One of the great new features coming in iOS 14 is one that many iPhone and iPad users have been asking for… well, for years. The ability to change your default browser. The new feature means that, for those of you who love Chrome, you can now completely bypass Safari and have links open in that new default browser. And, as you would expect, it is very easy to do.
Editors Note: This How To refers to features in the beta version of iOS 14. The feature’s enablement could change or the feature could be completely removed by Apple before it is released to the public.
On your iOS 14 enabled iPhone or iPad, make sure that you have the latest version of Chrome installed on your device. Once installed, go to Settings and scroll down to Chrome and tap it to open up settings for the app. You’ll note there is a new Default Browser App setting which, by default, will be set to Safari.
Tap that new setting and you will be brought to a secondary screen where you can select which browser you want as your default browser: Chrome or Safari. Tap Chrome and that’s it. You are all set.
In my testing of iOS 14, so far it only looks like Chrome is supported in this new feature. I’ve installed Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Opera on my beta testing phone (and iPhone 8) and none of them show up as an option to change to as the default for my browser. It could be that, post iOS 14’s release, these apps are updated to support it. For now at least, it is only Chrome.
iOS 14 is currently in beta and is expected to be released sometime in September.