How to change the default browser on iPhone

iOS 14 has been released and it has quite a few new interesting features. A new iPhone version is currently not available yet, but the OS update has some features that are worth checking out. A striking feature in this new version is the ability to change the default browser on an iPhone.

Change the default browser on the iPhone

Make sure you have updated to iOS 14 before attempting to change the default browser on your iPhone.

1. Browser settings

    1. Install the browser which you want to use as the default browser on the iPhone.
    2. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
    3. Scroll down to the browser what you want to set as the new default browser, and tap on it.
  1. Tap on the ‘Default browser app’ option.
  2. Select the browser you want to use from the list.

2. Safari settings

You can also change the default browser of Safari’s own settings. The end result is the same.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Safari.
  3. Tap the Safari Preferences page Standard browser app.
  4. Choose a default browser from the listed programs.

Browser is not listed in the standard browser list

The ability to change the default browser on iOS is new and it depends on apps, i.e. browsers to add support for it. If you do not see the ‘Default browser app’ option when you visit your browser preferences in the Settings app, it means that it has not been updated to support this new feature.

The only thing you can do is wait until the program is updated. At the moment, Chrome and Microsoft Edge can both be set as the default browser on iOS, but it looks like Firefox has not been updated yet.

Default browser restrictions

Changing the default browser on iOS is not the same as changing the default browser on a desktop. On the desktop, every URL that users open, or any HTML file that is opened, is opened in the default browser. On iOS it does not work.

Shortcuts from the Safari home screen will still open in Safari. Apps that can open links but do not have their own browser will continue to open the links in a Safari container. Apps like Facebook are excluded because they have their own browser built into the app.

These restrictions may also apply to other areas. Safari is a non-removable inventory application that will still handle certain web calls on your phone.

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