Google Web Light

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Google Web Light, introduced in 2015,[1] was a service offered by Google for faster browsing within its Android mobile browser Chrome. It detected slow Internet connections, such as 2G, and switched to Google proxy servers with built-in data compression. It could speed up loading times for text-based websites. These pages also had the advantage of being less taxing on the hardware of entry-level devices with less processing power.

This service was offered in select countries including Indonesia, Brazil[2] and India.[3]

Google Web Light bypassed content filters, prompting some content filter providers to block it.[4]

On December 19, 2022, Google announced that it discontinued the Web Light service by removing the documentation and retiring the Web Light user agent. Increased affordability of more powerful smartphones, as well as the increasing usage of web filtering and parental controls software was cited as the reason for this decision.[5]


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  2. ^ "Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Faster and lighter mobile web pages for Indonesia". Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  3. ^ "Official Google India Blog: Faster and lighter mobile web pages in India". Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  4. ^ "Google weblight bypasses filter – Filternet parental control". Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  5. ^ "Latest Google Search Documentation Updates | Google Search Central | What's new | Google Developers". Google Developers. Google Inc. Retrieved 4 February 2023.