Select Default Browser on iPhone and iPad

Apple has just released public ‘stable’ versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 for iPhones and iPads. The iOS (and iPadOS) 14 comes with an exciting feature: users can now select their default browser and email client. It simply means that you can now choose Google Chrome as your default browser, and Microsoft Outlook as the default email app. Cool!

Users can now ditch Safari and choose a third-party browser – like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser – as their default browsing app on iPhones and iPads.

How To Set Default Browser on iOS?

Surprisingly, there is no direct way to choose the default browser on iOS and iPadOS. You need to open the Settings app, then open the settings of any installed browser. Now, look for the option “Default Browser App”. Click on this option, and you would find a list of all installed and supported browsers. Here, select your default browser.

Apple should implement a direct setting to see and change the default browser (and email app).

It is important to mention here that while Apple has allowed third-party browsers to become the default browser, it has not relaxed its restrictions on using own rendering engines. All iOS (and iPadOS) browsers are still required to use Apple’s WebKit rendering engine. Moreover, apparently, the third-party browsers still can’t be used by apps to implement In-App browser.

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