iOS 14 allows third-party web browsers and email clients to become the default, so if you really don’t like Safari and Apple Mail, you now have other options.
With the latest Google Chrome update, now available on the App Store, you can change your default browser from Safari to Google Chrome, on iPhone and iPad. Here’s how to do it …
With iOS 14, Apple added system support for third-party web browsers and email apps. In the future, they could open even more categories.
When you tap a link in any application, the default web browser will be used. Up to iOS 14, you might have an alternative browser like Google Chrome, but link actions always opened in Safari. Here̵
How to set Google Chrome as the default browser on iPhone
- Download the latest version of Google Chrome from the App Store.
- Open the Settings app and open the settings page for Google Chrome.
- Tap “Default Browser App”.
- Tap “Chrome”.
With this set, any app that triggers a standard open URL activity will now direct the system to open Google Chrome, rather than Safari.
If you ever change your mind, you can go back to Settings and change the default browser app in Safari. If you want to use a different third-party browser other than Chrome, you will need to wait for the developer to update their application. The same goes for editing email apps – so far we haven’t seen any compatible email apps expose this functionality.
Of course, all of this requires installing iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. Right now, we’re in the developer beta 8 of iOS 14. Apple is expected to release iOS 14 publicly for all users later in September, with a date of release likely announced as part of next week’s Apple event.
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