We all have a browser that we prefer to use. Some might prefer Google Chrome, some might prefer Firefox, some might prefer Safari. On a computer, it’s easy to change the default browser you’re using, but if you’re using an iPhone or iPad, it can get a little tricky, or at least it used to be.
Prior to iOS 14, Apple didn’t allow users to change the default browser on their devices. This means that even though you can download third-party browsers like Chrome or Firefox, apps that opened links in a browser would automatically default to Safari. You could choose to open it in a different browser, but these were extra steps you had to take that weren’t really worth the time and effort.
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The good news is that Apple will now allow users to change the default browsers on their iPhones and iPads, and it’s incredibly easy to do, so here’s how you can do it.
Change your default browser
- Launch settings
- Scroll down and find the browser app you want to set as default
- Press it
- Tap the default browser app
- Tap on the browser of your choice (in this case we’re using Chrome)
- You can repeat the above steps if you want to go back to Safari or switch to another browser
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Now every time you open links sent in emails or chat apps, it should open in Chrome, unless the app is using its own built-in browser. That being said, unlike Android, iOS is still quite limited in terms of default apps that can be set. Right now, users can only choose to set up a default browser or email app, but there’s a chance that later Apple will open it up to more apps.