Those who would like to use a third-party browser instead of Safari on iPhone or iPad can change the default browser to your favorite like Chrome, Firefox or DuckDuckGo. The default browser is built by Apple on your iOS devices. When you click on a link from another app, it opens in the Safari browser. You may not change it and set another browser as default. But in iOS 14 you can change the default browsers. Let’s see how to do it.
Change the default browser on iPhone or iPad
- Settings app
Open the iOS settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Scroll down and find third-party browsers like Chrome, Firefox or DuckDuckGo. In my case, Google installed Chrome on my iPhone, so I tapped Chrome.
- Chrome settings
Here you can see that Safari is the default browser. Tap the “Default Browser App” option. to change it.
COMMENT: If you do not see this option on your iPhone or iPad, make sure you have iOS or iPadOS version 14 installed and the browsers are up to date.
- Set the default browser application
Simply tap on the browser you want to set as the default browser and that’s it.
Learn more: Clear Safari Cache on iPhone or iPad
To check if you have successfully set Chrome as your default browser, simply tap on a link from any app like WhatsApp or Messages and you will see that it opens in the browser you choose as the default browser app.
Apple makes it easy in iOS 14. In earlier iOS versions, when you tap a link to open, the Safari browser automatically launches and the link opens. If you want to open a link in your favorite browser, you have to do it manually. Copy the link, open the browser like Chrome and paste it.
So you have changed the default browser app. The updated versions of the third-party browser may also ask you to set it as the default browser, and this is another way to make them the default application.
All known browsers support this feature and you can set it as the default. I installed and tested Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and DuckDuckGo.
In iOS 14 you can not only change the third-party browsers and set them as the default browser, but you can also change the email client in Outlook, Gmail as the default email client.
If you’re having trouble setting up your favorite browser, please leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.