IOS 14 adds to Apple’s operating system one of the long-awaited features in years: the opportunity to shift the default browser from Apple’s Safari to a third-party alternative such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Or Firefox for Mozilla. But there’s no reason to wait until Apple launches iOS 14 this fall to break free of Safari. You can even move to another default browser today if you have iOS 14 beta enabled. How to do it here.
You’ll need to run the new iOS 14 beta to begin with. (Check our guide here to install that.) Once that’s set up, you’ll need a compatible third party browser installed.
Simply grab the daily Chrome app from the App Store for Google Chrome; Google has already upgraded the app with iOS 14 support, so you’re good to go straight out of the box.
Microsoft Edge is a bit trickier. Right now, Edge has added beta tester support for the default iOS 14 browser. In a similar irony, iOS beta tracker Departures states that the Microsoft Edge TestFlight beta has filled up entirely since earlier today (although you can check when slots are free up here). The method will stay the same, however, once the final version of Edge is revised by Microsoft, which should hopefully arrive shortly.
Unsurprisingly, Apple has profoundly buried the possibility of returning to your default browser. You’ll need to go to the Settings app to see the menu, then scroll down (or search) to see app-specific settings for your browser. Tap the latest Default Web App alternative while there, then pick your favorite version from the list that appears.😎
If that is set, all links that you click on your phone will automatically open in Chrome (or whatever other browser you select). Simply follow the procedure mentioned here to turn back, but choose Safari instead of third party alternative. In addition, iOS 14 is still in beta, meaning that Apple can modify the process as it finalizes its software before the final release;We’ll keep updating this article if that happens.
Choosing the default browser on iOS is of course mostly a symbolic act. All iOS browsers should function more or less the same, provided that Apple forces all third-party browsers to use Safari’s WebKit browser engine. Which makes it largely an aesthetic option based on which app has nicer top-layered features instead of anything that can affect how you access the internet on your phone significantly. Even, at least getting the choice is good.