With the arrival of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple will for the first time allow users to set default browsers other than its own Safari. It’s a big deal, and it’s something we’ve wanted for years. The bad news is that Apple will require apps to be updated to support the new feature.
The good news? Google has already updated Chrome.
The updated Chrome is now available for download from the App Store, and anyone running iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 can now set it as their default browser. We’ve done it, and it’s sure to work. And yes, we know this is something Android has been doing for years.
It’s surprisingly easy to set an app as the default browser, but the option is not where you expect it to be. Here’s how to do it.
- To open Settings app on iPhone or iPad.
- Press Chrome to see all the options related to the app.
- Press Default browser app.
- Select Chrome as your chosen app.
That’s all there is to it. Now when you tap a URL, wherever it is, you see it open in Google Chrome instead of Apple Safari. It’s a huge deal if you’re someone who lives in Chrome on other devices but has always handled the use of Safari on Apple’s mobile devices.
A similar feature is also available for email apps, but so far no email clients have been updated to take advantage of it.
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