WHAT ARE LITE APPS?
Lite Apps are fast and lean Web apps, tightly integrated with Android. They save battery & cannot track you because they don’t run in the background.
With Hermit, you can create your own Lite Apps from any Web site, or pick from our free curated collection of ready-made Lite Apps.
Hermit creates icons for your Lite Apps on your launcher home screen. Lite Apps appear in the list of Recent Apps, in the Share Menu, can show you Notifications, support Android Nougat Multi-Window Mode, and are much better integrated with the Android operating system than simply opening up a web page in a browser.
No other browser lets you customize as many settings as Hermit does, and they’re saved individually for each Lite App.
- Theme Colors
- Custom Icons
- Text Zoom
- Desktop Mode
- Frameless Mode
- Full-screen Mode
PRIVACY & SECURITY FOCUSED
Hermit shows absolutely no ads, even in the forever free version. We do not track you, or sell your profile, or do anything else that many other supposedly “free” apps do.
- NO HISTORY TRACKING. Hermit does not save browsing history. Use Hermit confidently for private browsing.
- AD BLOCKER: No plug-ins required. Regularly-updated block list. No subscription fees. No root required.
- Popup Blocker.
- Do Not Track setting.
- Location permission asked every time (no background location).
- No background access to Photos, Videos, or Files.
- Native Apps blocked. You cannot get a virus or malware from Hermit Lite Apps.
- NATIVE SUPPORT FOR AMP. Hermit is the FIRST AND ONLY BROWSER with native support for automatic Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), which load 4× times faster and are 10× smaller than regular Web pages.
- No background battery drain.
- Data Saver mode.
- Images on/off.
- Other browsers open a new tab every time you click on an icon, and make you wait. Hermit launches instantly if you already have the Lite App open.
- App is tiny, only 2 MB.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen in any Lite App to access the Quick Settings sidebar. So many customization options!
TWO OPTIONS: FREE FOREVER WITH NO ADS, OR BUY PREMIUM
Hermit is a FREEMIUM app, which means there are two options:
- FREE FOREVER: All features are 100% enabled in the Free Forever version. No Ads. No nags. Only TWO LITE APPS are supported.
- PREMIUM: Paid option, which supports an infinite number of Lite Apps.
We do not track you, or sell your profile, or do anything else that many other supposedly “free” apps do.
We want you to know that our only source of revenue is the Premium version. If you would like to see new features & support our ongoing development, we request that you purchase the Premium version.
We will gladly offer you Hermit Premium for free if you’re a student: See https://hermit.chimbori.com/help/students
BEST EXPERIENCED ON ANDROID LOLLIPOP AND ABOVE
Hermit works on Android KitKat and above, but requires Lollipop for certain features:
— Photo and video uploading
— Recent Apps integration
— Status bar theme color
- ⚡ Faster than Lite! Hermit is the FIRST BROWSER EVER to bring native support for Accelerated Mobile Pages
- (AMP): Change Preferred View (in Settings) to “Accelerated”, to automatically load fast AMP pages instead of
- slow regular pages. Try with Reddit, CNN, BBC, NYT, WSJ, and many other news sites.