Imagine a web experience that feels like a native app, accessible from any browser – that's the power of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). But with a variety of mobile browsers on the market, ensuring a seamless PWA experience for everyone can be tricky. This post explores PWA compatibility across popular browsers and equips you to navigate potential roadblocks.

Understanding PWA Compatibility

At their core, PWAs should work flawlessly on modern mobile browsers that support **PWA installation prompts**. These prompts allow users to "add the app to home screen" for a native-like experience. However, some discrepancies might arise, depending on the specific browser.

Exploring Supported Browsers

Let's delve into specific browsers:

  • Android: Browsers like Chrome, Samsung Internet, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera, Brave, Huawei Browser, Baidu, and UCWeb generally support PWAs.
  • iOS (iOS 16.4 and later):** Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Orion join the PWA-friendly party.

Navigating Potential Hurdles

While this list covers major players, keep in mind:

  • Third-party or custom Android browsers might have limited PWA functionality.

Troubleshooting PWA Compatibility Issues

If you encounter issues, fret not! Here are some steps:

  1. Identify the browser: Knowing the browser helps pinpoint potential limitations.
  2. Check documentation: Most browsers offer comprehensive documentation that might shed light on PWA support and troubleshooting tips.
  3. Contact browser support: Don't hesitate to reach out to the browser's support team for specific guidance.

Beyond Compatibility

While compatibility is crucial, remember:

  • PWAs might have limitations in certain browsers. These could be related to specific features or functionalities.
  • Staying informed: Keeping up-to-date with browser updates and PWA best practices ensures a smooth user experience.


The web landscape is constantly evolving, so staying informed about PWA compatibility across browsers is vital. By understanding potential limitations and taking proactive steps, both developers and users can unlock the full potential of PWAs.

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