and continuous user experience among various Samsung devices.
Samsung Internet for Gear VR lets you enjoy web contents (including streaming video and 3D video) in an immersive environment, as if you were at the theaters. Samsung Internet for Android and Gear VR share bookmarks and video history list, letting you access your favorite web contents more easily.

Continuous upgrade through public app market

Samsung Internet will be updated regularly through public app markets - Google PlayStore and Samsung Galaxy Apps.

Note

Upgrade may be limited to certain device models and operating system versions.
As of March 2016, upgrade to Samsung Internet 4 via app markets is available for Galaxy S7+, S7, Note5, S6 Edge+, S6 Edge, S6, S6 Active, Note4, S5, S5 Neo, S5 Active, S5 Sports, S5 LTE A, Note3, S4, S4 Duos, S4 Active, S4 LTE A, A7, A8, A5x, A7x, and A9x with Android 5.0 and above.

Features

Samsung Internet for Android provides features for increased privacy and security, features for letting users browse to web in a more convenient and easy way, multimedia related features that also let users access videos easily in Samsung Internet for Gear VR, and features that let users access your web sites as if they were native applications.

Security and Privacy

Samsung Internet for Android takes user privacy and security seriously. Secret mode and fingerprint authentication can be used for higher security.

Secret Mode
Secret Mode

Enabled only under user authentication, Secret mode never leaves a trail of your browsing data (such as browsing history, search history, cookie, cache, ID/password, and auto-fill data). In addition, Secret mode stores bookmarks and saved pages in a separate space with encryption, using the same level of security as Samsung KNOX. You can choose to use iris or fingerprint authentication when entering Secret mode for higher security. Secret mode is available in Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 and above.

Secure Web Auto Login
Secure Web Auto Login

Samsung Internet for Android is the sole browser that offers login using authentication with biometric sensors such as iris and fingerprint scanners. On devices equipped with iris or fingerprint scanners, Samsung Internet for Android provides a simpler but more secure way for users to login to sites.

KNOX Support
KNOX Support

KNOX is the enhanced mobile security suite provided by Samsung for your business and personal life. Samsung Browser for KNOX incorporates organizational security policies to provide control for web access.

User Convenience

Samsung Internet for Android provides interesting features to make your everyday internet browsing more entertaining and convenient.

Quick Access
Quick Access

As one of the default homepages for Samsung Browser, the Quick Access page enables users to visit their favorite sites with a single click. The default listed sites are selected based on countries, carriers, etc to provide users with a more intimate experience.

Content Cards
Content Cards

Starting from Samsung Internet for Android 4.0, Content Cards are shown in the Quick Access page, and can be used to dynamically recommend your web contents to users. With Content Cards, users are able to access useful and interesting contents more easily. Please contact browser@samsung.com if interested in providing Content Cards for your site.
* Currently available in Korea and China.

Navigation page
Navigation page

We provide a mobile friendly version of the well-known regional ‘Top Sites’ page. This page can be set as the homepage to provide users with easy access for fun and useful sites.
* Currently available in China and India.

Open Tabs & Bookmark Sync
Open Tabs & Bookmark Sync

Users can sync Open Tabs and Bookmarks with other devices through Samsung or Firefox accounts. When using Samsung accounts, Saved Pages will also be synced.

Reader Mode & Saved Pages
Reader Mode & Saved Pages

Tired of reading cluttered articles? Reader Mode presents articles in a simple layout to make it easier to read.

Saved Pages stores web pages on your device so you can check them at your convenience, even when your device is offline.

QR Code Reader
QR Code Reader new

Starting from Samsung Internet for Android 4.2, the QR Code reader previously supported in selected countries is globally available.

SPen features
SPen features

Handy SPen features available on Galaxy Note devices can be used for easy scrapping or sharing of web contents.

Ultra Power Saving Mode
Ultra Power Saving Mode

Samsung Galaxy devices provide an ultra power saving mode and emergency mode for prolonged battery life. Battery power is saved by applying a simplified grayscale theme and limiting the number of usable apps. Samsung Browser is the only web browser that can be used in these modes.

Multimedia

Samsung Internet for Android provides features that let users access and enjoy streaming audio and video content in a more convenient way.

Popup Video
Popup Video

Users can view online videos in a popup window so they can browse the web while playing videos. Popup videos are supported when your HTML5 Video uses the Samsung Internet for Android default control. Popup Video is available from Samsung Internet for Android 4.0.

Popup Video
Video History

Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 manages a separate history list for online videos. Users can revisit videos more easily with the video history list. This list is also shared with Samsung Internet for Gear VR (version 1.0 and above) so users can view their favorite videos with a single click, in a more immersive environment.

Video Assistant
Video Assistant new

With the Video Assistant introduced in Samsung Internet for Android 4.2, users can easily switch between the various viewing modes. The floating Video Assistant controller appears when the user starts playing an online video.

360˚ Video
360˚ Video new

Users can watch spherical 360˚ videos online with Samsung Internet for Android 4.2.

Web Application

Here are some features provided by Samsung Internet for Android that will let web pages act more like native applications or let applications show web contents more smoothly.

Shortcut Promotion Banner
Shortcut Promotion Banner

"Add shortcut to home screen" lets users launch and explore web pages as if they were native applications. In addition, Samsung Browser recommends shortcut installation for sites frequently visited by the user via notification banners.

Custom Tabs
Custom Tabs

Applications needed to use Android WebView or launch external web browsers to let users view web contents. Starting from Samsung Internet for Android 4.0, you can use Custom Tabs in your app to use Samsung Internet for Android in a more integrated way when showing web contents.

Web Push
Web Push

Starting from version 4.0 Samsung Internet for Android supports W3C Push API. Your web sites can give push notifications to users just like native applications.

Service Worker

You can use W3C Service Workers API in Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 and above. Service Worker API allows you to develop web apps that work offline-first and support background processing.

Extensions

Samsung Internet for Android provides extensions so users can utilize useful services for a more pleasant browsing experience.

Content Blocker
Content Blocker

Starting from 4.0, Samsung Internet for Android allows 3rd party apps to provide filters for Content Blocking. You can let users browse the web without unnecessary content cluttering their screens.

Web Content Provider
Web Content Provider new

Supported from Samsung Internet for Android 4.2, Web Content Provider lets 3rd party apps suggest interesting contents to users. Don’t let your users miss viewing your useful contents!

Region Specific Features

It’s a small world, but we still have our differences!

Samsung Internet for Android tries to understand local trends and cultures, and provides features that let users access their favorite sites more easily.

In addition to Quick Access page being customized to reflect regional preferences, we are consistently trying to better understand our users and support region specific features when necessary.

Restrictions

Supported devices:
Samsung Internet 4.2 – Galaxy Note7.
Samsung Internet 4.0 – Galaxy S7+, S7, Note5, S6 Edge+, S6 Edge, S6, S6 Active, Note4, S5, S5 Neo, S5 Active, S5 Sports, S5 LTE A, Note3, S4, S4 Duos, S4 Active, S4 LTE A, A7, A8, A5x, A7x, and A9x.
Samsung Internet 3.0 –Galaxy Note5, S6 Edge+, S6 Edge, and S6

Note

You need at least Android 5.0 for Samsung Internet 3.x, and 4.x.

Developer Feedback

Please send an e-mail to browser@samsung.com for technical support or inquiries about business collaborations.

Overview for Gear VR

Optimized Web Browsing for Gear VR

Samsung Internet for Gear VR lets you browse the web and enjoy contents in an immersive environment. Browse the web on a big screen, just as if you were at the theater.

Overview for Gear

In the first official version of Samsung Internet for Gear VR, the overall UX design was changed to adopt merits of existing PC and mobile browsers. Consequently providing more familiarity to, and reducing dizziness of users. Now Samsung Internet for Gear VR 4.2 brings more convenience and immersiveness to you.

Integration with Samsung Internet for Android

One of Samsung Internet’s main goals is to provide better integration among various Samsung devices. Following that goal, Samsung Internet for Gear VR provides features such as continuous experience when switching to and from Samsung Internet for Android, and synchronized Video History.

Connecting Gear VR

Connecting Gear VR to your mobile device with any web page or Full screen video open on Samsung Internet for Android, will let you continuously view the same contents using Samsung Internet for Gear VR.

Supported Features

Samsung Internet for Gear VR provides several features to make your VR web browsing easy and intuitive.

Easy Content Access
Easy Content Access

Samsung Internet for Gear VR provides the same helpful features as Samsung Internet for Android such as Quick Access, Bookmarks and Tab Manager to give you a familiar experience. Use the import button to bring the bookmarks from Samsung Internet for Android to Samsung Internet for Gear VR.

Video History
Video History

Samsung Internet for Gear VR manages a separate history list for online videos. Users can revisit videos more easily with the video history list. The mode each video was viewed in is also saved, so users don’t need to select the viewing mode again. The video history list from Samsung Internet for Android is synced in a separate list for easy access in Samsung Internet for Gear VR.

Video Assistant

The floating Video Assistant available on Samsung Internet for Android is also in Samsung Internet for Gear VR. Visible while playing videos, Video Assistant lets you switch viewing modes more easily.

File Explorer

You can browse and open local images and videos stored on you mobile device with our file explorer. When viewing these files in fullscreen mode, you can select the proper viewing mode to best enjoy your contents.
Samsung Internet for Gear VR 4.2 comes with USB OTG support. Users can connect their USB storage to Gear VR and view contents saved on it right from our web browser.

Note

Gear VR models with USB OTG Support: SM-R323

Intuitive Text Input
Intuitive Text Input

To make text input intuitive and easy, Samsung Internet for Gear VR provides an on-screen keyboard and voice input.

Starting from version 4.2 Samsung Internet for Gear VR supports multi-language. The language can be changed from the Settings menu on the on-screen keyboard. And special characters can be input by long-pressing keys.

Supported Languages:

English, French, Italian, German, Korean, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Russian

Gaze Mode

Turn on Gaze Mode in Settings, and you’ll be able to select menus just by ‘gazing’ at them for a few seconds. You can use Samsung Internet for Gear VR menus without even moving a finger.

Bluetooth Device Support

Samsung Internet for Gear VR supports Bluetooth devices so users will have more options for convenient input. By connecting Bluetooth devices to your Galaxy device and launching Samsung Internet for Gear VR, you can browse the web more easily in VR environment.

In version 4.2.0-14, support for Samsung Gear S3 devices is added so users with Gear S3 devices can click and scroll easily without additional Bluetooth devices. In order to use your Gear S3 with Samsung Internet for Gear VR, you need to install the “VR Remote” app on it. “VR Remote” can be installed from the Gear App store.

Supported devices:
  • Bluetooth Gamepad (Samsung EI-GP20)

    • Analog stick: scroll web pages and Tab list

    • One dot button: Select

    • Two dot button: Go back

  • Bluetooth Keyboard

  • Bluetooth Mouse (Supported on Android M OS and above)

    • Mouse move: pointer move like desktop PC

    • Left click: Select

    • Right click: Go back

  • Gear S3 new

    • Touch: Select

    • Swipe: Scroll web pages or Tab list

    • Rotate Bezel: Go to prev/next page in menus with several pages (ex. Video History and Change Background)

    • Back Key: Go back

Reorientation

Samsung Internet for Gear VR lets you enjoy the web in any position you prefer. Whenever you end up looking at blank space, the “Tap touchpad to reposition screen” message will appear, and you will be able to reorient the screen by selecting the message. Now that you can always align Samsung Internet for Gear VR’s screen to your focus, you can even use it while lying down.

Ultimate Viewing Experience

Just like other Gear VR contents, you can enjoy videos from the web in an immersive environment. Watch any HTML5 video from the web on a mega sized screen.

The Video Controller of Samsung Internet for Gear VR is launched when users select fullscreen mode for videos. Press the ‘Mode’ button to select the type of video you are watching.

Ultimate Viewing Experience
Streaming 360˚/180˚ Videos

Watch spherical 360˚/180˚ videos uploaded to websites. Get absorbed into any 360˚/180˚ content on-line. Take virtual trips to whenever and wherever!

Streaming 3D Videos

Samsung Internet for Gear VR supports streaming side-by-side 3D videos. You can enjoy all 3D videos on the web in a virtual theater.

Streaming 3D 360˚ Videos

Starting from version 4.0, Samsung Internet for Gear VR supports Streaming 3D 360˚ videos. Experience increased realism with 3D and 360˚ combined!

HTML5 Video Dimension Type Support

For HTML5 videos with the dimension parameter defines, Samsung Internet for Gear VR will play the video without prompting the user for Video mode selection.

Supported dimension types are:

  • dimension=3d-lr: Side-by-Side 3D Video

  • dimension=3d-tb: Top-to-bottom 3D Video

  • dimension=360: 360˚ Video

  • dimension=360-lr: Side-by-side 3D 360˚ Video

  • dimension=360-tb: Top-to-bottom 3D 360˚ Video

  • dimension=180: 180˚ Video

  • dimension=180-lr: Side-by-side 3D 180˚ Video

  • dimension=180-tb: Top-to-bottom 3D 180˚ Video

    (ex) <video controls src="360video.mp4" type="video/mp4; dimension=360-lr;">

3D/360˚ Image Support

Samsung Internet for Gear VR supports HTML5 Fullscreen mode. When viewing images in Fullscreen with Samsung Internet for Gear VR, users can switch to viewing modes supported for Videos. Try out this feature with your 3D or 360˚ images!

3D Audio

Samsung Internet for Gear VR 4.2 supports 3D audio while 360˚ videos are being played. 3D audio applies effects based on the direction you are looking at to make your virtual environment feel more realistic.

Skybox Setting

Samsung Internet for Gear VR 4.2 lets web contents change the skybox – which is the background image or images surrounding the VR user space. Users and web developers can choose the best skybox that goes with the content to get a more immersive experience.

The Skybox of your contents can be set via our experimental JavaScript API or Open JSON API. Details for these APIs can be found in our Web Development Guide < link >.

Web VR Support

WebVR is an experimental JavaScript API that provides access to Virtual Reality features of your Gear VR device, so that you can create immersive experiences with your web content. The JavaScript API is being standardized at W3C and the specification is currently hosted at https://w3c.github.io/webvr/.

Samsung Internet for Gear VR will automatically detect web pages that use the WebVR API when they are loaded, and prompt users to enable WebVR when the page is loaded. You can also enable or disable Web VR from the “Labs” menu.

Restrictions

Samsung Internet for Gear VR is available for download in Oculus Store.

Supported devices are:
Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge with Gear VR.

Developer Feedback

Please send an e-mail to browser@samsung.com for technical support or inquiries about business collaborations.

FAQ

Available Devices

Gear VR
Gear VR

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