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What's the reason there's no back button for ios or android in pwa?

I can implement the button and the behavior by myself, but should I?

Why are the mobile apps not common to navigate backwards/forwards?

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Depends on the application that you are designing. If

  • there is only one page OR
  • there is only a flat hierarchy (Inbox, Trash bin, Settings) OR
  • users are unlikely to go back in a set of steps

then you probably don't need it.

Also, android provides a back button natively. For iOS you still have to add it. Maybe something like this?

iOS interface with back button

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