Tip #224

Reload pages in Vivaldi on Android with a long swipe.

There are a couple of ways you can reload a web page in Vivaldi on Android. If you’re already near the top of the page swiping is probably the easiest.

To reload a web page with a swipe gesture:

  1. Scroll to the top of the page.
  2. Swipe down on your screen as if you’d want to scroll even further up.
  3. When you see a reload icon appear, release your finger to reload the page.

If you’ve been scrolling on a long page for a while, then using swipe to reload is probably not so convenient. In that case, open the Vivaldi menu and tap on the reload button there.

Reload icon displayed over a web page in Vivaldi on Android ind

Tip #223

Use Vivaldi Feeds to listen and keep track of your favorite podcasts.

Not only can you curate your own news feed and follow your favorite YouTube channels with Vivaldi Feeds, you can also turn it into a podcast player.

To listen to podcasts in Vivaldi:

  1. Subscribe to the podcast with Vivaldi Feeds by going to the podcast’s website and clicking on the Page offers Feeds button on the right side of the Address Field.
  2. Using the Feeds Panel, find an episode you want to listen to.
  3. Double-click on the episode title in the list of feed items to open it in a new tab. That way you can keep browsing other feed posts and use Vivaldi Mail while listening to the podcast.
  4. Press Play on the audio player in the Linked Audio section of the feed message.

This tip has been inspired by our community member and volunteer luetage‘s post on the Vivaldi Forum.

Tip #222

Watch videos and learn about Vivaldi on our YouTube channel.

Vivaldi news and tutorials, chats with partners, live streams with the team, trendy Shorts. All this and more can be found on Vivaldi’s YouTube channel.

Visit https://www.youtube.com/@VivaldiBrowser for hours of entertainment.

Vivaldi's YouTube channel open in Vivaldi.

Tip #221

Keep listening to audio after switching tabs or apps by enabling background audio in Vivaldi on Android.

Want to put on some music while browsing or don’t want to pause a video to respond to a message in a different app? Normally audio and video playback will stop when you switch tabs or apps, but there’s a setting in Vivaldi on Android that, when enabled, will keep the audio in the tab playing, even when it’s no longer the active tab.

To enable media playback in the background:

  1. Go to Settings > General.
  2. Enable Allow background audio playback.
Settings page in Vivaldi on Android, with Allow background audio playback setting highlighted.

Tip #220

Select what to display in the Address Field drop-down menu.

Whenever you type a search keyword or a URL in the Address Field, you’ll get suggestions based on what you type. What is displayed there is up for you to decide.

Go to Settings > Address Bar > Address Filed Drop-Down Menu to review and update your setup.

You can include the following in the drop-down menu:

  • Bookmarks
  • Typed History
  • Frequently Visited Pages
  • Browser History
  • Search Queries in Typed History

To include Search Suggestions, go to Settings > Search > Allow Search Suggestions.

If you don’t want to see anything while you type, you can disable the drop-down menu altogether.

Address Bar settings in Vivaldi. Address Field Drop-Down menu section has been highlighted.

Tip #219

Create Filters in Vivaldi Mail to automatically organize incoming messages.

Having to go through each message and manually assign relevant flags and labels to them, or mark annoying messages as spam can be cumbersome. To speed up the process, set up Filters in Vivaldi Mail that do it for you.

To create Filters in Vivaldi Mail:

  1. Go to Settings > Mail > Mail Filters and Actions.
  2. Click on Add Mail Filter.
  3. Give the filter a name
  4. Define the criteria for filtering.
  5. Click Add to Search.
  6. Click Add Action and decide what should happen to the messages that match the filter criteria.
  7. Click Add Mail Filter.

If you use Vivaldi Webmail, you can create additional filters on the server by going to Filter settings in the web interface. See Tip #75 for more info.

Mail Settings window with Mail Filters and Actions section highlighted.

Tip #218

Enable “Show Search Engine Suggestion” to see all available Search Engines in Vivaldi on Android during search.

In addition to the default Search Engine, you can also search with all other available ones in Vivaldi on Android. One option to switch search engines for a single search is to type the Search Engine Nickname in front of the search term, but you can also enable a toolbar that displays them all while you search and just tap on the one you want to use.

To see all available search engines while you search:

  1. Go to Settings > General.
  2. Enable Show Search Engine Suggestion.

To switch engines while searching:

  1. Enter the search term in the Address/Search Field.
  2. Tap on the Search Engine you want to see results from.

Swipe left and right on the list to see all search engines.

Vivaldi on Android, with a search term being entered in the Address Field and available search engines listed below it.

Tip #217

Block videos from automatically playing on web pages.

Do you want to have control over when a video starts playing on a web page you’re visiting? If the answer is yes then you’re in luck, because Vivaldi gives you the power to control it.

  1. Head over to Settings > Privacy and Security > Default Permissions.
  2. For Autoplay, instead of the default Allow, select Block.

Next time you load a web page where videos usually start playing immediately, you’ll need click Play when you’re ready to watch the video.

In the foreground, Autoplay settings are open in the Settings window. In the background, there's a Vivaldi window with a YouTube video by Tom Scott with a play button on the video, instead of a video captured mid play.

Tip #216

Move tabs from one window to another using the Window Panel.

Have you opened multiple windows with numerous tabs in each and now things look a bit too chaotic. The best place to organize your Tabs across Windows is the Window Panel.

To move tabs from one window to another:

  1. Open the Window Panel.
  2. Expand the folders listing your tabs in each window.
  3. Click and hold down the mouse button on a tab you want to move.
  4. Drag the tab to another window.

Using drag and drop it’s also easy to reorder tabs within the same window.

Vivaldi Browser with Window Panel open and a tab being dragged from one window to another.

Tip #215

See the outlines of all web page’s CSS elements with CSS Debugger Page Action.

Are you using Vivaldi to work on your own website or just want to investigate how a page has been built? Then Vivaldi’s CSS Debugger Page Action will help you out. When enabled, you’ll see the outlines of each CSS element on the page. No extensions or additional tools needed.

Use one of the following options to enable the CSS Debugger:

  • Click on the Page Actions button on the Status Bar and select CSS Debugger.
  • Type “CSS Debugger” in Quick Commands.
  • Create a Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Gesture for the command.
A website open in Vivaldi with CSS Debugger Page Action enabled. Page Actions menu is open on the foreground.

Tip #214

Sort Speed Dials in Vivaldi on Android automatically instead of manually moving them around.

When you have manual sorting enabled in Vivaldi on Android you can long-press on a Speed Dial and drag it to a different location on the Start Page. If you want to organize Speed Dials faster, opt for one of the available sorting options.

To sort Speed Dial bookmarks:

  1. Open the Start Page with your Speed Dials.
  2. In the top right corner, tap on the sort button.
  3. Select the criteria according to which you want to sort.
    • Manual
    • By Title
    • By Address
    • By Nickname
    • By Description
    • By Date
Vivaldi on Android's Start Page with Speed Dials. Sort menu has been opened and is highlighted.

Tip #213

If someone wants to use your browser, open a Guest Profile for them.

“Could I use your computer real quick to check something?” You might have heard that question before and dreaded having to log out of your accounts or having the person see your open tabs and browsing history. There’s an easy solution for it in Vivaldi – open a Guest Profile for them. It has the browser’s default configuration and doesn’t store searches, visited sites, cookies, and temporary files.

There are a few ways you can open a Guest Window. Either:

Vivaldi Browser's Guest Profile open on the intro page.

Tip #212

Reorder the menus to have your most used commands at your fingertips.

A browser should adapt to your needs not the other way around. And that’s what Vivaldi does by allowing you to customize its menus according to your preferences. For example, if you use Open Link in Background Tab more than you use Open Link in New Tab, why not switch their places and put the most used option at the top of the list?

To reorder menu commands:

  1. Go to Settings > Appearance > Menu > Menu Customization.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select which menu you want to edit.
  3. In the column on the left, drag and drop the menu items to rearrange their order.

The changes are applied immediately. If you want to scrap your changes and start again, just click on Restore Default Menu.

Vivaldi Settings open on menu customization section.

Tip #211

Use the filtering options on Vivaldi Themes to find the perfect Vivaldi browser theme for you.

Vivaldi Themes just got an update, which makes finding browser themes that match your preferences a lot easier. For example, you can look up the most popular anime and manga themes incorporating the color yellow, the newest minimalist themes in black or any other combination you can think of.

To find your perfect theme:

  1. Go to themes.vivaldi.net.
  2. On the homepage, click on “View all featured/popular/latest themes”.
  3. On the next page in the menu on the left side, select the criteria according to which you want to filter the themes.
  4. Browse through results and click on the theme for a closer look to preview and install the theme.

If you’ve made an amazing theme and want to share it with others, upload it to Vivaldi Themes by following the instructions in Tip #152.