With iOS 14, Apple finally lets you choose which browser to use as your default, allowing you to ditch Safari if you prefer to use a third-party alternative like Chrome or Edge. Apple also allows iPhone users to change their default email app to the updated operating system.
To be a candidate for the default browser, the developers had to update their apps. All browsers are yet to use WebKit as their underlying navigation engine, which means that the main differences between them will depend on their user interfaces and how they synchronize with other platforms, rather than how they basically render web pages. There is currently only a limited selection of browsers that can be set as default on iPhone.
Here is a list of alternative default browsers that we can confirm:
Notably absent from this list are the iOS version of Brave (although the company has confirmed that the latest version of its browser is currently going through Apple̵
As of this writing, there appears to be a bug in iOS 14 that restores the default browser on Safari every time the device restarts. Apple has yet to respond to our request for comment on the bug, but we expect it to be fixed in an upcoming iOS patch.
To change your default browser, go to the Settings app, then scroll down to the browser you want to set as the default. Click and you’ll see a “Default Browser App” option if it’s eligible by default.